The eyebrows frame your face, and many people spend significant time and effort filling in their brows with cosmetics. Microblading is gaining popularity as a semi-permanent method of enhancing the eyebrows.

What is Microblading, and How Does it Work?

Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing which uses a very fine pen-like tool to deposit pigment, resulting in fine, hair-like strokes. Unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, microneedling is semi-permanent, and the results are more natural appearing than other methods. Typically, microblading clients require a touch-up about a month after their initial treatment, and the results last anywhere from one to three years.

What is Microshading?

Microshading is another technique of cosmetic tattooing which is comparable to microblading but uses different tools. Typically, this technique uses an electric hand tool, which creates a more “filled in” effect than the fine, hair-like strokes of microblading. The results of microshading are more comparable to an eyebrow powder versus a pencil, and the technique uses more of a stippling method. The longevity of microshading’s results are overall comparable to those of microblading.

Who is a Good Microblading Candidate?

Most people who wish to have fuller or more defined eyebrows and are generally healthy make good candidates for microblading. However, if you have skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, you may not be suited to the treatment as the pigments will not hold well and results may not last. Your candidacy for the treatment can be determined during a consultation.


  • How long does microblading take?

    The average microblading session takes about 2-3 hours to complete.

  • Does microblading hurt?

    Before your microblading treatment, you will likely receive a topical numbing cream to ensure you avoid discomfort. Most patients feel some sensation, like a scratching, which is well-tolerated.

  • How long does microblading take to heal?

    Immediately after the microblading treatment, the eyebrows will appear very dark. The color of the brows will fade by about 40% as it heals. Healing typically is completed between one to two weeks after the treatment.