When potential clients start researching microblading, one of the first facts they come across is – microblading is a form of tattooing. So the next logical question that probably pops up in their mind is, wait, does that mean that if I get microblading I’ll be stuck with it forever? Does microblading fade?
PMUHub is here to ease your mind and assure you that while microblading does last a long time, it is not permanent. Let’s explain what happens to microblading over time.
Does Microblading Fade?
Short answer – yes.
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing, which means it’s done in a way that allows it to fade. It’s a new generation of brow tattoos, very different from traditional, body art tattooing, and it gives much better results than the brow tattoos of the past which were done with basic tattoo inks and implanted quite deep into the skin.
It was designed with the idea that it would fade away after a while, allowing you to switch up your brows style, shape and color every couple of years, not having to commit to the same look forever.
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How Does Microblading Fade?
In order to explain how does microblading fade, we’ll have to touch upon skin anatomy and a bit of basic chemistry.
The process of microblading implies making thin cuts on the surface of the skin with a blade that’s dragged through it. The cuts are very shallow, and PMU pigments are deposited into them. Once the area heals and skin grows over the pigments, they look just like natural hairs.
The PMU pigments deposited into the skin are formulated in such a way that the body can break them down. The immune system recognizes the pigment as a foreign object and constantly attacks them. This mechanism slowly breaks down the components of the pigment, and the body extracts them through the lymph system. As a result, the pigments gradually disappear (almost entirely) and the color loses intensity bit by bit, until it’s not visible anymore.
Apart from this process, another factor contributes to how microblading fades – the skin’s natural turnover cycle. PMU pigments are deposited into the dermis, the layer of the skin where there are living skin cells. The skin is constantly renewing and exfoliating itself, so a portion of the pigment can leave with the skin cells that are shed. That’s why you shouldn’t exfoliate the brow area if you have microblading – you can remove the pigments mechanically.
How Fast Does Microblading Fade?
It’s important to note that microblading fading is a gradual process, so it doesn’t happen overnight.
The average longevity of microblading is around 18 months. So, within 18 months, your microblading will be more or less invisible. But the process of fading will last throughout the 18 months, so your brows will slowly lose intensity over that time.
But many factors contribute to the pace of fading, primarily:
- Skin type – oily skin which produces more sebum makes microblading fade faster
- Body chemistry – some systems break down PMU pigments faster than others
- Lifestyle – some activities like frequent swimming or exposing your microblading to sunlight can accelerate microblading fading.
For a more extensive list of factors that accelerate pigment fading, check out this article.
What Do I Do If My Microblading Isn’t Fading?
The ideal scenario of microblading is, you get it done, it looks great for a while, and it eventually disappears if you don’t want to refresh it and prolong it. However, it’s possible that when the 18 months elapse, your microblading still looks very prominent.
You might be thinking, hey, that’s great! But the problem is, if your microblading isn’t fading evenly at the pace it’s supposed to, there’s a chance of it changing color at some point into something you don’t really like – an orangey or a cool bluish tone.
This can happen if the pigments used weren’t top-quality and the body can’t break down their components consistently and completely. Or, the color mix wasn’t ideal for your skin’s undertone. Or, the artist’s technique wasn’t perfect and they deposited the pigments too deep.
If you notice your brows aren’t as faded as they should be around 18 months after you got the treatment, don’t panic. There are ways to fix this situation.
- If you’re generally satisfied with how microblading worked out for you, you can book a correction session that will fix the color issue and refresh your results.
- If you don’t want microblading anymore, there are many methods of fading it further or removing it completely.
In any case, it’s 100% fixable.
For a more detailed explanation of why microblading may not fade the way it’s supposed to, check out this article.
Microblading isn’t a cheap treatment, so you might be thinking – why would I pay so much money for something that will fade? But the fact that microblading does fade is a good thing! It gives you the freedom to switch up your look every couple of years according to trends and preferences. Plus, if you get regular color boosts, the sessions won’t cost as much as the initial treatment.
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