What is microblading, and is microblading painful? We answer these and more questions here!

Whether you’re looking to fill in sparse brows or compliment the shape of your face, microblading is a fantastic option to consider. Microblading is an incredibly popular cosmetic procedure that helps give you the full, beautiful brows of your dreams! Maybe you’re just hearing about microblading. Or maybe you’ve considered microblading in the past, but the word blade in the name is a little threatening? In this blog post we’re going to answer your burning questions on what microblading is, is microblading painful, and what you should expect.

What is Microblading?

Microblading, according to Heathline.com is’ semi-permanent tattoo lines to make eyebrows look fuller by using a small blade to apply semi-permanent pigment under the skin.’ Results typically last between 18 and 30 months. Microblading is different from permanent cosmetic tattooing because results are not permanent. 

Keeping with industry standards of cleanliness, this procedure is performed with a one-time use, disposable instrument that has only touched your skin. 

Is Microblading Painful?

So onto the real question: is microblading painful? 

The answer? It depends. The general answer is no. This procedure entails using a thin blade to cut the skin. Before the procedure even begins, a numbing cream is applied to help minimize any discomfort. However, while the answer to “is microblading painful?” is no, you may experience some pressure or light scratching sensations as the tool makes minor cuts. 

While microblading isn’t nearly as painful as traditional tattooing, like many things your experience will vary based on your pain threshold. Even if you have an incredibly low pain threshold, you shouldn’t experience any extreme discomfort or lasting pain. 

The Healing Process

Immediately following your microblading procedure your skin will likely be red or swollen as the pigment settles over the next few days. This kind of lite swelling is normal and should subside as healing takes place. 

The healing process starts right after the procedure and typically takes between 10-14 days.

Not everyone’s healing process takes the same amount of time. They can affect based on:

  • Age
  • Overall health
  • Skin type

As your brows heal, they can also change in color, definition, and texture almost every day. So though you’ll definitely see a difference in your brows immediately following the procedure, you’ll have to wait to see your full results until healing is complete. 

In addition to feelings of tenderness and soreness, you may experience itching and flaking of the skin around where the procedure was performed. These symptoms should also subside within the two week healing period. 

The Follow Up Care Process

During the healing process, it’s a good idea to limit exercise and other strenuous activity. This  prevents sweat from dripping into your brows and tampering with cosmetics.

It’s advised to use lukewarm water and a cotton round to wipe down your brow two-three times a day. This removes any collected lymph fluid that can damage the fresh wound.

After wiping the area down, apply a barrier cream to the brow. This can be up to two times a day, depending on the skin type. Skin types with more oils generally need less. Drier skin needs a little more.

Immediately following the procedure the brows may appear darker. Over the weeks following the procedure the pigment in the brows made fade slightly. If this happens, we may need to do a touch-up to achieve the exact desired pigment that will best complement your face shape and hair color. 

If you’re ready to enhance your natural beauty and get the brows you’ve always wanted, coming to Beauty Studio 7. Located in Gig Harbor, Washington, our expert cosmetic tattoo artists are ready to help you achieve the brows of your dreams. Book now to schedule a consultation!