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After years of overplucking, Lena Dunham signs up for microblading, a popular brow-shaping technique that’s changing the way we think about permanent makeup.

Think Before You Ink

While microblading can fill out brows for perennially groomed, no-pencil-necessary perfection, most of us have slightly asymmetrical faces to begin with: one arch might be a tiny bit higher than the other; one tail may be slightly out of whack. As we age and skin slackens, the brows drop, too, which no amount of plucking can address. Lately, those in the know are turning to their dermatologists first, to optimize their brow shape and position before getting inked.

Botox can literally change the position of the brow on your face,” says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist with practices in Manhattan and Westchester. “Everything else you do—tweezing, waxing, threading—can shape the brow but won’t move it up or down.” Making these kinds of small adjustments, says Bowe, can add lift—and open up tired-looking eyes.

Filler is also important when it comes to combating the dropping that can accompany volume loss, says New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D., who likes to inject tiny droplets of Restylane under the muscle above the lateral brow. “It has a lot of structure to it and will hold the muscle up, like a scaffold.” It’s all about the synergy, says Wexler, who also adds skin tightening therapies into the mix for additional elevation. “Each does a little bit. I can get one to two millimeters with Botox, another one or two with filler, a little more with radiofrequency or Ulthera.” Both doctors recommend waiting two weeks after receiving injections before microblading or tweezing.

Source: Vogue. April, 2017.