Permanent Eyebrow Tattoo or Microblading Removal

Bad microblading? Rethinking that Eyebrow Tattoo? Here is what you need to know.

Cosmetic eyebrow tattoos, or otherwise known as microblading, have become extremely popular over the past few years. Now a days, anyone from your local spa, or a friend doing it in their home salon, seems to offer microblading. Done in a rush, or if they have been done by the wrong person, you can be stuck with eyebrows that look worse than you started with!

It definitely happens, we see it. Read our past blog on how microblading can turn bad.

If you have bad microblading, no need to fret. There is a way to remove them. The process is the same as with laser tattoo removal, and uses the Picoway laser, by Candela.

Let’s back up for one moment and explain the treatment per type of microblading…

As mentioned microblading it is cosmetic tattooing, as opposed to permanent brow tattoos. Microblading uses finer ink etched into the superficial layer of skin the epidermis. Tattooed eyebrows are done with more viscous ink and injected deeper in the dermis layer of the skin.

So we are talking about 2 related procedures but they are very different based on the type of ink that is used, and therefore different treatment times for removal.

Having said all that, both types can be removed.

Are you thinking of having your microblading removed? Here is what you need to know before you start the process…

What technology is used to remove microblading?

Just like our other tattoo removal services, we remove microblading with the PicoWay. PicoWay is the most advanced and leading tattoo removal device in Canada which offers little to no downtime after treatment. PicoWay uses the photoacoustic effect when removing tattoos. Unlike many other lasers that use the photothermal effect which can cause scarring, burning, and pain, many patients experience no side effects and a pain free session. This is especially important when it comes to microblading removal, as the tattoo is on your face. Most people do not want irritated skin on their face, especially where their eyebrows are supposed to be.

For more information on PicoWay, read our previous blog on why this laser is superior in comparison to ones of the past.  

How long will it take to remove the microblading?

There are many factors that play into how long microblading removal will take. The main reasons are: your skin type, ink used, and the size of the tattoo.

For eyebrows, we need to consider if it is, in fact, microblading or tattooed eyebrows (see above for difference). The different types use different inks, which affects treatment time.

Microblading lasts 6 months to a year and can be removed in 2-4 treatments, this is because the ink used is more superficial and not meant to be permanent. Hence why touch-up treatments are often needed when getting microblading. Therefore, less treatment time to remove.

Since tattooed eyebrows are done to deposit the ink deeper (aiming to be permanent), removal requires more time. These take 8 treatments to fully remove.

Is Microblading Removal safe?

Just like other tattoo removal processes, microblading tattoo removal is generally safe when done properly. The difference with microblading removal is that it on your face and close to your eyes. Due to the close proximity to the eyes, tattoo removal clinics should give you safety eye shields as opposed to goggles and take serious precautions when removing the microblading. This will ensure that the laser does not cause damage to your eyes. You should also make sure that your technician guides you through all of the steps and procedures that will be done during every session.

Here at Unthink, Jim will be sure to answer any and all questions or concerns you may have when it comes to microblading removal. The same precautions would be taken if someone was having a regular tattoo removed from their face.


Post care is similar to that of laser tattoo removal. We recommend the application of NovE post laser ointment, apply ice frequently until the swelling subsides, and try to sleep with your head higher than your heart and no makeup for 48 hours. There should also be no touching, rubbing brows for 2 days and avoid activities, especially outdoor activities in the sun that would cause you to sweat.

Eyebrows are to protect your eyes from irritants like sweat so best to avoid sweating and allow your brows to heal. Treatments are conveniently offered Fridays and Saturdays to allow the swelling to subside for back to work on Monday.

For more information or to book a consultation, please contact us.

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