Microblading Facts: What You Need to Know Before You Book

By Emily M.| Last updated on December 8, 2022
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If you decided to have your eyebrows microbladed, then you are probably familiar with the benefits of the treatment. You already know that it will give you natural-looking eyebrows with visible, distinctive hair strokes.

But you also need to know some other things which will help you go through the treatment with as little hassle as possible and get the best results eventually, so here are some important microblading facts.

Some Basic Microblading Facts

First, here are some very basic microblading facts you should know before booking the treatment.

Microblading Will Fade at Some Point

Microblading is a form of eyebrow tattoo. To be more precise, it’s a cosmetic tattoo, which uses permanent makeup pigments instead of traditional tattoo ink. That’s why it fades after some time.

The average lifespan of microblading is from 12 to 18 months, depending on different factors. Mostly your skin type and lifestyle.

microblading facts: microblading will fade
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There’s a Healing Period

You can’t expect your eyebrows to look perfect immediately after the treatment. Since microblading is a tattoo, it means that the skin is open and now it needs to heal.

The superficial part of the healing process usually lasts up to 2 weeks and it can be pretty uncomfortable for some people, while it will be a breeze for others. It’s all individual.

The skin underneath takes up to 4 weeks to heal and that’s when we can say that the healing process is complete.

And There’s Aftercare

During the first 2 weeks of the healing process, you will need to pay special attention to your freshly microbladed eyebrows. Your microblading artist will give you detailed instructions which you need to follow to a T.

They are usually not very complicated and include cleaning your freshly done eyebrows and applying healing ointment.

Also, during the aftercare, some things are forbidden, such as getting your brows soaking wet, visiting saunas and other steamy rooms, wearing makeup, and using certain skincare products.

To learn all about microblading aftercare, check out this guide.

You’ll Need a Touch Up

One of the most important microblading facts you should know is that this is a two-session treatment. Once your brows are completely healed, which will be 4-6 or 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment, you are obliged to book a touch-up.

During the healing period, your eyebrows can become patchy and uneven and that’s why the microblading artist needs to add more pigment and make other necessary corrections.

microblading fact: you will need a microblading touch up
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The Choice of Microblading Artist Is Very Important

We can’t emphasize this enough: be very careful and thorough when you are looking for a microblading artist.

Make sure you choose a licensed and certified artist who has enough experience and who will be there to support you if needed during the healing process.

Microblading Facts You May Not Know

Here are some less-known microblading facts you should know to make the most of your microblading treatment.

You Should Prepare for the Treatment

Sometimes, microblading artists neglect to tell you how to properly prepare for the treatment to avoid excessive bleeding and poor pigment retention and to eventually get the best results.

The preparation for microblading treatment is nothing special but you should avoid some things, such as coffee.

Here’s how to prepare for microblading – what to do and what to avoid.

It Doesn’t Really Hurt

Microblading can be uncomfortable but it doesn’t really hurt.

Nowadays, microblading artists tend to skip the pre-numb, to get better pigment retention. That means they only apply the numbing solution once the skin is already open and before the second pass.

Most clients don’t complain about the pain but if you have sensitive skin and you cannot tolerate pain very well, you can ask your microblading artist to use pre-numbing.


Image source: Instagram @burakmicroblading

It Doesn’t Always Work

If your artist estimates that you’re a good candidate for microblading, which means that you don’t have oily skin or any medical contraindications, and if you follow the aftercare routine you can expect good results.

But sometimes microblading just doesn’t work out.

The retention is poor, or it goes away immediately after the healing period is over. There are different reasons for this. These cases are rare if your artist is skilled and experienced enough. But in a very small percentage of situations, it can happen.

You Might Experience Brow Shock

Sometimes the new eyebrows are very different from the natural ones, especially if the person doesn’t have too much brow hair, so they can be kind of shocked by the transformation.

If this happens to you, don’t panic – you just need some time to get used to your new Look.

If you chose a skilled and experienced microblading artist, they are supposed to choose the best shape and color for your eyebrows to compliment your face features.

If the brows appear too dark there’s also no need to worry because they will fit up to 40% by the end of the healing period.

brow shock after microblading
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The Ghosting Phase Can Be Scary

This microblading fact is connected to the previous one.

A ghosting phase sometimes happens after the scabbing period is over.

While the eyebrows heal, they scab and the scabs fall off with some pigment in them. After that, the microblading can appear too light and some people may feel as if the whole process was completely unsuccessful.

But don’t worry, the ghosting phase is so common that it’s even got a name. The pigment is supposed to reappear by the end of the healing period. If it doesn’t, contact your artist to see what the problem was.

Removal Is Possible

If, for some reason, you ended up with botched microblading, you can get an emergency removal in the first 48h after the treatment. If you don’t do it then, you need to wait until your brows are completely healed to get them removed.

If, after some time, you want to get rid of your old microblading and get a new brow tattoo done, you can choose between saline and laser removal.

Learn about all the pros and cons of saline removal in this guide and about laser removal in this article.

To Sum Up

Microblading has numerous benefits and it’s totally worth it. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be such a popular treatment. So, make sure you prepare well and follow the aftercare to get the perfect brows you’ve always dreamt of.

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