What is suggested for microblading aftercare?
After I get microblading should I be prepared with any ointments to speed up the healing process? Also, are there any daily activities that I should not be participating in that could have an effect in the outcome of my eyebrows?
Before my microblading procedure, my technician informed me about the aftercare instructions that I needed to follow. I’m very forgetful, so I was glad that the aftercare instructions weren't that bad. The first thing I was told to do in the healing process was to not irritate the area. Even though my eyebrows were dry, I was instructed not to pick or scratch them. I was given ointment to apply each day to the microbladed area for a week.
I did change my skincare regimen to using soft cloths and a gentle cleanser. There weren't too many restrictions that I needed to follow. I was told not swim or do anything that causes excessive sweating. I needed to avoid these activities for two weeks. Since I don't live a highly-active lifestyle, this wasn't too much of a problem. Another instruction I was given was to avoid the sun. When I went outside, I just put on a hat and didn't have much of an issue.
Post microblading procedure, everything in my eyebrow area healed great. I did end up having to go for a touch up about a month after my initial procedure, but the healing time for the touch up appointment was no where near what it was like for the original microblading session.
I was concerned about the aftercare treatment that comes along with microblading. I lead a very busy schedule, and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't leaving myself open to the possibility of an infection or swelling if I didn't devote enough time to caring for my skin after the procedure. The woman who performed my procedure assured me that the aftercare was easy. She told me never to irritate or pick at the area - especially dry skin. No aggressive rubbing. My skincare routine consisted of washing my face in the morning and evening with a gentle facial cleanser. I patted my skin dry with a cotton towel and applied a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizer with sunscreen spf. The most important thing was staying out of the sun for about five days. If I had to go outside during the day, I just threw on a cute baseball hat, and that was it! Easy aftercare for a wonderful procedure!
I was lucky enough to find a talented and personable microblading artist at my local salon, and she really took the time to make sure I understood the proper care and maintenance needed post-procedure. Initially, I went in thinking that I would get perfect brows in less than 2 hours, and then be able to go show them off at the pool after. Ha! Little did I know. The results are great and lasting, but you want to make sure that you don't let any water, lotion, makeup, etc. touch your brows for at least 7 days post-procedure. During the healing period, you can apply a post-care ointment, as I did, for a week or so. Be sure to do so sparingly so that the eyebrow area can heal properly. Also, avoid pools, spas, sun exposure, excessive sweating, drinking alcohol, etc., for at least 2 weeks. You should be good-to-go after that. I certainly was! The two weeks of extra care was well worth it.
I got a microblading procedure done seven months ago, and I had to keep my eyebrows clean and dry for the first seven days as they were healing. Then, for the next seven days, I applied grapeseed oil to my brows twice a day. You can also use an over-the-counter ointment such as Aquaphor if you prefer. My microblading technician also told me to avoid getting my eyebrows wet, and avoid itching or picking the skin. I wasn’t able to go tanning or use my facial scrubs for 14 days after the procedure because those activities can cause irritation. I followed my technician’s advice, and my microbladed brows healed fully by the fifth week. Your technician will probably give you detailed aftercare instructions, so follow the directions and your brows should heal nicely.
I had microblading completed, and my specialist told me that my results would be significantly affected by both my pre-treatment and after-care choices. Here is a list that my professional aesthetician gave to me. Be sure to review the list of what not to do before you have the treatment:
- Do not tweeze, pick, wax or perform electrolysis on your eyebrows at least one week before the procedure.
- Do not get a sunburn or tan at least two weeks before the treatment.
- Do not have any form of facial or peel completed at least two weeks before your treatment.
- Stop the use of vitamin A and all Retinol products at least one month before your treatment.
- Do not have botox for three weeks before the treatment.
- Do not take vitamin E or fish oil at least one week before because they act as natural blood thinners.
- Do not have your eyebrows tinted at least three days before the procedure.
If you take the recommended steps to prepare for the treatment, your aftercare and recovery will go much smoother. My specialist gave me these aftercare suggestions:
Do not use exfoliants or any products that contain acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA). Gently wash your eyebrow after the treatment twice a day, morning and night, with water and antibacterial soap, such as Dial, Cetaphil or Neutrogena. Lightly use your fingertips to wash your eyebrows. Rub gently in a smooth motion for 10 seconds. Rinse with water and make sure that all of the soap is rinsed off. Dry by gently patting with a clean tissue. Next, gently apply Aquaphor ointment. Avoid using makeup or creams, the sun, swimming, steam and avoid sleeping on your face.
My eyebrows healed quickly and easily without any issues or delays. I'm thrilled with my results. I recommend that you follow these pre and after-care instructions to the letter! I hope you posted after your treatment because I look forward to hearing about your results.