Is microblading hairline a good idea?

I've seen some before and after photos of patients who had a Hairline Rescue treatment, and I have to say I was kind of amazed of how real the results look. I would've never guessed they had this done. However, is it a good idea to apply pigment under the skin like that? Won't there be some long-term side effects? I want to know more about it.


F, 32, Ohio

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Yes, microblading is a great option and can give your hair a more natural-looking appearance, especially where there is thinning on your scalp. We see patients for a number of different reasons -- some people have natural thinning of their hair as they age, others have hair loss brought on by tight hairstyles or repeated use of extensions, while others are suffering from a medical condition (e.g., alopecia) that is causing hair loss.

You should research several dermatologists or plastic surgeons that offer this procedure before you choose which one is best for you. Once you’ve decided on the group that is right for you, you’ll meet with the technician to discuss which areas will best be served with microblading, the ink that will best match your existing hair and skin tone, and what you should do before the session and any aftercare instructions.

Your technician will begin by applying a numbing cream on the areas to be treated roughly 15 to 30 minutes before the procedure begins. This should help reduce any pain you’ll feel from tiny blade cuts on your scalp. The technician will use a handheld tool that injects the ink into your skin and apply small strokes that add to your natural hairline. After the procedure you may have some swelling and bruising. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by the technician.

You may be instructed to apply an antibiotic cream to the areas for a couple of weeks after the session(s) and should follow the post-treatment directions closely to aid in the healing process. If you follow the post-treatment instructions closely, you can expect the effects to last for about 12 to 18 months, although many patients return within a year to revitalize the results. The rate of fading differs by individual. You also need to make sure you are a suitable candidate for microblading, as some people, such as those who are pregnant, nursing, or have diabetes, are typically excluded from this procedure.

Microblading to give people the look of fuller eyebrows is a very popular procedure and is now being used to provide the same effect on hairlines. The procedure usually works best on people who are thinning or beginning to lose hair in some spots and is basically the same as eyebrow microblading. You’ll meet with the person/team that will perform the microblading beforehand to determine the areas of your scalp to address, the color match closest to your natural hair, and the do’s and don’ts leading up to your procedure.

Microblading is a semi-permanent treatment. A technician draws tiny, hair-like strokes onto the skin, mimicking natural hair strands, filling in the areas that have started to thin. Different than paint-like sprays, makeup, or topical creams, microblading results in a more natural-looking appearance that’s identical to your actual hair color.

If you are looking for a way to replicate the hair on your head in areas such as your hairline or where you part your hair, microblading could be the answer for you. But if you have a great deal of hair loss, hairline microblading probably won’t deliver the results you’re looking for, meaning you’ll likely need hair transplant surgery.

The needles/blades used in microblading are much smaller than those used in traditional tattoos. The technician will draw very fine, hair-like strokes onto your scalp. The procedure is done entirely by hand and is known for providing natural looking results. Also, the pigment used isn’t permanent like a traditional tattoo, which means the look will fade over time. Hairline microblading generally lasts twelve to eighteen months.