Post Care/After Care
Disclaimer – Microblading is a permanent make-up, a form of cosmetic tattooing where pigment is placed into the dermis. Retention of the pigment is listed in the FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT RESULTS below and how well an individual follows the aftercare procedures.
ADVICE / CAUTIONS:
Excessive Swelling: Although rare, excessive swelling or an allergic reaction may occur. If excessive swelling occurs, then you should consult your doctor. If an allergic reaction causes difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing, then call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately!
AFTERCARE: WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Use ONLY the provided aftercare package and follow the individual instructions.
For best results, we urge you to strictly follow all of the instructions to ensure proper healing and to avoid unnecessary infection. The better you apply the aftercare treatment, the better your results will be.
VERY IMPORTANT—THOROUGHLY WASH YOUR HANDS anytime you handle your eyebrows to reduce swelling, help healing, and to prevent infections, fading, or loss of color.
DAY 1 – Day of procedure
Gently blot throughout the day with damp cotton rounds or clean tissue containing distilled water. This will help to clean the excess lymph fluid and to prevent hardening of the lymphatic fluids which reduces crusting.
DAY 2 to DAY 7
Powder Brows: Wash 2x per day, morning and night and apply the provided ointment/balm. Follow Step 1, 2, and 3 below.
Microblading: Once the wound is closed and dry, you may start to wash and apply the balm/ointment to prevent over drying and crusting. Wash 2x per day, morning and night and apply the provided ointment/balm. Follow Step 1, 2, and 3 below. Do this 2x per day. For oily skin, do this 1x per day before bedtime.
Step 1: Wash: Gently wash the brows morning and night with water and the soap provided. Make sure you wash the soap completely off the brows. Do not take longer than 10 seconds or you will waterlog the scab.
Step 2: Dry: Gently dab (not rub) with a clean tissue (no towels or cloths). Let your brows dry completely for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Moisturize: NEVER apply aftercare balm/ointment on damp skin. First, allow your skin to dry completely. Then you may apply a thin, rice grain sized balm/ointment with a clean cotton swab. Gently dab the excess balm/ointment with a clean tissue to allow the skin to air for quicker healing. The balm/ointment should be barely noticeable on your skin.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO:
Please be patient! Your eyebrows will appear twice as dark and twice as thick during the healing process! DO NOT use bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or any lightening product to try to soften the dark appearance. Your microbladed brows will lose between 25% to 50% of the color intensity and will fade to the intended color. To avoid the pigment from bleeding to a more powdered look due to oil in the body from excessive sweating and to avoid your eyebrows from sloughing off prematurely, please AVOID THE FOLLOWING for at least ten (10) DAYS.
AVOID FOR 10 DAYS:
• AVOID taking long, hot showers. Limit your shower to about 5 minutes while keeping your face away from running water. If you wash your hair please do it towards the end of the shower so your face is not wet for too long.
• AVOID excessive direct heat, sunlight, and excessive steam such as steam baths, facials, and hot liquids. Avoid going to the gym, sauna, pool, ocean, yoga, or steam baths. Also, scabbing and scarring from improper healing may occur. You may resume your activities once you are healed and no longer scabbing. This may take four to six (4-6) weeks, depending on your skin and health. For best results, avoid sunbathing and solarium for thirty (30) days.
• AVOID working out or doing physical activities that will cause excessive sweating
• NO swimming
• Do not use any cosmetics on the procedure area (may cause infection). You can wear makeup but below eyebrows only. Nothing on the brows or forehead.
• Keep your fingers and hair away from the pigmented area (germs may be transmitted to the newly treated area and cause infection).
• Please ALLOW the scabs to fall off naturally on its own. DO NOT pick, scratch, or rub on your scabs. If you remove the scabs prematurely, then you will remove the implanted pigment along with the scabs.
• For six to eight (6-8) weeks, please avoid treatments such as chemical peels, laser, microdermabrasion, Botox, exfoliation of the skin, or Retinols. Strong treatments like these will cause the pigment to fade prematurely.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT:
• After an eyebrow procedure: You may experience these symptoms for a few hours, and in some cases until the next day. Swelling/Tenderness/Redness/Dryness/Itchiness. Your skin’s reaction will depend on how sensitive your skin is and on your health condition. A good indication of how your skin will react to permanent makeup is to compare with what your skin normally looks like after you receive a shot, a bug bite, a hit, cut, or have a skin irritation.
• Healing: It is normal for approximately 25%-50% of the pigment to slough off during the first 10-20 days of the healing process.
• Please Note: Smoking will cause the pigment to fade prematurely.
• Although the procedure area will appear to be healed within a week, it will not be fully healed until 4-6 weeks.
• To ensure color retention and to avoid unnecessary pain, it is important to NOT re-injure the skin until it has COMPLETELY HEALED.
• To AVOID creating future scar tissue after your first complimentary touchup, please do not have your next touch up until after 12 months.
TYPICAL HEALING PROCESS:
18-40 years old = 3 weeks
40-60 years old = 4 weeks
60 years old and up = 6 weeks
Summary and General Guideline of what you can expect for MICROBLADING:
Day 2-7: Microblading hair strokes will appear twice as thick and the applied color will appear twice as dark. Please DO NOT PANIC as this is normal.
Day 7-12: Your eyebrows will begin to scab over. Please do not scratch or pick at them as you will remove the implanted pigments.
Day 12-21: The microbladed hair strokes will begin to fade and appear much lighter than before. Again, please DO NOT WORRY as this is normal. Be patient as this will come back on its own.
Day 21-28: The implanted pigments will begin to resurface. At this point, you will see the result of the first session.
Day 45-60: During this time, the follow-up appointment will take place to perfect your final result.
7 Factors That Affect Wound Healing:
Aging affects everything in the body and (as anyone who’s ever read a beauty magazine already knows) that includes the structure and function of the skin. Everything slows down during the aging process, including the phases of wound healing. Skin gets thinner and the body shows a decreased inflammatory response meaning that, as you get older, your skin is predisposed to injury and will heal slower when an injury occurs.
Proper nutrition is vital to optimal healing. A wound is unable to heal properly if you lack the necessary nutrients for cell repair and growth.
Anyone surpassing their ideal body weight by 20% or more has a greater risk of infection when healing a wound.
If you have multiple wounds or have undergone a severe trauma (e.g. surgery) your body’s defense mechanisms will be limited and slow wound repair.
Skin needs an adequate amount of fluid and moisture to be viable. If you’re prone to dry skin (especially common in the elderly) you may be at risk for skin lesions, infection, and thickening, which will all impair wound healing. On the flip side, if the skin is too wet, you’re at risk for developing maceration and/or infections, so maintaining an optimal level of skin moisture is imperative for healing wounds.
Chronic diseases have a direct impact on the body’s natural ability to heal. Cardiovascular conditions are among the most detrimental, but diabetes and immunodeficiency conditions can also slow wound repair.
Prescription medications can have a negative effect on healing. For instance, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs often prescribed for arthritis and found over the counter as aspirin and ibuprofen, can interfere with the inflammation stage of the healing process. Anticoagulants have the capacity to disrupt blood clotting, while immunosuppressants may weaken the immune system and enhance the risk of infection.
• Your lifestyle • Your surrounding environment • Age • Skin type (oily will heal blurry) • Sun exposure • Skin care products (bleach, lightening agents, etc) • Your immune system • Hormonal changes • Medications • Iron deficiency • Color selected • Smoking • Genetics • Injectable • Cellular turnover
Microblading is designed to generally last 1-3 years, depending upon your age, skin type, skin health, how well you follow your aftercare instructions, your usual skincare routine and environmental factors, particularly sun exposure. As a result, it will be necessary to include “maintenance” microblading procedures as part of your (approximately) yearly routine.
Your microbladed eyebrows will fade to a lighter color prior to your maintenance treatment. This is absolutely normal and is to be expected. It’s important to understand that like other similar cosmetic treatments, like cosmetic eyebrow tattooing, microblading is permanent, but will fade at a faster rate. The reason it fades sooner is because there is a smaller amount of pigment used. Sometimes, waiting approximately two years without a maintenance procedure, you will most likely have to repeat the microblading procedure in its entirety.
It is recommended to apply a sunscreen over your microbladed eyebrows to help block sun exposure and to also avoid the use of tanning booths. Certain acids found in skin care products can also cause premature fading of your microbladed eyebrows. Microblading maintenance procedures take about half the amount of time as a brand new microblading procedure due to the fact that the shape has already been established and it is just a matter of darkening the hair strokes again with fresh hair strokes of pigment.