Microblading is a natural-looking way to define and thicken your eyebrows. The procedure involves a special technique where ink is injected into the skin's top layers.
Due to the fact that this process disrupts the skin much like getting a tattoo, it’s recommended that those who choose this procedure take a few extra steps before and after THEIR treatment to ensure that their skin looks it’s best.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
Microblading costs between $400 and $2,000 depending on where you get them done. This range represents the esthetician’s experience, training, and art.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading can generally last between one and three years. It’s best to assess your brows once a year and if it appears that any lines have faded too much, it may be time for a retouch.
Your brows represent an investment that you’ve made in yourself which is why it’s so important to keep them clean, dry and out of the sun.
Microblading Before and After
Make sure to follow these timelines to care for your brows in the best way:
One Month Before
- Try to avoid sunbeds or tanning on your face. This is also the time to stop using retinoids, vitamin A, Botox, or any other harsh treatments in your brow region.
One Week Before
- Do not pluck, tweeze, or have electrolysis, also avoid waxing or tinting your brows. This is also the time to stop taking Vitamin E, ibuprofen, aspirin, niacin, B6, omega 3, gingko biloba and St. John’s wort as they contribute to thinning of the blood and may affect how well anaesthetic works
One or Two Days Before
- Start avoiding alcohol one to two days before your procedure as it also thins the blood making it more possible than usual to bleed during the procedure. Alcohol also slows the healing process and creates unnecessary obstacles as your skin tries to heal.
Day of your Procedure
If you usually follow a strenuous work-out schedule, this is the day to forgo your usual routine. If you do choose a light work-out, make sure to properly clean your face of any sweat as sweat makes it difficult for pigmen to stick to your skin.
Follow your esthetician’s advice for washing your face the day of the procedure and make sure you don’t drink caffeine for at least 24 hours before your treatment. This is because caffeine has anticoagulant effects and is known to thin blood. It could also contribute to your skin bleeding more during the treatment which can cause unsightly scabs that could affect the way your treatment heals. It might also affect the way the pigment settles into your skin leading to an unsatisfying final product.
Make sure to use an antibacterial ointment on your brows and to make sure you do not shower or wet your brows in any way. Check your brows for any adverse reactions. Rarely, people may have ink allergies.
You can wash your brow with antibacterial soap and gently pat the area dry. Wear Vaseline or a similar gel on your brows to protect them from your environment. Do not pick at your brows, you may find small scabs or bumps while your brows heal. Keep your brows dry and make sure your face is out of the stream of water when exercising.
Avoid working out for at least 7 days following your microblading appointment. Light exercise is allowed as long as your workout of choice involves minimal sweating, but you must clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising.
Your brows may look darker now than they will in the immediate future as the pigment takes two weeks to settle as the skin heals. Avoid putting moisturizer, serum, or make-up on your brows until they are fully healed and make sure you avoid long hot showers with lots of steam. Also make sure to watch out for keloids or raised scars.
Your brows will finally start to look finished at this point but you still must be careful not to use any acids or retinoids on your face. You must also avoid scrubs, peels, facials or botox. You also must continue to keep your brows completely out of the sun.
Six to Eight Weeks
Now is the time to make a return visit to your esthetician as this is around the time they will perform any fill-in or shaping that may be needed in addition to checking in on the healing process.