Important! Some redness, swelling, light bruising and slight itching during the healing process post procedure is normal. If you experience heavy itching, extreme swelling, blistering, or any other complications within the first 24 hours post-procedure, stop using your aftercare product immediately. If symptoms continue, or you experience abnormal swelling/redness or shortness of breath/trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately. You may be having an allergic reaction to the pigment and/or the after care product you are using!
- No alcoholic beverages for 24hrs before your procedure!
- Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, or any other type of medications that causes blood to thin.
- Procedure area must not be sunburned or irritated. Procedure will be rescheduled if any type of irritation is present.
- Do not wax your eyebrows before the procedure.
- No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or facials at least 3 weeks prior to procedure.
POST PROCEDURE (Aftercare Instructions):
- Do not wash/use makeup remover on the procedure area for 24 hours.
- Do not touch the procedure area with your fingers to avoid infection.
- Use a clean cotton swab to apply Aquaphor 2-3 times daily for 7 to 10 days. We suggest Aquaphor as it is non-reactive in most clients. If you are allergic to it call your Doctor for an alternative.
- Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing (pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue).
- Avoid contact with animals, gardening, sun exposure, sauna, jacuzzi, chlorine pools, ocean & steam rooms for at least a week.
- Do not use products that contain AHAs on the procedure area (e.g. glycolic, lactic acids). Always check your product labeling as these products will fade your pigment color. Also avoid saline/salt as this pulls out pigment.
- To help color from fading, always use sunblock (after you are completely healed).
For day 1 (day of procedure):
- Do not wash the area on the first day!
- Using a clean paper towel, apply pressure and blot excess fluid and blood every 20mins for 2 hours after procedure is complete.
- Apply ointment (very light layer) as needed with a clean cotton swab. DO NOT USE FINGERS!
For 7 to 10 days: Continue this regime until the procedure area has completely healed
- WASH daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. Gently wash your eyebrows every morning and night with water and antibacterial soap (Dial, Cetaphil, or Neutrogena). Gently rub in a circular motion for 10 seconds and rinse off with water. PAT DRY with a clean tissue or towel.
- MOISTURIZE with Aquaphor after washing. Only a thin layer is needed and apply after drying your brows completely. Use a clean Q-tip when applying ointment to prevent infection.
- Try to avoid HOT showers. Do not let water from the shower head directly hit your face or procedure area. Only get your brows wet during the last part of your shower when you are washing your hair.
DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH YOUR BROWS! During the healing process, you will form a scab and it can become itchy. DO NOT PICK OFF THE SCABS as this will interrupt the healing process and can even cause parts of the pigment to be removed. Do not apply makeup to brows until you are fully healed.
The Healing Schedule (Microblading)
Day 1 to 2: Color is 20-40% darker than what it will look like healed. Color is more solid and strokes are more crisp. Mild swelling, light bruising, redness, and discomfort will subside. Apply ointment, don’t touch otherwise.
Day 3 to 7: Outer skin healing and exfoliation begins where top layers of skin shed causing excess pigment to flake away. Don’t pick at the peeling skin or scabbing. Skin starts to itch. Don’t scratch, tap lightly around the area to alleviate itching. Color may appear gray. Keep applying ointment.
Day 8 to 10: Flaking is in final stages. Apply ointment until day 14. Color may look gray, light or spotty and in some cases, may temporarily disappear only to reappear later.
Day 11 to 14: Skin begins to take on normal characteristics again.
Week 3: Inner skin healing begins. Color starts to come back after disappearing or looking gray, light and patch. Color and strokes begin to soften.
Week 4-8: Inner skin healing reaches final stages. Color and strokes continue to soften. Time to schedule your final touch-up!