ASCP Skin Deep

MARCH | APRIL 2019

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34 ascp skin deep march/april 2019 Brow Perfection Offer your clients the eyebrows they've always wanted with microblading by Maggie Staszcuk Microblading is becoming the most popular advanced modality performed in the esthetic industry. Do you have clients with thin brows, no brows, or brows that are falling out? This may be the procedure for them. It's no secret brows are now the "hot" feature and our clients are willing to spend some money to make them perfect. The options are endless to create the "perfect" brow: tweezing, waxing, gels, powders, pencils, and more. But the daily routine can become tedious and—you know you've seen it—the result can look frighteningly unnatural. Microblading is an attractive option for those who can't (or don't want to) apply makeup every day, have lost their brows as a result of various medical conditions, have thin, sparse brows from years of overtweezing, or have scarring. This procedure also goes by alternative names such as micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, micro stroking, dermal implantation, and eyebrow embroidery. Whatever you call it, a career in this highly specialized field is rewarding, exciting, and profitable. expertadvice ADVANCED MODALITIES MICROBLADING EXPLAINED Microblading is a semipermanent cosmetic tattoo procedure that fills in sparse eyebrows by placing pigment into the skin. The technician uses a microblade, a hand tool consisting of a tight needle grouping of 7–18 needles. These needles are so thin they mimic the look of brow hairs by creating thin scratches on the skin, into which pigment is then deposited. An actual blade or scalpel should never be used; it is considered a medical device and is not legally allowed to be used in this process. Microblading is different from traditional tattooing in that each hair stroke is drawn in one by one, creating a more natural look than solidly filled eyebrow tattoos. This careful process can take up to two hours or more. The effects last anywhere from 12–36 months, depending on the client's skin.

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