MICROBLADING: BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
- Do not work out the day of the procedure.
- Do not tan or have sunburned face.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, or Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure.
- No alcohol or caffeine 2 days before the procedure.
- No waxing or tinting 3 days before the procedure
- No tweezing/waxing at least 48 hours before procedure; electrolysis no less than five days before. Do not resume any method of hair removal for at least 2 weeks.
- Eyelash or eyebrow tinting, eyelash curling, and eyelash extensions should be done or removed no sooner than 48 hours before or 2 weeks prior to procedure.
- The use of Latisse should be stopped 2 weeks prior to procedure.
- If you have had a cold sore or shingles, you will need to take and obtain Valtrex from your doctor.
- Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following the eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition.
- NO water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 days, unless given by your technician.
- 3-4 hours after your procedure, clean your brows with the sterile water and the cotton squares that were given in your aftercare kit, wiping off any ointments or lymph fluids.
- After DAY 5, IF RECOMMNEDED by your technician, apply a small amount of cream to your eyebrows 2 times a day for 1 week.
- DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking your scabs can cause scarring.
- Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for 3-4 weeks following your procedure.
- Avoid heavy sweating for the first 10 days.
- NO facials, botox, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- DO NOT let water touch your eyebrows when showering or washing your hair.
If you have oily skin, it is recommended to use blotting paper a couple of times per day, starting the next day after the procedure.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS:
Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the touch up visit. After 3-4 hours from your procedure, use the provided sterile water vial and cotton gauze to wipe the affected area. For the next 10 days, keep the area completely dry. NO heavy sweating, NO makeup, and NO creams.
APPROXIMATE HEALING SCHEDULE
- Your brows are approximately 20-40% darker, bolder and more solid than your healed result. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment had been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be minimal swelling but because typically the eyebrow area does not retain much fluid, swelling will be limited. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 5-7 and you will see a loss of color. This is NORMAL. DO NOT scratch or pick!
- Your eyebrows begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. DO NOT scratch or pick!
- The skin is now rapidly exfoliating and will shed evenly if left alone. The color under the exfoliating skin will start to appear very light and day by day it will start to appear darker. Please be patient and give the color a couple of weeks to become darker.
- Now is the time to critique your brows. The tattoo has now become part of the dermis and seen under the epidermis.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long do my microbladed brows last?
A: A client can typically expect their brows to last anywhere between 1.5 to 3 years depending on their skin type/condition, lifestyle, on-time touch-up procedures and long term after care.
Q: Are touch-up appointments required?
A: On-time touch-up appointments are highly recommended within the first 6-8 weeks of your initial session. Microbladed brows without a touch-up session may appear spotty, lighter/darker in some areas and generally fade quicker than expected. Touch-up appointments ensure that both you and your artist are happy with your brows!
Q: How do I know I'm ready for a Microblading procedure?
A: Permament Makeup is NOT recommended for any clients who have/are or are currently undergoing:
• Pregnant or nursing
• Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
• Viral infections and/or diseases
• Pacemaker or major heart problems
• Organ transplant
• Skin irrigations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc)
• Sick (cold, flu, etc)
• Botox in the past 2 weeks
Q: I have a skin condition. Would this affect my Microblading results?
A: Please be aware that the result of the procedure is depending on the following medication and health conditions. Skin conditions- i.e. oily and poor skin, very dry/flaky skin, sun-damaged skin, loose or laxed skin, natural undertones. Alcohol intake and smoking, general stress immune system, poor diet, and not following the aftercare instructions may affect your healed results.
Keep in mind that antacids, thyroid and anxiety medications have been reported as interfering with permanent makeup, either by affecting retention or shifting the pigment to an undesirable tone. Remember, everything we eat and drink have their own chemical structure and the electron ends that are attached or free may get attached to other compounds inside the body, forming new molecules that may show a different color spectrum. With that information, an educated client may have better expectations and know that she/he may need more frequent adjustments than others. The better condition your skin is in, the better the final result will be. Mature clients may need an additional one to two weeks healing for the final results to appear. The better you take care of your skin and protect it from UV rays, the better the outcome and lifespan of the permanent cosmetic procedures.
Q: Do you have any additional advice on long term after care combined with other procedures?
A: Microblading procedures do have precautions if you are planning on additional beauty procedures. Here are common tips:
• As always, use a good sunscreen after 10 days. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics.
• If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure or an MRI scan, please inform the technician or health care provider of your permanent cosmetics.
• The use of RETIN-A/Tretinoin, chemical peels and acid peels or any other rapid skin exfoliation products used on the forehead area will cause the permanent makeup of the eyebrow area to fade.