Long Term Microblading Eyebrows

Written by: Lisa Henning



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Over the last 10 years microblading has grown in popularity, promising perfectly shaped semi permanent tattoos that can look like natural brow hair.  However, understanding the long term effects of microblading eyebrows is important before committing to a cosmetic tattoo procedure

In this article we'll explore the benefits, risks, and lasting effects of microblading, helping to make sure you're well-informed about what to expect for many years after having microblading pigment implanted

Our industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Training standards vary wildly, eyebrow microblading disasters from under qualified technicians have become the norm; but there’s beauty and expertise too, from technicians who tirelessly practice and further their education. Microblading pigments have also changed, with some brands lasting longer than ever, creating new problems when it comes to maintaining and correcting existing work

The demand for Botched Ink Rescue has never been higher, to fix disasters, unwanted shapes, and microblading pigment saturation, but the industry absolutely needs a new best practice to maintain the long-term beauty of microblading and eyebrow permanent makeup

Our minimum standard is that clients are advised Botched Ink Revive will be incorporated into their long term treatment plan, allowing technicians to continue delivering you the best eyebrow microblading treatments

consider using a gentle removal treatment to maintain your microblading over the years

The Long Term Effect of Microblading Eyebrows

The eyebrow microblading procedure involves a trained professional using a fine blade to create tiny incisions in the skin, depositing pigment that mimics the appearance of actual brow hairs. When done by a reputable artist this results in beautifully filled brows that look natural or well-defined, and suit your face properly

Long Term Microblading

Microblading is a great option for those seeking fuller brows without daily makeup, but the long term maintenance will vary depending on your skin type, particularly clients with visible pores or oily skin, aftercare, and the skill of the microblading artist

With proper care, eyebrow microblading can remain vibrant and well-shaped for over a year before requiring a touch up. However, repeated treatments may lead to the buildup of scar tissue, resulting in an appearance of dead skin on your brows, this is often seen as brows that look dull and grey

So few people consider using a gentle removal treatment to maintain their microblading over the years

We recommend one or two sessions of Botched Ink to both lift out any pigment build up, and to improve or maintain your skin condition. If pigment still looks translucent, think the density of tights or pantyhose still showing your skin colour through them, then the pigment will be easier to remove as there's less of it, and it's fairly superficial in the skin

More pigment, and deeper pigment, means more removal treatments for any removal method


  1. Time-Saving : One of the most significant advantages is the time saved during your morning routine. With filled brows, you can skip the daily chore of brow shaping and makeup application

  2. Consistent Look : Microblading provides a consistent brow shape and fullness, giving you perfectly shaped brows without the hassle of getting the shape right each day!

  3. Confidence Boost : Many people feel more confident with fuller looking brows, especially those with wonky, patchy or naturally thin brows

Potential Risks and Downsides

  1. Fading and Color Changes : Over time, the pigment fades and changes color, you may be tempted to book frequent touch ups. Sun exposure and oily skin are just some of the reasons pigment fades quickly, but regularly adding more pigment leads to build up and saturation

  2. Scar Tissue : Repeated microblading sessions can cause scar tissue to build up, which might make the skin harder to work with in the future. The artist using too much pressure also creates scarring

  3. Allergic Reaction : Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to the pigments used in microblading, though this is relatively rare

  4. Changes in Natural Brow Hair : The process involves piercing the skin, which might affect the growth of your natural brow hair over time, this can be more or less hair growth!

  5. Maintenance : Microblading is not a one-time procedure; it requires regular maintenance to keep your brows looking fresh and as intended

Alternatives to Microblading

For those who find the potential risks or maintenance of microblading off putting, there are alternatives to consider:

  1. Brow Tinting : A less invasive option that temporarily dyes the brow hairs and skin for a fuller appearance. Also a great option if you have oily skin

  2. Brow Lamination : A procedure that straightens and lifts the brow hairs for a more defined look.

  3. Makeup : Traditional brow makeup products can provide a similar effect without the commitment of a semi permanent tattoo.

Natural Brow Hair Shade and Microblading

Microblading can enhance your natural brow hair shade by adding definition and fullness. Microblading pigments used are chosen to match or complement your existing brow color, creating a seamless look. A skilled microblading artist will ensure that the hair strokes blend naturally with your actual brow hairs

Influence of a Few Celebrities

A few celebrities have publicly endorsed microblading, contributing to the popularity of in demand technicians. Their perfectly shaped brows have inspired many to seek out this semi permanent tattoo technique filled in brows, making it a highly sought-after service in the beauty industry

Choosing the Right Microblading Artist

Selecting a reputable and skilled microblading artist is essential for achieving the best results. Here are some tips for your microblading class choosing the right artist:

  1. Research and Reviews : Look for an artist with excellent reviews and a portfolio of their work. Ensure they have undergone proper training and certification

  2. Result Photos:  Microblading can be a lucrative business, and a good technician will happily share lots of their results photos, especially the healed results! Unfortunately some unscrupulous people steal photos to make potential clients think their work is better than it is. Look for consistency!

  3. Consultation : A good artist will offer a thorough consultation to discuss your goals and answer any questions you may have

  4. Safety and Hygiene : Ensure the artist follows strict hygiene practices and uses sterile equipment

Government Regulations and Industry Standards

Licensing and government regulations vary by location, so it's important to ensure your chosen microblading artist adheres to local laws and industry standards. Some areas have stringent guidelines to ensure the safety and hygiene of cosmetic tattooing procedures, while others may be more lenient and don't even visit or inspect salons or studios, or check any training qualifications. Are you aware of the regulations in your area?

Always opt for a facility that prioritizes cleanliness and follows proper sterilization practices. It's preferable to see the technician opening the needle from its sterilized packaging, and to see training and licensing certificates proudly displayed

What Happens During the Procedure

The microblading appointment must begin with a consultation, during which your microblading artist assesses your skin type, do you have visible pores or oily skin, and existing eyebrows, discussing your desired outcome to check that the results achievable are the ones you're looking for

After applying numbing cream, the artist begins the treatments, first designing and agreeing a beautiful eyebrow shape for you, then creating hair strokes using a microblading hand tool

After the Procedure

Although you may feel sore once the numbing cream wears off, the results can significantly enhance your morning routine, eliminating the need to wear makeup on your brows prior to going out

Immediately after the procedure, your brow area will appear darker, this is perfectly normal and part of the initial healing process. Following aftercare instructions, such as avoiding water on the brows and using gentle cleansing methods like foaming face wipes a few times

Emotional Rollercoaster

The healing process can be an emotional rollercoaster. Immediately after the procedure, the brows may look darker and thicker than expected, and the scabbing stage can be off putting. However, patience is key, as the final results will become apparent once the healing process is complete

Physical Sensations

You might experience discomfort during and after the procedure. The brow area can feel sore, and as the numbing cream wears off, the sensation of tiny paper cuts might persist. Additionally, some individuals may experience prolonged swelling or redness, which should subside with proper aftercare

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the best long term effects of microblading eyebrows. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid Water and Sweat : Keep the brow area dry and avoid excessive sweating for at least a week after the procedure

  2. Gentle Cleansing : Use mild products, like foaming face wipes, to clean around the brow area without disturbing the healing process

  3. Avoid Makeup : Refrain from wearing makeup on the brow area until fully healed to prevent infection

Short Term Healing

In the days following the microblading procedure, your brows will scab and peel. It's important not to pick at the scabs to avoid scarring or uneven pigment. Oftentimes people find the brows itchy for a few days, this is because the skin barrier has had tiny paper cuts and is a normal part of the healing process

Healing itching settles in a few days, however if your brows begin to feel itchy after several weeks, reach out to your microblading artists for advice as this can be a sign of a histamine or allergic reaction. They may refer you to a pharmacist or board certified dermatologist for advice

Long Term Healing and Maintenance

Microbladed brows typically require a follow up appointment, this is typically a couple of months after your first treatment. To maintain your microblading you'll need to visit for touch up appointments, this can be anywhere between a year and 24 months after the initial procedure. This appointment helps address areas where the pigment has faded slightly, and ensures the brows retain their colour, shape and fullness

When first created, microblading emulates actual brow hairs, however after a time they begin to fade and blur, and don't look like fine hair strokes anymore. This varies from person to person, depending on skin types, lifestyles and the initial skill of your microblading artist


Microblading offers a convenient and effective solution for achieving fuller, well-defined brows, but it's essential to understand the long term effects of microblading eyebrows. While the benefits, such as time-saving and consistent appearance, are significant, potential risks like fading, scar tissue, and allergic reactions must be considered

Choosing a reputable, trained professional and adhering to proper aftercare can mitigate many of these risks, ensuring you enjoy the benefits of beautifully microbladed brows for years to come

The key to a successful microblading experience lies in thorough research, realistic expectations, and diligent aftercare. Whether you decide to proceed with microblading or explore alternative options, well-informed decisions will help you achieve the best results for your brow goals

Gentle removal treatment are a perfect way to maintain microblading over the years. We recommend one or two sessions of Botched Ink to lift pigment build-up and improve skin condition

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Lisa Henning owner of Botched Ink saline solution

The Author: Lisa Henning

Lisa Henning is the owner and developer of Botched Ink, an industry leading saline removal brand offering comprehensive training, online and in-person, and our exclusive Botched Ink® saline removal solution. Contact Lisa directly on Instagram, Facebook, or by Email