If getting permanent eyebrows sounds appealing to you, but you still haven’t made the final decision, you are at the right place. We have prepared a list of all the advantages and disadvantages of permanent eyebrows treatments to help you make up your mind.
So let’s start with the basics.
Is Microblading the Only Thing You Can Get?
No. Many clients think of microblading when they decide to get their brows tattooed. But microblading is not the only treatment out there.
Microblading is the most popular because it gives realistic, hair-stroke brows. But have you heard of nano brows? The results are the same, and you will get even thinner hair strokes that can last longer. Nano brows are done with a machine, while microblading is done with a hand-held tool, and that’s the main difference between the two treatments.
Or, do you know what powder brows are? If the tattoo doesn’t have distinctive hair strokes, but a powdery, soft pixelated effect, then those are powder brows. Powder brows are becoming more and more popular because they look good on everyone, unlike microblading which doesn’t give the best results on oily skin.
You can also choose an ombre powder brow effect, or even combine microblading and powder brows to get perfect combo brows.
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Why Do People Hesitate to Get Permanent Eyebrows?
Because it’s a tattoo. True, it is not the same as a traditional, ink tattoo but it’s still a tattoo. Yes, it is advertised as semi-permanent, and it is said to fade after 2-3 years. However, that is not completely true.
Microblading and other permanent eyebrows are tattoos, and even though they will fade faster and more than a regular tattoo, they may not fade completely.
There are cases where microblading and permanent brows fade completely but there are also many people who have pigment residues years after having their microblading done, and that is why some people are reluctant to get something that may stay on their face for a long time.
Some clients are also afraid that the treatment will be painful, while others are not sure whether they will like the new look of their brows.
Pros of Permanent Eyebrows
Getting permanent eyebrows actually has a lot of benefits. Let’s make a list.
You no longer have to spend time doing your eyebrows every morning trying to make them look even and natural.
They look perfect even after washing them, swimming, or a workout. Water won’t affect and smudge them and you don’t have to worry whether your eyebrows are still there after swimming.
They can cover up scars
They can make scars less prominent. They can also help people who suffered brow hair loss, most commonly cancer patients. Microblading for cancer patients will help them regain their self-esteem and feel better about their looks.
They are long-lasting
After the initial treatment and a mandatory touch up after 6-8 weeks, you don’t have to do anything to your brows for months and they will still look great.
A great confidence boost
They can give your eyes and face an instant lift, make it look younger and fresh. The permanent eyebrows artist will help you choose the best eyebrow style for your face shape.
The treatment is not really painful
A permanent makeup artist will apply a numbing cream to ease the discomfort, and most people find it quite bearable.
It’s becoming more affordable
Although the average price of microblading is $600, it seems like the prices are dropping, since there are more and more microblading and permanent eyebrows artists out there, so the competition is stronger. You can get permanent brows at much more affordable prices, but make sure the artist is certified and licensed as well as experienced.
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Cons of Permanent Eyebrows
Healing and Aftercare
After the treatment is done, your eyebrows will need some time to heal. The healing period is not long – your eyebrows will be completely recovered after 6 weeks, but it can be annoying. It involves the scabbing stage, your eyebrows may be itchy, and they even can become too light at one point.
It is important to follow the aftercare routine to make sure your eyebrows heal perfectly.
Allergic reactions or Infections
This is not very common, but it is always good to be cautious. Allergic reactions are prevented by doing a patch test. To avoid an infection, be careful with the choice of permanent eyebrows artist. Check whether they work in sterile conditions and whether they are licensed and certified.
Sometimes, it doesn’t fade completely
Permanent eyebrows are allegedly semi-permanent, but there is no guarantee that they will fade completely after a couple of years. Sometimes, they leave a pigment shadow that needs to be covered up. Also, it is almost impossible to repeat the microblading process infinitely. After a couple of corrections, the hair strokes will become blurred, so powder brows may be the only option after that.
They are not that easy to remove
Removing permanent eyebrows at home is not really possible – you can fade them to some extent, but to get rid of the tattoo completely and successfully, especially if it’s too saturated, you will need to get professional PMU removal.
Getting permanent eyebrows has a lot of benefits, but it is important to carefully research and find a reputable, experienced, and, we can’t stress this enough, certified and licensed artist.
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