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The eyebrows serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. Functionally, they prevent debris from getting into the eyes and allow humans to communicate more effectively. Aesthetically, the eyebrows tend to sit on top of the brow bone. For most people, this is the ideal position of the brows. This position and the shape the eyebrows follow can help accentuate the eyes, your face shape, and can even make someone look more youthful. Microblading is one way to enhance the eyebrows and achieve the ideal aesthetic. Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery provides the best traditional microblading Seattle offers.

The Tried & True Technique: Traditional Microblading Technique

As the first microblading method to provide efficacy and good results, traditional microblading popularized the procedure around the world. This technique involves using what is called “hair strokes”. This involves using the microblading blade to embed thin swipes of ink into the skin. These strokes mimic the look of hair to provide a natural looking enhancement in thickness, shape, and volume.

Traditional microbladed brows tend to use a single blade versus the motorized blade that many newer methods use. However, this does allow your artist to be especially precise with application. Some also find it less painful since the only pressure comes from the artist. All forms of microneedling also do not go as deep as a traditional tattoo.

Traditional Microblading vs. Tattoo Eyebrows

Microblading is a form of tattooing. However, it is not the same. There is such thing as tattoo eyebrows which involves permanent results versus semi-permanent. This is generally not recommended and not as popular because the face will age and the current position and shape of the brows will change over time. The table below details some of the other differences between the two procedures.

  • Looks more natural
  • Semi-permanent tattoo
  • Less chance of unnatural color fading
  • Hand drawn
  • Stays in the upper layers of the skin
  • Less painful
  • Only some techniques okay for oily skin
  • Looks less natural
  • Permanent tattoo
  • Black sometimes fades to blue or brown
  • Drawn with a machine
  • Goes deeper into the skin
  • More painful
  • Works for oily skin
  • More cost effective

Before & After Seattle Microblading


For microblading at Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery, you will start with a consultation with our microblading artist. First off, they will want a basic medical history and to understand your interest and goals for traditional microneedling. They may also physically examine the face to determine your skin type and other factors that could impact microblading candidacy.

From there, if your microblading artist believes you are a good candidate, they will then go on to discuss microblading techniques, the shape you want, and the basic aftercare. You can then schedule your Seattle microblading session.

Your Microblading Session

The first step in performing a microblading treatment is to clean and disinfect the eyebrows. This removes surface debris and prevents infection. Your microblading artist will then apply numbing cream to the area and allow it to sit. As you numb, your artist will perform brow mapping which helps them identify the ideal contour for the brows based on the golden ratio and the shape you want.

After about ten to twenty minutes, they will wipe off the numbing cream and begin microblading. With the traditional technique, a single blade is usually used to hand draw each hair stroke. This means that the procedure takes upwards of two hours and sometimes more depending on the circumstances.

You may feel some discomfort during the treatment. However, most clients remain perfectly comfortable throughout. Especially considering that traditional microneedling uses a single blade, this reduces the pain significantly when compared to a tattoo.

Healing & Aftercare

Over the first few days of healing, you may notice the brows darken or lighten. You may experience minor side effects such as swelling, redness, itchiness, and rarely bruising. By week two, scabs may form. It is important not to pick at them or peel them off as this can affect results as well as cause pain. Weeks three and four should go smoother and most are ready for their touch-up by the end of week four.

Your microblading artist will provide aftercare instructions to promote the best possible results and reduce side effects. Some of the instructions may include:

  • Do not get the brows wet or submerge them
  • Avoid applying makeup in the area
  • Limit sun exposure and avoid direct exposure to the brow area
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise that may cause sweating
  • Keep out of hot environments such as saunas or hot tubs
  • Do not touch the area unnecessarily

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Different Types Of Microblading?

UYes, as mentioned above there are different types of microblading. The three offered at Allure Esthetic include traditional, powder, and combo. Each has distinct benefits and results. Powder and combo brows are often slated to last longer than traditional microneedling. Additionally, powder brows work for oily skin as do some forms of combo brows.

However, this does not mean that the traditional method is not still the best for some people. Discussing the ideal technique during your consultation will help determine the right type for you.

Who Should Not Do Microblading?

In general, microblading is a low risk, safe procedure. Though, some people may be at higher risk of complications due to underlying medical conditions or other situations. A few examples of these conditions include:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Cancer or cancer treatment
  • Bleeding or blood disorders
  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • Have been on a harsh acne medication in the past year
  • Recently had cosmetic injections, a chemical peel, or used retinol (wait fourish weeks)
  • Pregnancy or nursing

How Old Do You Have To Be For Traditional Microblading?

At Allure Esthetic, we only provide microblading services to people 18 and above.

What Is The Correct Depth?

Microblading typically penetrates the skin at a depth of 0.08mm to 0.15mm. Tattoos penetrate at least 1 millimeter into the skin. Therefore, microblading does not go nearly as deep as a tattoo which minimizes the pain associated with it and is part of the reason microblading is only semi-permanent.

Will It Cover-Up Eyebrow Tattoos?

No, if you have tattooed brows or a tattoo near the brows, microblading will not cover it up. For some, this is reassuring, as they may have a nearby tattoo that they want to keep. Others may be disappointed that they cannot cover up a previous tattoo with microblading. Regardless, there are options either way.

What Is The Cost Of Seattle Traditional Microblading?

Seattle traditional microblading starts at $300. The subsequent touch-up is $175. The price will vary depending on the microblading technique you choose and other aspects of your microblading session.

The Gold Standard Of Traditional Microblading In Seattle

Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery is Seattle’s leader in plastic surgery. Performing the most popular plastic surgeries including breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and tummy tuck, Dr. Sajan is considered the best at his craft. In addition, he is one of the few surgeons who has performed thousands of gender affirming surgeries.

Beyond this, Allure Esthetic offers a suite of medical esthetic procedures, including microblading. Allure Esthetic provides the best traditional microblading Seattle offers. Our microblading artists work with all major microblading techniques and have years of experience. As certified tattoo artists, they work with each client individually to create their perfect eyebrows. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-209-0988. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.

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