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Eyebrow Loss A Permanent Solution

Eyebrows are the “frame” for the face, and we often don’t realize what an important facial feature they are — until they aren’t there! If you are one of the many women who have very sparse or missing eyebrow hairs, you know how frustrating it is to depend on eyebrow pencil to recreate the look of eyebrows. It is very difficult to “draw” on the correct shape when you do not have an existing eyebrow to guide you.

    There are many reasons for eyebrow loss, including antibiotics or other medications, autoimmune disorders, chemotherapy, eczema, fungal infections, psoriasis, and hormone imbalances. Sometimes it is just hereditary that a person has extremely light colored or sparse eyebrows, causing the appearance of no eyebrows. If you are experiencing eyebrow loss, it is important to see your physician to make sure that it isn’t a symptom of a more serious medical condition.

    Women have become more familiar with the benefits of permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, to create eyebrows that look natural with the illusion of hair in the brow area. Cosmetic tattooing is the sophisticated process of inserting specially formulated colored pigments into the dermal layer of the skin and is also used for eye liner, lip liner, as well as many para-medical procedures. Cosmetic tattooing is completely permanent and extremely safe when performed by a qualified technician.

    Recently “microblading” has become a popular term and presented as a “new” technique and service. The name is misleading as no “blades” are used in the process. Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Manual methods of tattooing have been used through the ages, and the tools have gone through changes over time from pre-historic sharpened stones to the hand tool devices currently being used. An actual scalpel or cutting-type blade should not be used under any circumstances as these are considered medical devices and cannot legitimately be used for this process. Any hand tool device (i.e., both handle and attached needles) used for microblading should be pre-sterilized and fully disposable.*

    If you think this procedure is something that might benefit you, the first thing to do is set up a no obligation, no-charge consultation. The consultation serves several purposes. First is for discussion about cosmetic tattooing and to make sure that you are fully informed of all aspects of the procedure. The second purpose is to discuss how you would like your eyebrows to look. Many women with eyebrow loss are over 50 or 60 years old and have drawn their brows on for more than 40 years. It is not up to the technician to redesign the brows and then to permanently put that new brow on. However, if the shape of the brow is an issue, i.e. unflattering, bizarre, or garish, a good technician will discuss the best eyebrow shape and apply powders or pencil for you to visualize the new shape. You would then be encouraged to wear them that way for three to six weeks before putting them on permanently.

    It is important that you are comfortable with the way the tattooed brow will look. Usually, the goal is to enhance the brow area, not put on a brow that is more dramatic or markedly different. This is accomplished by a technique using individual hair-like strokes with a soft-colored pigment that looks very natural.
    Once you have decided to have brows tattooed on, the process is relatively painless. Over-the-counter strength anesthetics are used to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Once the procedure is complete, there is little to no discomfort during the healing process. Within about two weeks, you will have a good idea of the healed, finished look and will likely come back and say, “I wish I had done this years ago!”

*Sources upon request

    For more information on permanent make-up, you may contact Vicki Tilton, CPCT Permanent Cosmetic Technician, at 309-242-4951.


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