Having an infection after microblading is very rare because only 1 to 3%
only the risks is involved in getting an infection after the procedure.
Mostly these infections are normal and can be treated easily with
over-the-counter antibiotics medicine.
But sometimes you may develop worsening signs from microblading and now we
will discuss normal and abnormal signs and symptoms in this post.

Normal Signs and Symptoms after Microblading

  • Some slight redness or swelling may occur around the eyebrows that may
    be a sign of an infection.
  • You may face some tenderness that may last for 2-3 days.
  • Scabbing of the eyebrows may occur that may last for 7 days.
  • Your skin may peel or the pigment may darken
These signs and symptoms are considered normal after the microblading
procedure. Remember that the microblading procedure is processed by entering
into the skin at the dermal-epidermal junction. It means it breaks the skin
therefore it requires time to heal.
Any skin procedure that breaks the skin has a risk of infection. After the
microblading procedure, the biggest risk is to develop a deep infection of
the skin that is known by the name of “cellulitis“.
Cellulitis may occur when the infection of the inner layer of the skin is
not treated timely and spreads into the skin.

What Should you do if You Suspect that You have an Infection?

  • Contact your microblader first if you suspect that you have an
  • Each microblader artist knows that how to approach an affected
    infection. They may recommend a topical treatment or may refer to a
    doctor on the basis of the condition.
  • No doubt, After this procedure infections are rare (according to my
    experience only 1% out of 100) but if you suspect an infection it should
    be treated.

How you can Suspect an Infection?

Generally, you will know about the infection on the basis of developing
symptoms. But I will mention below the early and common symptoms of an
  • The odor starts coming from the eyebrows.
  • The color of the discharge may be brownish or greenish.
  • Tenderness from touching (so avoid touching to eyebrows after the
  • Redness around the area of the procedure.
These are the early signs of an infection that indicates the beginning of

Serious Signs and Symptoms after Microblading

If the infection continues then it may develop a serious infection with
given below the symptoms.
  • Swelling that extends into the eyelids or around the other areas of the
  • Redness that extends beyond the eyebrows and up into the cheek and
    scalp places
  • Warmness when touching the red areas of the skin
  • Tenderness or pain to your face or eyebrows
  • Fever or chills or increase in sweating
If you feel any of these worsening symptoms then you should see a doctor
as soon as possible. These signs also indicate facial cellulitis. These
symptoms can be treated easily if you catch them early but it is important
you should be aware of them.

Over-the-counter Treatment Options

If you are observing the early signs of infection then you should consider the use of over-the-counter antibiotics medicine. It is also important to follow the other strategies to increase the healing time and decrease the risk of developing cellulitis or worsening infection.
Follow these tips if you have early infection symptoms after the microblading.
  • Use an antibiotic ointment containing bacitracin because it treats common skin pathogens such as staph, strep, and MRSA and does not include ingredients that can irritate the skin. Therefore I highly recommend this ointment to my patients.
  • Do not use a triple antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin ointment which contains Neomycin because approximately 1 in 10% people react with a rash.
  • Avoid covering up the brows after the microblading with creams, gels, vaseline, or emollients because these can trap in the heat and can create an infection. Remember that bacteria die in the presence of oxygen.
  • Use a cold pack on your eyebrows to decrease swelling, heat, and pain.
  • Keep the area clean and avoid using cosmetics such as makeup or any other topical agents besides antibiotics on your skin.
By following these tips your brows will heal quickly and will be safe from worsening infections.
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Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to Swollen-Eyelid.com, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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