Aside from the desire for more defined eyebrows, one of the reasons why people turn to microblading is alopecia. But what exactly is alopecia? How do you maintain gorgeous eyebrows when you have this condition? Does microblading actually help?
If you also have any of these questions in your head, read on! We’ll be answering these and sharing everything you need to know about alopecia and microblading!
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What is Alopecia?
Alopecia, often called hair loss, is a common autoimmune disorder that is brought about by the body’s misidentification of hair as an ‘outside’ threat, which causes the immune system to attack it. This eventually leads to thinning and loss of hair in some areas—most commonly on the scalp. However, alopecia can also affect other parts of the body like eyebrows and eyelashes.
More often than not, alopecia is never diagnosed and the cause for this irregular immune response remains a mystery. But regardless of what causes this condition, suffering from it can be quite unnerving. It takes a piece of our bodies, our hair, and it takes a piece of our spirit, our confidence.
So What Can You Do about Alopecia?
As previously mentioned, alopecia can also affect the eyebrows—a prominent part of one’s face that adds to its definition. However, up to this day, there is no known cure for the condition.
Nonetheless, it’s still possible to get and maintain gorgeous eyebrows through different treatments such as the following:
Eyebrow extensions are one option, however, they may not be the best choice if you have completely bald brows for a few reasons.
Number one, you will have to pay more. Eyebrow extensions range in price based on the number of extensions used in the treatment. The average treatment, for instance, is made up of 25% extension and 75% hair and the price continues to go up contingent on the of extensions needed. Treatments with absolutely no hair and 100 % extension on average cost around $200.
And Number two? Well, as if the hefty cost weren’t enough, you’ll need A LOT more maintenance! When applied to actual hair strands, the extensions can last for several weeks. However, when they’re applied to the skin, they only last about 5-14 days. At $200 a pop, that really adds up!
Similar to eyebrow extensions, eyebrow tinting would only be perfect for those who have mild hair loss. This procedure only involves tinting the existing strands of the brows for a more defined look. Nonetheless, it’s still a good and affordable option for those who want to improve the look of their eyebrows.
Eyebrow wigs are another option but these can have their downsides as well. They often look fake and the glue used to hold them in place is often unreliable. No one wants one of their eyebrows falling off in mid-swim or mid-workout!
Then, of course, there is always the option to use cosmetic pencils, powders, and pomades. Makeup is one of the most cost-effective and the least permanent solutions. Thus, when you don’t like the shape or color anymore, you can just wash it away and start over!
However, constantly applying and reapplying eyebrow makeup is a real drag! Who wants to wake up an hour early every day to paint their brows on, only to have to do it again after their afternoon workout?
But Here’s a Hassle-free Solution for Alopecia
If you don’t want to go through all the hassle, microblading is another great solution. Through this treatment, having waterproof, sweatproof, makeup proof, and foolproof eyebrows is POSSIBLE!
Microblading is a Semi-Permanent solution for those with little to no brows. It is the process of depositing pigment (ink) into the superficial layers of the skin. Similar to a tattoo, the ink is deposited in “strokes” which look just like natural hair.
Trained and skilled microblading artists can create photoreal brows using precise cutting-edge tools and products. The procedure is also minimally invasive with no downtime! It can be done in a few hours and costs way less than a brow hair transplant, which runs about three thousand dollars! Ouch!
Does Microblading Hurt?
The truth is that when an anesthetic is properly utilized, the treatment can be done with little to no pain. Most patients describe the sensation as being similar to a small rubber band snap or pinch.
How Much Does It Cost?
Cost can vary widely depending on the location and expertise of the artist. A general rule is that the more experience an artist or technician has, the more expensive the treatment will cost.
That is because the low end of the price range is usually made up of student artists or new artists aspiring to build their clientele. Consequently, the higher end is going to be the most decorated artists in the local microblading industry. Remember, good brows are almost never cheap and cheap brows are almost never good. Don’t take chances when it comes to your face!
Can Microblading Last Long?
On average, the results of microblading last for 1-3 years. Most clients can expect about two years before requiring a touch-up appointment, which is often available at a discounted cost from the original treatment price. Some factors that affect this are skin type, tone, and texture, as well as excessive bleeding or lymph production, anemia, diabetes, and tobacco use.
Typically, the healthier you are the longer it will last. You can also extend the life of your tattooed eyebrows by not using harsh or astringent products on your brow area! These are, for instance, products containing retinol, fruit acids (including vitamin c), exfoliating agents such as glycolic or lactic acid, and so on. It is best to use simple soap for your brow area and use the other products on the rest of your face.
Is Microblading for Everyone?
While having alopecia doesn’t affect your ability to get microblading done, there are a few factors that can. You should not get microblading done if:
- You are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant
- You experience extreme and excessive sebum production from the skin (oily skin)
- You have overly sensitive skin
- You have severe acne
- You have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
- You have allergies to topical anesthetics or to tattoo ink
- You have a rash in the area like eczema or psoriasis (procedure can be done once this has cleared)
- You have a previous tattoo in the area that has not faded
And if you are not sure whether or not you are a good candidate, it is always a good idea to schedule a consultation at a reputable studio. Don’t hesitate to talk to your alopecia dermatologist or GP, or speak with your local Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
While these doctors typically aren’t performing these treatments, they can advise you on the treatment process, contraindications, and potential side effects as well as refer you to a professional who does.
Furthermore, if you have a previous tattoo, and you aren’t sure if it’s completely faded, you can send pictures of it to us at 214-432-2077.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
Well, it’s actually quite minimal. Most individuals choose to return to work and social activities the next day, immediately showing that you solved your alopecia-related worries. The eyebrow area may be slightly red and tender for a few hours but this should dissipate by the next morning.
It’s also important to follow any aftercare instructions the technician gives you following your treatment. This is imperative for preventing infection and keeping your microblading just as beautiful as the day it was done. Aftercare instructions include things like using a special soap or ointment for the first one to two weeks and not tanning or working out for 7 days.
Whatever the case, you must follow these instructions to avoid complications, even if you think they are silly or useless. If you have any questions regarding aftercare, make sure to contact your technician.
So How Do You Choose an Artist?
Getting microblading for your hair loss is an investment. Thus, you should get an artist you can trust.
When choosing one, be sure they have had formal education in microblading or semi-permanent cosmetics. Also, consider if they have adequate experience practicing in the field.
Additionally, all artists will have their own personal style, and that’s a good thing! It means that there is something for everyone. However, you should review some of the artist’s work beforehand to ensure that it suits your desired aesthetic.
You should also be able to see healed results as well as freshly completed work. This will give you an idea of how the artist’s work will heal and soften, and how you will need to get used to seeing yourself every day. Hence, make sure it will be something you like. Remember, this lasts 2-3 years on average!
And if you want to meet the best microblading artists in Dallas, look no further!
BrowBeat Advanced Microblading Studio is home to the most experienced artists in the community who provide all of our guests with 5-star customer service and a luxury experience. Just send us a message or call us today for a free phone consultation!
Do you want to do something about your alopecia? Call BrowBeat today on 214 432 3077 to make your Microblading appointment! Book now
Dallas Advanced Microblading Experts
1800 Market Pl Blvd Ste 130
Irving , Texas 75063