Microblading, also known by a variety of names such as embroidery, micro-stroking, feather touch, and hair like strokes, is a form of permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.


Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyeliner and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids.


Most permanent make-up or micro-pigmentation procedures require one initial treatment with a second application in four weeks. Generally, permanent make-up takes between one to two hours to complete. The applications will generally need a touch-up refresher anywhere from three to ten years.

Is it painful?

With most procedures, patients will experience mild discomfort with minimal swelling as a result. Clients often refer to the sensation as a “tight” or “pulling” sensation. Topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort.

What about people with skin allergies?

Permanent make-up is a good option for clients who have allergies to cosmetic make-up. This is often the only alternative they have to make-up.

What is involved in the recovery?

There will be a slight swelling and redness in the skin that will typically subside within a day. Most patients are able to return to normal activities immediately, except gardening, heavy exercise, and activities that cause you to perspire the first week.  You should also avoid direct sunlight, wearing make-up and contact lenses for a couple days; also, avoid exposure to chlorinated or salt water for 3 weeks post-procedure. End results can be viewed by the end of eight weeks.

Are there any risks?

The procedures used in permanent make-up are non-surgical, so choosing a qualified practitioner to perform your permanent make-up procedure greatly reduces a number of risks. The delicate nature of many places where permanent make-up is applied requires an understanding of facial structures and anatomy. Visualizing the outcome of a permanent make-up procedure may be easier for individuals with extensive experience in cosmetic methods. Practitioners with a combined expertise as a make-up artist and medical aesthetics background are preferred.

Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and clinical professor of surgery, Dr. Anthony J. Geroulis has been practicing facial cosmetic surgery and skin procedures for over thirty years. To schedule your consultation with an aesthetician and to learn more about the treatment options available to help you achieve your skin rejuvenation goals, please call (847) 441-4441. Why wait to become the new you?