The Difference Between Microblading and Eyebrow Tattooing

Eyebrows play a big role in helping to make the face attractive; they help frame the eyes and enhance or detract from the expressions your face makes. The shape, fullness, and symmetry of your brows all come together in how good they look on you. With sparse brows or nonexistent brows, both microblading and traditional eyebrow tattooing can both be great ways to help achieve better definition, shape, and fullness. Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing that involves depositing color in fine strokes into the dermal layer of the skin to mimic existing eyebrow hairs. Yet microblading and traditional tattooing are very different in many ways. If you are thinking about whether you should get your brows tattooed or microbladed, you may want to consider these factors before you decide.

Microblading Attempts To Make Eyebrows Look More Realistic

Because microblading tries to create a look that mimics hairs, the eyebrows will appear a lot more realistic compared to other drawn-on looks, including those from traditional tattooing methods. Individual hair-like strokes make for fine, delicate results that do not compare with a solidly-filled results from a traditional eyebrow tattoo. Microblading can be done with any shade of pigment to best match or complement your natural brow color.


Any procedure that requires sharp instruments to penetrate the skin such as the needles used in microblading and tattooing will involve some degree of discomfort. However, when a safe, topical anesthetic is used to properly numb the skin prior to and during the relatively brief procedure, any pain should be minimal and over with quickly. No procedure should take more than 30-40 minutes.


All tattoos are permanent in the sense that they cannot be washed off. When cosmetic tattoos are heavily implanted with lots of ink having been successfully imbedded into the skin, the results are there for good, for better or worse (unless you have a great cosmetic tattoo removal procedure to provide any needed correction). With microblading, the fine, delicate strokes tend to fade more readily than a solidly filled eyebrow tattoo, lasting about 1-3 years on average. Although microblading may require more frequent touch ups to maintain, it will be well worth the natural-looking results. The fact that it’s not truly permanent also means you can make ample adjustments to the brows if desired or needed. As your face changes over time from one decade to the next, your eyebrows may need to change with it.


The cost for any service varies widely depending upon the geographic region and skill and experience of the service provider. With microblading becoming so popular its cost is competitive to more traditional methods of eyebrow tattooing. While more frequent touch ups will factor into the total expense, for most technicians those touch ups are kept at a much reduced price than the original cost. For any permanent cosmetic procedure on your face, remember that finding an experienced, certified professional who can do the work properly and efficiently the first time around is well worth the initial investment. If you are pleased with your service you can look forward to a life-long relationship with the same technician for your touch-ups in the future for much less than the cost of Botox or fillers.


JuvEssentials provides a wide range of professional cosmetic tattooing solutions located in San Francisco, CA. We pride ourselves on delivering service of an exceptional standard. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help with your needs.

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