Why microblading treatment is incomplete without the touch up session? Find out everything about touch ups – cost, frequency, effects, healing & aftercare!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August, 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Microblading eyebrows is extremely popular and it gives great results, but only if it’s done properly, and quality results take time and dedication. After the initial microblading treatment and microblading healing period, you have to have a touch up session. The first touch up is obligatory in most cases.
In order to understand the importance of the first touch up, think of the treatment as a 2-step process. One can’t go without the other and the treatment is incomplete without the touch up session.
The skin after a microblading treatment takes some time to heal. During that period, your eyebrows will go through several phases. First, they will be too dark, then they will start scabbing, and finally they will lose some of the color and you might think your microblading was unsuccessful.
The color comes back at the end of the healing period, but sometimes it can be uneven and patchy, as some of the pigment could come off with the scabs. Everybody’s skin heals differently and some clients might notice gaps and irregularities after the brows are healed.
The first touch up includes adding addtional strokes where the pigment didn’t settle properly. Sometimes, deeper shading is also required. The touch up is there to correct all the irregularities and redefine your eyebrows. Its purpose is to fix what got messed up during the healing period. It’s also an opportunity to make some modifications, in case you feel the shape of the arches isn’t quite right yet.
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If you don’t get the first touch up, your brows will stay the way they turned out once the skin has healed – uneven and patchy. If you don’t touch them up ever again, they will fade within 6-12 months.
The touch up won’t last as long as the initial treatment, as only certain areas need to be fixed. The time the touch up will take depends on the area that needs to be refilled, and whether only strokes need to be added, or some shading needs to be done too. It usually lasts half the time of the first treatment, or about an hour.
The healing period after the touch up is much shorter than after the initial process, since the treatment isn’t as intense and there is less trauma to the skin. It usually takes 5-7 days and it is less complicated than the first one.
It doesn’t include as much scabbing (although some scabbing is possible) and it is not as emotionally exhausting, since the results are visible quite soon and there is less redness, itchiness, and irritation.
The aftercare routine is pretty similar – avoid makeup, sweating, sun exposure, long showers, rubbing and scratching the treated area for a couple of days.
How much is a microblading touch up varies and it depends on the location, reputation and skillfulness of the artist, the popularity of the salon, and the quality of the products that are used. At some salons, a touch up is complimentary or included in the price of the microblading treatment.
The average price of the microblading treatment is $400, but it can go up to $1000. When a touch up is not included in the price of the treatment, it usually costs $50-$100.
Even though it is called permanent makeup, microblading does not last forever. It is only similar to a tattoo, but the pigment is not inserted as deep, and it is gradually broken down by the body. That’s why microblading fades away after some time.
Microbladed eyebrows generally last about a year, but they may last as long as 3 years. The factors that affect the longevity of microblading are skin type, skincare routine, lifestyle, and the frequency of touch ups.
If you want your microblading to last as long as possible, book regular touch ups. The pigment will definitely start to fade away after some time and the speed of fading depends on your skin and lifestyle. If you want to let your microbladed brows fade, just skip additional touch ups.
You can prolong your microblading by scheduling a touch up every six months. For most people, there’s no need to touch them up more often than that.
If you have oily skin, the pigment will naturally fade away faster. Also, people who spend a lot of time in the sun, in the gym or swimming will probably have to book touch ups more frequently. Certain skincare products can also accelerate pigment fading.
Dry skin makes you a perfect candidate for microblading, but it doesn’t mean that your microblading will last forever. Book a touch up once a year to refresh the color and prolong your microblading.
There’s no definite rule on how faded the brows need to be in order to be retouched. It’s down to your own preference. Keep in mind that the more the brows fade, more work needs to be done during the touch up, which means the appointment will take longer, it could cost more, and the healing period will be longer and more intense, since there’s more trauma to the skin.
The first touch up is a must and you shouldn’t skip it. Otherwise, the whole treatment can be ruined and you have wasted your money. Other touch ups are optional but recommended if you want your microblading to really pay off and for the results to stay crisp.
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