Find out how long does the powder brows healing process last, what are its stages, and what to expect physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2020. Updated in June 2021.
One of the first questions that come to mind when talking about any permanent makeup treatment is what does the healing process look like?
The powder brows healing process is very similar to the microblading healing process and it can be just as emotionally and physically exhausting. However, if you are obedient and follow the powder brows healing and aftercare instructions given by your artist, there is nothing to worry about.
To be prepared for the powder brows healing process before you book the powder brows treatment, read on to find out what to expect during each healing phase.
Permanent makeup procedures are generally considered non-invasive and don’t cause too much trauma to the body, so there is no actual downtime that would affect your day-to-day life.
However, since they do involve the breaking of the epidermis, the skin does take some time to heal.
The powder brows healing process implies the days and weeks after you’ve had your powder brows treatment during which your skin heals from the treatment and the micro-wounds close up, while the pigments settle and their final color emerges.
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Powder eyebrows are a semi-permanent makeup technique that gives the look of wearing makeup. It is done by inserting pigments of natural origin into the surface layers of the skin using a permanent makeup machine and the ‘dotting’ technique.
The result is a shadowy effect underneath the brow hairs, which can be done in a gradient effect for the look of powder ombre brows.
The procedure consists of the initial insertion of the pigment, and a touch-up that takes place about 6 weeks after the initial procedure, once the powder brows healing process is through.
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The powder brows healing process usually takes 4-6 weeks.
This varies from person to person and might depend on several factors. Naturally, some people heal faster than others. For example, mature skin takes more time to recover.
If you notice your powder brows are not healing properly and the micro-wounds take too much time to close up, contact your artists. It might be useful to check out powder brows healing pictures and compare your progress to them.
The first ten days are essential for your health and the success of the treatment and you need to be extra careful. You should follow the powder brows aftercare instructions and avoid wearing makeup.
After that, you can relax a bit, but keep avoiding any activities your artist warned you against.
Your powder brows will take their final shape and color after 4 to 6 weeks.
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The powder brows healing process period is an emotional roller coaster.
It’s important to accept the fact that the look of your brows immediately after the treatment is not the final result. You should also be prepared for some discomfort and nuisance.
Your eyebrows will be too dark and look unnatural right after the treatment. This is completely normal. You might think having the treatment was a bad idea when you have to deal with the scabs. Then your brows might appear too light and patchy. Bear in mind that all of this is a part of the healing process.
Don’t forget that the powder brows treatment is a 2-step procedure. The first, mandatory touch-up is there to fix the gaps, patches, and all the imperfections that may have appeared during the powder brows healing.
At the end of the powder brow healing process, assuming the treatment was done right, you will get what you wanted and fall in love with your new brows.
Usually, there are 6 stages of the powder brows healing process, and you probably won’t enjoy most of them, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
You will most likely go through all of them, but some might not be as intense, while others can be quite uncomfortable. Try to find powder brows healing pictures yourself or ask your artist for them so you can visualize what to expect.
If you suspect your powder brows healing isn’t going the way it should at any point, contact your artist.
You have just had your powder brows treatment, so your brows will probably be red and swollen. They might look like a block of color and you may think the pigment is too dark.
Calm down and stop checking your brows every five minutes. You mustn’t touch them or wash them because you might affect the intensity of the pigments. If advised by your esthetician, just blot your eyebrows with a clean, dry cloth.
The color will fade a little bit, but it is still far from the final look. Your eyebrows have just started to heal. They will probably still be red and itchy, but if you feel anxious about it, contact your artist and send them pictures so they can check if everything is okay.
The annoying powder brows scabbing stage starts. Some people’s powder brows will scab more than others’, which is normal because everybody heals differently. Some itchiness is also normal but you are not allowed to scratch your brows. You might ruin the results of the treatment.
Let the scabs fall off on their own.
Some scabbing is normal, but if you experience extensive scabbing, contact your powder brows artist.
The scabbing stage is done and your eyebrows might look patchy and too light. Don’t freak out and think that your powder brows disappeared! They look too light because your skin forms new layers over the pigment, which are lighter than the rest of your skin.
The color will come back and the touch-up will fix the potential patches.
The hardest part of the powder brows healing process is behind you. Now you can be more relaxed even though your eyebrows haven’t taken their final shape yet. You can start wearing makeup and go back to your everyday routine.
Still, try not to engage in activities that cause excessive sweating and don’t spend too much time in the sun.
Your powder brows are completely healed. They will probably look great much earlier than this, but you must get the first touch-up nevertheless.
The first touch-up is mandatory. Its purpose is to fix all the imperfections and change what you are unsatisfied with.
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The powder brows touch-up appointment is there to add more pigment where necessary. Therefore, it does imply breaking the surface of the skin once again, and the skin will have to go through another healing cycle.
However, the powder brows healing process after the touch-up is much less intense. You will most likely experience all the mentioned stages, but they will probably be much milder and end quicker.
Of course, the intensity depends on the amount of work done at the touch-up. If your artist has to go over the whole brows again, the healing will probably be the same as it was after the initial implementation.
Ombre powder brows are done in the same way as powder brows, only by following a specific pigment saturation pattern to achieve an ombre effect. Therefore, the ombre powder brows healing process is the same as the powder brows healing process.
Your skin will go through the same stages described above, but you might notice the heads of the brows, or the part towards the center of your face, healing quicker. This is due to the fact that less trauma is caused to the skin where the shadow is lighter.
Types of powder brows healing actually imply different approaches to powder brows aftercare.
There are two types of powder brow healing – dry and wet healing. The difference between them has to do with whether the area should be wetted or not during the powder brows healing process.
Wet healing implies using an ointment to moisturize the area. The ointment is applied after you clean your powder brows to speed up the process.
However, some artists think that dry healing your powder brows gives better results, especially if you have oily skin. Dry healing means just cleaning your brows with a cotton pad and a little bit of sterile water and then leaving them to heal, without applying any additional products. Some artists even go a step further and prescribe not getting the area wet at all for a certain period of time.
Your artist will prescribe the healing that works best for your skin type and give you detailed instructions. Do your best to follow them closely to ensure your powder brows healing process goes smoothly and your results end up as fabulous as possible.
Obviously, you can’t stop washing your face altogether for 6 weeks just because you got the powder brows treatment, but you do have to be extremely careful not to damage the results while doing it, and avoid harsh products.
In the 2 weeks after the treatment, or until the powder brows scabbing is over, you should avoid washing the brow area (you can clean it as prescribed by your PMU artist).
This also means no makeup in the area. Ideally, you shouldn’t wear it anywhere on the face as protecting your brows when you’re removing, for example, foundation, can be a challenge.
After the scabbing stage is through, you can wash your face, but don’t rub the brow area. Also, you should be careful about which cleaning products you use, as certain skincare products can affect the results of powder brows.
If you have any questions regarding any part of powder brow healing and how to treat your brows, feel free to contact your artist.
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If you know what to expect, there will be no unpleasant surprises and you will know what to do and how to deal with all the powder brows healing stages.
Now you know how long your powder brows healing process will last and what it will look like, make sure you don’t book the appointment immediately before an important event or a special occasion. You don’t want to show up at the party with powder brows scabs above your eyes – they don’t photograph well!
Try not to think and obsess about your brows too much. Keep yourself busy and try to stay away from mirrors as much as possible – staring at your brows won’t make them heal faster.
If you have any worries or you think your powder brows healing process takes too long, contact your artist.
The powder brow healing process can be emotionally demanding, but if you know what to expect and prepare yourself for what’s coming, it will be a piece of cake. Also, if you are lucky, it might be fast and easy.
Just make sure you follow your artist’s aftercare instructions and book regular touch ups to have awesome powder brows for as long as possible.