Why do I need a second treatment?
Because Microblading is shallow in the skin, we need to go back over all the strokes from the 1st treatment to solidify your results. The brows will shrink after the first treatment 20-30% and the color will also lighten by 20-50%.
Just as any cut would shrink down and shorten in the skin, your newly Microbladed brows will shrink down and patchiness typically occurs. Sometimes the strokes can also appear a little bit dotty after the first treatment. The second treatment addresses strokes which aren’t one continuous line and any patchiness as well.
Compared to a regular tattoo that usually only needs one treatment, Microblading needs two treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart. The reason a regular tattoo only needs one treatment is because they are going all the way down to the deepest layers of the skin which is the dermis. Since we are staying in the top layers of the skin, the epidermis, the color needs to be built up so to speak with the 2nd treatment. One could also compare this to applying a 2nd coat of nail polish. No manicure would look complete without that 2nd coat.
Are there exceptions?
Once in a while, someone might think they got good enough color retention from the first treatment to justify not coming in for the second treatment. The issue with not attending a second treatment in 4-8 weeks is the brows may look good at first but then they are not going to stand the test of time. Trust our experience on this one. :)
So how long will my Microblading last?
Generally speaking, after receiving 2 treatments microblading can last 1-3 years with most people coming back in after 12-18 months to keep things looking fresh. Some people get less color retention than others. Factors that can contribute to this are oily skin, thick skin, frequent exfoliation, and not following proper aftercare. Some clients might need to return before the year mark if they are not holding onto color because of any of these reasons.
Although a third treatment early on is rare, it can happen. Brow Revolution does not offer any complementary treatments based on an early third treatment. Instead, we are keeping you well informed of the possibility of this infrequent occurrence.
Is there anything I can do to make my Microblading last longer?
Yes! First, you should follow your aftercare to a T. The aftercare is designed to give you optimal results. Second, after your brows are healed completely, use SPF on your brows just as you would the rest of your face. And third, if you exfoliate your skin use something like a cream or serum that you can control the application. You don’t want anything like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and especially retinol on your brows. These ingredients are great at exfoliating your face but if you exfoliate your brows your color could fade quickly and tremendously.
If you have excessively oily skin this might be more outside of your control, however you could consult an Esthetician to help get this under control. Also, if you don’t moisturize at all this is likely to make your skin worse because your skin becomes dry and out of balance right after you wash it, then it over-compensates for the lack of moisture by over-producing oily. Try an oil-free moisturizer and mattifying moisturizers can help also.
Although doing these things is offers no guarantee, following our advice helps in making sure your microblading lasts at least one year.
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