Getting your eyebrows microbladed is a great decision that can save you a lot of time and money on makeup, not to mention decrease stress about your appearance. In order to make sure you have the best possible outcome, you should be taking certain steps after your microblading procedure. After all, It's important to remember that microblading is a light form of tattooing. Therefore, many of the same aftercare rules apply. Take care of your new brows, and they'll stay looking beautiful and natural for a long time.
Touch Your Brows As Little as Possible
Your eyebrows may run some excess ink soon after the procedure is done, so your technician may advise you to gently blot them as needed. However, do so sparingly and gently. After that, avoid touching as much as possibly so they can heal. They may begin to flake (almost like dandruff) within a few days, but avoid itching them, and do not wash them. In fact, it's best to keep them out of water as much as possible.
Avoid Using Any Makeup or Styling Products
For the next 7 days, avoid applying makeup to your brows or doing any kind of styling products. Try not to apply any makeup to the region at all, and keep eye makeup to a minimum. Avoid soap as well, and steer clear of any products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs (examples are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acids).
Carefully Apply a Gentle Ointment and Sunscreen
Apply a gentle antibiotic ointment or vaseline to the area about three times a day until your brows are fully healed. This will help keep swelling down and will hasten the healing process. It's also a good idea to apply a gentle sunscreen as well, in addition to keeping your brows out of the sun as much as you can.
Pay Attention to Your Skin's Reaction
You will need a follow-up appointment a few weeks to a month following the initial procedure, both to make sure everything is healing properly and to apply any necessary touch ups. However, you may need attention sooner than that if your skin stays red, becomes swollen, is painful or is otherwise irritated. Stop using any ointments if this happens and talk to your technician as soon as possible. You may need to seek medical care.
What Happens if I Don't Take Care of My New Microbladed Brows?
If your brows are done right, then even minimal aftercare will help them stay looking as great as possible. That said, the ink will fade over time, and it is likely to fade significantly faster if you neglect caring for them. In some cases, brows that are not taken care of in the week following the procedure may run and becoming unevenly discolored.
It's important to note that microblading is a two-step process that requires a follow-up session to complete. After that, expect to see the final, healed results within four to six weeks. Your brow technician should go over the right aftercare steps with you, but don't be afraid to reach out to them if you have any questions later on. You've already invested in getting a pair of beautiful, semi-permanent eyebrows. Don't waste it by not investing in the right time and aftercare practices!