Microblading Healing Process: Day by Day

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on April 30, 2024

Here’s what to expect throughout the microblading healing process day by day: itching, scabbing, color change, etc. Medicine-backed info + personal experience!

Microblading healing process of PMUHub editor Lucy

Original image by PMUHub

The result of microblading is not seen immediately after the treatment – your eyebrows must go through the 6-8 week healing process.

The microblading recovery process can be very demanding, physically and emotionally. Here’s a day-by-day overview, and personal experience from Lucy, our Web Editor.

microblading healing process original image by pmuhubLucy’s Microblading Healing Process

Microblading Healing Timeline

IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD: Your eyebrows are technically a bunch of open wounds, red and swollen. They are oozing lymph and perhaps some blood. There may be discomfort after the numbing wears off.

DAY 1: Your brows are red, and there might still be some swelling. The strokes are closing up and they probably look quite dark and thick.

DAY 2: The swelling and irritation are subsiding. Your brows look dark and large. Don’t panic – this is not their final color or shape. A scabby film may be forming.

DAYS 3-4: Your brows may feel dry, itchy, and flaky. The flaky film may start lifting from the skin. Leave them alone because picking will cause scarring, unevenness, and blank spots.

DAYS 5-14: As the flakes are lifted from the skin, the color underneath should look around 50% lighter and less intense. This is normal. It’ll come back. The skin is still recovering and the pigments are settling down.

DAYS 15-40: The color of the pigments is slowly darkening back up. At the end of this stage, you should be able to see the true color.

HEALING AFTER A TOUCH UP: Touch-up time. The healing process afterward should have the same stages, but it will be much quicker.

Q&A: Find out more about different aspects of the microblading healing process.

EXTRA TIPS: After getting tons of messages from clients asking how to handle the healing process, we decided to collect some useful tips to get you through it.

Click on the day stamps for more info, or scroll down for the whole guide.

Day by Day Microblading Healing Process

Before we get into it, we just have to note that everyone’s microblading healing process is unique! This is a general overview – don’t be surprised if your experience deviates from it.

Immediate Skin Reaction

As Doctor Nicolas Kluger explains in his study into skin reactions during and after tattooing, as soon as the tattoo needle starts to puncture the skin, the skin became inflamed.

Individuals getting a tattoo experience immediate and transient reactions during the procedure and the healing phase. An acute aseptic inflammatory reaction of variable intensity develops, with erythema (redness), induration (skin hardening), and an edematous “peau d’orange” (swelling).

In the first few hours post-procedure, you will notice a clear fluid beginning to emerge on and probably around your brows.

Lymph fluid oozing is a normal part of the microblading healing process. It is there to clean those fresh wounds that occurred during treatment and create a shield that protects the body from developing an infection.

Basically, it will try to form microblading scabs – a protective crust made of lymph buildup.

Although a normal part of healing, scabs should not be neglected as bigger, thicker ones pose a risk of improper pigment settling. Microblading pigment can adhere to thicker scabs and fall off with them, making the final result patchy and uneven.

What to Do?

Take a clean tissue and blot off lymph fluid after microblading every couple of hours or so. This will prevent the buildup and formation of thick scabs.

Lucy’s Experience:

The only thing I’m noticing is slight lymph drainage, which I’m wiping away a few times a day. My skin wasn’t particularly reactive, I’d say.

lymph after microbladingImage source: Instagram @pmuhub

Day 1

Your eyebrows are swollen and there is redness around them. The area is tender to the touch. The strokes look too dark and thick and you might regret getting the treatment.

The area around your brows is very sensitive and prone to infections, so you have to be careful.

What to do?

Don’t panic!

The color will become 30-40% lighter once the microblading healing process ends.

Follow the microblading aftercare instructions religiously. Don’t get your brows soaking wet, don’t apply any makeup, don’t sleep on your face, and avoid extensive sweating, swimming pools, saunas, and sunlight exposure.

Lucy’s Experience:

The thing most worth mentioning was how dark and intense my brows look. They are also kind of reddish! I was warned, but I wasn’t expecting such prominence. I’m kind of regretting the treatment, but let’s wait until tomorrow and reassess.

The skin around my brows is tingling. There’s a slight burning sensation.

microblading first day original image by pmuhub

Day 2

The skin reaction is subsiding. There’s little to no swelling, and the redness has calmed. A scabby film may have formed over the strokes.

The strokes can look very dark at this point, as the pigment that has stayed on the surface is oxidizing. 

What to do?

All this is normal. It’s also normal if there are no scabs. Refrain from touching your brows outside of the prescribed cleaning and moisturization. 

Here’s what we recommend for washing & moisturizing your brows (but always listen to your artist’s recommendation):

Lucy’s Experience:

The tingling sensation has passed. My brows seem to have lightened up a bit. They’re still really red though. Nothing much seems to be happening. 

Days 3-4

The scabby film is as prominent as it’s going to get and might start flaking off. Your brows are likely itchy but do your best not to scratch them.

You might also be feeling dryness or tightness – all normal parts of skin recovery after an injury. As numerous dermatologists agree, a moisturizer application during the healing process after a tattoo session is a common practice to help wound healing and to reduce discomfort sensations. 

You are getting used to the fact that you don’t have to draw or fill in your brows with a pencil every morning.

They are still too dark but are slowly starting to fade.

What to do?

Keep taking special care of the microbladed area. Don’t be worried if your brows still look too dark – this is perfectly normal, the pigments just haven’t settled yet. 

Your brows are a fresh wound and need to be cleaned properly and moisturized.

Lucy’s Experience:

My brows are definitely scabbing and the strokes underneath look really light. I’m noticing some gaps. They’re itching a lot, too. But the color is turning more towards brown, so that’s good.

Days 5-14

The flaking will probably be at its peak around day 5-7. The area is itchy but scratching is strictly forbidden. Your skin is still pretty sensitive and scratching can cause complications.

The pigment has been inserted relatively shallow into the skin. According to Doctor Marwah’s Microblading and the Science Behind It, the target layer is the papillary dermis, the very top of the middle layer of the skin.

Because of this, scratching can take it off, and picking at your scabs can rip out the pigment from larger areas and leave patches.

Some people’s skin flakes extensively, while others barely have any scabs.

But something that almost all clients experience is ghosting – the pigment looks very light as the skin over it is healing. 

But as soon as all the peeling ends, you can consider the initial stage of healing to be over. Your skin has closed up and you can go back to your normal routine, more or less, just avoid certain products and activities. 

Now it’s down to internal processes to let the pigments settle and darken back up.

What to do? 

Calm down and patiently wait for the flaking to finish, and expect the strokes to look really light.

Don’t run to your microblading artist asking for a refund thinking that the whole treatment was unsuccessful. This happens to almost everyone who has had their brows microbladed.

Clean your brows regularly and apply an ointment if your artist prescribed one. 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.

Microblading Healing Process Day by DayImage source: Instagram @brow_geeks

Lucy’s Experience

The peeling is getting really annoying at this point. My brows are not healing at an equal pace. Around day 8, my left brow has not peeled off yet. 

By day 10, the peeling is more or less over. What’s left underneath is really light. 

Days 15-40

The hardest period is behind you and your microblading recovery is almost over.

Your microbladed brows are taking their final shape. They might look patchy at the beginning, but some strokes will reappear

At the end of the 4th week, you will see what the brows look like and how the skin has taken the pigment.

If your brows have healed patchy, don’t worry, they can be corrected at the touch-up appointment.

What to do?

Schedule the touch-up.

It’s supposed to be done at the end of the healing process, i.e. about  6 weeks after the treatment, but some artists prefer to wait as long as 8 weeks to pass.

The touch-up is there to correct all the imperfections. For example, if the brows look uneven or if they’re patchy, additional strokes are added.

After the touch-up, your brows will take their final shape and color.

If you’ve 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. 

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Lucy’s Experience:

Over time, I could track the color darkening back. At the end of the healing period, the color has returned, but my brows are patchy. The right one more so. I’ll be filling them in with a brow pencil until my touch up.

Healing After a Touch Up

The microblading healing process after a touch-up, be it the first, mandatory one, or a later one, depends on the amount of work done.

If many additional strokes were made, or if there was some additional shading, you might go through all the described stages. The extent of flaking you’ll experience depends on the number of new incisions made.

Generally, it will only take a few days for your brows to heal, since the skin didn’t suffer as much trauma. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Microblading Healing

In case you haven’t found the answer to your question, here’s some extra info:

How Long Do Microbladed Eyebrows Take to Heal?

The healing process of microblading lasts 4-8 weeks.

Some brows heal faster, some take more time. It depends on:

  • your age
  • skin type
  • overall health
  • and daily routine and lifestyle.

Microbladed brows will take their final shape and color after the pigment sets in and the skin heals completely, and after the touch up is done.

When the brows complete the healing process after the initial appointment, you need to book a touch up to correct all the potential imperfections caused by healing. 

How Long Do Microbladed Eyebrows Take to Heal?Image source: Instagram @radasvonja_phistudio

What Can I Expect During the Microblading Healing Process?

The microblading healing process is an emotional rollercoaster. There will be moments when you will think that the color is wrong and that you didn’t get what you wanted.

It will also be hard to resist scratching and picking the scabs.

You might freak out when you wake up one morning and realize your brows are gone!

The jouney requires patience and discipline, but it will be worth it in the end.

It is important to know that not everyone’s skin heals the same way. Some people might go through microblading recovery quickly and without any scabs at all, while others need as long as 6 weeks or more for their skin to heal.

What Are the Stages of Microblading Healing Process?

Usually, there are 6 microblading healing stages, some of which overlap:

  • eyebrows swollen and dark 
  • scabbing and flaking 
  • eyebrows too light, almost disappeared 
  • the color is coming back, but the brows look patchy 
  • touch up 
  • full recovery

The beginning is the hardest to overcome, especially because you have to be extra careful not to damage your freshly microbladed brows and the skin.

If you’re lucky, some of the microblading healing stages won’t be too unbearable, but some of them might be pretty irritating.

What are the Stages of Microblading Healing Process?
Image source: Instagram @hannahdoesmybrows

PMUHub Tips to Endure the Microblading Eyebrows Healing Process

Tip #1

Before even booking a microblading appointment, make sure you don’t have an important event at least a month after it.

If an unexpected celebration pops up in the middle of your healing process, you will probably have to go with scabby brows. However, you can fill them in with makeup as long as 2 weeks have passed since the treatment and your microblading artist approves.

So, plan the date of your microblading treatment carefully, bearing in mind that your brows will not look their best for a few weeks afterwards.

Tip #2

Try to spend less time in front of a mirror.

If you’re obsessed with your brows you might check them every couple of minutes. The color does not change that fast. The redness goes away gradually.

Try to distract yourself from this as much as possible.

Tip #3

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 about it too much. If something like this happens, contact your microblading artist.

Tip #4

If you feel desperate when you see how dark and swollen your brows are after the treatment, check out some pictures of microbladed brows immediately after the treatment and after the first touch-up.

You will see that they just need some time.

Tip #5

Some people take more time to heal, and if you are one of them, don’t be devastated.

Don’t compare yourself to friends whose brows took less time to heal. Think about the future and how pretty you will be with your brand new brows.

Tip #6

If you notice any symptoms other than the ones described, like intense redness, swelling, or itching not subsiding when they’re supposed to, you might be dealing with a skin infection.

Contact your artist. They’ll probably ask you to send them some pictures of your brows to assess whether there’s any reason for concern.

If you follow aftercare instructions, the chances of getting an infection are extremely low, and even if it does happen, most of them are mild. Nevertheless, don’t ignore signs of an infection – severe ones can happen and antibiotics might be necessary.

WHY TRUST THIS GUIDE

This guide is a result of 5+ years of studying and researching the permanent makeup industry. The information comes from reliable sources: a number of microblading technicians, and a wide variety of medical references, including an in-depth study into this treatment by Dr. Manjot Kaur Marwah for Indian Dermatology Online Journal. A member of our team had the procedure done to provide the client’s perspective.

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