Almost everyone knows that microblading is a two-step process. First, you get the initial treatment. Then you go for the touchups in the second session. But many people do not expect the brows will need more redos in the subsequent years.
Microblading treatment will last you 1.5 to 2.5 years. Generally, an individual needs a touchup once a year, maybe twice. When the pigment starts to fade visibly, it will be your cue to return to your artist and book a touchup session.
The bits and pieces of the maintenance of microblading touchups will be in the next parts of the article. Look through them to learn more.
When Do I Have To Get The First Touchup Done?
You get the first touchup done after the completion of your healing period, which differs from one individual to another.
In general, it requires 1 to 1.5 months to heal. But some people have to wait up to 2 months for complete recovery.
However, you cannot book a touchup before 5 weeks and after 10 weeks of your first treatment—most technicians book touchups around 1.5 to 2 months after the initial procedure.
You should not get a retouch before the brows heal and the pigment color sets perfectly. It will run the risk of causing scars resulting from further trauma.
Why Do I Need More Than One Touchup?
You need more than one touchup when you want to sustain the look for a considerable amount of time.
Microblading is a semi-permanent process. That means the pigment cannot enter deep into your skin. So it begins to fade after a certain point, varying from one person’s lifestyle and skin type to another.
However, if you are not interested in keeping them, avoid the additional annual touchups. That will let the brows fade naturally.
How Often Do You Have To Redo Microblading?
You can schedule a touchup session when you notice your brows are overly faded.
Most people do not need touchups more than once a year. But if your skin is oily, the pigment color will fade naturally, requiring you to get the brows done more often. (Even then only twice a year should do.)
Although dry skin gives you an edge for microblading, it does not ensure permanent lasting. You would still need to book annual touchups. Additionally, people with high sun exposure and frequent gym and swimming habits are also vulnerable to fast fading.
Then there are some skincare products that escalate the fading. If you use them, expect your eyebrows to turn bleak sooner than usual.
How Faded Do My Microbladed Eyebrows Have To Be To Need A Redo?
There is no hard and fast rule about that. It is up to your preference.
But I hope this piece of information helps with your decision. If you allow your brows to fade more, they will need more finishing. That means the session will be longer and charge you more.
Besides, the recovery phase will also be lengthier with more intensity due to your skin experiencing more trauma.
How Much Time Do A Retouch And Its Healing Take?
A retouch takes approximately an hour, depending on where to refill, whether some strokes will do or shading is necessary. It will not be as lengthy as the main procedure because it only fixes certain places, not the whole brows.
The healing period does not take more than a week. And the process is not as complicated as the initial treatment. You will not experience as much emotional exhaustion and scabbing. There will also be less itchiness, irritation, and redness.
It is mandatory you attend the first touchup appointment. Choosing to skip it will ruin the entire treatment, being a waste of your money.
But the additional annual touchups are optional. I would recommend having them done if you want the output to remain crisp. However, if you do not want that, you can decide to allow them to fade away.
That is all for now. Thank you for reading.