What to Expect Physically, Mentally and Emotionally
Trends may come and trends may go, but it seems that microblading eyebrows is here to stay. There are a lot of fans of this treatment. Women around the world are crazy about microbladed brows because they look natural and chic.
However, the result is not seen immediately after the treatment. In order to achieve the final look, you must go through the healing process. Microblading healing process can be very physically and emotionally demanding. It is better to get yourself informed and prepared for microblading healing. That way, you will know what to expect and you will deal with it more easily. It is also vital to know how to treat the microbladed area during the healing process and avoid any complications.
Read all about microblading healing process in this article.
The healing process of microblading lasts 4-6 weeks. After this period, you will see the outcome. They will take their final shape and color after the pigment sets in.
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Usually, there are 6 stages of healing process after microblading procedure:
These are the most typical stages of the microblading recovery process. The beginning is the hardest to overcome, especially because you have to be extra careful about your brows. If you are lucky, some of the stages will not be too unbearable. For the others, they might be pretty irritating and agonizing.
Days one and two – Your eyebrows are swollen and there is redness around them. Also, they look too dark and thick and you might feel that this was a bad idea.
The area around your brows is red and sensitive. It is also prone to infections. Some bleeding might appear.
What to do? Don’t panic! The color will change into the desired one. They will become almost 50% lighter once they are healed. Follow the aftercare instructions religiously. Don’t wash your face, don’t sleep on your stomach and avoid extensive sweating, swimming pools and saunas.
Days 3-4 Your brows will look better and you will be satisfied. You are getting used to the fact that you don’t have to draw or fill them with a pencil every morning. They are still too dark, but slowly starting to fade.
What to do? Keep taking special care of the microbladed area. Don’t be worried about your brows being still too dark – it is perfectly normal.
Days 5-7 This is a scabbing stage. The microbladed area is itchy. You might feel irritated but scratching is strictly forbidden. The area is still pretty sensitive and scratching can cause complications. The pigment is inserted only two layers under your skin. It does not go as deep as with traditional tattoo. Because of this, scratching can take it off.
The exfoliation starts and the scabs show up. If you are not familiar with the stages of the healing process, you might freak out. Bear in mind that this is quite normal and almost everybody has to deal with the scabs after the microblading process. Some people exfoliate extensively, while others barely have any scabs.
What to do? Calm down and patiently wait for the exfoliation stage to finish. You can now wash your face gently but be careful with the microbladed area. Do not scratch the area around your brows because you might pull the pigment out. If you accidentally scratch and take off the pigment, it can be fixed at the touch up.
Days 8-10 Your brows are much lighter than they should be. You might think that your skin rejects the pigment, but this is usually not the case. After all the scabbing and peeling, your brows keep recovering. Now they are light and patchy.
What to do? Again, don’t freak out. Don’t run to the microblading artist asking for a money refund thinking that the whole treatment was unsuccessful. This happens almost to everyone who had their brows microbladed. If you are really unhappy with them, you can wear makeup, but only if the scabbing is over. Otherwise, relax and wait for the color to come back.
Days 11- 28 The hardest period is behind you. Your microbladed brows are taking its final shape. They might look patchy at the beginning, but some microbladed strokes will reappear. This is still not the end, and you need to be patient just a little more. You might feel excited because the final look of your brows is just around the corner. You are also relieved because all the scabbing is over. The skin of the treated area is not so sensitive anymore, so you can slowly start behaving normally.
At the end of the third week, you will see what the brows look like and how the skin has taken the pigment. If it is still patchy, don’t worry, there is a touch up for correction.
What to do? Schedule a touch up. It is supposed to be done at the end of the healing process, i.e. 4-6 weeks after the treatment. The touchup is there to correct all the imperfections. For example, if the brows look uneven or if they are patchy, a couple of more strokes are added.
Days 28-42 The healing period is finally over. Some brows heal faster, some take more time. It depends on the skin type and daily routine and lifestyle. After a touch up your brows will take its final shape and color. If you followed the aftercare tips and if the microblading artist has done a good job, you will probably be head over heels for your new brows. It will positively affect your self-esteem.
Before even booking a microblading appointment, make sure you don’t have an important event at least a month after that. If an unexpected celebration pops up in the middle of your healing process, you will probably have to go with scabbing and swollen brows. So, plan the date of your microblading treatment carefully, bearing in mind that your brows will not look its best for a few days after that.
Try to spend less time in front of a mirror. If you are obsessed with your brows you might check them every couple of minutes. The color does not change that fast. The redness goes away naturally. Do something else instead. Read a book, watch tv, try not to think about them.
Don’t let scabbing freak you out. The fear that you will tear off scabs, in your sleep or by accident, might bother you, but don’t worry. If something like this happens, and you are worried, contact your microblading artist.
If you feel desperate when you see how dark and swollen your brows are after the treatment, go online and search for the pictures of the microbladed brows immediately after the treatment and after the first touch up. You will see that some time needs to past and they will be perfect.
Some people take more time to heal, and if you are one of them, don’t be devastated. Don’t compare yourself to other friends whose brows took less time to heal. Think about the future and how pretty you will be with your brand new brows.
Six months after the treatment your brows will still look great. Microbladed brows last from 9 to 15 months. It depends on your skin type and lifestyle, but also how well you treat them. Frequent touch ups will prolong them.
For some people, the microblading healing process can be emotionally exhausting. If you prepare for it properly, read about all the stages and side effects, not to be surprised.
Microblading is definitely worth all the trouble because once the healing process is finished, you are set with perfect eyebrows for months.
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