Microblading seems to be everywhere right now. So when Sono Bello reviews the procedure, which supposedly gives people perfectly shaped, full, arched eyebrows, it is no surprise that people start to pay attention. The reason why they though it was time for this review is because more and more of their Bellevue, WA clients are asking about it, and because there have been more and more horror stories about the procedure as well.
The Problem with Microblading
Sono Bello has heard numerous comments from people who say microblading is something that they dont want to do ever again. On the amp, there are stories of people being left with zebra stripes for eyebrows and complaints about the companies completing the procedures not being helpful at all. However, according to Sono Bello, microblading can be done right and have fantastic effects, but that takes a little bit of research.
The most common complaints are about eyebrows not matching, people having allergic reactions, or even developing infections. The procedure, which is essentially a semi-permanent facial tattoo, lasts up to 18 months. It costs around $500 and means people have the perfect eyebrows for well over a year. Sono Bello says that those who have received the proper training can deliver this treatment and the results look like the real thing.
The issue is, however, that there is currently no requirement for formal training for microblading. In Bellevue, WA, the only thing that is needed is a state license, which can be obtained through the DOL. They do not, however, mandate exam or education requirements for the procedure at all. In fact, the only requirement is the completion of a bloodborne pathogen class and being over 18. The cost of a license is just $250.
All across the nation, complaints have been posted about problems with microblading. Experts like Sono Bello have also heard from many people who haven’t lodged a formal complaint, but who have come through their doors in the hopes of having their botched jobs fixed. While the procedure isn’t permanent, 18 months is a long time for someone to have misshapen, striped eyebrows.
Sono Bello is happy to see, however, that the DOL is looking at potential regulations. An Advisory Board has been formed that includes state inspectors, permanent cosmetic artists, and tattoo artists, and they are reviewing what can be done. Of greatest shock to Sono Bello, however, is the fact that the vast majority of complaints come from people who went to “clinics” that did not even have a state license. This could suggest that, even if the DOL puts regulations in place, it won’t make much of a difference.
Microblading, if done right, is a fantastic technique. Sono Bello recommends, therefore, that anyone who wants to have the procedure completed checks the DOL website firstly to determine whether the clinic or individual is licensed in the first place. If they are, they should spend some time asking questions about experience and training, and to check reviews from past patients.