Eyebrow Restoration vs. Microblading: What’s the Difference?

March 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — precisionhairteam @ 5:20 pm
Woman with full eyebrows after eyebrow restoration in Chicago

Back in the 1990s, thin eyebrows were super popular, but in the 21st century, bold brows are all the rage. But what if your eyebrows have thinned over time due to genetics or other factors? You could use makeup to fill in the empty space — but that is only good as a temporary solution. If you are looking for a way to achieve luxurious eyebrows for the long haul, either microblading or eyebrow restoration in Chicago might work for you. Let’s talk about the differences between these two options.

What Are They?

During the microblading process, a service provider tattoos hair-like lines into the eyebrows. Unlike a traditional tattoo, however, microblading is only semi-permanent. Its results might last anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, with some touchups required in the interim.

Eyebrow restoration involves transplanting real hairs into your eyebrows (the same procedure can be used to treat baldness of the scalp). It is a permanent procedure that should only be performed by an experienced and highly trained medical professional.

Pros and Cons of Each

Other than the methods used to produce fuller brows, there are some significant differences between microblading and eyebrow restoration in Highland Park:

  • Who can perform them. In Illinois, anyone with a body art establishment license and an OSHA certification in bloodborne pathogens can offer microblading. That puts a heavy responsibility on you to do thorough research before you choose a provider. Eyebrow restoration is only available from licensed medical professionals.
  • Cost. Microblading costs less than eyebrow restoration upfront, but because it only lasts for a few years, it might be a lesser value than eyebrow restoration.
  • Appearance. Understandably, eyebrow restoration looks more natural than microblading. After all, microblading is just semi-permanent makeup, and eyebrow restoration uses real hair!
  • Risks. Both procedures are generally safe, but there is a small risk of infection with both. Also, keep in mind that improper microblading technique comes with a risk of noticeable scarring. Modern eyebrow restoration techniques might produce tiny scars, but they are usually unnoticeable.
  • Comfort. Microblading is basically a tattoo, so you can expect some mild discomfort during the procedure (typically less than if you get a traditional tattoo). The anesthesia used during eyebrow restoration makes it quite comfortable, but you may experience some soreness afterward.

Making Your Choice

In general, eyebrow restoration might be better for people who have lost a significant amount of eyebrow hair, such as from age, chemotherapy, or overplucking. Microblading might be suited for people who just have one or two thin spots in their brows that they would like to fill in. Ultimately, though, the choice is up to you. Thoroughly researching both options can help you make the decision that best fits your circumstances.

Meet the Practice

Drs. Irvin Wiseman and Steven Bloch are the plastic surgeons at Precision Hair Restoration. They have helped countless people conquer baldness and thinning brows via advanced medical techniques. If you are interested in eyebrow restoration, contact our friendly team at 855-463-9424.

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