How Long Will it Take to Heal from a Permanent Eyebrow Enhancement Procedure?

Are you wondering how long it will take to heal from a permanent eyebrow enhancement procedure? If so, you have come to the right place. This article will give you an idea of what to expect during the healing process. What is eyebrow enhancement? Well, it is a type of cosmetic tattooing that involves placing dots of pigment (color) along your eyebrow hairs to create uniform, thicker, and/or more appealing eyebrows. The pigment is usually a soft, shadowy color that is not overwhelming or unnatural. The purpose it to give the illusion of soft, natural eyebrows.

Eyebrow enhancement helps you achieve that “perfect” eyebrow shape that you have always wanted. This procedure is especially beneficial, if you have pale or thin eyebrows because it creates the appearance of thicker, fuller natural eyebrows. It is also effective for “masking” bare patches of hair in your eyebrows, and smoothing out uneven or “rugged” eyebrows. So, how long will it take to heal from an eyebrow enhancement procedure? Well, the recovery time varies. In other words, it depends on your health, skin condition, procedure, and age.


One of the best ways to aid the healing process is to properly prep for your procedure. First, schedule enough time to complete the procedure. An eyebrow enhancement procedure will take approximately 2 or 2.5 hours to complete, so it is important that you plan accordingly. The last thing you need is to be stressed or rushed the day of your procedure. In addition, refrain from dying, waxing or tweezing your eyebrows two weeks before your appointment.


On the day of your cosmetic treatment, your skin or makeup professional (i.e. dermatologist, plastic surgeon, esthetician, or makeup technician) will clean and disinfect the treatment area. He or she will then re-define your eyebrows with a marker. Next, your skin or makeup professional will apply a topical numbing agent to your eyebrows. Once your eyebrows are completely numb, he or she will use a tattooing machine to insert the iron oxide-based pigment (several times) into your skin. He or she will repeat this process until you have the eyebrow shape and appearance you desire. The goal is to make your “eyebrow” appear as natural as possible.


Following the eyebrow enhancement procedure, you should be able to resume your normal activities (tasks, work, etc.) within 24 hours. It is important to note that you may experience some redness, tenderness, and/or swelling, but these symptoms should subside within a few days. The pigment should increase in color and intensity, the first few hours after the procedure, so if you experience discomfort, call your physician, and rest until you feel better.


Following the procedure, you may notice that you permanent eyebrows appear thicker and more vibrant then you expected – this is normal. The intensity of the pigment will fade slightly over the next couple of days (during the shedding and scabbing process), giving you more natural and even eyebrows. Most of your skin’s healing will occur within the 72 hours following your procedure. During this time, a thin layer of skin will form over the pigment, reducing the color of your eyebrows.

As you continue to heal, the swelling should subside, and your eyebrows should appear more natural. In most cases, your new permanent eyebrows should “set” within a week (5 days). At that point, most people will not be able to tell that your eyebrows have been tattooed. The pigment in your eyebrows should continue to soften over the next few months, until it reaches its final color. In some cases, you may need a re-touch within a year, especially if the pigment fades too much.


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