All You Need to Know About Brow Microblading, Plus the Ouch Factor

Is there downtime? Is it permanent? How much does it hurt?

Eyebrow tattooing has been around for over two decades, a more permanent solution to unruly, sparse, or light brows, and a dream for many women. Permanent brows eliminate the need to fill in the arches in the morning, saving women at least five minutes a day.

The first generation of cosmetic tattoos penetrated the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin, using machinery, and thus was considered permanent.

Since then, eyebrow tattoos have evolved to make way for an even better, more natural-looking solution. Microblading.

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Under a trained professional’s hand, microblading makes use of blade and ink to create semi-permanent, hyper-realistic hair-like strands. But never fear, based on our experience, the two-hour treatment is not as painful as it sounds.

Here are answers to some key questions our readers have asked about the procedure:

What happens during and after the procedure?

In this two-hour cosmetic procedure, the certified microblading artist assesses the client’s face for her ideal eyebrow shape and length. In our case, PhiBrow artist Ron Pena used a measuring device that adheres to the Greek Golden Ratio or “Phi.” The Golden Ratio proportions were used in ancient times to measure how attractive a face was. In incorporating this principle with the European standards on safety and quality, PhiBrow artists were able to create a technique that combines both science and aesthetics.


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The artist sketches the client’s ideal eyebrow over the real eyebrow and uses a brush with microneedles—said to produce the finest lines—to draw the hair strands.

After the treatment, a post-treatment care kit is given to the client. Half of the success of the treatment lies with the artist, while the other half lies with the care the client gives the hyper-realistic brows. Post-treatment care includes washing brows with a mild cleanser and applying vitamin A and vitamin D with a cotton swab.


Is there downtime after the procedure?

Clients walk out of the procedure immediately afterward, although they cannot wear makeup, use creams and harsh cleansers for the next seven days. From the third to sixth day post-treatment, the outermost layer of the artificial brows begins to peel in what is called “scabbing.” The ladies behind PhiBrows advise that clients have no important engagements to attend after the procedure since scabbing produces uneven brows. It is only after this initial phase that clients may put on makeup.

Does it fade?

After the procedure, the treated eyebrows will look extra dark and will lighten when the scabs begin to fall off. The fading occurs as the body tries to heal itself. Afterward, there is hypopigmentation, with the treated area becoming milky and then in three weeks, the pigments will resurface. Only on the fourth to sixth week will clinets best assess the success of the treatment. On the sixth week, a touch-up session will be scheduled by the brow artists.


What sort of pigments are used?

Unlike the first-generation eyebrow tattoo, PhiBrow Microblading uses natural pigments formulated and manufactured in Germany. Because they're all-natural, the pigments fade completely in two years. They do not contain any nickel, tartrazine, or heavy metals that cause discoloration.

Does it hurt?

For those who have experienced threading, the treatment will be a breeze. It’s a tolerable discomfort less painful than eyebrow threading and the pricking process of facials.


Do I need to come barefaced?

Come as you are, with or without makeup.

What sort of results may I expect?

As soon as the scabbing phase is over, expect natural, born-with-them brows—nothing that will stand out. Those around you may notice a refreshing difference in you face, but they won’t be able to pinpoint what it is that's changed.

Are there any pre-procedure preparations I should know about?

During the consultation, there is a general checklist (One that includes the dreaded question: Do you exercise?). The brow artists also need to know whether the client has been subjected to acid toners, chemical peeling, and other products and treatments that may affect the state of the skin. Clients must also consider their schedules, again, as they are not allowed to put on makeup, be exposed to direct sunlight, or sweat profusely.

How much does it cost?

At PhiBrows, microblading ranges from P20,000 to P25,000.


Where can I have it done?

Only trained professionals may perform the procedure. In the Philippines, there are 37 PhiArtists, and this list includes Ron Pena and Whena Pino, our microblading consultants. Trained in the PhiBrow way at an academy in Europe, the pair mastered the skill of creating hyper-realistic eyebrows using the Phi technique.

PhiBrows Manila, 0917.513.7546; 0999.881.2669.

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