Eyebrow wire to wire (micropigmentation, 3D): how to do it, price, does it hurt?

Fashion changes from time to time and, with that, transforms our appearance according to what is established as beautiful.

But what is the relationship with the eyebrows? Well, they are striking, help to define our appearance and frame our look. The absence or excess of hair on this part of the body is a hallmark even in great characters in history. Frida Kahlo and Mona Lisa are the greatest examples of this.

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, was not painted with eyebrows. This absence of hair is one of the hypotheses to justify his penetrating gaze, which seems to accompany admirers, regardless of the point of view that the painting is observed.

On the other hand, Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter, has as a striking feature the thick and united eyebrows (monocelha). These female figures would be two supposed extremes. Everything or nothing.

In this sense, we realize that, over the years, eyebrows have also undergone a change. The thin and little demarcated, common recently, have now given way to more drawn, thick and well pigmented eyebrows.

To keep up with this trend, some women look in makeup for a way to touch up the flaws in their hair. However, due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life or practicality, it is not always possible. In that sense, the wire-to-wire eyebrow is a more durable and practical alternative.

Through a micropigmentation process, new hairs are designed to fill in the missing hair. In the following text, we will describe how the step-by-step procedure works.


What is the wire-to-wire eyebrow?

The wire-to-wire eyebrow, a micropigmentation technique , is a semi-permanent form of eyebrow correction. It is made to reduce flaws, making them more beautiful, but still natural.

In a way, it is a technique inspired by the process of tattoos, due to the use of a device called a dermograph, which contains a set of very fine microneedles.

Micropigmentation is done through these needles, which are responsible for applying paint (pigment) to the uppermost layer of the skin (epidermis), correcting flaws and giving a more striking contour to the eyebrows. Because a single line is made for each strand, the process ends up being less painful and aggressive to the skin.

The technique that is quite popular today, has ancient origins, as studies indicate that dermopigmentation (skin paintings, including tattoos) for beautification has been used since 8,000 BC

The wire-to-wire eyebrow can also help rescue the self-esteem of people who have had hair loss due to burns or injuries at the site, making it no longer grow hair. Thus, it helps people to feel better outside and inside.

However, because it is a pigmentation applied to the most superficial layers of the skin, it is a long-lasting, but not definitive procedure, and it usually lasts between 6 months and up to 4 years, depending on the type of skin, pigment and technique applied by the professional. .

Types of eyebrow wire to wire

There are two types of eyebrow strand by strand, which are divided according to the purpose of the procedure, as there are two main intentions to do the filling, divided into aesthetic micropigmentation and paramedic. Understand the difference:

Paramedic micropigmentation

Paramedic micropigmentation is performed on patients who wish to disguise scars, baldness, burns and skin blemishes.

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When performed on the eyebrows it is usually to correct flaws in the hair ( alopecia ), which can be total or partial. In this sense, in addition to contributing aesthetically, micropigmentation gives these patients their self-esteem and security with their own image with increasingly better techniques.

Before performing the technique, as it is often the covering of a healed area, it is important to talk to a dermatologist to assess the possibility of the procedure.

Aesthetic micropigmentation

It is made exclusively to improve the aesthetics of the eyebrows, without necessarily covering or disguising any scar or burn.

It can be a way to improve the shape of the eyebrows in those who are not happy with them, to better adapt them to the shape of the face, filling the place so that the result is very similar to natural hair.

Differences of smoky brow and strand by strand

The wire-to-wire eyebrow is one of the techniques used for micropigmentation of the eyebrows. Variations of needles and ways of drawing the threads can be used. Learn more about some techniques:


It is a more recommended technique for those who have many eyebrow flaws or who want them well marked.

In this process, the area is completely contoured and filled with pigment. For those who prefer a smoother and more natural finish, it is not the most suitable option.


Leaves a more natural effect on the eyebrows, as shading is performed to correct minor flaws. Unlike what is done in compact micropigmentation, in this style, only the contour is done.

Shading occurs from this outline, which is blurred to the rest of the eyebrow. Thus, the result is more natural. It is indicated for people who have few eyebrow flaws.

Wire to wire with gradient effect

This type of micropigmentation is the combination of the wire-to-wire technique with the smoky effect, as it is done through strokes and painting. For this, it is necessary to use two different types of needle, a linear one (usually 5 points in a row) and a circular one (usually 5 points joined together, forming a circle).

First, the threads are made, as is done in the standard technique, then, for the gradient effect, with a linear tip a smoother painting movement is made. The result of the tracing is more natural.

Thread to thread with diagonal brush type needles

In this variation of the wire-to-wire technique, linear needles are used. They provide a more brushed effect and are less aggressive to the skin.

The technique, basically, is given by the unique tracing of the hair, which can be done with the use of 3 different colors of pigment, to provide greater volume. It can be finished with the use of ocher pigment (brown variation) and mustard, to bring greater illumination to the eyebrows and making them closer to the natural.

Three-dimensional or 3D

The three-dimensional wire-to-wire eyebrow is very similar to the traditional procedure, but it combines techniques that add more volume to the drawn threads, such as smudging and the use of different pigment tones.

This model is more recommended for people who have eyebrows with major flaws, as the procedure fills the spaces without loading or marking the region.

Micropigmentation and microblading

The purpose of these two procedures is the same: to reshape the eyebrows to make them more beautiful using a micropigmentation technique. However, there are differences that change the outcome.

In micropigmentation, which includes the wire-to-wire technique, the device used is called a dermograph. Because it is electric, it makes the filling more agile, but not more precise, since the drawn threads become thicker and, therefore, less natural.

Precisely because it is electric, it can interfere with the accuracy of the stroke by making the professional’s hand shake. However, it must be considered that this firmness in the trait is also something related to the professional’s experience.

In microblanding, on the other hand, eyebrows tend to have a more natural result, since the drawn threads are thinner and more precise. This is because in this technique the device used (called tebori) is manual, which provides greater freedom for the professional when making the strokes.

The application of the pigment with the tebori is done through micro blades, making the result smoother and similar to the client’s own hair.

While micropigmentation is faster (about 40 minutes), microblanding takes longer, and can last between an hour and a half and two hours.

How to do: step by step eyebrow strand by strand

The wire-to-wire eyebrow is a micropigmentation technique performed by beauticians, in specialized clinics or in licensed beauty salons, according to health surveillance.

It is a procedure similar to tattoos, because it is done with the application of pigment on the skin with an electric machine with needle tips.

This device, called a dermograph, is composed of microneedles in different quantities and shapes (aligned or circular) and deposits the ink in the defined region.

Thus, after evaluating the shape of the face and arriving at the ideal model of eyebrow for each client, the professional uses an eyeliner pencil to draw the contour of the eyebrow and then draw strand by strand until he can fill all the flaws present.

Hygiene care

The micropigmenter must take very strict care with hand hygiene, in addition to using gloves, a mask and a cap. It is recommended to use soaps or 70% alcohol-based solutions for hand asepsis.

This care with hygiene also applies to the client’s eyebrows, to reduce the risk of infections.

Where to do it?

The wire-to-wire eyebrow is a technique commonly offered in beauty clinics that work with micropigmentation. However, it is also possible to find beauty salons that provide the service.

In such cases, it is important for the client to pay attention to some issues. For example, to be done in salons, it is necessary that the establishment complies with the requirements foreseen by the health surveillance.

The used products must be licensed by Anvisa, the procedure must be done in a separate room, the needles must be disposable and hygiene must be strict.

To feel safe with the result of the eyebrow strand by strand, it is interesting to research if the professional has experience in micropigmentation and what are the customers’ opinions.

Having experience is important so that the color of the pigment, the trace and the correct care are adopted and generate a good result.

How to care for the eyebrow strand by strand

Before doing micropigmentation, it is recommended to avoid exposure to the sun at least 7 days before the procedure.

After performing the procedure, some basic care must be taken, especially in the first 10 days.

The total healing period can take, on average, 30 days. During this time, it is essential to maintain some care, such as not scratching the scabs that are formed due to healing and using ointments that moisturize the skin, indicated by the beautician or a dermatologist.

Other precautions include:

  • Perform, for the first 10 days, a daily cleaning of the pigmented region with antiseptics;
  • Do not use water on the eyebrows during the first 3 days;
  • Avoid sun exposure in the first days after pigmentation;
  • Use moisturizing creams and ointments prescribed by a beautician or a dermatologist, at least twice a day, for a week;
  • Avoid other facial aesthetic procedures during the seven days after the eyebrow strand by strand;
  • Avoid oily or alcoholic products, which make it difficult to fix the pigment on the skin;
  • Do not scratch or nudge the peeling that occurs on the spot, because when this peeling does not occur naturally, the result may be impaired;
  • Avoid swimming during the first week after micropigmentation, either in fresh or salt water;
  • If more than one session is required, keep a 15-day interval between them.

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Is it reversible?

-Yeah . The wire-to-wire eyebrow is a reversible procedure, through a process called depigmentation.

There are several techniques to accelerate depigmentation, which can be partial or total. The most common forms are laser, dermabrasion and chemical techniques, the laser option being the safest and most effective for removal.

In the dermabrasion technique, for example, the removal takes place by sanding the most superficial layers of the skin, promoting a faster cell renewal to eliminate the pigment. It is not a painless method, so it is done under anesthesia and usually by a dermatologist.

Laser depigmentation is considered a more effective and advanced technique, as it destroys the pigment and stimulates the action of the immune system.

In this process, the laser light is directed to the region and causes the pigment to break down into microparticles. These fragments are absorbed by the lymphatic system and are eliminated naturally by the body.

In the case of chemical depigmentation, there is the local application of acids that provide cell renewal, causing a peeling of the skin.


In places where micropigmentation is done following all recommendations and with trained professionals, the average price varies from 350 to 600 reais.

When it comes to a procedure like this, which is more lasting and depends on a technique and a specialized professional, it is important to be suspicious of very promotional prices. According to the beautician Danielle Rocha, places where the service is offered for a value well below the average can bring risks to the client’s health.


Without proper medical guidance, wire-to-wire micropigmentation is not recommended for people who have certain conditions such as:

  • Virus HIV ou AIDS;
  • Skin diseases, such as rosacea and psoriasis;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Diabetes type 1;
  • Hepatitis;
  • Diseases in which the blood does not normally clot (hemophiliacs);
  • Infectious rheumatism;
  • Herpes;
  • Allergies

People who in the following conditions must also seek professional guidance before undergoing the procedure:

  • Recent aesthetic procedures, such as application of botox, silicone, methacrylate, etc;
  • People who have had eyelid surgery, such as blepharoplasty. In such cases, you should wait at least 6 months;
  • People who have very deep wrinkles in the region that would be micropigmented;
  • Patients being treated for some type of cancer;
  • Use of pacemaker;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Infants


The procedure is, in general, safe, but according to the beautician Danielle Rocha, there are risks, especially when done without the necessary care of the professional.

“It is possible that allergies, errors in depth, errors in design and keloids, for example, may occur,” he explains.

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As for the procedure, other associated risks include the possibility of viral infections, bacterial infections and septic arthritis, especially when the body is weakened.

Common questions

Is wire-to-wire eyebrows definitive?

No . The wire-to-wire eyebrow, unlike a tattoo, is not definitive. Despite being a type of “makeup” that is very long-lasting, it becomes temporary because the applied pigment reaches only the most superficial layer of the skin.

It is made at a sub-epidermal level and not intra-epidermal (deeper layers of the skin), so the applied pigment ends up leaving naturally, due to the cell renewal promoted by the body.

Does wire-to-wire eyebrows hurt?

This type of procedure is not painless, but the intensity is different for each person. There are more sensitive clients and others more resistant to the procedure. Usually, during the session, topical anesthetics (in cream) are used.

How long does the eyebrow last?

It depends. On average, the length of the eyebrow strand by strand is 18 months, but it can last up to 2 years, depending on the type of skin.

However, it is possible that the duration is shorter or longer than this average, as it depends on factors such as the professional’s technique, the depth of the skin affected, the type of pigment, the care after the procedure and, mainly, the type of client’s skin.

Do I need to touch up my eyebrow wire by wire?

The touch-up of micropigmentation depends on the client’s taste. It may be that natural depigmentation (whitening) is not something that bothers some, but that it is quite uncomfortable for others. Thus, they can choose to retouch the eyebrow from wire to wire with shorter intervals of time.

In most cases, the results obtained with micropigmentation are good in the first session. However, it may happen that the client thinks that the intensity of the pigmentation was not adequate, and it is possible to reinforce the pigmentation after 30 days of the session.

Who makes eyebrows thread by thread can donate blood?

After the wire-to-wire micropigmentation procedure, the person must wait at least one year for blood donation. It is the same requirement for those who get a tattoo or put a piercing.

Can allergic reactions occur?

-Yeah . Each organism may react differently to the pigment or the healing process, and may manifest allergic reactions or poor healing. However, they are more common the first time the procedure is performed.

By not recognizing the pigment, the body can try to expel it, as a form of protection.

When this happens, absorption is impaired, usually requiring a touch-up to be done after healing, reinforcing the places where the pigment has not been well fixed.

To avoid allergic reactions, which can cause itching and redness, the ideal is that all professionals perform an allergic test on the client’s first micropigmentation.

Basically, the test consists of making a stitch behind the client’s ear, one day before the procedure, with the same pigment that will be used.

In some cases, in a few minutes there is the emergence of allergic reactions, which makes it impossible to carry out the eyebrow strand by strand, at least with the pigment tested.

Are you interested in this type of aesthetic procedure? Have you ever done it? Feel free to share what you think of this type of micropigmentation.

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