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The real cost of bad Microblading

You’ve heard about microblading and you shopped around to try to find somewhere that is decently priced that you felt comfortable with. You finally scheduled your appointment, thinking you’ve made the right decision. But turns out you weren’t happy with the results and now you’re not sure how you can go about fixing it. Just know you’re not alone.

We have heard many horror stories time and time again, about microblading and the aftermath, and believe us, we’ve seen all the mistakes you could imagine. Or those failed attempts at eyeliner. But it’s important to understand that some things just can’t be fixed, and your only choice is to wait it out. It’s incredibly hard to turn those people away because we truly want to help them feel as confident as ever again. But here’s why we have to do it sometimes.

Adding more is never the solution

Someone asks, “Why can’t you just re-do it with a different color?” Adding more pigment to a very small area, like on the brows or eyelids for permanent eyeliner, isn’t going to help the situation because the color won’t last, or it will look smudged. Why? Well, physically, there’s only so much space in the skin that can hold onto the pigment or the color could migrate to nearby skin. Even if you were to add another color on top, it will not last and the original color will always come through eventually. So, the trouble is, if we were to “touch up” someone else’s work, the effect would not last long, and you wouldn’t feel great about the outcome, and we wouldn’t feel right about it.

A cost-effective option is to wait it out

If you’re not too distressed by how your brows look – the shape is good, but the color just isn’t, you might choose to wait until the color fades out. All permanent makeup fades with time and lifestyle (sun exposure, smoking, acidic skin care products). How much it fades is unpredictable and often depends on how dark and dense the color is, so the fading may take months, or even years.

If you don’t want to wait, where do you go from here?

Starting with a clean slate is preferred when possible, even after a failed microblading attempt. By removing the pigment that is already in the skin, more room is created for new pigment to be added. Removal and lightening with laser and non-laser are very effective ways to prepare your skin to receive more pigment, however, the process is long and potentially expensive.

The true cost of fixing the problem vs. preventing it

Removal of previous permanent makeup

Number of removal treatments (laser or non-laser).  recommended: 4 – 10

Time between removal treatments to allow for healing: 8 weeks

Cost of each removal treatment: $200

Summary:  expect to pay up to $2000 for the removal that will take at least 1 ½ years.


New microblading application (or another technique)

Number of treatments: 2

Cost of treatment: $700

Cost of touch-up (color refresh recommended in 2 years):$300

Summary: expect to pay $700 for professional microblading


Recommendations from youbaby Skin Spa

Remove and start over

Act quickly – If you decide you want a fix, the sooner you can get a removal treatment, the easier it is for the pigment to lighten.

Look into how removal works – both laser and non-laser work to break down and lighten up the dense dark pigment, smooth out thick lines, soften shapes to make way for a re-do.

Select a qualified removal specialist – work with someone who has experience and produces results. Look at their portfolio and read their reviews, consider their tools and technology.

From the beginning

Ensure a good outcome – have a thorough consultation/assessment with a certified and licensed permanent makeup professional before you invest time and money into a service that won’t give you what you ultimately want – confidence, convenience, and a fresh, natural look.

Don’t choose the price over quality – while price is important and should be a factor in the decision process, there are other equally important factors to consider. Such as the experience of the artist, an ample selection of before and after photos, training, an understanding of the skin and how pigments and technique interact.

Trust the reviews and your gut – customers who’ve had great experiences are happy to share with others. Read the review of the artists you are considering. If you like to learn more, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation.