Lasts roughly 10-14 days.
This is how you can expect to feel & heal during the first two weeks:
Age, health and proper aftercare play a critical role in this time frame.
Day 1-4: Some clients may leave feeling anxious, wondering if their new brows are too dark, and/or too bold. Please be patient during this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. I assure you this feeling will subside after a few days when the pigment starts to fade with the natural exfoliating of the skin. The brow itself may be red, swollen and feel like a sunburn. The strokes will be crisp and the color will be vibrant. The eyebrow may begin to to itch closer to day 3-4 and will appear a bit thicker in texture.
Residual pigment, blood, white blood cells, etc., can arise from the open wound. During the first 3 days, it is asked that the client “wash the skin gently” to remove/prevent build up and dust particles, you should dab this away 3-4 times in the first day, and than 1-2 times for the next two days. You can use cool water on a cotton pad (just enough to make it damp) to dab the area clean. You may use a SMALL amount of plain, fragrance-free lotion or moisturizer (or the aftercare lotion provided by BrowPro) when needed. DO NOT over moisturize; 1-2 times daily is enough.
Day 5-9: The brow will start to form scabs and become quite itchy. (DO NOT itch or pick scabs) Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment and even infection. The brow can start to look patchy and like some spots have completely lost their color or like the strokes have ‘fallen’ out. In my opinion this is the hardest part of the healing process because some people start to doubt the Microblading process, BUT rest assured this is all normal.
Day 10-30: You might feel as though too much color has been lost but your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. IMPORTANT: Please note that hair strokes will be much lighter and not as crisp after healed.
Your skin needs at least two appointments to retain & recognize the pigment. The body will organically try to push the pigment out after the first session, because it considers it a foreign body. At the second appointment it will recognize the pigment and the retention will be significantly better. Always keep in mind that Microblading is a process, please be patient and don’t forget to get your touch up done within 12 weeks of your initial appointment.
Other Factors To Keep In Mind:
The FIRST 10 days are the MOST crucial for your new brows. How quick you heal after the procedure will depend on your age and how quick your skin regenerates.
- AVOID sleeping on your stomach or side
- AVOID direct sun exposure to the brows, if you are outside wear a hat, and once the area is healed use SPF to protect the tattoo from fading
- AVOID heavy sweating, hot yoga and any activity that has lots of moisture or steam
- AVOID getting your new brows wet
If you have a fringe (bangs), they absolutely can not be touching the brow area, so please pin them back to avoid infection.
NO make-up, cleansers, or any other product can be applied to the treated area or until the area has completely healed. Nothing should touch the treated area besides the damp cotton pad and the aftercare lotion. Your normal routine can only begin once the area has completely healed.
NO Botox, laser/chemical treatments or microdermasion for at least 3 weeks post treatment.
Once your new brows are completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your touch-up appointment no sooner than 6 weeks after your initial appointment. Remember, it usually takes 2 treatments to achieve desired results. The first appointment is about building hair strokes, structure, and design. Your touch-up is about seeing how the skin heals and retains pigment, as well as achieving better symmetry and density. Your one free touch-up has to be booked within the 6-12 week timeline in order to be included.
If you get any laser treatments, chemical peels or anything invasive done on the facial area please advise the technician, so the tattoo can be avoided. These procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area. Over time, the sun can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply SPF on the treated area, wear hats and large sunglasses for further protection while in the sun. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Further touch-ups will be necessary to keep the strokes crisp and pigment bright as Microblading is only meant to last 1-2 years, which means as you age
Some skin does not take the pigment as well as others. If this is your case, you may have to come back earlier for touch-ups. Lighter pigments may also fade at a faster rate. If you have an iron deficiency, your pigment will not last as long as others.
You may need additional appointments if you are trying to fix a tattoo previously done by another artist in the treated area. The final results may not completely hide the previous work, but will improve drastically. These results are not guaranteed.
If at anytime you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I’m here for you and your brows.