The first question I’m asked when I talk about removing my permanent makeup is always “Did you not like the work that was done on yours brows?”. The short answer to this is yes, I did like it, at the time!
Preferences can change throughout the years. I found that the brows that I had once loved and committed to for the previous four years were no longer serving me and the style that I had grown into over time. I had my first microblading appointment in 2016 and had continued to get touchups at least yearly.
While Microblading typically lasts about 8-12 months on my (oily) skin type, I had a build up of pigment from multiple sessions that would likely take years to fade away on its own. Seeing as patience is not my strongest virtue (years folks, I can’t even wait 30 minutes for my skip the dishes order), I opted for a laser tattoo removal treatment instead.
I was super nervous for my appointment but Cindy (Images Laser) was super comforting and explained the process in detail before we began. I laid down with googles to protect my eyes and a blanket that she so kindly provided for me.
The process took about 5 minutes in total. Moving from one brow to the other, the laser targets the pigment in the skin and breaks it down, allowing your body to absorb it over the next 6-8 weeks. Typically 1-3 sessions are needed to remove all of the pigment, depending on the technique that was originally used (Microblading vs Micropigmentation or traditional tattooing). As for pain, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst pain ever) I would describe it as a 2-3. Areas with more pigment require more energy from the laser and can be a bit more sensitive, the areas with lighter pigment saturation felt like a light tapping at most.
After the appointment my brows were a bit red and the brow hairs were blanched (bleached) as the laser is unable to discern between brow hair pigment and tattoo pigment. Cindy applied an aftercare gel to soothe the brows and I continued on my day looking as if I was participating in the bleached brow trend (please don’t try this at home).
Over the next 24-48 hours my brows did swell up quite a bit but were not painful whatsoever!
Sleeping with an elevated pillow helped to keep swelling to a minimum, as well as taking Advil and drinking lots of water. Scabbing lasted for about one week post appointment, but this will differ from person to person, the pigment also returned to my brow hairs within this time.
It is now 5 weeks after my appointment and my brows have drastically faded. By week 8 I will see the full results of my first appointment and will be able to determine if additional sessions are required.