Is it possible to correct microblading?

There was a time when we mostly did permanent make-up: shading eyebrows, emphasizing lip contours, drawing beautiful eyeliner… That was the main focus in our beauty salon, and it was fun. Until the term “microblading” appeared in Germany in 2013 and spread like a virus.

Microblading studios were springing up like mushrooms, with so many microblading training courses being offered that it’s easy to lose track. Within 1-2 years there was hardly a cosmetic or nail studio where microblading was not also offered. Even hairdressers enthusiastically started carving eyebrows…

As an expert in permanent make-up, I always have to keep myself up-to-date, and so I was one of the first in this country to have completed microblading training. Graduated, tried on a few models and finally stopped offering it. (Don’t worry, the models are happy, we fixed everything). When I understood what microblading was all about, I said to my staff: “Ladies, after 3-4 years at the latest, we will remove more microblading than we do permanent make-up now“.

That’s how it has become. In the meantime, our studio has specialized in the professional removal of microblading and unsuccessful permanent make-up. Our unique product, the PigmentOff Remover, is already known worldwide and is becoming increasingly popular. But it’s not my intention to advertise our products, but to tell what you can do if microblading hasn’t turned out the way you imagined.

What problems are associated with microblading?

Microblading problem No. 1

The color is too dark, black or gray

Customers complain most about the color that has become too dark. Blonde women in particular suffer greatly when they see greyish or even partially black eyebrows in the mirror. This problem has two causes: either the color was wrongly chosen/mixed, or it was cut too deeply into the skin.


If the wrong color was chosen, you can wait until the microblading fades. However, it only works if the lines were only superficially scratched, ideally only one treatment was performed. In this case, the result may fade after a few months. Exposure to the sun and lightening cosmetic treatments would be beneficial (after the skin has completely healed, of course).

But if you cut too deep, waiting will do next to nothing. Especially if more than just one treatment was carried out, or if scars were caused by the microblading treatment. Only removal or lightening by professional remover applications can help in these cases.

Microblading problem No. 2

The shape failed (too long, too wide, asymmetrical)

This scenario is in the 2nd position on the list of microblading problems. Although the customer is not enthusiastic when the microblading is marked, the practitioner usually puts her off by saying that it is only a template within which the fine hairs are drawn. Most of the time it ends with a botched form and the sad client.


Here you can save the eyebrows by removing the disturbing areas and consolidating the correct shape with a subsequent corrective treatment. Since most customers no longer want microblading after removal, the eyebrows can be gently and naturally shaded within the correction session.

Microblading problem No. 3

It does not fade over time as promised

Many customers wait a few years for the microblading to fade or disappear on its own. After all, it was said during the treatment that it was only scratched very superficially into the skin and therefore went away after 6-12 months. Unfortunately, this statement is very misleading and has little to do with reality. Although there are exceptional cases in which microblading actually fades, the lines are already gone 1-2 months after the treatment because they were scratched too superficially.


If the microblading is successful in the form and at least faded very well, you can work on it and shade the eyebrows beautifully and realistically. However, if it is still very dark and/or the shape is not satisfactory, only removal or brightening can be considered.

Microblading problem No. 4

Scars have formed as a result of the microblading treatment

Relatively often, scars – in the form of more or less visible deepened lines – remain after microblading treatments. The more treatments that have been carried out, the greater the risk of scarring. The scars are often not clearly visible until the microblading pigments have faded or been removed. The pigments that are still present often cover up the existing scars, so that the customer has no idea at first that she has scars.


No more microblading treatments! Existing scars can be smoothed or softened using modern skin treatment methods (laser, mesotherapy, needling, mesoporation). At home you can use special ointments for scar treatment. The eyebrows can then be shaded.

Can microblading be removed? And if so, how can this be done as quickly and effectively as possible? I wrote a separate article about this and explained everything.

When it comes to microblading removal or lightening, there are two major problem areas.

If you want to have microblading removed with a laser, you can expect nasty surprises. On the one hand, the scratched lines (micro-cuts) can “burst” or open under the influence of the laser. The laser practitioner recognizes this immediately from the blood discharge. In this case, the risk of scarring is quite high, but the pigments often remain in the skin.

You never know how pigments will react to laser removal/laser exposure. They can change color (e.g. turn red or orange) or even melt in the skin if the pigments used contain acrylic or microplastics. If the color mixture contained white or beige pigments (primarily titanium dioxide), these can turn green or blue when exposed to a laser beam (color inversion).

So all in all it’s not that easy. Unfortunately, what you did wrong in just a few hours often has to be put right again for months, carefully, patiently and with a lot of expertise… That is the sad truth and the bad news.

The good news, however, is that removal and subsequent correction, if necessary, is possible! And that is by no means a matter of course. About 5 years ago such removal method was hardly conceivable. There were only lasers or lactic acid to remove the pigments. However, both methods are hardly suitable for microblading removal or correction, since the risk of scarring or inflammation is far too high in both cases.

We remove microblading exclusively with our Oxid-Remover PigmentOff, the unique agent that ensures a gentle and painless treatment and is incredibly effective.

Maria PRIEB, permanent make-up- & cosmetic institute BeautyCase, Düsseldorf
(trainer and expert for PMU & tattoo removal)

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