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During microblading, colour pigments are applied to the eyebrow area, to give the appearance of hairs. A cosmetologist uses a microblade tool to apply color pigments that look like real hairs. The colour effect will fade over time, so touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the desired look. Microblading is said to offer natural looking and defined eyebrows, but the process typically takes some time to perfect. The initial procedure may take up to a couple of hours, and the eyebrows will appear darker immediately after the initial treatment. It is possible that the colour will fade after a few weeks and a touch-up may be needed.

What to be aware of?

All cosmetic procedures, including microblading and permanent makeup tattooing, have possible risks associated with them. It is also important to remember that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate the colour additive substances of the pigments used in these cosmetic practices. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the risks of microblading before undergoing a procedure.

Allergic reaction

While allergic reactions to organic pigments used for the procedure are rare, it can happen. It is, therefore, important to ask the esthetician what types of pigment they are using and how they confirm allergies.


Since microblading breaks the skin, there is a serious risk for transmission of infectious diseases, including HIV and bacterial skin infections. Unsterile tools and other equipment are among the leading risks for transmitting infection. It is essential that all equipment is sterilized before the procedure has even started to avoid any infectious complications.


Microblading cannot be easily covered up if it is done incorrectly. If this occurs, a person will likely endure additional costs to manage complications and correct the procedure. The best way to ensure the procedure is done correctly is by vetting the esthetician and the establishment where a person is considering getting the microblading done.


Share After the microblading procedure, and for at least 1 week afterward, a person’s eyebrows might appear darker. They may also feel sharper due to scabbing and healing. It is also normal to experience some redness and mild swelling.

The esthetician will give their clients aftercare instructions, which might include:

  • Gently washing over the eyebrows with a fingertip, using antibacterial soap and water for about 10 seconds, rinsing, and then patting dry.
  • Using a minimal amount of moisturizing ointment.
  • Keeping the brows away from water for 7–10 days, which includes not taking long showers or swimming.
  • Avoiding putting makeup on the brow area while it is actively healing to keep the area as clean as possible.
  • Not picking at the scabs.
  • Avoiding direct sunlight or tanning for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.
  • Not using facial scrubs or peels for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.
  • Not sleeping on the face for at least 10 days after the procedure.
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