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Difference Between Microblading and Nano Brows

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Are you struggling to choose the right technique for your brows?

Then let me make it easier for you to understand the difference between machine and manually created hair strokes.


First things first.. they both are a form of tattoo, and like all tattoos they all fade with time,

depending on multiple factors, including quality of pigment/ink used, UV exposure, elements found in skincare products, medications, hormones, skin type etc.


The treatments last from one to three years. A touch-up session is encouraged 5-8 weeks after the first procedure for the best outcome.


All procedures start with mapping, measuring and drawing the brows. We use numbing anesthetic cream throughout the procedure; however with microblading we do not do pre-numbing due to the consistency of the skin (makes the skin spongy and hard to implant the pigment).

Everyone’s tolerance for pain is different. That being said, most clients who received these

services didn’t report experiencing much pain and some equated it to receiving eyebrow waxing, some fall asleep during the procedure.


It is important to note that with both techniques your skin will have a mild injury which takes time to heal. If you are planning to go on a hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming, make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post tattooing before showing off your newly tattooed brows on the beach!

PS! Wear sunscreen on the tattooed area.


WHAT IS MICROBLADING

  • Microblading (manual method; also known as 3D Brows, 6D Brows, eyebrow embroidery, eyebrow tattooing, and feathered brows) is a semi-permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows.

  • The artist uses a special pen-like tool made up of 10-16 fine blades of different thickness which are dipped into a liquid pigment solution and dragged through the epidermis (cutting the upper layer of your skin) between eyebrow hairs in thin strokes in order to make the brow arches fuller, thicker, and symmetrical.

  • Microblading is ideal for someone who has experienced some hair loss and wants to achieve very natural looking eyebrows or fill in sparse brows.

  • The duration of this procedure is 1,5-2h and can last up to 1,5 years.

  • When a hair stroke with pigment is initiated into the skin the possibility of outside elements such as the numbing agent, water from wiping the brows or even lymph fluid and blood can dilute the pigment which can result in poorly healed strokes or premature fading. A top microblading artist can reduce the likelihood of this happening but the possibility is still there.

  • Contrary to microblading on eyebrows, the nano machine hair stroke service avoids these types of risk altogether.

PERFECT CANDIDATES FOR MICROBLADING:

● Skin type: Normal to dry skin

● Age: from 18 to 40

NOT THE BEST CANDIDATES:

● Skin type and conditions: Combination to oily skin, large pores, deep wrinkles, moles,

bumps, scars, sunburned skin, hypersensitive skin, thin skin, previous permanent

makeup.

● Age: 40+

● Skin complications: Eczema, psoriasis, keloid scarring, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis

(i.e., your skin i s constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated)

● Skin chronic conditions: Chronic acne and rosacea

● Medical conditions and medication: Accutane (on last 1 year,stop using 6 months before your appointment)/retin-A (stop 2 weeks prior), latisse/revitalash (eyelash and eyebrow growth serum, stop using month prior), blood thinners. Hair transplant, irregular state, autoimmune, bleeding disorders. Allergic to lidocaine and epinephrine.

● Chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion (stop 4 weeks prior)

● If you are pregnant, nursing, have hemophilia, a heart condition, epilepsy/seizures,

undergoing active chemotherapy, it i s absolutely not recommended that you get any

form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position.


WHAT IS MACHINE HAIR STROKES

  • Hair strokes created by a digital machine aka nano-brows is a more precise version of microblading.

  • With nano brows, the artist uses a single-needle device, the nano needle machine, which works like a tattoo machine, but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis. The nano needle i s flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness i s 0.18 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows, because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs.

  • Machine hairstrokes have fewer undesirable side effects than microblading, such as bruising and swelling. The machine services allow you to have fully saturated hairstrokes with better retention, less trauma to the skin, and provides you with a smoother healing process. Because of this, the results usually last longer, the device is able to implant more pigment into each hair stroke without cutting into the skin and is less intrusive to your skin.

  • This technique i s more suitable for a wider range of skin types. Another major benefit of machine hair-strokes is that the skin rarely will bleed which assists with keeping the results of the ink.

  • The duration of this procedure is 2-2,5h and can last up to 2-3 years.

BEST CANDIDATES:

● Skin type: Suitable for all skin types

● Age: From 18 to 60+, depends of the skin condition

NOT THE BEST CANDIDATES:

● Skin type and conditions: Sunburned skin, previous permanent makeup

● Skin complications (on face): Eczema, psoriasis, keloid scarring, keratosis pilaris and

dermatitis (i.e., your skin i s constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated)

● Skin chronic conditions (eyebrow area): Chronic acne and rosacea

● Medical conditions and medication: Accutane (on last 1 year)/retin-A (stop 2 weeks prior),

latisse,revitalash (eyelash and eyebrow growth serum, stop using month prior). Hair transplant, irregular state, autoimmune, bleeding disorders. Allergic to lidocaine and epinephrine.

● Chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion MUST stop 4 weeks prior

● If you are pregnant, nursing, have hemophilia, a heart condition, epilepsy/seizures,

undergoing active chemotherapy, it i s absolutely not recommended that you get any

form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position. Consult with your doctor first.


If you are unsure which technique to choose, I recommend coming in for a FREE consultation first. For questions please email us at info@optibrowpmu.com .



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