Permanent makeup has long resembled its more traditional counterpart, in that it involves needles injecting colored inks deep into the skin to leave a permanent mark. While this technique certainly has its uses—creating more definition for thinning lips, for instance, as opposed to daily (or more frequent) applications of lipstick—it left some people feeling like their eyebrows looked dramatic, but not natural. This is because cosmetic tattooing is good for creating solid colors, but that look is a bit obvious when it comes to a feature made up of individual hairs all pointing in the same direction. The detail was something cosmetic tattooing did not replicate well.
Now, however, there is microblading. Los Angeles-area women and men interested in the procedure can learn more about it from Licensed Esthetician Lola Jonsson at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills.
Unlike tradition or cosmetic tattooing, microblading makes use of several needles—not just one—all grouped together. When stroked over a thinning or over-plucked eyebrow, these needles leave fine lines that resemble actual dark eyebrow hairs. The result is a natural-looking eyebrow, not a block of color that someone outlined and filled in with ink.
The ink is long-lasting, but not permanent, as it is not injected at a depth common to more significant tattoos. The hair-like marks will fade over the course of a couple of years.
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.