The healing process of microblading lasts 4-6 weeks. After this period, you will see the outcome. They will take their final shape and color after the pigment sets in.
This period is an emotional rollercoaster. There will be moments when you will think that the color is wrong and that you didn’t get what you wanted. It will also be hard to resist scratching and touching the scabs. You might freak out and at one moment think your brows are gone. The healing process requires a lot of patience and discipline.
It is important to know that not everyone heals the same way. Some people might recover quickly and almost without any scabs at all. On the other hand, some need as long as 6 weeks or more to cure. The pace of recovery depends on the skin type mostly.
Therefore, keep reading to find out about the stages of the healing process and what to expect every day during the recovery. Read the tips on how to treat your freshly microbladed brows.
Usually, there are 6 stages of healing process after microblading procedure:
These are the most typical stages of the microblading recovery process. The beginning is the hardest to overcome, especially because you have to be extra careful about your brows. If you are lucky, some of the stages will not be too unbearable. For the others, they might be pretty irritating and agonizing.
Days one and two – Your eyebrows are swollen and there is redness around them. Also, they look too dark and thick and you might feel that this was a bad idea.
The area around your brows is red and sensitive. It is also prone to infections. Some bleeding might appear.
What to do? Don’t panic! The color will change into the desired one. They will become almost 50% lighter once they are healed. Follow the aftercare instructions religiously. Don’t wash your face, don’t sleep on your stomach and avoid extensive sweating, swimming pools and saunas.
Days 3-4 Your brows will look better and you will be satisfied. You are getting used to the fact that you don’t have to draw or fill them with a pencil every morning. They are still too dark, but slowly starting to fade.
What to do? Keep taking special care of the microbladed area. Don’t be worried about your brows being still too dark – it is perfectly normal.
Days 5-7 This is a scabbing stage. The microbladed area is itchy. You might feel irritated but scratching is strictly forbidden. The area is still pretty sensitive and scratching can cause complications. The pigment is inserted only two layers under your skin. It does not go as deep as with traditional tattoo. Because of this, scratching can take it off.
The exfoliation starts and the scabs show up. If you are not familiar with the stages of the healing process, you might freak out. Bear in mind that this is quite normal and almost everybody has to deal with the scabs after the microblading process. Some people exfoliate extensively, while others barely have any scabs.
What to do? Calm down and patiently wait for the exfoliation stage to finish. You can now wash your face gently but be careful with the microbladed area. Do not scratch the area around your brows because you might pull the pigment out. If you accidentally scratch and take off the pigment, it can be fixed at the touch up.
Days 8-10 Your brows are much lighter than they should be. You might think that your skin rejects the pigment, but this is usually not the case. After all the scabbing and peeling, your brows keep recovering. Now they are light and patchy.
What to do? Again, don’t freak out. Don’t run to the microblading artist asking for a money refund thinking that the whole treatment was unsuccessful. This happens almost to everyone who had their brows microbladed. If you are really unhappy with them, you can wear makeup, but only if the scabbing is over. Otherwise, relax and wait for the color to come back.
Days 11- 28 The hardest period is behind you. Your microbladed brows are taking its final shape. They might look patchy at the beginning, but some microbladed strokes will reappear. This is still not the end, and you need to be patient just a little more. You might feel excited because the final look of your brows is just around the corner. You are also relieved because all the scabbing is over. The skin of the treated area is not so sensitive anymore, so you can slowly start behaving normally.
At the end of the third week, you will see what the brows look like and how the skin has taken the pigment. If it is still patchy, don’t worry, there is a touch up for correction.
What to do? Schedule a touch up. It is supposed to be done at the end of the healing process, i.e. 4-6 weeks after the treatment. The touchup is there to correct all the imperfections. For example, if the brows look uneven or if they are patchy, a couple of more strokes are added.
Days 28-42 The healing period is finally over. Some brows heal faster, some take more time. It depends on the skin type and daily routine and lifestyle. After a touch up your brows will take its final shape and color. If you followed the aftercare tips and if the microblading artist has done a good job, you will probably be head over heels for your new brows. It will positively affect your self-esteem.
Microblading aftercare is extremely important and the success of the treatment relies on it to a great extent.
So you must get serious and follow the aftercare instructions religiously. The artist has done his part – now it’s your turn and you have a very important role.
Here is everything you need to know about the microblading aftercare routine.
The microblading healing process lasts 4-6 weeks, but the aftercare doesn’t require so much time. It is of great importance at the beginning stages of the healing process, when you have to be extra careful. The most sensitive stage is the scabbing stage, and after that, you can relax. So, let’s say that microblading aftercare lasts from 7 to 14 days.
These are the basic rules of microblading aftercare:
As you can see, the basic aftercare rules are very strict. You are not allowed to wear makeup and cosmetic products. For this reason, book your microblading appointment carefully. Bear in mind that your brows need some time to heal. Therefore, it is best to have the treatment at least 1 month before the important event or a holiday.
Day 1 – Your eyebrows are too sensitive and swollen. They also appear too dark. A few hours after the treatment, blot the lymph of them with a cotton pad with just a drop of sterile water. Repeat this 2-3 times.
Days 2 – 4 – Wash your brows with some sterile water on a cotton pad, or use antibacterial soap (follow your microblading artist’s instructions). Repeat it 2-4 times a day to avoid build-up of lymph in the area. Be very gentle and make sure your hands are clean. After cleaning your brows apply a thin layer of an ointment if advised. You shouldn’t use too much ointment – your brows mustn’t look greasy.
Days 5 – 10 – Usually around day 5, the scabbing stage begins. Let the scabs fall off naturally. If you touch them, you risk ruining your microblading. Carry on with the aftercare routine – wash gently, dry, moisturize if advised. If you notice anything suspicious, such as heavy scabbing or irritation, contact your artist.
Days 10 – 14 – You don’t need to apply ointment any longer. On the 14th day you can go back to your everyday routine. You can wash your face normally and even apply some makeup if you have to.
If you trusted your artist with the whole treatment, you might as well trust him with the aftercare tips. Use the one recommended by your esthetician.
It should be a crème based on panthenol and glycerin. Some cosmeticians recommend Vaseline, while others claim that it is not such a good option. A lot of them praise Aquaphor, a product tattoo artists use. Other artists speak well of coconut oil and crèmes that contain virgin olive and avocado oil. An ointment that contains honey and propolis is a good antibacterial product. Some of the products may contain shea butter, cocoa butter, bee wax, etc. Let your artist know if you have any allergies.
What you need to be careful about is how to use it. Don’t clog your pores. You have to use just a little bit of the recommended crème.
The longevity of your microblading will depend on your lifestyle and habits. If you sweat a lot, swim or expose to the sun, it is unlikely that your microblading will survive as long as 3 years. If you want to prolong it, you have to schedule regular touch ups. Your skin type and lifestyle will dictate the frequency of touch ups. Don’t wait for too long. If your microblading fades away, you will have to do the whole treatment all over again.Also, if you want your microblading to last longer, protect your brows with sunscreen lotion and avoid using products that contain retinol, because it speeds up the fading process.
Before even booking a microblading appointment, make sure you don’t have an important event at least a month after that. If an unexpected celebration pops up in the middle of your healing process, you will probably have to go with scabbing and swollen brows. So, plan the date of your microblading treatment carefully, bearing in mind that your brows will not look its best for a few days after that.
Try to spend less time in front of a mirror. If you are obsessed with your brows you might check them every couple of minutes. The color does not change that fast. The redness goes away naturally. Do something else instead. Read a book, watch tv, try not to think about them.
Don’t let scabbing freak you out. The fear that you will tear off scabs, in your sleep or by accident, might bother you, but don’t worry. If something like this happens, and you are worried, contact your microblading artist.
If you feel desperate when you see how dark and swollen your brows are after the treatment, go online and search for the pictures of the microbladed brows immediately after the treatment and after the first touch up. You will see that some time needs to past and they will be perfect.
Some people take more time to heal, and if you are one of them, don’t be devastated. Don’t compare yourself to other friends whose brows took less time to heal. Think about the future and how pretty you will be with your brand new brows.
If you think you will have perfect eyebrows after just one hour in a salon, you are wrong. After the initial microblading treatment and microblading healing period, there is an obligatory touch up session.
In order to understand the importance of the first touch up, think of the treatment as a 2-step process. One can’t go without the other and the treatment is incomplete without the touch up session.
The color comes back at the end of the healing period, but sometimes not evenly. Everybody heals differently and some might notice gaps and irregularities after the brows are healed.
The first touch up includes refilling, where the pigment didn’t retain properly. Sometimes, deeper shading is required. The touch up is there to correct all the irregularities and redefine your eyebrows. Its purpose is to fix what got messed up during the healing period.
Six months after the treatment your brows will still look great. Microbladed brows last from 9 to 15 months. It depends on your skin type and lifestyle, but also how well you treat them. Frequent touch ups will prolong them.