When microblading works out, it’s really a gift that keeps on giving. If your treatment goes right and you’re thrilled with your fabulous new brows that don’t have to be reapplied every day, you’ll be able to enjoy them for up to two years.
However, there’s always a chance you won’t be completely satisfied with the results of microblading, for whatever reason. In that situations it’s highly advisable to try fading first. However, if fading didn’t give satisfactory results, there are several options to completely remove microblading.
Let’s take a look at the most prominent microblading removal options.
There are three relatively effective options for straight up removal of microblading pigments: laser removal, microneedling, and chemical solution.
If fading is too much hassle for you or it simply didn’t give the expected results, it might be time to consider removal. However, it is very important to note that two out of these three treatments are very invasive, painful, and include a long healing process.
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Basically, pigments are removed with a laser in the same way as a tattoo. The laser beam penetrates the skin, dissolves and breaks down the pigment. Although pigments are easier to break down than tattoo ink, erasion can’t be achieved in a single session. Depending on the ingredients of the pigment, it might take a few months. One beauty blogger reports that 8 sessions in, the pigments were still visible!
If you are unhappy with the results of your microblading treatment for any of the reasons we mentioned, removal is a justified option. However, unless you’re dealing with strokes of light shade or a very faded shadow, chances are laser removal won’t be effective on its own.
If the microlading is dark and relatively fresh, it’s advised to fade it as much as possible first.
The treatment itself usually comes with a local anesthetic, as it can get quite painful. After the laser session, an ointment is applied and the area is bandaged up. Once the anesthetic wears off, there will probably be some pain, but nothing an ibuprofen can’t solve. However, it should be noted that this is an invasive procedure, so there is inevitable damage to the tissue.
There’s another disadvantage: the laser also removes the hairs.
Since the skin is broken, the healing process may include swelling, scabbing, redness, tenderness, flaking, even some scarring, but the specialist usually prescribes an ointment that should relieve the symptoms. The symptoms are severe for 2-3 days, after that there is some itchiness.
The prices of laser pigment removal, the same process as tattoo removal, start at $200 per session.
A general impression is that microneedling is a more effective solution than laser removal if the pigments are on the lighter end of the scale, not to mention cheaper. It can be done by any aesthetician, but the price varies.
The process of microneedling implies a microneedle being dragged through the skin over the microblading strokes, opening the surface and allowing the aesthetician to literally wipe off the pigment. There is also a version of microneedling that includes a removal solution applied into the microcuts. This is a more aggressive approach that entails a lot of scabbing.
Microneedling can help anyone who wants to remove unsatisfactory results of microblading, but may take some time and patience. It is very effective with lighter pigments and shadows. These can usually be taken care of in one or two sessions.
Clients with dark pigments that want to get rid of, will most likely have to get multiple session.
The usual practice is to apply a topical anesthetic – numbing cream – onto the treated area, and wait until it starts working before starting the procedure. Although the feeling is a bit uncomfortable, clients report it’s not too bad, since the needles are very thin.
The skin heals much more quickly than after a laser session. There’s only a bit of redness and dryness.
Microneedling with the purpose of lightening or removing tattoo ink or permanent pigments is usually charged per hour and most aestheticians are qualified to do it.
The average cost is $150 dollars for an hour of microneedling, which should be enough to remove the results of microblading. However, no one can guarantee all of the pigment will be removed in one session.
Microblading removal is generally done by a professional at a clinic or specialized salon. Microblading removal cream, or to be more precise, chemical solution, has recently emerged as an option for pigments that won’t fade naturally, but whether it works or not is yet to be seen.
Some claim rosehip seed oil is a way to remove pigments at home. Apparently, massaging it into the skin 3 times a day for 2 weeks should lift the pigments. However, this can cause fading, but not removal altogether.
As we’ve already explained, one of the reasons pigments may not be absorbed by the body or shedded as skin is regenerated, is if it migrates into scar tissue, which doesn’t follow the regeneration cycle of the skin. Laser removal is not a good option if this happens, as the laser beam cuts the tissue and causes further microscarring that retains the pigment.
Luckily, there’s a possbile solution. A chemcal solution called Pigment-Off Remover is applied onto the skin, which distinguishes it from the saline solution fading process.
Some specialists offer chemical removals, but they are relatively hard to find.
A chemical solution’s formula triggers a chemical process that lifts the pigment out of the tissue and extracts it out of the skin. This is a non-invasive way to extract the pigment that doesn’t cause any further trauma to the skin. However, whether it works or not is still inconclusive.
Chemical removers are said to extract pigments and tattoo ink of all colors, so it should work even on the darkest of pigments that lasers can’t remove completely.
Chemical removal is reportedly painless and there is not risk of scarring.
The chemical solutions usually come in sets, accompanied by some type of disinfectant and an aftercare cream. The price of such sets is around $150, however, only trained professionals are qualified to use the chemicals and it’s possible you might need to provide some sort of certificate in order to buy them.
Information about the cost of the treatment itself is not available, since this method is new and very few cosmeticians offer it.
Generally, it’s advisable to try fading first. Once you get the results down to a lighter shade, there are several options to completely remove it. The most obvious option is laser removal, but this is quite aggressive, expensive, involves many seesions and a long recovery after each of them, and success is not guaranteed.
A cheaper alternative is microneedling, which is extremely effective with light shadows and can be done by most aestheticians.
Chemical solutions are being perfected as we speak, and while their effectiveness is still to be established, they’re worth a shot as they’re completely non-invasive. They are also the only solution to pigments that won’t fade naturally.
Whichever removal option you choose, be prepared for multiple sessions.
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