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.