Let me start by saying that both types of strokes result in a natural-looking eyebrow tattoo. Whether implanted under the epidermis with a tattoo machine or a manual pen, the result is the same: a tattooed eyebrow. The reason I mention this is because some online sources are advertising microblading as a treatment different than tattooing. Don’t be misled. Microblading is a form of tattooing, plain and simple.
When strokes are implanted with a digital coil or rotary machine, they heal slightly differently than hair strokes done manually with a microblading pen. Machines have one needle (or more) that vibrates in and out at a high speed. As the needle touches the skin it creates very small holes through which the pigment is delivered to the dermis. In other words, a hair stroke done with a machine is a set of very small holes arranged in a shape of a line.
Whereas microblading is done with a set of needles arranged side-by-side to form the shape of a blade. There is no vibration at all with microblading. The pigment is delivered to the dermis by pressing the needles against the skin and dragging them in one fluid motion to make a thin crisp line, a hair stroke.
Both techniques look beautiful immediately after the treatment. It is the healed results that differ. Machine strokes tend to heal truer to original implanted color but fuzzier than manual strokes, because they are made up of dots versus the one sharp cut created with a microblade. On the other hand, microblading tends to heal very ashy in color, much more so than machine work, but the hair strokes retain their shape of crisp lines.
Regardless of which technique you choose for your eyebrows, the crispiness and thinness of each healed hair stroke is highly dependent on your technician’s skill level. I do have to state that other factors, such as, skin and lifestyle affect the way hair strokes heal as well.
The moral here is: Not all hair strokes are created equal folks!