So you’re looking for a new set of perfect brows and you’ve decided that Microblading is for you? If this is the case, always remember an awesome set of eyebrows run far beyond a trip to the salon. Also, recognize that a poor microblading aftercare routine can mean a whole bunch of wasted bucks in the long run.
Albeit microblading is a non-invasive aesthetic procedure, it does involve breaking through the skins initial barrier. For this reason, you’ll need to have a stringent aftercare routine that will not only ensure protection against infections but also provide longevity to the microblading results.
Microblading – What to Expect
Microblading is a semi-permanent aesthetics procedure used to enhance and shape the eyebrows. Pre-microblading treatment, clinics always offer an initial consultation to discuss your eyebrow “haves” and “have nots”. This involves discussions about the best-fit brow for your face shape, assessment of current density, etc. However, it will also cover pigment colorings. The ideal shade of brow will work in harmony with your current skin’s undertones. If you have specific requirements concerning your brows, now is the time to speak up. Once all requirements have been considered you are ready for the treatment to begin.
Microblading itself is is a hand-held procedure where pigments are implanted just underneath the Epidermis layer of skin. This is administered with an oblique blade made up of tiny microneedles. During the treatment, you may experience some discomfort and levels will vary with each individual. It’s safe to say that microblading doesn’t specifically hurt, but it may feel a little scratchy. However, generally speaking, most people adjust to the sensation relatively quickly.
Your first microblading appointment, from initial consultation to finished procedure will last anywhere between 3 to 4 hours. A second microblading treatment for touch-ups is needed and recommended 4 to 6 weeks, post initial procedure.
The results are a set of brows which will last anywhere up to 18 months, on average.
Microblading Healing Procedure
After your initial microblading procedure has been completed it’s normal to experience slight inflammation and redness surrounding your brows. However, this will subside after a few hours or overnight. Once the irritation subsides, you may notice that your brows are quite pronounced and dark. It’s crucial to note that this darkness will subside.
Following on from the above, at around the 5 to 7 day period, you should find that your brows will appear slightly “grazed” which will follow by subsequent flakiness. Along with this will be possible itching where you must avoid scratching. At this point, the color will begin to fade slightly.
Thereafter, things will slowly, but surely, calm down. Timescales relative to the microblading healing process will vary from person to person, yet as an average, one can consider between 4 to 6 weeks is reasonable. Touch-ups, or your second microblading session, should not be carried out until full microblading recovery has happened. It’s only at this time your technician will be able to evaluate where microblading touch-ups are needed.
Precautionary Measures Prior to Microblading
Aftercare is probably more obvious to pre-care when it comes to microblading but there is some measures you’ll need to adhere to before treatment. To get the best from microblading the following is recommended :
• Turn up with your regular skin color. If you’ve just spent a week on the beach, your skin will be tanned and as we all know… this unfortunately fades. Given that your microblading will last longer than your suntan, pigment shades are better matched to your normal undertones.
• Avoid chemical peels at least three weeks pre-treatment, two is pushing it but feasible.
• Avoid Botox treatments at least three weeks pre-treatment, two is pushing it but feasible.
• Ensure there are no alcohol or blood thinners in your system. Generally speaking, this requires abstinence three days pre-treatment. Blood thinners include Aspirins and Ibuprofen.
Immediate Aftercare Recommendations
It’s clear, anyone who’s just had received microblading wants to get out there and start showing their new, low maintenance and perfectly groomed eyebrows off to the world. They’re confidence-boosting, lovely and will change your appearance overnight. However, hold back just a tad as there is an aftercare routine that needs to be adhered to. To roll them out… :
- One of the big questions surrounding microblading aftercare treatment is the issue of water, or more precisely, getting your eyebrows wet. It’s wholly recommended that you avoid water for at least ten days. This includes keeping them dry during showering and it’s pretty obvious this is more than a little inconvenient. In reality, you can clean your eyebrows with water, however, extreme care needs to be taken. First and foremost, ensure the water is sterilized, deeming it free of impurities. Secondly, do not “immerse” in water of any kind. A simple case of gentle cleaning with cotton wool is sufficient. And finally, gently dry with dry cotton.
- Adhere to all instructions concerning balms or creams that your microblading technician has provided. Don’t be tempted to replace them with another choice of product. If you have any questions regarding your own brand choice, verify suitability in advance.
- Do not pick, scratch or scrape the flakiness you’ll experience. Microblading, albeit non-invasive, still involves breaking through your skin’s barrier. This barrier protects against infection and often we believe our hands to be clean but it’s not always the case.
- Avoid makeup around your eyebrows at all cost for at least two weeks post microblading treatment.
- Keep your hair away from your eyebrow line – pin back the fringe!
- Abstain from tanning, swimming, saunas and the gym until your ready for your touch-up appointment. Sweat running over the browline will irritate the procedure and deem your eyebrows difficult to clean.
- At all cost, don’t be tempted to book a chemical peel, skin cleansing treatment, botox or any other type of aesthetics procedure until your microblading treatment is completed healed.
- Avoid alcohol and blood thinners until 24 hours post-treatment. Blood thinners include Aspirins and Ibuprofen.
Long Term Microblading Long-term Aftercare Recommendations
Microbladed eyebrows are not only known for their beauty but also for their benefits. The end results provide you with a low maintenance brow meaning you can ditch the pencils and gels. However, we can’t stress enough, low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. So what do you need to know and do?
- In an ideal world, microblading will need topping up after a year or so to keep the eyebrow line neat. This involves adding pigments, not a full microblading treatment.
- If you’re going to sun worship your microblading will fade quicker than if you protect with sunblock. Don’t be tempted to skimp on the quality of your sunscreen product – splash the cash on a decent brand.
- Microblading doesn’t damage the existing hair follicles so your eyebrows will continue to grow. This means you will still need to keep an eye out for some minimal plucking.
- After approximately two years you will need to top up the treatment again.
Can Complications Occur?
As with any aesthetics treatment, microblading is a safe procedure. However, whenever you break the skin’s protective barrier the risk of infection is present. For this reason, it’s crucial to adhere to the pre and post care advice.
With this being said, complications can occur owing the risk of infection, as is present with any intervention. It is perfectly normal to feel slightly uncomfortable post microblading, the same can be said for itching. However, should your microbladed brows begin to feel abnormally warm to the touch or inflamed you should seek medical advice at the earliest convenience.
If you experience uncontrollable itching or irritation which persists, you should also seek medical advice and investigate possible allergies. If you are particularly susceptible to allergic reactions it’s advisable to do a patch test in advance.
For anyone who has diabetes, a heart condition, skin disorder(s), allergies to certain medications or you are pregnant, it’s advisable to discuss your eligibility of microblading with your medical professional beforehand.
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