After your initial microblading session, your skin should heal in 25 to 30 days. It'll likely feel tender and painful at first, but this will go away over time. Your brows will also darken and lighten before revealing their final color. It's normal for your skin to flake and peel as healing takes place.
So, when it comes to the question of “When can I wash my eyebrows after microblading?” the short answer is at least ten days, but it's really as long as it takes for your eyebrows to cleanse and heal themselves naturally.
Day 5 is when things start to change. This can be the turning point in the healing process, where your brows are getting itchy and it is advised to NOT scratch them, as the wound may still be open. A thick layer of scabbing may form, and the fine hair-strokes that were created may be hidden.
The wet healing method of Microblading aftercare also involves keeping the area dry from water, especially during showering or bathing. The area is also carefully washed and dried and then an aftercare cream or balm is applied twice a day for the duration of the initial healing period.
4-6 Days After = your brows will still look pretty dark, but begin to lighten a little as the scabs mature. 7-10 Days After = the scabs will begin to flake and fall off your brows naturally, so your skin may look a little, well, flaky.
Appearance Is Faded but Still Looks Great
The decrease in thickness of your eyebrows will be noticeable ONLY if you'll compare your photos today vs. when your microbladed eyebrows are only weeks or months old. 3 years after microblading, they'll look more natural with time until they fade.
In short, no. Although there are some considerations which we'll get into more below, it doesn't seem that semi-permanent brow procedures have any kind of lasting effect on the way your natural hair grows, even when it seems your entire brow needs to be reshaped.
Around 7-14 days, you may notice some flaking/shedding of the skin near the brow area. When the skin flakes off, many times the Microblading strokes have disappeared. THIS IS NORMAL. This is because there is still a thick layer of protective skin creating a veil over the pigment.
After 1 month, your skin will be completely healed. You shouldn't feel any pain or discomfort. Your eyebrows should also look soft and full. In another month or two, you'll likely have a follow-up appointment with your provider.
Healing will take up to 1-2 weeks, and it is perfectly normal for your treated eyebrows to scab. The scabs will fall off within a few days. It is normal for the color to appear darker and reddish in the first 5-6 days, and then to fade during the two weeks following the treatment.
Days 7-10 After the Microblading Treatment
When they do, you might notice a patchy eyebrow area as the top layer of pigment starts to disappear. You'll also notice your eyebrows look much lighter than expected, but this will slowly correct itself as the skin heals. You just have to be patient.
It's very common for the area to feel bruised or tender for about a day following a microblading procedure. Your skin shouldn't appear bruised, but it may be a little red. As the wounds heal, you may feel as if you have a sunburn for a few days. It takes about 10 to 14 days to fully heal as the pigment settles.
Picking your scabs may result in a loss of pigment that may need to be re-applied. How long does the scabbing last? The entire scabbing process should only last about 5-7 days. It usually doesn't start until around day 4 and continues till around day 12.
Can I sleep on my face after microblading? Don't sleep on your stomach, and don't even sleep on your side. Sleeping with your face smooshed might mess up the healing process after you get your microblading done. Use an airline neck pillow to force yourself to sleep on your back.
DO NOT sleep on your face or side of your face for the first 2 weeks. This creates lines where the skin wrinkles, and it pushes out the pigment. Just wear your hair in pigtails to prevent sleeping on your sides, or use a neck pillow used on airplanes. NEVER rush the healing process.
If you have a Caffeinated drink or food 48 hours after your procedure, you should avoid alcohol, soft drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, and other beverages. After this, you should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, niacin, fish oil, vitamin K, and fish oil.
Microblading scabbing can last anywhere from 3 days to a week, depending on how bad it is. Just know that eventually the scabbing will stop. Do note that this will result in a loss in pigment color on the brow. Your brows will look patchy and this is normal if scabbing does occur during your healing process.
Immediately after the treatment your brow area is slightly irritated and this contributes to the appearance of a darker pigment color. When the irritation subsides after two or three days, the color will already start to appear softer. Also, there is excess pigment “trapped” near the surface of the skin.
Because your skin needs to be as clean as possible during the microblading healing process, you should completely avoid wearing any makeup, moisturizers, or makeup primers around the area treated by microblading.
Getting the brow is too wet after microblading, or using the wrong ointment and even getting too much sun are all possible reasons for fading.
Microblading can be removed. There are several ways in which this can be done. The most common one is laser treatment. The advantage of microblading is that, unlike other forms of tattooing, it can usually be removed with a couple of laser treatments.
The CONS of Microblading
Apart from being an expensive method, makeup removal is quite painful and can lead to scarification. Also, in many cases, allergic skin reactions are a possibility; it is the microblading side effects. The numbing cream and the ink used might not be favorable to all skin types.
As mentioned above, microblading can last anywhere from 18 to 30 months. In general, it requires touch-ups once or twice a year. Once pigment from the procedure begins to noticeably fade, you'll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application.
Since these lines will look like real eyebrow hairs, this treatment will make your brows look thicker and more attractive. This treatment is not designed to permanently remove any of the hair in your eyebrows, so you might need to continue plucking your eyebrows after you receive a microblading treatment.
1. Microblading eyebrows lasts 1 to 2 years. Eyebrow tattoos last forever. Regular eyebrow tattoos last a lifetime, but with microblading, ink is not placed as deep underneath the skin.