Is Microblading Useful and How Long Does it Last?

Is Microblading Useful and How Long Does it Last?

Microblading and How Long Does it Last

It is a non-arguable fact that our looks form one of the most essential features of the personality.

Although everyone cannot look like Angelina Jolie, however, it has become necessary to look presentable in today’s era.

Not only looking good gives you the much-required attention, but it also boosts your confidence to appreciable limits.

It doesn't let you shy away from standing up, from presenting yourself or from speaking up your mind.

The term Microblading has become famous nowadays, and it’s a modified, temporary version of Eyebrow Tattoos.

Unlike old grandma’s recipes on getting stamped-on brows, this one gives you more natural and realistic brows of soft hair. 

What Is Microblading?

It is a cosmetic technique whereby the surgeon uses an extremely fine, pen-like instrument (technically, it is a combination of around 18-20 super fine needles) to place the requisite pigments on the skin which make the eyebrows look natural.

The tip of the pen is so sophisticated that the hair strokes that are created by it look entirely natural.

Now, the issue with this method is that the needles don’t penetrate the superficial layers of the skin.

Because the brows are created only on the upper layers of the skin, hence they are generally semi-permanent, unlike the traditional permanent tattoos.

However, microblading is preferred over other techniques because not only it gives a more natural look, it also stimulates hair growth in that area.

Micropigmentation is used to give a shading effect to the eyebrows. It can be done in addition to microblading to get more attractive results.

The only difference between microblading, micropigmentation, and tattoos is that the microblading, while the tattoo is permanent.

How Long Does Microblading Last?

Once you get this done, it can last for any period between 12 and 36 months, depending on the various factors, including your lifestyle, eating habits, exercising and other cosmetic routines.

However, initially, you will need a touch-up almost every month. But post that, with necessary due care, they usually live up to the expectations.

As humans, we all expect to get the maximum benefits from minimum resources, be it our time or money.

Also, we cannot overlook the fact that this is indeed a painful procedure. So no one would like to go through that ordeal again and again and would expect the results to stay for as long as it can.

There are a few ways to extend it.

Some of them are:

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    Avoid staying in the sun for long durations as the sun rays fade away the pigments.
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    Avoid exfoliating the skin in and around that area as they remove the temporary upper layers of the skin, as a result of which the pigment is also removed.

Post-Care For Microblading

It is essential to take due care after the procedure. It is mandatory not only to increase the longevity of the results but also to maintain the appearance.

Following are some of the critical post-care tips that one should take care of:

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    During the first seven days, avoid the use of any cream, lotion, sunscreen or any other sort of makeup on the eyebrows and the surrounding areas.
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    After the initial seven days, apply only the prescribed ointment on that area. Ensure the hands are entirely clean and germ-free. This should be done on a regular basis every night. This should be done for at least 8-10 days.

For the first month, post the procedure, following precautions must be taken:

  • Avoid any activity that causes severe sweating like sports, exercise, etc.
  • Avoid going out in the sun.
  • Avoid swimming.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid touching or cleansing the eyebrows and the surrounding areas.
  • Avoid exfoliating the skin of that area.
  • Avoid rubbing, picking or scratching the affected area.
  • Avoid using any makeup on the treated area.
  • Wash the face with utmost care making sure that you do not wet the treated area.
  • Avoid sleeping on the face.
  • Ensure that your hair is away from the brow line.

It has been observed in several cases that itching and inflammation may occur on the treated areas in the initial days.

However, with proper care and precautions, these symptoms will quickly disappear. In rare cases, patients have also complained about some skin problems. In such cases, it is advised to consult a doctor promptly.

Usually, it is advisable to get a touch-up at least once a year where new pigments are placed in addition to the previous ones so that the brow appearance is maintained for a more extended period.

How Long Does Microblading Take?

For a new patient, when the first session is conducted, it takes approximately 3-5hours. In this session, the surgeon shapes and styles the eyebrow and receives the client’s approval.

If he’s satisfied with the shape and style of the brow, the surgeon moves on to the next step which is the selection of the pigment color as in deciding what color the eyebrows will be.

Typically, the natural color, i.e., the existing color of the brows is chosen as it easily mixes up with the eyebrows and the outcome looks realistic and natural. After all the choices are made, the procedure is started.

After the first session, several touch-up sessions are followed which are approximate of 1-2 hours. Typically, the first touch-up session happens after 4-6 weeks post the initial meeting.

Microblading Healing Stages Day By Day

Soon after the treatment, the area will turn reddish and dark colored. However, there’s nothing to worry about, this is very normal and is considered the first step of the healing process.

As the healing process moves forward, the dark color will fade out gradually. In the succeeding days, the eyebrow color would be comparatively darker than the chosen one, and progressively it will lighten up to be more natural-looking.

It is always advised to take complete care, as discussed above.

For complete healing and getting desired results, the patient will have to wait for approximately 7-14 days, and it takes almost a month for the eyebrows to come into the selected color.

Do You Need Touch-Up Session?

Even after applying natural make-up, it is just impossible to keep it intact without the touch-up. Due to sweating, humidity, and other reasons, make-up wears out. Same is the case with Micro-blading. Touch-up is just unavoidable. It is mandatory.

After 4-6 weeks of the treatment, a touch-up session is required. It not only enhances the appearance of the brows and increases the results’ longevity but also it is essential to speed up the healing process and deal with the side effects if any.

Depending on the outcome of the healing process, which usually varies from person to person, a lot of adjustments might be required, such as the pigment color, thickness of the eyebrows and shape of the eyebrows.

In the touch-up sessions, the brows are sophisticated to ensure that they look realistic and natural and stay that way for the longest possible period.

Is It Painful?

Even though the tolerance and pain bearing level of people vary, still based on the response of the patients, it can be said that the procedure is mildly painful.

Before undergoing the method, the surgeon gives typically anesthesia to numb that area so that the patient feels nothing, just like it is done while tattooing.

Typically, the human body responds differently to anesthesia, and there’s no specific response. 

Sometimes, even a little dose or toner can make the entire area numb, whereas, in other times, even massive amounts fail to serve the purpose.

The clients have described the procedure from little ants stinging to feeling completely numb.

However, after the effect of the anesthesia fades away, the patients tend to feel the pain. It can last from a day to 3-4 days. Taking doses of light painkillers help.

Post the treatment, little redness, itching and burning sensation is felt in the treated areas. Sometimes, it swells a bit.

However, applying the prescribed ointment and taking due care can get rid of the above problems.

Risks And Complications Involved

There are risks of various skin problems post the treatment. Also, if the skin is sensitive, there are fair chances that it might develop an allergic reaction to the pigment of the micro-blading.

Usually, it has been observed that, in addition to the pain and redness caused on the treated area, the patients’ complaint about a stinging sensation on the brows. There are also good chances of an infection.

Severe pain, swelling or excessive redness are some of the signs of a potential infection. If even after 12-14 days and even after taking all due care, there are signs as mentioned above, it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately. In worst cases, a Keloidal Scar may develop out of it.

Now, this is in particular risky because the eyebrows lie close to the eyes and brain. Any problem here may affect both the eyes & the mind, disrupting their functioning altogether.

Pregnant women, people who have had an organ transplant or people with a genetic history of Keloids should not go for micro-blading at all. They are more prone to various infections and complications.

It is always advised to go to a proper clinic for this procedure and ensure that the doctors there maintain the high level of hygiene while conducting the process.

The instruments should be clean, germ-free and one-time use disposable ones so that any infection is not transferred from one person to another.

Although it is often claimed that micro-blading is as trustworthy as tattooing and other similar procedures, there is hardly any data to support this claim.

Microblading Is Not Suitable For Whom

Can you get microblading while pregnant?

Well, no!

Following people should entirely avoid this procedure:

  • Pregnant women
  • People prone to Keloids
  • People on heart medication
  • People who have had an organ transplant
  • Breastfeeding mothers
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    Diabetic patients
  • People who have sensitive skin
  • People who are allergic
  • People who are on severe medicines for some high-end diseases
  • People who have had Botox in the past month
  • People who have skin diseases

Is Microblading Safe While Breastfeeding?

Well, no! You cannot undergo this treatment if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

How To Make Sure That Microblading Lasts Longer?

As said before, it is in the human nature to try and extract the maximum benefits from the minimum inputs.

After investing the time, money and going through that painful ordeal of sitting and going through with the procedure, it is natural to be wanting the results to stay for as long as they can.

As discussed before, this procedure is semi-permanent, and the results last for 12-36 months.

However, to make the effects last longer, due care should be taken both before as well as after the procedure.

Following is a list of the recommended course of actions to make sure that the results stay for a more extended period:

  • Avoid going out in the sun during the healing process.
  • Do not miss any touch-up appointments. They are made for a reason.
  • Avoid putting on any makeup over the brows for the first 14-18 days.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper diet supplements and regular exercises during the healing process.
  • Keep the skin hydrated and for that drink a lot of water and eat fruits like watermelon, cucumber, etc.
  • Regularly wax your skin to maintain the shape of the eyebrows.
  • Ensure that you follow all the aftercare instructions religiously.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking during the healing process.

Ordinarily, oily skin reduces the life of the microblading results, so people with that category of skin should take extra care.

Microblading And How Much Does It Cost?

It is neither too cheap nor too expensive. For micro-blading, you will have to spend a couple of thousand bucks.

Depending upon the technician, the place, the quality of the equipment, the after-care services, quality of the results, etc., the average cost of microblading eyebrows may vary.

It will typically make a tiny hole in the pocket. An ordinary middle-class person can easily afford it.

Does Microblading Cause Hair Loss?

There is no established link between the micro-blading procedure and the hair fall experienced by the patients.

So, it cannot be said with absolute certainty that the process results in hair fall.

However, it so demands to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and eating habits post the procedure, the lack of which may result in hair fall. But in this case, it will not be fair to blame the process.

How To Remove Microblading At Home?

It may so happen that you are unsatisfied with the results or the outcomes of the procedure and you want to know how to remove microblading eyebrows, howsoever amount you would have spent.

The simplest way of how to get rid of microblading is not to follow the aftercare instructions and do the opposite like sweating, swimming, exfoliating the skin to get rid of the pigments, missing up on the touch-up sessions so on and so forth.

Although not immediately, but the results will fade out much earlier than expected. However, it is still advised to do it under your technicians' guidance to avoid any side effects.

Wrapping Up

This brings us to the end of this article. Got any queries? Do let us know in the comments below.

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