After the rage and trend in Tiktok and Instagram, Microblading is everywhere! It is a type of eyebrow architecture where a pen-like precision tool is used to delicately scratch the surface of the skin and create bespoke strokes of eyebrows. The needles at the end of the pen do not penetrate the skin but implant featherweight strokes with a skin-friendly pigment on the epidermis skin layer for natural-looking and realistic eyebrows. Unlike permanent tattoos, Microblading is not permanent, and the color can last anywhere between 12 to 18 months. It is also known as “micro stroking” or “Feather Touch.” However, microblading after care is non-negotiable from day 1, as it can help you to enjoy your beautiful eyebrows for much longer and keep other complications at bay. In this article, we will talk about microblading aftercare tips that can include certain practices for making them last longer.
Microblading AfterCare Tips:
- Day 1: Today your eyebrows are swollen, tender, red, and sensitive and can appear very dark. After a few hours of the procedure, you can use a cotton pad to absorb the excess fluid with a drop of sterile water. You can repeat it 2 to 3 times and can continue this until the oozing of lymph fluid has stopped so that there is no scabbing and build-up.
- Day 2: It is completely normal to notice some minor bleeding and bruising. You can continue to use a clean tissue to dab away excess fluids oozing from the treated area by making sure that your hands are clean and free of infection. Note that washing your face with water can cause a burning and stabbing sensation since your skin is still sensitive and tender. So try to avoid using water as it can also enable germs and bacteria to enter the treated area and delay the overall healing process. You can consult your surgeon and apply a thin layer of prescribed ointment without making the area greasy.
- Day 3-7: This is when the scabbing stage will start, as the scabs will fall off naturally. You can wash it gently, pat it dry, and apply the medicated moisturizer if advised. You can use a mild antibacterial soap to gently clean the area for 15 to 20 seconds with your clean fingertips. Always avoid a thorough scrubbing while cleaning and make sure to rinse the last traces of soap from the area. You can apply the ointment only when the area is dry without suffocating the skin or making it greasy. Avoid using exfoliants or products that have lactic, glycolic, or AHA acids. Never pick or scratch the scabs, even if it feels itchy as it might interrupt the healing process and lead to patchy results. Do not let your eyebrows get wet outside your cleaning regime as unclean water can cause infection. For instance, if you are taking a bath, remember to use a shower guard or tilt your head backward to keep your eyebrows dry.
- Day 8-14: You should expect your eyebrows to stop peeling and can stop applying the ointment. You can wash your face normally and apply makeup if you have to. However, do not touch the microblade area except when you are applying ointment or cleaning. Always avoid sun exposure and try to avoid participating in exercise and sports activities that can lead to sweating. You should also avoid a jacuzzi, sauna, swimming, or long and hot bath or engage in a heavy household cleaning schedule where airborne dust particles can stick to your eyebrows. Lastly, you should avoid traveling in open-air vehicles and avoid strong-wind situations like driving with your windows down or traveling on bicycles or motorcycles. It is also advisable to avoid drinking excess alcohol, smoking, or vaping that can interrupt the healing process.
- After Day 14: Always get in touch with your therapist before any medical procedure like an MRI scan or chemical peel even after the 14th day. Also, if you are due to give blood, please inform your medical professional about the microblading treatment as it might interrupt or alter the results.
It can take some time and effort for your microblade eyebrows to properly set and feel natural from within. You can try to avoid complications and potential risks to enjoy the thick and fluffy eyebrows for much longer. After the 20th day, you can resume your normal activities except for chemical peels, laser treatments, and exfoliation facials. You should also avoid any cream that contains glycolic or retinol acids until you have booked and visited for the next microblading touch-up appointment. Your cosmetic specialist can give you all the after care tips for your microblading as they are familiar with different types of skin and healing processes.