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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Young

All About The Microblading and Powder Brow Healing Process

Microblading and Powder Brows are popular solutions for those with thin or non-existent eyebrows. Considered permanent makeup, the process involves a small blade or single-needle tattooing machine.


During traditional microblading, a permanent makeup artist makes tiny cuts in the skin and embeds a special pigment in the slits. Done correctly, you’ll never be able to tell the difference between natural hair and microblading. Powder brows are done with a permanent makeup machine creating tiny pixels creating a makeup effect.


One of the major concerns people have about microblading is the healing process. Especially for those without experience with tattoos, it’s a legitimate concern.


We’re taking an up-close look at the microblading and powder brow healing process and hopefully relieving some fears. If you’re unsure whether permanent makeup is for you, we’ll take you through the recovery process step by step.


Let’s go!


Commonly asked questions about the microblading and powder brow healing process


Your face is one of the first things people notice about you, and eyebrows help define it. Bold or precise, your brows can say a lot about your personality. With this process, you’ll have gorgeous brows the shape and color you desire for up to three years.


Following a touch-up six to eight weeks after your initial appointment, you’ll have the brows you always dreamed of.


How long does it take for your eyebrows to heal?

While the initial application heals within ten days, the final look won’t reveal itself yet.

microblading aftercare

At the two-week mark, you may experience what’s known as “milk skin” in tattooing. The pigment may lighten and have a milky quality to it. This is a common part of the healing process. There is a layer of skin that is normally transparent that becomes opaque with white blood cells. After four to six weeks, the true color will reveal itself. Following your artist’s aftercare advice, you should have perfect brows after your touch-up appointment!


What can affect the microblading or powder brow healing process?

During the first week of healing, you must follow the aftercare. Any scratching or picking at the area will result in patchy, underdeveloped color or even infection. Applying makeup to the site too soon can also interfere with the healing process.


Other issues arise if you expose the area to UV rays or sweat during the first week. Getting your brows wet in the first seven days can adversely affect the final look.


What are the best tips for microblading aftercare?


Your artist will give you specific instructions about aftercare at your appointment, but we’ve got some tips!


In the seven to ten days following your appointment, gently cleanse your brows using the aftercare cleanser, morning and night. Make sure you rinse well and pat the area dry with a clean towel.


Once the area is dry, apply a thin layer of healing balm. Use only enough to leave a thin layer, or your skin won’t heal as quickly. The balm protects your new brows and promotes healing while protecting you from infection.


What are the different stages of the microblading and powder brow healing process?


Anyone with tattoos knows that healing isn’t the same for everyone. The healing timeline we describe below applies to most cases, but not all. Some people heal much faster and don’t experience scabbing at all. But, for the most part, this is what you can expect!


The first few days after microblading

Your brows may slightly swell the first few days after your microblading appointment, and the ink appears darker. Swelling should subside within a few days.


Starting about a week in, your eyebrows may flake

Most people experience flaking or light scabbing at the site a few days after the initial treatment. This is a normal part of the healing process for tattoos. Don’t pick at or scratch the area, as it may leave patchy color.


You might notice your eyebrows be light and milky at 2 weeks

Two weeks in, you may have what’s called milk skin. The once dark, intense color fades under the healing skin. Some people worry their brow treatment didn’t work, but trust the process! This does not always happen for everyone.


The true color is revealed after 4 to 6 weeks

microblading healing process

At around four to six weeks, after the skin fully turns over and everything comes to the surface, the actual color reveals itself. This may seem like a long wait for the final product, but it’s worth it! You may have some spots where the color isn’t even. That’s also a normal part of the healing process.


After 6 to 8 weeks, return for your touch up

Once the pigment has settled in, it’s time for a touch-up. This is a necessary part of the process and brings your brows full circle. Your artist will remap you to make sure everything lines up perfectly. They’ll also make minor adjustments at this point like going darker or thicker to finalize your perfect brows.


Once this mini-session is complete, you’ll follow the same aftercare as your initial appointment. You can expect your final results 4-6 weeks after your touch up.


Cosmic Beauty Studio is here to make your healing process as smooth as possible!


At Cosmic Beauty Studio, we utilize machine work that makes healing a snap. Our board-certified permanent makeup artist is dedicated to providing the most current techniques and services.


The initial session includes a consultation, skin type analysis, custom eyebrow mapping, and color matching. After your session, our aftercare kit provides everything you need for a quick recovery.


Check out our website for our full range of services, and book your consultation today!

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