Microblading is changing the lives of so many people – building confidence, creating convenience, and even allowing people to sleep in later in the morning – really! Getting a microblading procedure done has shaved 20 minutes off of my makeup regimen each morning.
However, with social media displaying celebrities airbrushed lives, clients and artists have a tendency to showcase perfection, immediately after work, which frequently leaves the raw experience out, along with all of the ups and downs associated with healing from permanent makeup.
It is not the same thing to show the results right after a procedure has been done as showing the whole process, which can leave a client who has the procedure done with lots of questions about what their healing process is going to be like.
The actual procedure is only around 10% of the genuine microblading experience, with the real deal being the next 30 to 60 days that follow.
So for anybody who might be considering getting this procedure done, and for artists wanting to be able to let their clients know what they can expect the healing process to be like, the following is an actual real experience for the first month of the healing process – the bad, the good, ad all of the scabbing.
See our Prepare and Aftercare blog post for a detailed account of my aftercare instructions based on Tina’s recommendations.
Here is what my natural eyebrows looked like – before microblading:
You are excited on Day 1. With your uneven, patchy brows, or even no brows, you get to visit your artist’s studio, and just like magic, you emerge with real hair stokes you want the entire world to see. They look textured, although admittedly a little bit red, however, it is a huge difference, and you feel like a brand new person. Your eyebrows are a bold new color. If you don’t usually fill your brows in, then you will look a bit more dramatic than you normally do, along with slightly swollen, tender, and you might even experience a little bit of bleeding. On the day you have them done you might be completely in awe of your brand new eyebrows.
If you usually fill them and are accustomed to having bolder brows, then you might be really in love. Don’t panic, if you don’t. Permanent makeup was applied in order to compensate for the 20-40% of fading, so if they appear darker than what you usually wear on your brows, don’t worry, by next week the color will have faded.
Here are my results immediately after:
My Immediate Results:
The Next Day
You will be trying very hard to not sneeze, due to the numerous tiny papercut-like wounds all over your face. However, I did mine during allergy season, so there was no avoiding it. Your eyebrows will still be tender, reddish, and might be a little thicker in texture compared to the previous day. You might really notice a big difference in your eyebrows and feel as if everyone is staring at them, but there is a good chance that you are just self-conscious instead other people really noticing that they are darker than usual.
At that point, I really did love how they looked and was very happy with my eyebrows. I still could see every single hair stroke that had been made and for me, the redness had subsided quite a lot. They hadn’t started to form any thick and hard scabs at the point. Day 2 for me was a fairly easy one.
The Third And Fourth Day
On Day 3, you should not notice a big difference from the two previous days. The tenderness and pain, if anything, should have started to subside, and yo brows will be slightly thicker or darker, but it won’t be anything significant. At that point, you will probably love the convenience of being able to get up and have instant eyebrows without any of the hassles of needing to create them on your own. You will probably start to daydream about days on the beach with totally waterproof brows, however, don’t act on this dream until day 10 at least!
This is when things really start changing. It can be the turning point for your healing process when your eyebrows are starting to get itchy and it is recommended that you do NOT scratch them since the wound might be open still. A thick scabbing layer might form, and those fine hair-stroke s you had created might be hidden. You might start to feel like panicking. However, resist this urge to call up your artist and fire off a bunch of accusations and questions. There is a wound on your face, so your body is attempting to repair itself, and that explains all of the scabbing. This is all part of your natural healing process, and if you have ever had any other types of tattoos, it heals in a very similar way.
Just know it is a completely normal process and even though it might not look pretty, you don’t need to worry, they will be looking great once again in no time at all.
Here is how my brows looked on Day 5:
Days 6 And 7
Serious scabbbing will begin and start peeling away from your skin, so this can be a scary time. If you are like me, then you will be very tempted to peel or pick at your scabs. Resist the temptation, since that could negatively affect your healing. If you pick at the scabs, you might lose the pigment that has been deposited in your skin and may end up with patchy eyebrows. If you rinse the area regularly and gently the scabs will begin to fall off slowly – when they are ready to do so. It is definitely the most difficult phase in the entire process. I haven’t ever seen anybody show or talk about this part of the microblading healing process on social media. All that you see is those fresh perfect strokes, but what about scabbing? There is nothing to prepare you for your eyebrows shedding and undergoing a complete transformation. It is essential for clients to be aware of and really understand the entire process, and have their artist assure them that what they are experiencing is completely normal, and it is absolutely necessary that their eyebrows heal correctly.
They will end up with the eyebrows that they have always wanted in the end.
Days 8, 9, And 10
By this point, your scabs probably will be flaking off or have flaked off on their own and you still be starting to see the light at the end of your healing tunnel. However, because your skin hasn’t healed completely, you might have some concerns. During these days the color might appear to be gray or way too light and in spots might be missing. You may feel your skin did not take the pigment. However, this is not true. They almost look as if they have been filled in with some powder, so just stay as calm as you can and start to enjoy the fact that every morning your eyebrows are already done for you. At this stage, it is very important to note that the wounds need to be closed. If you feel self-conscious about their light look, you can always apply a bit of makeup in order to fill them in for now.
Almost Finished Healing
Your healing process is almost complete. You are almost there. At this point, the definition and color of the hair-strokes will now return. The color is starting to even out and will look more brow-like and natural. The people you tell about your procedure will not believe it is a tattoo. It really is incredible. You will start to settle into your new sorter makeup regimen – and those waterproof brow days on the beach! Incredible.
A Month In
Your healing process is now finally complete! Your skin has healed completely and your color looks fantastic. At this point, they should look natural and soft. This is when you will be able to tell if you want to change or add anything. There might be a few spots due to loss of pigment, and that all depends on well the pigment is taken by your skin, but that is fine since your follow-up appointment will be coming up very soon!
It is recommended by Tina that a client does not return for a microblading follow-up procedure until their skin has completely healed, and suggests that 3 months following the initial procedure is the optimal time for returning for their follow-up appointment.
Overall, my microblading experience was incredible! Though all of the ups and downs of my healing process, I always was assure that everything that was occurring was normal, and was given guidance on how to properly care for my brows to ensure I received the best results!
I hope my guide on a typical healing experience will be useful for artists who are wanting to provide their clients with an in-depth account of what can be expected.