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Can I Get Microblading Over an Old Tattoo?

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Eyebrow tattoos are the latest, most popular beauty treatment trend today, allowing you to get flawless brows, without the hassle. With celebrities and everyday people alike seeking out the service to enhance their eyebrows, it’s no wonder this semi-permanent procedure is becoming more and more popular!

While it is more popular than ever, brow blading and eyebrow tattoos still hold a stigma of being blocky, too dark and unflattering. While they have come a long way since those early days, not everyone is lucky to get the perfect brows – be this because of less than experienced artists or older, more traditional tattooing techniques.

But have no fear! There are a number of ways to get around less than flattering bow tattoos. In this post, we will explore whether or not microblading can be done over an old tattoo and some of the pros and cons of doing so.

What Is Microblading?

Brow blading, also known as microblading, is a semi-permanent brow treatment, that gives the illusion of fuller, natural-looking brows. It is a form of permanent makeup where these hair-like strokes last around 12 months to 3 years.

This process involves using a small handheld tool shaped like a flat stick, with extremely thin needles mounted on it. The needles inject pigment into the upper layer of skin to mimic real eyebrow hairs.

The great thing about brow blading is that it is completely customisable to your own face shape and features. So, if you have relatively sparse brows, or an uneven shape, this treatment is for you!

Can You Cover Eyebrow Tattoos?

Put simply, yes! As long as the old tattoo has been lightened enough or the ink was not implanted too deeply into the skin, it is possible to cover an eyebrow tattoo.

This is important as if the tattoo is too dark or too deep, the tattoo will have a blocky, darker looking shadow and the stories will not appear as clearly. This will not provide the natural, flattering results we love about microblading.

However, there are a few things to consider before undergoing this treatment. First of all, you need to have realistic expectations – microblading is not a miracle worker and may not completely cover up an old, unflattering tattoo.

Shading Or Combo Brows

Once a tattoo is lightened and faded enough there are a number of techniques that can be done to cover up, improve or camouflage the old tattoo. The best part is, that the right brow shape and shading can make even a very faint tattoo as good as new.

Shading or combo brows is a procedure that often uses a combination of shading and microblading techniques to create a look that has some hair strokes but is filled in, giving a fuller look overall. This can cover up old tattoos while still looking natural and flattering.

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Tattoo Too Dark or Too Deep?

For microbladed bows that are too dark or too deep, non-laser saline tattoo removal is the first step. This is a process that will draw out the cosmetic tattoo ink and pigment. It is significantly more gentle, faster and more predictable than laser tattoo removal.

After the old tattoo has been tightened sufficiently, you are given the ability to start your brow journey fresh. It is a safe and effective method that can work on tattoos new and old.

The removal process utilises an all-natural, medical-grade saline solution that is implanted over existing cosmetic makeup and small tattoos to draw the tattoo pigment out of the skin. Several treatments may be needed to remove the tattoos, but once fully faded you can enjoy the beautiful results.

Am I A Candidate for Removal?

Most people are candidates for removal. However, for individuals who are prone to hyperpigmentation, people who cannot resist the urge to pick their scabs and people who have a medical issue that gets in the way of wound healing. 

If you are unsure if you are a candidate, it is best to chat with an expert. At Signature Brows and Beauty, we have a team of experts who can help you make the best decision for you.

Your Eyebrow Experts

While no one likes a less than attractive brow, there are a number of ways to mask and improve old brow tattoos.

As the leading tattoo removal specialists in the Sunshine Coast, Signature Brows and Beauty are eyebrow tattoo experts. We are your one-stop-shop for all things eyebrow related, with a range of services, including eyebrow microblading, shading, combo brows and more.

Our experts can provide you with the best advice on how to get your perfect brows, using a variety of leading techniques and products. Contact us today to book your appointment and let us help you achieve the brows you always wanted!

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