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Revision Microblading Bellevue & Kirkland
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that enhances the shape, density, and pigment of the eyebrows. Many people have naturally thin brows or are simply tired of spending so much time applying makeup, so they may seek out microblading for a longer term solution. Unfortunately, when low-quality pigments are used, or an unskilled provider is seen, the eyebrows can heal unsatisfactorily. Revising the microblading can then become necessary. The best revision microblading Bellevue and Kirkland offers is at Northwest Face & Body.
Overview: Why Revision Microblading Becomes Necessary
First, it is important to note that not all bad results come from low-quality supplies or unskilled providers. Over years, the color can simply fade into another color or heal badly. However, in most cases, this is avoidable when using quality materials and seeing an experienced provider. Still, luckily, bad microblading results are generally fixable. Let’s look at some of the common issues that lead to the need for microblading revision.
Either upon healing or even years later, the pigment can fade into an unnatural color such as green or blue. The brows can also significantly lighten into a grayish color. These are the most commonly seen color issues with microblading, but thankfully, some solutions can fix them and also prevent them it happening again.
Your microblading artist will first use a pigmented corrector. These correctors use the complementary color on the color wheel to neutralize the unwanted pigment. From there, you will heal and then come back to have new brows applied. In cases where the pigmentation issue is not severe, it may take place in one appointment.
Thick/Visible Needle Strokes
Unnaturally thick or needle strokes spaced too far apart are one of the most commonly seen bad results seen after microblading. If this persists after healing, it may be time to consider a Bellevue microblading revision. Depending on the age of your brows, the exact revision technique will vary.
Sometimes your microblading artist may use powder brows or combo brows to hide the strokes. This creates a more cohesive look that will hide the strokes. In other cases, your artist may simply add more strokes to even out the spacing and make the brows look natural.
The eyebrows are naturally asymmetrical. However, this asymmetry is normally not noticeable. If microblading goes wrong and you are left with visibly asymmetrical brows, there are some options. Additionally, an undesirable shape can usually be corrected.
Your Bellevue microblading artist will map out the golden ratio in accordance with your facial features. From there, they will work with you to create your ideal brow shape. The golden ratio ensures the brows are properly positioned and makes it unlikely for asymmetry or massive misshaping to happen.
Benefits & Risks
Undergoing a revision microblading session does come with some benefits and risks like all other procedures. While many are the same as a regular microblading treatment, some are more specific to a revision. The benefits can include:
- Visibly symmetrical brows
- Eyebrows created with the golden ratio
- Naturally colored brows that complement skin tone and hair color
- More natural looking brow appearance
- Address areas of sparsity
- Smudge-proof once healed
- Minimal side effects
- Often has shorter session times
- Little to no pain
- Natural results
- Performed by a certified tattoo artist who specializes in microblading
The risks—like with traditional microblading—are minimal, but it is important to understand them before undergoing a microblading revision. The risks can include:
- Does not work to correct the issue
- Recurrence of issue
- Poor healing
- Allergic reaction
- Prolonged side effects
Revision Microblading Before & After
The first step to undergoing revision microblading in Bellevue is to schedule a consultation with our microblading artist. They will examine the condition of your existing brows as well as ask you about your goals. Next, they may ask a few questions about your medical history and lifestyle such as if you have any allergies and if you smoke. From there, they examine your skin type and tone as this can inform their treatment plan. If they believe you are a candidate for revision microblading, they will go on to describe their plan of action.
Sometimes, it is possible to start the revision process at the same appointment. Otherwise, you can schedule your appointment before leaving. Northwest Face & Body works with outside financing and provides starting prices on our price list so you can budget for your procedure.
A microblading revision usually takes one or two sessions. If color correction is needed, they will apply the color correction pigment first. Often, this needs to heal to neutralize the color of your brows and prevent the new pigment from turning as well. At the second session, your microblading artist will create your new brows. For other corrections, only one session may be necessary.
Before starting the microblading process, your brow artist will apply numbing cream to limit discomfort during the treatment. They will also disinfect the brows before microblading. From there, the procedure will look and feel similar to your original treatment. Revision appointments tend to range in duration of appointment more than a first-time microblading appointment does.
Aftercare & Results
After your revision microblading, the aftercare process will mirror the original one. Though, you may need to use more caution than before to promote the absolute best results. Some of the common instructions our microblading artists give includes:
- Avoid wetting the brows in the shower or submerging them for a week
- Protect the brows from sun exposure
- Do not partake in strenuous exercise for about a week
- Avoid picking at any scabs that may form
- Clean the brow area gently every day per your artist’s instructions
- Do not apply makeup or skincare products to the brow area for a week
Frequently Asked Questions
What If I Want To Totally Remove Microbladed Brows?
Microbladed brows are considered a semi-permanent procedure. Thus, they will eventually fade in about two to three years on average. However, if you want to remove them before that, there are some options.
- Laser Tattoo Removal: Laser tattoo removal is an option to remove microblading pigment. However, this method is not often preferred because the laser can also inadvertently remove eyebrow hair which is generally not desired. In rare cases where the pigment is away from the hair bearing area, then laser tattoo removal may work. It will also take fewer sessions than a traditional permanent tattoo.
- Saline Removal: Saline removal helps remove microblading pigment by essentially re-microblading the area with saline. This can help break down the ink, but it can also lead to much more discomfort during healing. It can damage the skin and does come with some risks. Thus, not all patients want to go this route.
- Retinol: Regular retinol use may reduce the longevity of your microblading brows. However, this is not recommended because it can cause damage and is not gvuaranteed to work. If you use retinol anyway, fading the brows faster may simply be a benefit.
- Wait: Microblading brows will fade over time. If you never get them touched up, they will eventually return to their original shape and look. However, this can take several months and even years to completely fade out, so for many patients with particularly egregious results, this is not a viable option.
Ultimately, if wanting to remove your microbladed brows, it is best to see a microblading artist or master esthetician who can help create a plan that maintains your existing brows while removing the pigment.
Can You Fade Microblading At Home?
As previously mentioned, retinoids can help speed up the process of fading microblading. However, this is generally not recommended, especially so close to the eyes. If you normally use retinol, it is fine to continue using it, but trying to use retinol specifically to remove microblading pigment is not effective or safe in the hands of someone without professional knowledge and experience.
Your provider may provide you with some tips for speeding up the fading process. However, it is best only to follow at-home directions given by a professional who knows your specific needs and circumstances.
Will Makeup Cover It?
Yes, makeup can sometimes cover small microblading issues. If a patient is satisfied with this solution, it is perfectly okay to simply use makeup. However, since many patients seek out microblading to avoid applying brow makeup, it is understandable that they may want a different solution.
The Best Microblading Revision In Bellevue & Kirkland
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Providing the top cosmetic and beauty services, to the Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle areas. As a medical practice, we hold our beauty procedures such as microblading to a higher standard than in most salons. This is why Northwest Face & Body can perform the best revision microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
With a state-of-the-art facility on the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body caters to patients from around the world. The facility also features on-site medical professionals who ensure the utmost safety. Microblading requires a skilled and trained professional like those at Northwest Face & Body. As certified tattoo artists and with years of experience, they are the best microblading artists in Bellevue and Kirkland.