With great brows comes great responsibility; especially when caring for your brows post-procedure.
For those who have never had microblading done before, and those who want an in-depth look at the healing process and instructions for microblading aftercare; this is a process where light, feather-stroke incisions are made on your brows in order to perfect their shape and density.
As the skin will be opened for a period of time, the healing process and aftercare for microblading is very important in keeping those incisions healthy as they close up and heal. The aftercare for microblading will also help give you the best looking, most defined brows that you’re looking for.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION, as it provides all you need to know about the healing process and aftercare for microblading.
Note that results are different for each and every client. How your brows heal will depend on how you take care of them, your skin type, and if you have an existing skin condition.
What To Expect When Healing
Each skin type will respond differently when healing. The time it takes for your brows to heal, the number of sessions you may need, and colour retention are all affected by the condition of your skin and whether you adhere to your aftercare instructions.
Your new microbladed brows may not last as long if you have very oily skin, very sensitive or reactive skin, acne-prone skin, thick/coarse brow hair, or a skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or melasma. Smoking may also cause microblading to fade very quickly.
Microblading heals best on dry skin types. The aftercare routine provided will mimic consistently dry skin in order to optimize the healing process.
The visible top layer of your skin will heal in 2 weeks; a microblading touch-up is highly recommended 6-8 weeks after the initial procedure, as the full healing process should be complete. The touch-up appointment is important, as the first appointment will build the shape and symmetry of your new brows, and the touch-up will allow the artist to perfect your brows and add density.
WHAT TO EXPECT: APPEARANCE
The first couple weeks of the healing process may be a roller coaster for the appearance of your brows.
Over the first few days, your new brows may appear much darker in colour and more sharply defined. The hair strokes may blend or look wet. There will be a minor amount of scabbing as the skin heals; this will cause dryness and flakiness, which will naturally fall off as the healing continues. This is normal. Please do not itch or remove the scabs; all the flakiness must fall off naturally to give you the best looking results. Your brows will lighten after a few days as the skin sheds, and the fine hair strokes will become clearer. Please note that the oilier your skin, the less defined your strokes will be after they heal. This is why keeping the brows as dry as possible is so important, because doing so will give you more crisp, defined results.
Instructions: Day 1
On the day of your microblading procedure, there should only be minimal residual discomfort in the microbladed area. It often feels similar to a sunburn. This is completely normal; the discomfort and any redness will subside in 24-48 hours.
Please make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your brows during the aftercare process.
It is important to absorb any excess lymph fluid on the brows. Using a small amount of warm water and a cotton swab or tissue, gently wipe or dab the brow area. On the first day, do this every 5 minutes until the excess fluid stops.
Clean your brows 2-3 times per day with a damp cotton swab, then pat dry. Apply a thin layer of ointment, but only if necessary! The goal is to keep your brows as dry as possible. If your brows feel unbearably itchy, dry, and uncomfortable, use only a grain-of-rice sized amount of Aquaphor, coconut oil, or Aloe Vera.
Repeat the same water and cotton swab cleaning process. You may also use a grain of rice-size amount of Aquaphor ointment on your brows after cleaning. Always wait for the brows to dry completely before applying ointment. This is only for brows that feel very tight and dry; do not over apply ointment, as this will suffocate the skin and delay the healing process.
What To Avoid When Healing
Now that we’ve covered the exact aftercare for microblading, I would like to summarize the things you must avoid while healing your brows.
- brow makeup for the first 2 weeks
- sunscreen on brows for the first 2 weeks
- botox for first 2 weeks
- swimming pools, hot tubs, jacuzzis, lakes for first 2 weeks
- scratching/removing scabs, as this can cause scarring or loss of colour
- water on your brows
- the use of cleansers, soaps, or heavy creams
- the use of Vaseline/Neosporin/Polysporin
- activities that cause sweating for the first 10 days, as this can cause the strokes to heal blurry and fine detail is lost
- sleeping on your face for the first 10 days
- UV exposure, including tanning beds for 4 weeks
- laser light therapy
- facials, massages, and chemical treatments for 4 weeks
- long, hot showers and steam
- bleaching, tinting, or dyeing your brows for 1 month
- applying anti-acne products while healing
- threading, waxing, and hair removal during healing
Touch-Up & Post-Healing
Your beautiful new brows are healed and ready to be perfected!
About 6-8 weeks after your first microblading procedure, you should book a touch-up appointment. The touch-up is crucial as a final step in defining, adding depth, and really perfecting the appearance of your new brows. As everyone heals a little differently, multiple touch-ups may be needed.
Microbladed brows normally last 1-3 years, depending on lifestyle, skin type, and aftercare.
Once your brows are completely healed and looking fabulous, proper care is required in order to maintain the highest quality appearance of the hair strokes. Please note the following:
- Sun exposure, as well as tanning beds, can cause fading and discoloration. Always apply a sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher when the brows are exposed to UV.
- Lasering your microbladed brows may cause a change in ink colour.
- Using exfoliants on your brows will cause fading.
- Smoking will cause fading.
- If your brows come into contact with chlorine, rinse thoroughly and dry thoroughly afterwards.
- You may apply makeup on your brows post-healing to achieve a different look.
- Yearly touch-ups are recommended to maintain your results.
Own The World With Your New Brows!
Now you have the knowledge of how to keep your brows healthy during healing; this will be so important for the longevity of their defined shape and colour.
Microblading can be viewed as ineffective to those who aren’t prepared before and after. All it takes is the proper research, care, and instruction from a trusted microblading artist in order to flaunt happy, healthy brows!
That being said, if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your procedure and aftercare, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, let me know down below; have you had your brows microbladed? How did your healing process go? What is your biggest concern about having your eyebrows microbladed?
I’m looking forward to taking on your brow journey with you!
Here’s to beautiful brows,