When Centreville, VA area patients think about enhancing their facial appearance, one of the last aspects they think of is the eyebrows. The eyebrows help in framing the eyes, which are the “windows to the soul.” Many patients may feel as though their eyebrows are poorly shaped or sparse. Waxing and plucking can help patients who have excess hair, but what about patients with not enough? This is where cosmetic procedures such as microblading come into play.

What is microblading?

Microblading is essentially a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that is performed in a salon or dermatology office. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Dr. Neeraja Mattay and her staff provide this option for patients who are worried about the shape and thickness of their eyebrows and how it can affect their overall appearance. Our professionals find that microblading the eyebrows is cost effective and can provide a long-term solution to sparse eyebrows.

What are the benefits of microblading eyebrows?

Microblading is:

  • Comfortable
  • Effective
  • Affordable
  • Semi-permanent
  • Fast


What can I expect during my microblading treatment?

Before Centreville, VA area patients obtain microblading treatment, they need to speak to Dr. Neeraja Mattay about whether the procedure is right for them. Patients can book a consultation appointment during which they can discuss their cosmetic concerns with a professional and look at before and after photos to determine the look they want. Once patients have decided to move forward with microblading, treatment begins. Patients relax in the treatment chair right in the office while anesthetic is applied to the skin to ensure comfort. A specialized tattoo pen is used to create small strokes in the eyebrows to represent hair. This is done quickly and easily in our office.

There is a healing process during which the microblading color will fade, so your initial results may look darker than you intended. However, the color will settle, and the results will look natural. Some patients will need to have two treatments done to achieve the look they desire.

How long does microblading last?

Most patients will be able to enjoy the results of micro bladed eyebrows for approximately two years before any touchups will be needed We encourage patients to ask questions about the longevity of their results and to schedule a follow-up to ensure they can maintain their look. Microblading treatments are often followed up with special aftercare products such as barrier and soothing creams to help ease any discomfort patients may experience for a day or two after their appointment. We encourage patients who are undergoing microblading treatments to consider booking their appointments on a Friday so they can spend the weekend caring for their new look.

Who is a candidate for microblading?

Patients who want to fill in their eyebrows or who want to give their eyebrows better definition are welcome to book an appointment at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. to discuss their options. Patients love the idea that they can enjoy a more defined look and thicker appearance without the need for daily brow pencils and other cosmetics. Instead, patients can wake up every day and put their best face forward without the use of makeup. This can be a lifechanging experience for women who have spent a lot of time over the years in rebuilding the look of their eyebrows every morning to look fabulous!

Aftercare from microblading

Patients are given barrier cream and soothing cream to use on the eyebrows for a few days following their procedure. Additionally, it is important for patients to avoid getting their eyebrows wet as this can reduce the definition. This should be done for approximately one week, so patients should take great care in not getting their face wet in the shower and use special cleansing wipes on the face to remove makeup instead of washing the face in the basin. When patients take great care of their eyebrows after microblading, they can enjoy the results for much longer as the coloring will not be easily removed.

What are the downsides of microblading?

There are no downsides or side effects of microblading that patients need to be aware of. In fact, many patients love the ability to thicken their eyebrows and provide better definition without having to apply cosmetics every day.

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