CORRECTIVE MICROBLADING

"As a professional in the permanent cosmetic industry for 22 years, I have decided to begin posting pictures of what I am starting to see coming my way when it comes to 'microblading'.  It is the social media craze right now and a tremendous amount of people are getting 'trained' using a blade to slice the skin in order to implant a minute amount of pigment. The pictures in this segment are, in my opinion, examples of mediocre work when it comes to microblading."
- Elaine
Softening micro-bladed brow
Before - Bad outcome, each stroke has healed as an indented scar in the skin.
After - The goal is to soften the look, re-introduce some lighteness and to even the brows.
Before - The provider used "black" on this patient to microblade her brows; the outcome is horrible.  So severe and unflattering.  The right brow is also much higher.
Before correction - close up of the right brow
Close up of the left brow before correction - not a good application
After correction - softening brow and tweaking the blue/black color
Close up immediately after major corrective work; we corrected the black, softened the look, re-introduced some lightness and put in nice strokes.
Extremely bad outcome of microblading procedure
Immediately after correction
Very bad outcome from microblading, horrible placement of strokes - uneven
Detail Before Corrective
Immediately After Corrective
Detail After Corrective
Six Weeks After Corrective
Detail Healed After Corrective
Close up of poor outcome of microblading
Corrective
Example of a substandard microblading outcome:

  • Raised strokes which means scarring
  • Very dark, almost black pigment on a very fair client
  • Very poor placement of strokes
Healed microblading; very poor outcome
Scarring from microblading

This young client was very disappointed with the outcome of her microblading procedure
After corrective work done for this young client
The Latest Buzz:  Microblading
by Elaine Pichet, CPCP

February 13, 2019

I have been working on updating my website recently and noticed that two years ago I wrote a little article about the newest craze in the beauty industry entitled “Micro blading, the latest buzz in the permanent cosmetic industry”.  While reviewing this article I realized that I should probably update it as well since I have witnessed multiple outcomes of Micro blading that have baffled my mind.

This “new technique” is now offered in several salons, nail salons and waxing studios all over the country.  When I was in Las Vegas for a cosmetic show in June 2018, the amount of booths offering “Certification in Micro blading” was astonishing.  Women barely got trained and were given a “certificate” to perform Micro blading.  As a veteran in the industry I feel compelled to inform and educate potential clients and existing clients about micro blading.

Micro blading is considered a tattoo because it is implanting pigment in the skin.  A hand device and/or a machine with a blade is used to perform the procedure.  When it is expertly done it is stunning immediately after. Most, if not all the photos you see posted on social media are taken immediately after. The amount of pigment implanted is minimal and also microscopic creating the effect of real tiny little hairs.
Extremely bold and heavy looking:  this patient is so unhappy with the outcome.
If performed by a professional, it will need to be redone on a regular basis. The implantation of the pigment is so minimal that within six to twelve months it will be absorbed by the body.  I was personally trained in micro blading five years ago and after performing several procedures that lasted approximately six months, I elected not to offer the service anymore. All the pigment was gone and I had to re do all of the clients with my coil machine.  In fact, micro blading was meant to be semi-permanent but that is not what we are seeing.  It is being too heavily implanted and it is there to stay and when it is not well done, then it can be a disaster.  The picture above is one of a lady who wanted natural looking brows and selected micro blading because she thought it was the perfect option for her.

In fact, this is what I have seen in the past two years:

  • The majority of micro bladed brows appear to all have the same shape as if a template and/or stenciled is used.
  • The template and/or stenciled is a bold and heavy looking brow.
  • When healed, it does not show the micro hairline strokes like you see on social media.
  • I am also starting to see a lot of scarring from micro blading. The skin can only take so much of the “blading” before creating scar tissue.

All very poor outcomes of healed micro bladed brows.
Having performed permanent cosmetics for 22 years, I want to stress that the difference between what I do and micro blading is only the tool.  The technique is the same; I am implanting pigment but I use a coil machine (just as graphic tattooists use) to create micro hairline strokes and shading.  I do not go as deep as a micro bladed brows and the chance of scarring is non existent.   The result is beautiful and extremely realistic, natural looking and it is permanent.  All permanent makeup that I perform will however, fade over time and it will need to be kept up. It is an investment in yourself and will always be wonderful if you come in to do your touch ups in a timely manner. Eyebrows, in particular, fade the quickest. Also, the left side will always fade faster due to the additional exposure one gets from driving.

It is a great joy and a privilege to offer my services to women and sharing information is paramount when it comes to this industry. We are always willing to answer questions and/or concerns regarding permanent cosmetics.

Lastly, the pictures you see on this website are NOT micro blading.  They are permanent makeup eyebrows with a micro hairline stroke and performed with a coil machine.
This is a healed tattooed eyebrow that I performed with micro hairline strokes.
The Latest Buzz:  Microblading
by Elaine Pichet, CPCP

February 13, 2019

I have been working on updating my website recently and noticed that two years ago I wrote a little article about the newest craze in the beauty industry entitled “Micro blading, the latest buzz in the permanent cosmetic industry”.  While reviewing this article I realized that I should probably update it as well since I have witnessed multiple outcomes of Micro blading that have baffled my mind.

This “new technique” is now offered in several salons, nail salons and waxing studios all over the country.  When I was in Las Vegas for a cosmetic show in June 2018, the amount of booths offering “Certification in Micro blading” was astonishing.  Women barely got trained and were given a “certificate” to perform Micro blading.  As a veteran in the industry I feel compelled to inform and educate potential clients and existing clients about micro blading.

Micro blading is considered a tattoo because it is implanting pigment in the skin.  A hand device and/or a machine with a blade is used to perform the procedure.  When it is expertly done it is stunning immediately after. Most, if not all the photos you see posted on social media are taken immediately after. The amount of pigment implanted is minimal and also microscopic creating the effect of real tiny little hairs.  If performed by a professional, it will need to be redone on a regular basis. The implantation of the pigment is so minimal that within six to twelve months it will be absorbed by the body.  I was personally trained in micro blading five years ago and after performing several procedures that lasted approximately six months, I elected not to offer the service anymore. All the pigment was gone and I had to re do all of the clients with my coil machine.  In fact, micro blading was meant to be semi-permanent but that is not what we are seeing.  It is being too heavily implanted and it is there to stay and when it is not well done, then it can be a disaster.  The picture above is one of a lady who wanted natural looking brows and selected micro blading because she thought it was the perfect option for her.

In fact, this is what I have seen in the past two years:

  • The majority of micro bladed brows appear to all have the same shape as if a template and/or stenciled is used.
  • The template and/or stenciled is a bold and heavy looking brow.
  • When healed, it does not show the micro hairline strokes like you see on social media.
  • I am also starting to see a lot of scarring from micro blading. The skin can only take so much of the “blading” before creating scar tissue.

The Latest Buzz:  Microblading
by Elaine Pichet, CPCP



The latest buzz in the permanent cosmetic industry is: Microblading.

As a veteran in the industry I feel compelled to inform and educate potential clients and exiting clients about "microblading". This is the latest buzz in the industry that has reached social media with all the pictures on Instagram, etc.

Microblading is a different method of implanting pigment into the skin.  A very sharp bladed hand device is used to perform this procedure.  When it is expertly done, it is stunning immediately after.  The amount of pigment implanted is minimal and also microscopic creating the effect of real tiny little hairs.

Here is the truth about this "new"  technique:


  • It is not considered permanent; it is semi-permanent.
  • It needs to be completely re-done every 12 months or so and it will be a full price procedure every time that you get it done since there is nothing left.
  • It is usually only recommended for younger skin and preferably a thicker skin type.
  • If your outcome of a previous permanent eyebrow procedure was not satisfactory and is in desperate need of corrective work, microblading is not an option.
  • It is a great option if you are not sure if you want to get permanent cosmetics and want to keep up with them.
  • You have to make sure that you go to a professional that has the know how and expertise; if this procedure is not done properly, you can end up with scarring since a blade is used to implant the pigment and that the appropriate color is selected for your skin type.

Having performed permanent cosmetics for 22 years, I am really excited that there is this "new" option for much younger clients. The difference between what I do and microblading is slightly different. I do use a coil machine to implant the pigment and I do a beautiful micro hair line stroke; the result is beautiful and extremely realistic and it is permanent.

All permanent makeup will fade over time; it needs to be kept up. It is an investment in yourself and will always be wonderful if you come in to do your touch ups in a timely manner. Eyebrows, in particular, fade the quickest. Also, the left side will always fade faster due to the additional exposure one gets from driving.

It is a great joy and a privilege to offer my services to women and sharing information is paramount when it comes to this industry. We are always willing to answer questions) and/or concerns) regarding permanent cosmetics.

However, the pictures you see on this website are NOT microblading.  They are permanent makeup eyebrows with a micro hairline stroke.




The field of permanent cosmetics is not a regulated industry in the State of Arizona. There are many providers offering this service that are not credentialed. As per the HB 2666-441-H, it is unlawful for a person to engage in the business of tattooing out of a home. Make sure you research your provider. The two national organizations offering certifications are the American Academy of Micropigmentation (A.A.M.) and the Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals (S.P.C.P.). In order to keep their credentials, providers must obtain a certain amount of continuing education credits every year.

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