Is it normal for my results from microblading to begin to fade?

I had a microblading procedure a little over 18 months ago and the results were awesome. At first my eyebrows seemed a bit darker than I wanted but after a few weeks they settled to the color I desired. However, now it seems like the tattooing is fading a bit. Is this normal and do I need to have the procedure again?


F, 31, New York

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Microblading is semi-permanent. I had the procedure done about seven months ago, and the results are beginning to fade a little. The procedure is really simple. The technician will put some numbing cream on, tattoo some pigment color to the brows, and before you know it you are receiving the aftercare instructions and the healing process has begun.

Since I was so happy with the results of cosmetic tattooing, I will definitely be getting it done again. I knew that the results were not going to be permanent like a traditional tattoo. Since it does last for a significantly long time, I still felt that it was well worth it to invest in the procedure. It made me very happy and I received a lot of wonderful compliments about the way it looked. My eyebrows were soft and natural. Microbladed eyebrows is truly one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Those who get the procedure done can expect the results to last for at least six months before fading begins. Even after that, the fading process is relatively slow, so not to worry.

I had my first microblading procedure done almost 2 years ago now and although I was amazed with my new brows. However I have noticed that the color and fullness in my brows has dissipated over time. I know that unlike tattooing, microblading is semi-permanent makeup, and this means that I'll have to go back soon to have it done again if I want to maintain the fullness and depth in each hairstroke. It can vary for everyone, but you do usually need to have a follow-up procedure every 1 to 3 years to maintain the look you desire. It may seem like a bit of a pain, but not having to paint your brows on everyday with cosmetics and the more natural results are well worth the minimal maintenance required.

I had my first microblading procedure three years ago. I make sure to get my eyebrows touched-up at least every one to two years, so I can maintain my eyebrow color and shape. Since I live in San Diego, I have to keep up my annual appointments because I sunbathe and swim in the ocean a lot--two things that cause my brows to fade faster than usual. Keep in mind that microblading is semi-permanent and will fade over time if you do not get annual touch-ups. I think getting annual touch-ups is a small price to pay, compared to the time and money I am saving on buying and applying eyebrow makeup.

I had the microneedling treatment completed, and it's natural for the tattooing to appear darker initially and to fade over time. It's a semipermanent treatment that usually lasts one to three years; my technician recommended that I have mine done once a year to maintain the look that I want. I've had the treatment done once a year for the last three years, and each time the procedure seemed easier. Probably because I already knew what to expect. If you want your eyebrows to look a little darker right now, you could highlight them with some waterproof eyebrow makeup until you have another treatment completed.