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Does Microblading Hurt?
Wondering if a microblading session will hurt is a perfectly natural (and very common) concern that crops up time and time again, With this in mind, I’ll attempt to shed some light on the topic in today’s post. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that the microblading process involves breaking the skin. It’s therefore reasonable to assume there’s going to be some pain attached when this happens – right?
No pain no gain, or so they say…
The phrase ‘no pain, no gain‘ is a common one that everyone has heard. You’ll be relieved to hear that it needn’t be the case with your microblading treatment at Immaculate Touch. Of course, everyone is different and we all have our own unique pain thresholds. Because of this, we do everything we can to make the microblading process as relaxed and pain-free as possible.
What others say
To get an idea of how perceptions can vary, it’s worth having a look at this Reddit thread where the poster asks:
I’m so excited for the chance to have brows that don’t need to be filled in every morning. But I’d like to be as prepared as possible. So, what’s the pain feel like?
. You’ll notice that opinions vary wildly so let’s look at a couple of replies from opposite ends of the spectrum:
I would say it’s close to a cat scratch like the others here… kinda burns for a second then doesn’t.
I found it incredibly painful and that I was holding my breath through a lot of it. The end results are beautiful, but damn, it hurt.
As you can see, it really comes down to an individual’s pain threshold and their perception of pain. In other words, what hurts for one person might not hurt for another.
Keeping any pain during microblading to a minimum
Unlike having a tattoo, microblading is far gentler and much less invasive. We will do everything within our power to make the treatment as painless as possible for you and it shouldn’t be necessary to take any painkillers beforehand. Most clients cope very well and report that it was far more comfortable than they expected it to be.
Some people have likened the feeling to the slow scraping sensation to feeling similar to threading. Others report hardly any discomfort at all.
Our brains are weird and wonderful things and it’s worth mentioning that the microblade process does make a slight scraping sound as the blade is moved across the skin. Hearing this noise, whilst knowing that it’s happening on a delicate area of the face can often lead some of my clients to associate this with slight pain which they otherwise may not feel if they didn’t hear the noise but it’s safe to say most client report they didn’t feel much and it wasn’t half as bad as they’d imagined it would be.
Is there any pain or discomfort afterwards?
For most clients, the minor discomfort they may feel during microblading isn’t really an issue. Once your microbladed eyebrows are complete, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Some clients occasionally report a slight tingling sensation that quickly wears off. There will be some slight scabbing following the procedure which can be itchy. However, a good aftercare protocol will minimise the effects. You should avoid scratching or rubbing your eyebrows if they itch; let nature take its course and your body will heal by itself.
Aftercare for your Microblade Eyebrows
We provide a thorough consultation on how to care for your beautiful new microblade eyebrows. We also give you an easy to follow list of do’s and don’ts. For example, one of the most important factors is to ensure that you don’t get your eyebrows wet for a least 2 weeks after your treatment. You’ll need to either be careful with that showerhead or use a strategically placed shower cap to keep the area dry.
You should also avoid exposure to the sun; either wear a hat to cover your forehead or use a high factor sun cream when in the UK. If you’re planning a holiday it’s advised to plan your brows 4 weeks or more prior to the trip.
Avoid using skin exfoliators as the abrasive nature of these will remove a layer of skin, which in turn will shorten the lifespan of your semi-permanent eyebrows and affect the healing process. We recommend using natural products to moisturise the skin, with coconut oil being an ideal choice.
Follow up appointment
We recommend a touch-up microblade session anywhere between 6 and 12 weeks after your initial appointment. You’ll notice that after several weeks have elapsed, your brows will fade slightly. This is perfectly normal and you can leave things as they are if you prefer but we suggest coming for your follow up appointment to ensure your eyebrows stay looking sharp for as long as possible.
If you’re considering treating yourself to a microblading session and have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email us at Immaculate Touch.
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