Choosing microblading to enhance eyebrows is a great decision, but it is not something that you should take lightly. You need to plan the date of the treatment carefully, and not think of it as something you can just do at the lunch break.
Let’s explain why. Keep reading to learn more about the treatment and how long does microblading take.
Why Do You Need to Plan the Date of the Treatment Carefully?
Microblading is a tattoo, so it will take some time to heal. In fact, it will look pretty unattractive while healing, and you are not allowed to wear makeup, nor swim or sweat too much. So, booking an appointment too close to an important event or a holiday is a bad, bad decision.
The complete healing process lasts up to 6 weeks (but don’t worry, your brows should look ok after 2-3 weeks), and then a touch up is required. Which again, takes some more time to heal.
So, the best thing to do is to book the treatment at least 2 months before an important event or a holiday.
How Long Does Microblading Take?
As said above, microblading treatment is not something that you should do in a rush. The average duration of the session is 2.5 – 3 hours, but it can vary.
If you choose an experienced artist who has a lot of clients and knows microblading upside down, they may be able to finish it in less than 2 hours. On the other hand, if you choose an artist who is not so skillful, but still meticulous and thorough, they may need more time to map your eyebrows properly and perform the treatment.
So, how long does microblading last depends on the choice of the artist as well as other factors, listed below
What’s Included in the Treatment?
The microblading process consists of several parts, so let’s see what they are and why the treatment lasts so long.
Consultations Last Around 30 Minutes
Consultations are a very important part of the microblading process. They are usually done a few days, or a day before the treatment. The artist will talk to you about the treatment and learn about your expectations. They will also give you all the information you need about the procedure, pre-care and aftercare. They should assess your skin type, to see whether you are a good candidate for microblading and look into your medical record.
They should also do a patch test to make sure you’re not allergic to the products that will be used.
Some artists offer virtual consultations so that you don’t have to come to a salon twice if you don’t live nearby. Some artists charge for consultations.
It is advisable to come to the appointment a little bit earlier than to be late. The artist probably has their next appointment planned, and if you are late, they may rush to finish on time for the next client. Be considerable – they also need a break between clients.
Does Mapping Last the Longest?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Again, this is individual and it depends on the client. If a client’s face morphology is complicated for mapping, or their face is asymmetrical (most of them are, some less, some more) mapping may take longer than usual.
However, that shouldn’t bother you – it’s better for it to last longer and be properly done, than done in a rush and look uneven. Microblading will stay on your face for months and it needs to be done perfectly.
The artist will do a pre-draw to show what your eyebrows will look like, and you can decide whether you like it and what you would change.
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Some artists numb the area before mapping it, others do the opposite. Whatever the case is, numbing will take some time to kick in. It is usually around 20 minutes. Most artists use this time to give you the consent form and other paperwork to fill in.
The Actual Blading
How long does microblading take also depends on how many passes the artist will do on your brows. Most of them do 2 passes and apply a pigment mask after each. Sometimes, a client’s skin requires more passes, so this will naturally prolong the treatment. Actual blading lasts around an hour, usually shorter.
At the end of the treatment, you will likely be asked to stay a bit longer to go over the aftercare instructions, which you will follow to a T. You should also book the touchup appointment.
If you want to learn what the microblading process looks like step by step, read our article Microblading Process Step by Step: Find Out What to Expect.
Sometimes, a microblading treatment can last longer than expected. So, make sure you have a cleared schedule and nothing else planned for that day – you don’t want to rush out of the appointment in the middle of the treatment or make the artist nervous by rushing them.
The answer to the question of how long does microblading take is 2.5 – 3 hours on average, but make sure you have nothing planned afterward, just in case it lasts longer. When it comes to the healing process, it will take up to 6 weeks, so it’s not a good idea to book an important event or a holiday while your eyebrows are healing. Plan the date and time of your microblading treatment carefully to make sure you are on time for the treatment, as well as the touch up.
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