We all want fuller brows! But the process to get fuller brows can take a lifetime. You either have to sit and wait for them to grow out naturally, resulting in bushy, unkempt eyebrows for a few months, or they just never seem to grow back after plucking them!
So, what’s the answer? Microblading.
Microblading is a relatively new procedure that is taking the beauty world by storm. Celebrities and beauty gurus alike are obsessed with the microbladed look, which can give you those perfect, equal eyebrows you have been dreaming about since middle school!
During the process of microblading, the skin around the eyebrows is thinly cut with a tiny microneedle, and then pigment is deposited into the cut in order to make it appear like natural hair strokes.
The only problem with microblading is that this procedure involves cutting the skin, which can result in infection and scarring. This is why it is so important that you care for your fresh new brews afterwards, as they may scab before fully healed.
Scabbing is a normal part of the healing process, but it is vital that you care for them properly or your new eyebrows may not last as long as you hoped.
To help you understand more about the microblading process, and how to care for them during the scabbing period, let’s take a closer look at what microblading really is.
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What is microblading?
If you want thick, full and natural eyebrows, but can’t wait any longer, then microblading may be for you. This treatment is a semi-permanent look, that offers the illusion of fuller eyebrows after just one session.
Microblading is similar to tattooing as the pigment is pressed into the skin, however it is not as permanent as tattooing as microbladed eyebrows will fade over time. That being said, well cared for microbladed brows can still last a few years, but just not forever.
During the treatment, an esthetician will use a very small, handheld tool that looks similar to a needle, that will scrape lightly at the skin. This breaks the skin, allowing pigment to be pushed into it, which is what creates those light, natural hair strokes.
The whole process can take a few hours, and you will most likely have to return for a touch up a few weeks later for the full effect.
After the treatment is finished, the eyebrows will look very dark and defined at first, but this will fade as it heals. However, you have to keep in mind that the aftercare of your brows will be vital in how they turn out!
For instance, due to the fact that the microblade is cutting at the skin to penetrate with pigment, there is a risk of infection. This is why it is paramount that you only get this done with a licensed esthetician, who is qualified and experienced in the treatment.
Your skin may also feel tight, sore, itchy and irritated for a few hours after the treatment.
Does all microblading cause brows to scab?
Yes, all microbladed brows will most likely scab. What your esthetician will tell you is that the microbladed brows will scab, and this is a normal part of the healing process.
Light scabbing is expected, as let’s face it, your eyebrows have been sliced and cut, with pigment shoved in there. The natural reaction is for your skin to try and heal itself.
Your skin scabbing is just that…it is the skin attempting to heal itself. You may experience light scabbing and flaking, and the eyebrows may itch a little.
It is important that you do not scratch the area or pick off the scabs as this can ruin the overall look of the eyebrows.
If you pull off any of the scabs instead of letting it heal by itself, then you can pick off the pigment, which will then leave you with gaps in your brows that will need to be reapplied. You have to let the scabs peel off naturally!
Whilst a little light scabbing is normal, your eyebrows should not be scabbing heavily or inflamed, as this could be a sign of infection. If this is the case, then it can ruin your microbladed brows, so seek treatment immediately, and contact your esthetician.
How long does it take for microblading scabs to fall off?
After having a microblading treatment done, you should always consult with your esthetician, and follow any aftercare advice that they give you. They may offer certain ointments and creams to help sooth the brows, and speed up the healing process.
That being said, as soon as the treatment is done, you should avoid face creams, makeup, lotions and any products in the eyebrow area for the first 2 weeks. During this period, you may start to scab, and it can last for anywhere between 10 days and 2 weeks. These will fall off naturally as they heal, so just be patient and wait it out.
How long does it take for microblading to look normal?
Once you have passed the peeling and scabbing process, you will be pretty much good to go. The eyebrows will begin to settle and look normal. For most people, after your first microblading session, the brows will be dark and tender, but will lighten to the final, desired colors after a few days.
It usually takes around 25-30 days for the healing process to complete. After this, you may need to return for a touch up, and again wait for them to be fully healed before wearing make up or feeling normal again!
What happens if you peel your microblading?
After the first session of microblading, most clients will notice that the brows have faded substantially. This is due to the healing process, as you may lose some of the pigment when the eyebrows peel and scab, which is normal. Most people retain around 85% of the pigment if they care for the brows properly.
However, if you pick at your scabs, peel them off, or pull at them, then you will most likely be left with around 40% of the pigment, and your new microbladed brows will have faded away to less than half of what they should be, which means you have to go back for another session.
To save you time, energy, and a lot of money on this treatment, just care for them as instructed by your esthetician.