How long does microblading last and is it worth it?
I feel compelled to write this blog post (despite the fact that some of these points are covered broadly in some of my other posts) as this is a question that I come across repeatedly by clients thinking about whether to book.
Microblading, like any treatment where a foreign agent is introduced to the body, is going to undergo a process whereby your body will get to work to get rid of it as expediently as it can. This is the primary function of the immune system and therefore will occur regardless of whomever did the microblading. I have heard stories from clients who have experienced microblading sessions with other practitioners where they were sold a length of time that their blading was meant to last, and I'm afraid that this type of information simply could not be accurate. No microblader (or even doctor for that matter) could have a complete enough picture of the systems at play affecting your own personal immune system and as a result could not accurately ascertain how long your microblading would last.
In truth, the most comprehensive and honest answer would be to ask you questions about your life; what do you do for a living? How does your skin respond to hormonal changes/stress? How much water and alcohol do you consume? The list goes on, and the answers to these questions will give your microblader a picture of how long your microblading could last and how it will look over time. Having said this, these will be educated guesses at best. Ultimately, the way that microblading is represented and sold must change. Regulation reform must take place in order to make the industry more honest, professional and medical in nature, as it should be. The client must be aware of the maintenance involved from the outset, as is the case when deciding to have injectables such as Botox and filler. These are also metabolised by the body and need maintenance, and microblading should be viewed in the same light. Practitioners who are using sub standard colours containing a high metal content in order to provide more longevity, do so at the detriment of the future result of the microblading as it results in the pigment changing colour (the primary reason why a lot of microblading turns green/blue/red).
As always, I hope this information helps you to make informed decisions.
This is done purely to maximise on profit and should not be a compromise your microblader is willing to make.