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People ask this question a lot, and it's no surprise that anyone would be curious. Cautious, even. For a procedure with a name that contains the word blade, you would be wondering too if it's painful. And if the result is worth going under the knife or needles.
In essence, microblading involves a specialized tool of tiny needles that inject pigment into the skin. And it inserts this pigment by making little strokes in your brows, basically making shallow wounds for the pigment to go into.
While that does sound painful, the microblading procedure should be a painless experience. And that's thanks to the topical anesthetic that many microblading technicians use. They usually apply it approximately 20 minutes before microblading. We call this the pre-numb. The anesthetic usually comes in cream form and includes 5%-10% lidocaine.
The obvious benefit of applying the numbing cream is that the skin becomes completely numb during the first pass of the microblade. However, the pre-numb can also make the skin a bit harder to cut during the first pass. It's more complicated when the microblading artist is trying to create thin hair strokes. If the client can withstand a small amount of pain, the better to get the desired results.
Most people who undergo microblading report little to no pain during the procedure. However, some technicians may re-apply the anesthetic for the few who can't withstand it.
After the first pass and the skin is opened, the technician can use the secondary anesthetic. This can be lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, or a combination of these. It usually is in the form of a gel or liquid and will enter broken skin quickly. The numbness takes effect quickly and can last to 45 minutes up to an hour.
A common misconception is that microblading must go deep into the skin for the pigment to take. Nothing could be more untrue. The correct way to microblade is only going into the basal layer or under the epidermis. In addition, the strokes should be easy and light, and there should be minimal blood. But this still depends on the skin's health that the technician is working on.
If the microblading artist or technician goes too deep, the healed results will be worse. You will see raised skin around the cuts and, of course, the blood. It could also result in the following:
So if you're looking into getting a microblading procedure to beautify your brows, make sure you work with a highly trained and experienced microblading artist. Ask them if they have a license, and don't be afraid to ask questions! Many of them always get asked, does microblading hurt? And a professional one can reassure you by making sure that your microblading procedure goes perfectly.
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