Is microblading painful?

Does Microblading Hurt? – Is it painful?

Table of contents

Is microblading painful?
No pain, no gain
What others say
Minimising discomfort
Pain afterwards
Aftercare
Follow-up appointments

Does Microblading Hurt?

Wondering if a microblade 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…

When we cut our finger or graze an elbow, we’re all too familiar with the pain that begins after only a few seconds. That icky feeling that’s usually accompanied by the unpleasant throbbing sensation moments later is the body’s way of telling us that something bad has happened that needs attending to.

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 that a cat’s claw might make. 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. You may like to bring some earphones with you and listen to some music whilst you are having your treatment if this is a concern for you.

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. If you’re planning a holiday, try and take this into account to avoid ruining those perfect new eye toppers!

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. 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 4 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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