Non-invasive cosmetic treatments are becoming more and more popular. With many procedures to choose from with a semi-permanent solution, it’s no wonder that people are turning away from their typical make-up routines and leaning towards treatments that save them time and money.
Two non-invasive cosmetic treatments that are growing in popularity are microblading (a semi-permanent) and neurotoxic injections otherwise known as Botox (a temporary non-surgical injection that freezes muscles to smoothen lines and create a more youthful look).
Both treatments are widely available and generally considered safe. However, it’s important to be careful when combining them.
With so many beauty timesavers on the market and many people wanting more than one, it’s important to know which treatments are compatible. Undergoing incompatible procedures could lead to long-term skin damage.
The following will answer all the questions you want to know on the compatibility of microblading and Botox. It will give you all the information you need to follow the correct procedure and get the most out of your treatment choices.
What is eyebrow microblading?
Microblading is the semi-permanent tattooing of hairlike strokes on the brow. The manual drawing of hair strokes involves depositing pigment under the skin to create a realistic-looking brow.
The effect is a natural brow that doesn’t wash off and lasts for a relatively long time. It is designed to gently fade over time in order to apply a touch-up that allows for your brows to be altered in color and shape to match the natural coloration and facial changes that your face will undergo over time.
The difference between microblading and tattooing is the tool used. Tattooing uses a machine with a group of needles and is a permanent procedure whilst microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that implants pigment from creating micro-cuts with a micro group of needles. Microblading is a more popular option as it allows for alteration.
What is a Botox brow lift?
A Botox brow lift aims to elevate the height of your brow. Botox smooths your skin on the outside of your brow by relaxing underlying muscles and muscles between your brows.
Can I get my eyebrows microbladed after Botox?
If you’re considering getting both Botox and a microblading treatment, you should wait for a microblade treatment to be done first before you get your Botox treatment.
If you were to get a Botox treatment before microblading, your brows would have to be microbladed based on your Botox features. This would ultimately affect the way your brow placement settles once your Botox begins to wear off.
Any microblading treatment should ideally take place before you get Botox as your eyebrows will still be in their natural state. Undergoing a Botox treatment will change your facial features by affecting the muscles and skin in the eyebrow area.
So, if you have a Botox treatment before microblading there is a risk that your brows will move from their natural position and the shape will look distorted.
Therefore, having your eyebrows microbladed first, will allow for your doctor to inject the Botox correctly as they’ll be able to assess where the Botox should go, for a natural look.
What if I already have Botox?
If you already have Botox, it’s important to allow time for your skin to heal before microblading. It is advised that you should wait at least 2 weeks for your Botox injections to settle before undergoing a microblade treatment.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading is considered a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure, therefore, it does not last forever and will fade over time. It is recommended that a touch-up be done every 1-2 years to maintain the brows color, shape, and detail.
However, how long the microblading lasts is subjective and depends on numerous factors such as:
- Skin type (oily skin increases the rate of discoloration)
- The color pigment used – lighter colors will fade faster than darker pigments
- Sun exposure – excessive sun exposure will cause fading and discoloration. Once the skin has healed, sunscreen should be applied to the treated area.
- The use of anti-aging products such as retinol, AHA and glycolic acid, etc – such products increase the cell turnover rate and increase the breakdown of the pigment.
How long after Botox can you get a microblading?
It’s advised that you should wait at least 2 weeks before getting your microblading done. The same should apply to touch-ups. This is the amount of time it takes for injected Botox to reach its full effect on your facial muscles.
However, if you regularly use Botox, it is advised that you wait a longer period of 3 weeks before undergoing a microblading treatment to allow your eyebrows to settle.
What aftercare is required after having a microblading and Botox treatment?
The microblade aftercare procedure requires a couple of weeks of attention and care. It requires a process of avoiding touching the brows and surrounding area, scratching, perspiration (or any activity that would cause perspiration), keeping the area dry, and cleaning it regularly.
All of the aftercare processes are to be done to avoid infection and scarring.
Most of the aftercare demands required after microblading, also apply to caring for your skin after Botox injections.
How long after having Botox can I get permanent makeup?
It is suggested that permanent makeup is applied at least 3-5 weeks after having Botox. This time allows for the skin to heal and return to its natural state.
As the procedure of Botox changes the symmetry of the face, it is advised that permanent makeup not be applied to avoid eyebrows being created in the wrong position as the effects will be permanent.
It’s important that you do your research before undergoing any non-invasive cosmetic treatments, especially if they involve a combination of treatments.
Different states have specific guidelines when it comes to cosmetic tattooing, so it’s important that you take time to do your research and remain vigilant. This guide will act as an invaluable resource when it comes to your microblading precautions.