Can I Get A Massage After Microblading?

After undergoing the microblading procedure to create semi-permanent eyebrows, it is crucial to follow aftercare instructions precisely to ensure optimal results and avoid pigment loss or infection. One of the key steps during the healing process is avoiding anything that could irritate or disrupt the delicate wounds created by the technique.

This includes massages, certain skincare procedures and strenuous activities that raise blood pressure. While getting a massage shortly after microblading could worsen inflammation, dislodge ink and spread bacteria, waiting until brows have fully healed and closed may make massages safe again.

In this post, we will explore the risks associated with premature massages, the timeline for when light massages become advisable and key signs to watch for that indicate brows have healed sufficiently. We will also address common questions around when to resume other activities like workouts, facetime calls and skincare applications post microblading.

Overall, DO NOT get massages, facials, or skin treatments during the healing process (2 weeks) is crucial for the best outcomes.

Why You Should Avoid Massages Immediately After Microblading? – The Risks Of Premature Massages

1. Microblading creates tiny wounds that require time to heal properly

The microblading procedure involves making numerous shallow punctures in the dermis layer of the skin to implant pigment. These tiny wounds take time to close properly and for the brows to stabilize. Any premature interference could disrupt or prolong the healing process.

2. Disrupts early wound closure and scab formation

During the first 1-2 weeks after microblading, new tissue and collagen fibers are forming to repair puncture sites and enclose pigment particles. Massages during this critical phase can displace scabs prematurely, re-open wounds and force ink upwards within the dermis. This interrupts the natural closure and stabilization of brows.

3. Increases risk of pigment loss

Massages performed before scabs have fully formed and fallen off naturally on their own can dislodge significant amounts of pigment that has not yet adequately anchored within the dermis. Friction from the massage prematurely lifts ink that has risen up under scabs but not fully settled yet. This leads to fading, uneven results and the need for sooner touch-ups.

4. Spreads existing irritation and inflammation

Light inflammation and redness are normal during the first week of healing as the skin launches its immune response. However, the increased blood flow that occurs with massages during this phase can worsen any existing irritation, prolong the inflammatory period and delay wound closure. This extends the healing timeline.

5. Raises risk of infection

Open wound sites created by microblading leave brows vulnerable to bacteria for the first 1-2 weeks. Massaging open wounds during this period introduces further opportunities for contaminants to enter cuts and increase the risk of complications like localized infections that must be treated.

It’s generally recommended to avoid massages for at least 2-3 weeks after microblading to give brows sufficient time to close wounds, form and remove scabs naturally, and fully stabilize ink deposits within the dermis.

It’s best to only resume massages gradually starting with a very gentle, browsing touch and working up slowly based on how brows tolerate it. The adage “when in doubt, sit it out” still largely applies – letting brows heal completely undisturbed for the full 2-3 week timeline after microblading typically leads to the most successful results.

When Massages Are Safe?

  • 2-3 weeks: In general, it’s recommended to avoid any form of massage for at least the first 2-3 full weeks following a microblading procedure in order to give brows sufficient time to heal. This allows puncture wounds to fully close, scabs to form and naturally fall off on their own, and implanted pigment to adequately stabilize within the dermis.
  • Once the majority of scabs have fallen off organically: This indicates that the majority of healing has occurred internally and brows have largely completed the initial stabilization phase. Provided no redness or irritation remains, light massage may become safe at this point.
  • No irritation, redness or sensitivity present: If all itching, swelling and inflammation associated with the initial healing phase has entirely resolved by 2-3 weeks post-microblading, proceeding with a very gentle massage is likely safe. Any signs of ongoing irritation indicate brows require more time to heal fully.
  • Brows feel completely numb with no pain caused by movement: If brows can be lightly touched, rubbed or manipulated without causing any soreness, tenderness or pain at the 2-3 week mark, skin sensitivity has largely subsided and a light massage may be tolerable. However, monitor closely for any discomfort.
  • Use gentle pressure and avoid applying direct pressure over brows: Even when all signs point to brows being sufficiently healed, it’s best to err on the side of caution when first resuming massages after microblading. Start with the lightest possible touch and only very light, browsing strokes that avoid direct pressure onto the actual brow area or follicle lines. Avoid deep tissue work for longer.
  • Gradually work up pressure based on tolerance: If brows tolerate an initial gentle massage well with no signs of irritation or discomfort, very slightly increase pressure the next time – but always working within a comfortable range. Fade rates still impact how soon heavier massages may be possible.

In summary, key markers that indicate microbladed brows have healed sufficiently to safely tolerate a light massage include: the timely removal of scabs, resolution of redness/irritation, numbness to touch, and ability to be manipulated without pain.

But even then, proceeding with extreme caution using the gentlest possible technique and closely monitoring for any negative effects is still advisable. When in doubt about whether or not brows have healed enough, it’s typically best to simply avoid massages for the full 2-3 week healing period for the best outcomes.

Other Activities That You Should Avoid After Microblading

  • Exfoliants: Avoid using any exfoliating products or treatments for at least 4 weeks following microblading to reduce the risk of prematurely rubbing away pigment. This includes both chemical and physical exfoliants like retinol, glycolic acid, scrubbing beads, and microdermabrasion.
  • Facials: Skip facials for 3-4 weeks post-microblading to let brows heal fully first. Harsh chemicals, extractions and massage techniques involved could disrupt wound closure and dislodge ink.
  • Jacuzzi/saunas: Avoid soaking brows in hot water or exposing them to excessive heat for at least 2-3 weeks. This includes hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. The high temperatures can increase blood flow and may cause pigment to rise prematurely.
  • Heavy sweating: Limit intense workouts that cause heavy sweating for 1-2 weeks. Excess perspiration can wash away ointments, disrupt scab formation and delay the stabilization of implanted pigment.
  • Chemical peels: Put off any laser resurfacing, micro-needling or chemical peels for brows until at least 4-6 weeks after microblading to avoid interfering with healing or fading results.
  • Retinols/AHAs: Wait 2-4 weeks before resuming use of retinol or alpha hydroxy acid products to let wounds fully close first. Then reintroduce slowly and monitor for signs of irritation.
  • Plucking/waxing brows: Avoid plucking stray hairs or waxing brows for 4-6 weeks to prevent disrupting healing or tugging out pigment. Wait until brows have fully stabilized.
  • Other treatments: In general, skip other cosmetic procedures or treatments near brows until they have healed completely to minimize risks. Monitor brows closely for signs of irritation from resumed activities for up to 3 months.

In order to maximize the chances of optimal results following microblading, it’s crucial to strictly avoid anything that could disrupt or impede the healing process during the initial weeks after the procedure. This includes massages, facials and other skincare procedures that could displace pigment, spread infection or prolong inflammation.

While massages may become advisable once brows have formed and shed scabs, any residual redness or sensitivity resolves, and pigment has adequately stabilized within the dermis – typically around the 2 to 3 week point – the safest approach is generally to simply avoid all massage for the full healing timeline.

Proceeding with extreme caution using light, browsing pressure and closely monitoring for adverse effects is also key. When in doubt, allowing brows to heal fully undisturbed yields the best outcomes following microblading.


1. Can I workout after microblading?

Yes, but avoid exercises that intensely raise blood pressure or cause heavy sweating for at least 1-2 weeks to reduce disruption. Sticking to lighter workouts is best.

2. Is Facetiming or Zooming safe after microblading?

Yes, as long as brows are kept out of frame for the first 1-2 weeks to avoid direct light exposure that could slow healing. Avoid close ups of brows.

3. How long after microblading can I use Retin-A?

Wait at least 2 weeks to allow wounds time to fully close, then slowly reintroduce retinoid products and build up tolerance.

4. Can I get Botox after microblading?

Generally, wait 2 full weeks after microblading to allow brows to sufficiently heal, then proceed with caution. Monitor closely for irritation.

5. How long should I avoid the sun after microblading?

Avoid direct sunlight for at least 2 weeks to reduce risk of pigment fading. After that, always apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to healed brows whenever outdoors.

6. Can I shower normally after microblading?

Yes, but be gentle when washing brows for the first 7-10 days. Pat dry thoroughly and avoid soaking brows in hot water for 2-3 weeks.

7. When can I wear glasses after microblading?

Avoid wearing glasses for 3 full days to reduce risk of disrupting scabs. After that, glasses are fine as long as they do not cause irritation.

8. How long should I avoid swimming after microblading?

Avoid swimming, especially in chlorinated pools, for 2-3 weeks to reduce risk of infection. Chlorine can also prematurely fade pigment.

9. When can I wear makeup after microblading?

Wait 3-5 days to allow wounds time to fully close. Gently apply thin layers of mineral makeup afterwards and avoid oil-based products for 4 weeks.

10 Can I drink alcohol after microblading?

In moderation yes, but avoid binge drinking for 1-2 weeks as alcohol can prolong swelling and drying out of scabs. Stay hydrated.

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