Permanent Makeup
Healing Process

Overview of the Healing Process for Permanent Makeup on Lips, Brows, and Eyeliner

Permanent makeup procedures, including treatments for eyebrows (microblading or shading), eyeliner, and lips, undergo a healing process that is crucial to achieving the final look. It’s vital to have patience throughout this period and remember that the full desired outcome often requires a touch-up appointment 6 weeks post-initial procedure. Some clients might even need a third session to perfect the look.

For Eyebrows (Microblading/Shading):

  • In the days following the procedure, minor swelling, redness, and tenderness may occur, along with tightness or itchiness in the treated area.
  • Keeping the area clean and dry will lead to the formation of a thin film rather than scabs, making the eyebrows appear darker initially. This is not the final color.
  • The implanted color can fade up to 50%, and the shape may shrink during healing. The film will naturally peel off within 7–14 days.
  • You may notice the color looking weak, or patches seeming to disappear as new skin covers the pigment. This effect is temporary.
  • By weeks 2-4, the true color begins to emerge. Any unevenness or patchiness can be addressed during the touch-up appointment.

For Eyeliner:

  • Swelling, redness, and slight discomfort are common immediately after the procedure.
  • The color intensity will appear strongest right after the procedure and will soften as it heals.
  • Complete healing and the true color stabilization occur within a few weeks, with a possible touch-up to perfect the shape and density.

For Lips:

  • Swelling, tenderness, and a feeling of dryness are expected within the first few days.
  • The color will appear very bright initially but will soften and fade up to 50% as it heals.
  • The healing process allows for the natural texture and color to emerge, which may require a touch-up for evenness and saturation.

General Healing Advice for All Procedures:

  • It’s essential to follow aftercare instructions meticulously to ensure the best healing and color retention.
  • A thin film, not scabs, indicates proper healing. Do not pick at the film to avoid unevenness and color loss.
  • The appearance of the treated area immediately after the procedure is not the final result. Healing varies per individual based on skin type, lifestyle, and adherence to aftercare.
  • Periodic color boosts (every 9 to 18 months) are recommended to maintain vibrancy, depending on factors such as skin type, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits.
  • Permanent makeup enhances natural features but may require low maintenance, such as occasional touch-ups and personal care, to keep the look fresh and vibrant.

Permanent makeup is an art, aiming for symmetry and natural enhancement, though perfect symmetry is not guaranteed. The process, healing, and maintenance are unique to each individual, reflecting the artistry and variability of the procedure.