For those that want semi-permanent solutions to adjust their brows, have a set make up look or manage other concerns, there are lots of options. Microblading and micropigmentation are two great options. Let’s explore each option and the difference between them.
What is micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation, also known as permanent makeup, permanent cosmetics or cosmetic tattooing, is a cosmetic procedure used to improve or replace lost colouring on your skin. Micropigmentation is most often used on your face – to enhance eyebrows, eyelashes, eyelids (as eyeliner) and lips. It’s also used to camouflage or improve scars, even out skin colouring and restore colour to areas of skin that have lost color.
Micropigmentation may be used for the following:
● Minimizing the appearance of scars
● To replace hair in cases of thinning hair or baldness
● To enhance the appearance of eyebrows, replace the loss of eyebrows due to aging or medical conditions
● To camouflage depigmentation (lack of colour) of the skin due to vitiligo
● To recreate an areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) following breast surgery
● As semi-permanent makeup (eyeliner, lip color, semi-permanent foundation)
What is microblading?
Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hairstroke is created by hand using a blade which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas eyebrow tattoos are done with a machine and single needle bundle. Microblading is typically used on eyebrows to create, enhance or reshape their appearance in terms of both shape and colour. It deposits pigment into the upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper.
Microblading artists are not necessarily tattoo artists, and vice versa, because the techniques require different training.
The results of both micropigmentation and microblading are cosmetically satisfactory and they are safe procedures. However, microblading is a relatively safer technique. This is because, in microblading, the pigment is only deposited in the superficial layers whereas in micropigmentation the pigmentation is deposited into the deeper layers of the skin. There is also a higher risk of an allergic reaction to the pigment and infection with permanent makeup. In microblading, the pigments used are much safer. Both procedures can result in pain, swelling, redness, bruising and scabbing after the treatment, which usually resolves in a week. Since microblading doesn’t last as long as micropigmentation, first timers may try microblading initially to get a feel for the new eyebrows before going in for a longer lasting procedure.
When deciding which option is best for you, find a qualified professional to give you an assessment of your needs and recommend which one to go with. Microblading is specifically for eyebrows where micropigmentation has a variety of uses so you may go with it if you need something other than eyebrows done.
A great cosmetic clinic will have expertise on both procedures so they can help you get the results you desire.