How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading is a great treatment option for enhancing the appearance of the eyebrows. It’s a non-invasive procedure that has the ability to improve both the thickness and shape of the brows. Using fine hair like “strokes” The final result of microblading looks completely natural.
Unlike eyebrow tattooing, the effects of microblading are not permanent. This post will discuss how long microblading results last, along with some easy tips on extending results.
A Semi-Permanent Result
While the results are long lasting, its important for patients to understand that microblading is a semi-permanent option. This means that results typically last between 6 months to a year depending on how well you take care of them; your skin type (with oilier skin types the ink will fade faster), and certain medications you may be on (thyroid medications tend to make the pigment fade faster as well). The microblading pigment is designed to eventually fade away, first into lighter versions of the color used before fully clearing away from the skin.
Tips: How To Make Microblading Results Last Longer
There are several things that patients can do to keep their results for longer. Here are 3 simple tips for maintaining your microblading result over the long haul.
One of the most common ways patients sabotage their microblading results is to not follow proper post-procedure care. To ensure your brows properly heal:
- Avoid sun exposure while healing.
- For the first 10 days post-treatment, no heavy working out or swimming
- Attend your “touch up” treatment (usually within 6 weeks of your initial visit).
- Refrain from wearing makeup over the brows until cleared by your provider.
- Continue waxing every 6-8 weeks to maintain eyebrow shape.
It’s no coincidence that patients who lead healthier lifestyles often retain the results of microblading the longest. Healthier skin is better able to absorb and retain the pigment used. Patients who want to extend their results should eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water, consider using vitamin supplements, follow a daily skincare regimen to take care of their skin, and avoid heavy alcohol consumption. Smoking cigarettes is also costly as the act both restricts pigment absorption and encourages early fading.
Any patient who wants to keep their results over the long run can come in for periodic “touch up” treatments. These maintenance treatments are often shorter and less costly compared to your initial treatment as your provider just works to “spruce up” their initial work.
Maintenance treatments can be very beneficial as they allow patients the ability to request any changes to their brow to change their appearance or keep up with current trends. For example, patients can change their brow color (to complement a different hair color) or even alter the shape of their eyebrow to counteract aging.