Eyebrow Microblading FAQ


1. What is eyebrow microblading?


Eyebrow microblading is the amazing cosmetic technique which is considered semi-permanent. Compared to traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive. Microblading is the most natural and effective way to ensure beautifully semi-permanent eyebrows. 

After the procedure, your eyebrows can last 1-3 years, depending on your skin type as well as how do you take care of your skin. Microblading is an embroidery of trompe l’oeil strokes that look so real. A hand tool with ultra-fine needles is used to etch each ‘hair’ gently into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. 

This procedure can correct or reconstruct lost eyebrow. In addition, for those who want to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, eyebrow microblading is suitable for them. Clients can choose pigments used to match the natural or desired brow colour and skin tone.

Microblading can enhance your brows


2. How long does this eyebrow microblading procedure take?


There are two microblading sessions, the first one takes about 2-3 hours. During this eyebrow microblading session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows as they approve, then let them select pigment colour. The procedure will only be started when the client is satisfied with the choices. After the procedure, the client needs to come in for a follow-up visit in case there is any minor necessary touch ups. After 4-6 weeks, the second eyebrow microblading session will take place and this session will take about 1.5-2 hours to complete.


3. How long does it take to heal? 


After the procedure, clients will notice that their eyebrow area will be slightly red and colour will be very dark. This is a part of the healing process so do not worry about it. As it heals, the colour will fade by up to 40%. For the next few days, the eyebrows will still be dark and covered with scabs. Make sure that you don’t pick at the scabs because this can damage the skin and the result of the procedure. 

The eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. The total amount of time that it takes to heal is approximately 7-14 days. After 2 weeks, the colour will be very light and it will be fully set in after one month.  You will also notice an opaque milky looking on the skin which is common in tattooing. The milk skin is a result of the healing process of tissue from the inside out.


4. Is it necessary to get the touch-up session?


Obviously it is necessary to get a touch-up session after 4-6 weeks. Each client heals differently and there are also different results. For example, there are certain areas which don’t pick up during the first eyebrow microblading session, so they will need to be refilled. Also, you might need to adjust pigment colour or add brow thickness and more strokes. For those who have oily skin, because the oils tend to lighten the pigment so they require a deeper shade during the touch-up session. Last but not least, the touch-up session will ensure that your eyebrows look perfect and retain the colour for the whole year.


5. Can the touch-up session be done earlier than 4 weeks?


After the first eyebrow microblading session, pigment colour has not fully settled into the skin. Therefore, it is a bit risky to get the touch-up session earlier than 4 weeks. Also, the tissue requires time to completely heal so if you get it done too early, it can cause scar damage.


6. Is the procedure painful?


After the procedure, you brows look naturally beautiful 


The pain is mild and some people don’t even feel it at all. Before starting the procedure, a topical anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area, the brow technician will also reapply it during the procedure. As everyone responds differently to anaesthetic, the feeling of the procedure can be as light cat scratches or nothing at all. Topical anaesthetics used may contain lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, prilocaine and epinephrine. Redness and slight swelling in the area after the procedure is normal, similar to a light sunburn. 


7. How long does it last?


Unlike traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade over time as pigments are not implanted into the skin too deep. Eyebrow microblading usually lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type, age and skincare routine. Clients are suggested to get a touch up every 12-18 months to maintain the brows looking fresh. They can let the Microbladed area fade over time, but a slight shadow may remain.


8. What should I do before getting the procedure?


72 hours prior to the procedure, clients are advised to avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen or any vitamins that may thin your blood. Also, do not tan your skin so the technician can access your natural skin tone. Moreover, avoid face scrubs or chemical peels for at least two weeks. You can come in with your brow makeup and bring pictures of shapes and colours of brows so the technician can see the look you prefer. 


9. What should I do after the procedure?


Within 2 hours after the procedure, you can use a q-tip to clean brows, moisten them with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Use it to wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid. Afterwards, lightly pat dry with a tissue and then re-apply healing balm to the brows, using a new q-tip. 


You need to apply a light layer of healing balm to eyebrows twice a day, in the morning and at night for at least 5-7 days. Avoid immersing brow area in water for 14 days, especially when showering or cleaning or washing face. Just clean around it.
Do not put makeup on the brow area for at least 10 days because it may cause infections. In addition, for 24 hours after the procedure, avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood. Do not peel or pick at the scabs although they can feel itchy because the outcome and pigmentation can be affected. Also, avoid swimming, tanning or saunas for at least 14 days.