Microblading Healing Process: What Does It Involve?

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Microblading can lead to amazing, stunning brows. However, before you get to those gorgeous eyebrows, your eyebrows first have to heal from the procedure. 

The process is a bit weird.

If you are thinking about going through it, you should familiarize yourself with the microblading healing process. In that way, you’ll know if what you are experiencing is simply part of the natural healing process or is something else. 

In this post, we will discuss the microblading healing process in detail. This will help you know what to do through the various stages of healing. 

If you take care of your freshly microbladed eyebrows, then you can expect results to last longer and look better. 


What Happens During The Microblading Process?

Before we talk about healing, some of you might be wondering why your eyebrows need to heal after microblading!

Does that mean that the eyebrows are wounded in the process? 

The answer is yes, microblading will involve tiny needles or blades that create micro cuts into the skin. For microblading, these cuts are generally small lines. For cheaper ombre brows, the cuts are little dots.

If you tend to have oily skin, you may want to try ombre brows instead of microblading. It will look better.

If you tend to have oily skin, you may want to try ombre brows instead of microblading. It will look better.

The micro-cuts are needed to be created so that the microblading pigments can reach the right layer of the skin. 

You don’t need to worry too much, the cuts are not significant.

However, it is still possible that there could be some bleeding and pain when the procedure is done.

As for the pain, numbing creams are used before the procedure so you don’t feel significant pain. Possibly some discomfort, but it’s not too bad. 

Once the micro-cuts are made, pigments can now penetrate the skin. This is what makes the results long-lasting as compared to using makeup that just sits on top of your skin.

How Long Does It Take For Microblading To Heal?

The amount of time your eyebrows need to completely heal after the microblading process is about 6-8 weeks. How fast your eyebrows heal from the procedure and what happens to them could vary from one person to another. 

The amount of time your eyebrows need to completely heal after the microblading process, is about 6-8 weeks

Through the healing process, you shouldn’t be too concerned about how your eyebrows look. Sometimes you might think that the eyebrows are too dark. Sometimes, you might also be thinking that it is too light or isn’t the one you are expecting to get. 

Those 6 to 8 weeks can seem to be a long time but you have to be patient. Once it is properly healed, that’s when you can see the true results of the procedure. 

As mentioned, the healing process may not be exactly the same for everyone. Some may heal quickly and may not experience any scabbing while others could. 

How fast your eyebrows heal can be affected by your age, skin type, and your health. 

The Microblading Healing Process

Knowing what to expect throughout the healing process can help you calm down when things may seem weird. The healing process can look worse but eventually, it will be better.

Throughout the healing process, it is a good idea to take regular photos of your brows and send them to your technician. That way, they can monitor your healing process and make sure everything is going as planned.

Throughout the healing process, it is a good idea to take regular photos of your brows and send them to your technician. That way, they can monitor your healing process and make sure everything is going as planned.

Here is what to expect throughout the healing process. It is quite similar to the ombre brow healing process.

1. Right After The Procedure 

Right after the procedure, you could be curious and excited as to how your eyebrows would look.


Upon seeing the results, some may feel disheartened because it can seem that your eyebrows are too thick or too dark than what you expected. 

Here, your microblading artist can explain to you that it is perfectly normal to look that way. The pigments are still settling and could still fade as your eyebrows heal. 

Apart from that, you may observe some redness, bleeding, and tenderness in the area. This is normal and will eventually subside as your eyebrows heal. 

2. After 2-5 Days

A few days after the procedure, it is possible to see some scabbing. This is the time when your eyebrows feel very itchy. 

No matter how itchy it feels or how tempting it is to pick on the scabs, you should resist the urge to do so. You have to just let them fall off or peel on their own.

No matter how itchy it feels or how tempting it is to pick on the scabs, you should resist the urge to do so. You have to just let them fall off or peel on their own.

Eventually, the itchiness will subside as your eyebrows heal. 

Due to the scabbing, you might not be able to see the hair strokes that were made during the procedure. This is normal and will eventually be visible once healed. 

If your microblading artist has instructed you to apply some ointment to help with the healing, this would be the time to do so. However, you should be careful when doing this. 

Make sure that your hands are clean and it would be best to use a cotton swab to help with the application. Only a small amount would be needed so don’t apply a thick layer of the ointment over your eyebrows. 

3. After A Week

After about 7 days, the scabs that you started noticing might already start to flake off or peel on their own. At this stage, it is very tempting to peel them off but you shouldn’t.

You should just let them fall off on their own. 

Due to the peeling, it could look like your eyebrows are patchy. It could look like they are too light than what you expected or wanted. However, you should just be patient because it will eventually improve as your skin heals. 

In fact, during this time frame, some people experience their microblading disappearing altogether! Don’t be alarmed if this happens, it is part of the natural healing process, and they didn’t disappear. Your microblading will come back.

The same thing can happen with ombre brows.

4. After 2-3 Weeks

After two weeks, it is finally safe to get your eyebrows wet. However, you should still not be soaking your brows, so best to still avoid swimming or being in a jacuzzi. 

At this time, you could now resume your skincare routine and applying makeup. The eyebrows aren’t fully healed at this stage so it is still possible that they appear lighter.

5. After 4-5 Weeks

After about a month or more, you’d be able to finally see what your eyebrows will finally look like. There might still be patches or areas that need to be fully healed so you might still see lighter areas. 

However, this is the time when you’ll start to see and appreciate how your eyebrows look after the procedure. 

Rejoice! Things are getting back to normal.

6. After 6 Weeks

This is the time when most have their eyebrows finally healed. At this time, you need to go back to your microblading artist so that they could make final adjustments to your eyebrows. 

Also at this time, you can now finally see the final results of the procedure. If you think you need touchups, if the brows are uneven, or whatever, the microblading artist can do it to the eyebrows at this time.

They can adjust the shape or even adjust the color pigment if needed. 

7. After 1 year 

The results of the microblading procedure could last for about 6 months to a year before it fades. How much it fades will vary. Some fade significantly while others only fade lightly. 

However, if you want to maintain your eyebrows at that appearance, you need an annual touch-up procedure. 

Some may need the touch-up procedure earlier than the 1-year mark. That will depend on how fast it fades, which could be different for each person. 

Microblading Aftercare Instructions

After the microblading procedure, there is a healing process that happens because the micro-wounds created are closed. This is the time when you need to take care of your eyebrows the most. 

You will be given aftercare instructions that you should follow, but the general gist of aftercare is the following: 

1. Avoid getting your eyebrows wet

One of the most common and most important things you should do to your eyebrows is to prevent them from getting wet, especially right after the procedure. You should keep the brow area dry for as long as you can. 

Some suggest doing this for a few days while others suggest avoiding the eyebrows from ever touching water for a week. This is because the pigments are still settling in the cuts. Getting them wet could wash out the pigments. 

Even after a week, you should still avoid exposing your eyebrows to too much water so avoid swimming or excessively sweating for at least two weeks. 

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2. Protect Your Brows from UV radiation

Remember that your eyebrows have micro-cuts in them. Like fresh tattoos, they can be more prone to the various dangers in the environment, including the rays of the sun. When going out, make sure you protect your brows from UV rays. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you should apply lots of tattoo sunscreen to it. You shouldn’t be placing any sort of product in it, especially right after the procedure. 

You can protect them from UV rays through other methods like wearing a hat or using an umbrella. 

3. Avoid Touching Your Eyebrows

Another thing that you should do is to avoid touching your eyebrows. If you do, you could accidentally infect the wounds by introducing bacteria. 

It can be tempting to scratch or touch it because it feels itchy as it heels. However, it is best to avoid doing that so you don’t prolong the healing process. 

4. Don’t Apply Anything To Your Brows

Whether it is your skincare products or makeup, you shouldn’t be applying anything on your eyebrows unless your microblading artist instructs you to do so.

Some may advise you to use a gel to help with the healing process, but this depends on your individual experience. 


Microblading is a somewhat intensive cosmetic procedure, and there is some real healing that needs to happen if you get it done. During the healing process, you can experience weird things like your microblading lines just disappearing for a while!

Don’t be alarmed, and send regular photos of your healing stages to your technician to make sure everything is on track.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).