How long does microblading last?

Can you tell me how long a microblading treatment will last? I have two events coming up later this summer and I'd like to have my brows looking fierce for both. One event is August 15th and the other is the 12th of September. If I had the procedure done around the 10th of August, do you think I'd need a touch-up between the two events or would I be covered for that duration?


F, 34, California

Most people looking to enhance their eyebrows are thinking of either eyebrow transplants or microblading. The common theme among these people is that they’re tired of using makeup to fill in their brows to make them look fuller. Depending on your age and the fullness of your brows, microblading may be the answer for you. Fuller eyebrows tend to make an aging face look younger. Compared to an eyebrow transplant, microblading is almost always more affordable and less painful.

Microblading is a semi-permanent solution. Depending on your skin type and level of activity, you may have to go back for follow up sessions. You should make sure that you review the work done by several dermatologists or board-certified plastic surgeons that offer this type of cosmetic procedure. I suggest that if you are looking to have the look of fuller eyebrows for an upcoming event, you schedule your first appointment at least two months prior and follow the post-care instructions carefully.

The post-care process usually means that you should not let water, soap, lotion or makeup touch your eyebrows during the first week after your procedure. After that, you’ll likely be instructed to use some type of cream on your brows. Again, check with the cosmetic technician to determine exactly what to avoid and when you can resume your normal skin care routine.

Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent and is sometimes erroneously called permanent makeup (it is not permanent, like a traditional tattoo). The “permanency” of your treatment generally depends on how long your skin retains the pigment. Some see significant fading in one year; other patients may see theirs last up to three.

The cosmetic technician you choose will work with you beforehand to determine the pigment color that will best match your natural brow color and the brow area to be microbladed. A typical appointment can last two hours or more. However, the actual microblading -- use of needles on your brow that allow the ink to permeate the skin -- does not last that long. A lot of the time is spent beforehand measuring the area to be microbladed and making sure of the color match. About 30 minutes before the procedure begins a numbing cream is applied to the brow area. This will give the cream enough time to do its job, so you can have a relatively painless procedure.

Following the procedure you’ll be provided with instructions that will help the incisions heal properly, as well as when can you start up again with your normal cleansing regimen. A follow-up session is usually required to touch up and help solidify the brow shape. Some people choose not to do a follow up session, but this means the effects of the procedure will fade within six to twelve months.

Microblading, sometimes referred to as eyebrow embroidery, is used to enhance eyebrows with tattoo pigments. Microblading involves the use of a hand tool with tiny needles that create shallow cuts on the skin and allows pigment to set in. A follow up visit is the norm for patients looking to see the full effects from the procedure. This second visit helps ensure that there weren’t any spots missed and the shape of the brow matches your expectations.

Done correctly, the results of eyebrow microblading typically last one to three years, depending on how long your skin retains the pigment. The good news is that if you aren’t sure about making a lifetime commitment (like a traditional tattoo), the results of microblading will eventually fade. However, you will have to return at some point to have the procedure redone if you want to keep the “look.”

Make sure that you book your appointment well in advance of a big event and follow the post-procedure instructions given to you by your cosmetic technician. Planning your procedure a few months ahead of time is the best way for your eyebrows to look wonderful and totally natural.