In the ever-evolving world of permanent makeup, new techniques and technologies are constantly emerging along with their creative new names. The marketing always promises superior results and unparalleled perfection without consideration to any other mitigating factors. Now that “microblading” has seemed to lose its fresh appeal (particularly in light of how some of the results have aged years later), another trend that has gained significant attention in recent years is nano machine brows. Proponents of this technique tout its precision, longevity, and versatility, claiming it to be the ultimate solution for flawless eyebrows. However, amidst the hype surrounding nano machine brows, it’s crucial to point out the irrefutable facts around the claims that this procedure purports to have exclusivity on.

1. Precision and Detail

  • Claim: “The use of a specialized tattoo machine in nano machine brows allows for greater control and precision, ensuring that each hair stroke is well-defined. The smaller needle size used in nano-blading creates finer and more delicate hair strokes, closely resembling natural eyebrow hairs.”
  • Reality: Any instrument can allow for the same degree of control and precision as the technician wielding that instrument is capable of. It takes time to master the use of any instrument or machine, and no advancement in technology can make up for a technician’s lack of skill or experience.

2. Longevity and Fade Resistance

  • Claim: “Nano hair strokes tend to retain their shape and color for a longer period compared to manual microblading techniques, resulting in longer-lasting effects.”
  • Reality: Really? So how long are these brows supposed to last as compared to other techniques? Unfortunately there is nothing to support this claim. What has been found is that the longevity of cosmetic tattooing depends on various factors such as prolonged exposure to UV light, exfoliating chemicals, individual skin’s pigment retention tendency, pigment color and density of the pigment application. The finer and lighter the hairstroke, the more quickly that hairstroke will lighten and fade no matter how it was deposited. A certain type of needle or machine does not change the makeup of the skin or its ability to keep the color in place.

Example of healed nano machine brows

3. Minimal Discomfort and Downtime

  • Claim: “Nano machine brows are a less painful and more comfortable alternative to traditional tattooing techniques with minimal downtime required for recovery.”

  • Reality: As long as some semblance of a needle is penetrating the skin’s barrier over a certain time period that’s required for sufficient lines to be created in the skin, it’s unlikely that any instrument itself is going to be the determining factor in pain and downtime. Pain tolerance largely rests on the individual and varies from one person to the next. For the vast majority of people the application of topical anesthetics greatly reduces any discomfort that may be felt, as does taking an OTC pain reliever prior to the procedure. Finally, no matter what the technique, there’s really no way around the several days or so of downtime afterwards. Healing time also varies from one person to the next, however adherence to proper after care will ensure the quickest and best possible healing outcomes.

4. Suitable for different skin types

  • Claim: “Nano brows can be suitable for various skin types, including oily or sensitive skin, as the technique is less dependent on the client’s skin texture.”
  • Reality: There is no particular skin type that would be any less suitable for any kind of cosmetic tattooing regardless of popular belief as long as the client is healthy and their skin is not compromised in any way. If a client’s skin is particularly sensitive, then any kind of tattooing is going to be no more or less suitable. Unavoidably, a needle must still penetrate the skin over a series of passes. More of an issue for sensitivity is the deftness of the technician’s touch and the length of time that a procedure takes. In general, a more skilled and experienced technician will be able to complete the procedure more quickly and with minimal discomfort to the client.

5. Customization and Versatility

  • Claim: “Nano machine brows offer greater customization and versatility in terms of shape, color, and style options allowing the technician to adjust the density, thickness, and placement of the hair strokes to achieve a tailored look that suits the client’s desired outcome and facial features.”

  • Reality: A skilled cosmetic tattoo artist can achieve all of this customization using whatever instruments they are most comfortable with. But just as important as the skill with which a technician wields their tools is the judgement they have for what will benefit and suit the client best, including for the long term.

6. Safety and Reliability

  • Claim: Nano machine brows are often promoted as a safer and more reliable option due to their use of advanced technology and sterile disposable cartridges.
  • Reality: Sterile, single-use needles and cartridges have been the standard since the mass proliferation of cosmetic tattooing and are not the exclusive domain of these newer nano machines. Aside from the sterile, single-use needles, the technician’s rigorous adherence to best practices for avoiding any transmission of bloodborne pathogens is also key to maintaining a clean and safe environment for cosmetic tattooing procedures.

Regardless of the marketing hype, nano machine brows are not inherently superior to any other cosmetic tattooing techniques. Results of a procedure using any instruments and techniques are largely dependent on the skill and expertise of the technician. Someone who has been in practice for a long time has mostly likely come across a variety of different instruments, pigments and protocols and is likely to have multiple items at their disposal to achieve their intended results. Once the client articulates their desired results, it’s the technician’s job to set realistic expectations and deliver on them using their best judgement in choosing what instruments to use, the appropriate pigment(s), aftercare protocol, and the like.