Botox and microblading are two very popular cosmetic treatments that many people consider for enhancing their facial appearance and get rid of these unwanted wrinkles. Don't get me wrong, wrinkles are a part of us and are beautiful, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to minimize them or prevent them getting deeper. Both botox and microblading treatments are relatively safe and effective (if you see a good and qualified professional). It's important to understand the implications of undergoing one treatment shortly before or after the other. In this blog post, we'll explore whether you can or should do botox before having a microblading treatment.
Botox and Microblading
Before diving into the compatibility of these treatments, let's briefly define them. Botox, a brand name for a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is mostly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It's most commonly applied around the eyes and forehead. And that is the part of the face that can affect whether you can have these two treatments close to each other.
Microblading, on the other hand, is a form of semi permanent tattooing that creates hairstrokes to make your brows fuller and shaped. Using a small manual microblading tool, a microblading artist implants pigment under the skin, creating the appearance of natural brow hairs. You can read more about microblading here.
Timing is Key for Your Botox and Microblading
The primary concern when combining these treatments is timing. Botox affects the muscles ability to move, which can impact the skins tensions, as well as displace the eyebrows. In the beginning after your botox your eyebrows could either be more lifted or sometimes lower. This can be particularly problematic for microblading, as the precise placement of pigment is crucial for achieving a natural look.
You really do not want to take the chance of having your eyebrows microbladed, and then a few weeks later your eyebrows will drop and you have a semi permanent pigment in the wrong place.
So in any case, it is better to have your eyebrows microbladed before your botox appointment.
Why You Should Wait to Get Microblading After Botox
Microblading artists generally recommend waiting AT LEAST two weeks after botox before undergoing microblading. This waiting period allows the Botox to fully settle into the muscles and also allows any swelling or bruising to subside.
However, I would personally recommend waiting longer, or until you see your eyebrows in their “normal place”. That could take 4 to 6 months.
Why You Should Wait to Get Botox After Microblading
You can go and get botox around 2 weeks after your microblading session. The main thing is to do that after your healing process. You want the microblading to be fully healed.
Botox and Microblading Long Term, What Happens?
Another aspect to consider is the reversibility of these treatments. While Botox effects gradually fade over several months, microblading is semi permanent. As mentioned here above, If the shape or position shifts due to Botox settling in, it can change the appearance of the brows in a way that you could not be happy with.
Consult with Professionals Before Getting Botox Or Microblading
It's crucial to consult with both your Botox provider and microblading artist. They can offer personalized advice based on your skin type, facial structure, and the specific treatments you're receiving. Additionally, some individuals may have unique considerations that might affect the timing and outcome of these procedures.
Post Treatment Care After Botox and Microblading
After both botox and microblading, follow post treatment care instructions carefully. For botox, this usually includes avoiding rubbing the treated area and keeping upright for a few hours post injection. For microblading, your artist will give you a very detailed after care plan.
In conclusion, while it's technically possible to have Botox before a microblading treatment, it's advisable to wait a MINIMUM of two weeks (the longer the better) between these procedures. This approach helps ensure that the Botox has fully taken effect and the skin is in a stable condition, which is crucial for the precision required in microblading. Always consult with qualified professionals and consider your unique circumstances to achieve the best results. Remember, in the world of cosmetic treatments, patience often leads to perfection.