What happens with microblading after 5 years?

Typically, microblading involves semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos. The body breaks down the PMU pigments over time, thus causing the colour to fade after about 18 months, as it uses the pigments formulated for that purpose.

Then what happens if it doesn’t?

It’s not uncommon for microblading to last much longer than a year and a half, and although having perfect eyebrows for five years for the price of one treatment may sound amazing, it’s not as good as it sounds.

Let’s examine what microblading can look like 5 years from now without a refresher touch up.

Microblading Semi-permanent Eyebrow Tattoo Has Faded

If your system responds well to the pigments, microblading should be invisible after 5 years, assuming everything goes according to plan. Once the pigment was implemented, some remained in the skin for a while, but it would disappear if the artists did everything right and used high-quality pigments.

Then, after 5 years, your microblading will become invisible or fade into a very pale shadow you can’t even see unless you try, so you can either get fresh microblading or get another brow PMU style, or you can live microblading free forever.

Microblading Semi-permanent Eyebrow Tattoo Hasn’t Faded Completely.

Another possibility is that microblading semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo after five years does not fade completely.

There are several reasons why semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo may not fade, including improper technique – the pigment injected too deeply. This could also be due to incorrect pigment formulation or that the technology used tattoo ink. The PMU industry has progressed significantly in the past five years and has improved formulas.

You might find that your microblading fades only a little after 5 years, and:

  • There remains a shadow that has not changed over the past year
  • Though the shape of the eyebrows is fine, the color has changed to orange or blue.
  • Although there is still a brow shape, the strokes of color are blurred together to create a powdery look
  • Color migration has caused the shape to change and to look messy.

You probably don’t like how your microblading looks after 5 years, and you are looking for a solution.

Listed below are the fixes and their respective cases.

A Cover-Up Touch Up

After 5 years, your microblading might have become a very light shadow, and you need new eyebrows. An extensive touch up could fix it.

The artist can add new microblading or machine strokes to the shadow if it’s light enough.

As soon as the shadow gets darker, new strokes will be added, as well as a machine or manual shading between them.

Color Correction

After 5 years, the color of your semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo has either turned reddish/orangey or grey/blue. The shape and shape of your eyebrows are fine, and pigments did not migrate out of the initial outline.

You can fix too saturated brows with a microblading color correction if they are not too dark. You can apply corrector shades over existing pigments to neutralize the unattractive hues so that you get the color you wish for or something very similar.

Lightening or Removal

Although the shape of your semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo is okay, the strokes have blurred and merged together, creating the appearance of a powdery brow.


As a result, your eyebrows have spread and look messy as the pigments have migrated outside the original brow arch outline.

You will need to have the microblading removed if either or both of these are the case. Whether the unwanted pigment is black, grey, or saline, any removal method will work. As long as the color is orange, reddish or warm, laser removal will not work, which means you have to choose one of the two non-laser removal methods.

You can lighten the pigments in one or two sessions and cover them up with powder brows if you plan on getting a fresh brow tattoo.

In contrast, if you wish to remove the semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo completely and never have it redone, you should expect it to take months.

Final Tip

If your microblading semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo has worn off after five years, you have the following options. It depends on how saturated your skin is and how your skin retains pigment, which one is appropriate for you.

The basic information we’ve provided is helpful, but only a professional PMU artist can tell you what works best for you.