Aftercare & Healing Process

Understanding the Healing Process

Newly microbladed brows are delicate and need special care. The guidelines below may seem extreme, but remember we are trying to get the skin to heal around the pigment. Imagine your brows as a series of fine paper cuts with pigment inside. Your job over the next few weeks is to make sure as much pigment as possible stays in those paper cuts so the skin can heal around them!

The skin’s first response will be to close up the area to prevent germs and viruses from entering (crusting or scabbing). Our bodies are extremely intelligent and work night and day to protect us! During this time, the pigment is drawn deeper away from the surface until the skin heals. Once the crusting falls off, the pigment may seem to have vanished or “disappeared” in some spots- BUT THIS IS NORMAL! Between healing weeks 3 and 4, color will push to the surface and bloom so you will see the pigment once again!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: FAILURE TO FOLLOW AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN INFECTIONS, PIGMENT LOSS, BLURRING OR DISCOLORATION.

For the first and second day, avoid getting your brows wet at all.

So then you ask, “how do I shower?! How do I wash my hair?!?” —–Simple. Take a shower before your appointment and try to avoid it for the next day. If you need to wash your hair, dry shampoo and pony tails are your best friend! Or go treat yourself to a blowout at the salon.

Day 2 through Day 10 you still want to keep your brows dry and use only Vaseline when taking a shower or bathing. Remove directly after your bath by blotting gently with a tissue or paper towel. NEVER RUSH THE HEALING PROCESS!

*Do not scrub, rub, itch or pick the epithelial crust that forms on your brows. Allow it to flake off by itself. If it is removed before it is entirely healed, the pigment may be pulled out from the skin. We don’t want ink being pulled out!

*Do not get the brows wet during the 10 day healing process.

*Do not put any lotion, makeup, foundation, concealer etc. for 10-14 days.

*Do not sweat for 10 days!  This is very important because sweat contains salt, and salt is what we use to remove ink.  Also, body heat expands the pores and both can cause the pigment to fade, blur, or not take the ink at all.

*Please do not garden, go to the gym or anyplace else that in not exactly sanitary – you have open skin and do not want to chance infection. When out in public be mindful to not ever touch or scratch your healing brows with unwashed fingers.

*Stay out of the sun for two weeks!  After brows heal, use a sunblock to prevent premature fading.

*Do NOT use any active skin treatments, including Retin-A, Glycolic or any “acid” or exfoliating anti-aging product on or around your eyebrows….FOREVER.

*NO TANNING BED FOR A MONTH PLEASE!

*Try not to sleep on your face for the first 10 days while dry healing.

*Slight redness or swelling is normal, angry or hot redness is not, which in this case you must call your doctor.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your brows will appear darker and bolder due to scabbing and healing for the first 10 days.
Once healed, brows may lighten up to 50%! During the healing process, it is common for some of the strokes to seem to absorb into the skin and seem to disappear. Don’t panic, this is part of the healing process and many times the skin pushes it back to the surface in two to three weeks and you will see them again.

FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENT:

Your brows are really not considered finished until your follow up appointment. This is where we perfect the brows by assessing how the color healed and adding more brow strokes if necessary. As all semi-permanent makeup is not an exact science due to the differences in skin types and the way each one heals, a follow up appointment is scheduled no sooner than 8 weeks. Additional touch-ups, if needed are $250.

Over-Plucked Eyebrows

Over-Plucked Eyebrows

Will the hair ever grow back?

When you mess with your eyebrow hair – tweeze it, threat it, or wax it – you’re pulling it directly from the root of the hair. Which is the reason why over time the wear and tear is going to cause damage to the brow follicles, making them close more each time to the point where the follicles close completely and the hair doesn’t grow back anymore.

Typically, the younger you are the more you hair will grow. However, as we get older our bodies will start to slow down and our hormones start to change and the hair tends to grow less, which is definitely a common thing. Be careful though, in some cases when brow hair tends to stop growing there may be some internal conflicts occurring in your body, such as an under-active thyroid or Alopecia Areata. If you’re more concerned about these issues and want to know more about them, contact your primary care doctor and have them take a look at your brows.

The good news is if your situation is a simple one to solve, in microblading we can sometimes reopen the brow follicles so that the hair can grow back to its healthier, fuller state. Being certified and licensed in microblading and having experienced many different cases in my clients brows, I’ve seen that the hair has grow back after several months after the microblade procedure. Which means you can go back to having your natural, beautiful brows!

Microblading: Is it for you?

Microblading: Is it for you?

How will you decide if microblading is something that will be beneficial to you and your everyday routine?

Do you find yourself getting ready in the morning and wondering if you’ve drawn both your eyebrows on evenly, or if one is darker than the other? Well then microblading may be best suited for you and you may want to consider having the procedure. Once the procedure is all finished, there will be little to no maintenance needed to be done to your eyebrows for a minimum of 8 weeks, then a touch up is highly recommended if not mandatory. After the touch up, you and your eyebrows are set for the next 18 months, if not more.

For a year or more you can wake up saving how ever much time you spend on drawing your eyebrows on pretty much anything else. Whether it’s getting more shut eye, spending more time preparing for the day ahead, and spending less time in front of a mirror, having the microblade procedure does more that just create fuller brows.

Not only will you save time, but you will save money. If you consider the amount of products and the amount of money you spend on cosmetics that goes toward your eyebrows, you will see that the microblading procedure will be worth more for your money than anything else. I recall when I had to use a Ulta brand eye shadow ($9) and a Revlon eyeliner ($9) to draw on my brows in the morning, and trying not to touch them during the day so I wouldn’t have to touch up my brows, and then once again after work if I were going somewhere. So, I was using my eyeliner about 3 times and my eye shadow just once a day, which also includes all the times when I wasn’t on my game and had to redo them completely because one brow was higher than the other or something else completely frustrating. In the end, I no longer have to use my eyeliner or my eye shadow for my brows and the products are now only used for what they’re made for, and they have lasted me several more months longer.

Over all having experienced both worlds, one being a life with microbladed eyebrows and a life laboring to draw on eyebrows everyday, i can easily say my life has improved in many ways by having the microblading procedure. Now, do you think you’re ready your life to improve?

Organic Ink Vs. Inorganic Ink

Organic Ink Vs. Inorganic Ink

What makes semi-permanent makeup ink organic or inorganic?

Ink pigments can be both inorganic and organic, but what separates the two should be a concern for you and your brows if you’re deciding to have your brows microbladed with inorganic ink. There is a growing issue over the toxic chemicals and heavy metals that have been used in regular ink, which in turn has been replaced with safer ingredients and much reduced toxicity combined into a formula that is called organic ink, which is the ink I use on my clients.

There is risk for having an allergic reaction to anything you apply on your skin, but with organic ink the risk is considerably reduced, and the ingredients in the pigments are to cause. Here is a simple explanation of the type of ingredients that are used in each type of ink:

Organic ink is made of fruit or vegetable based pigments, also called “lake pigments”. They are oil dispersible, which just means the color dye will blend in with your skin more naturally with little to no clumping and will have a brighter color effect as apposed to a dull, faded look.

Inorganic ink consists of the main ingredient called iron oxide. This ingredient is often found in association with other metal-containing acids such as lead, arsenic, and mercury.  Inorganic ink also contain preservatives, perfumes, and other additives, so when the ink is applied to the skin it has the risk of causing a severe reaction and sometimes even permanent damage if not applied correctly.

Some inorganic products are not FDA approved, so don’t be fooled by the products that some of these microblading professionals use, as they may be using products that could potentially be harmful for your skin. Even if the ink is FDA approved, the level of toxic metals that are present in the products meet just below the regulated standard, but enough to be distributed, bought, and then used on clients like you.

Microblading FAQs

  • What is micorblading?
    • It is a manual or machine method that requires a handheld tool affixed to a grouping of used to create tiny lines resembling eyebrow hairs by a grouping of needles affixed to a handle.
  • Is it semi-permanent or permanent?
    • My micorblading method is semi-permanent, which just means that a smaller amount of pigment is tattooed into the skin.
  • How long does the semi-permanent makeup last?
    • Up to 12 and 20 months.
  • Is the procedure safe?
    • Of course. There are many precautions and safety measures a microblade professional has to consider in order to follow through with the procedure, as well as having met state requirements in safety and sterility, and having a certificate and training in Bloodborne Pathogens and infection control for body art professionals.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    • 2 to 4 hours, depending on the client and the condition of their eyebrows.
  • Is there any pain during the procedure?
    • There is very minor pain associated with the procedure due do the numbing topical anesthetic gel that is applied onto the eyebrows and its surrounding area before the procedure begins and again, after the eyebrows are drawn in.
  • Is a touch-up required?
    • After 6-8 weeks, the client will need to have an appointment ready for a touch-up on their brows so that the pigments will have a longer lasting effect.
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