PERMANENT COSMETICS PRE AND POST CARE
Please read the following information before booking your appointment in order to be prepared for your procedure. It is imperative you read through this information thoroughly before your appointment.
You are not a candidate for permanent makeup if you have any of the following conditions
Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
Steroid Medication and Prednisone (off for at least 2 months)
Have an open wound present
Have aged skin that is extremely thin or severely wrinkled
Have a bacterial or viral infection
Currently taking antibiotics
You must have approval from your doctor if you have any of the following conditions
Have diabetes and under doctor care
Have been in remission from cancer for 1 year
Have high blood pressure
Use blood thinning prescriptions
Have seborrheic dermatitis
Have an immune compromising disease
FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please arrive with clean skin. Please feel free to arrive with your brows filled in if you'd like to give me an idea of how you prefer them. If you have a color preference, please bring your brow makeup. Also please feel free to bring photos of any brow goals you have. Keep in mind every face and brow bone is different so what you may admire that works on a celebrity may not work well on you. I take every effort to make sure your brows work perfectly for your face shape and brow bone structure. Every brow is precisely measured so that they may be as symmetrical as possible. Take some time to think about the look you would like your brows to have. Would you like them fluffy, natural, bold, defined, sharp, or soft? Again, photos help this process so that we are on the same page of what those words mean. I'm so excited to be a part of your eyebrow journey and am honored you have chosen me as your artist. I greatly look forward to working with you to achieve your perfect brows!
Do not work out 24 hours before your procedure.
Do not consume alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before your procedure.
Avoid sun and tanning on week prior to procedure.
Do not take aspirin, niacin, vitamin E or advil/ibuprofen 24 hours before your procedure.
No Botox or fillers around the brow area 2 weeks prior to procedure.
Please note: you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
Please have a snack or meal 20-30 minutes before your procedure. This keeps your blood sugar steady and helps you to be more comfortable and less sensitive.
4 WEEKS BEFORE
Discontinue the use of Retin-A or retinol products.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Do not use AHA skin care products close to the eyebrow area for 2 weeks before (and 2 weeks after) your procedure.
Do not receive botox or fillers around the brow area.
1 WEEK BEFORE
Do not wax or tint your brows.
Do not receive any microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
Pat the brows lightly with washed hands and a clean tissue to remove any built up lymphatic fluid as needed throughout the first 24 hours.
Do not touch the brows surrounding the area for 24 hours (except for the above).
Do not rub, pick or scratch at the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring and pigment loss.
Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, pools, hot showers and/or hot baths for 3 weeks.
Avoid physical effort, gym, and any other activity that may cause excessive sweating for at least 5 and up to 14 days.
Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
No makeup or skin care products are to be used on the treated area for 2 weeks.
No botox around the brow area for 2 weeks after.
No facials, chemical treatments, and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
After 14 days, once the area has healed completely, use sunblock (at least SPF 30) when going out in the sun to prevent the color from fading prematurely.
No eyebrow tinting for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Avoid Retin-A close to the brow area.
CLEANSING DURING HEALING
After 24 hours keep the brow area clean by using a gentle fragrance-free cleanser and water with freshly washed hands morning and night (2x/day). Do not use a washcloth or sponge and clean the area by moving in the direction of the hair growth.
Allow eyebrows to air dry before applying a thin layer of AfterInked Moisturizer and Tattoo Lotion.
Apply a very thin layer of the aftercare serum given with a cotton swab. Do not apply petroleum or vaseline products to the area.
Repeat the above steps 2-3 times per day for 7-10 days following your procedure.
Please note that immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be anywhere from 20-40% darker and bolder in color and 15% thicker than what it will look like when it is healed. This can last up to 10 days after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. This is very common for all permanent cosmetic procedures. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort. During the healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. Do not pick the scab and allow the skin to shed on it’s own.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks at which time the color of the tattoo will be evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color. After 6 weeks your touch up can be done.
HEALING DAY TO DAY
Every person heals at different rates but here is a a day to day summary of what your healing process may look like.
D A Y 1
You’re excited to have full, dark brows! They look textured, dense and a little bit red. They are bold in color and if you aren’t used to filling them in they will look slightly more dramatic in appearance than normal. They area will be tender, slightly swollen and you may even experience some slight bleeding. If you’re used to filling them in and are used to bolder brows, you may be in love. If not, do not panic. The permanent makeup has been applied to compensate for fading of 20-40%, so if they look darker than you normally wear your brows, stay calm, the color will fade.
D A Y 2
Your brows will be reddish, still quite tender, and maybe even a little thicker than the day before. You may notice the difference in your brows and feel like people are looking at them, but chances are you’re more self conscious about it rather than people noticing them being darker than normal.
D A Y 3 - 4
By day 3, you shouldn’t notice a huge difference in the previous two days. If anything, the pain and tenderness will start to subside and the brows will get slightly darker or thicker but nothing major.
D A Y 5
Day 5 is when things start to change. This can be the turning point in the healing process where your brows are getting itchy and it is advised to NOT scratch them, as the wound may still be open. A thick layer of scabbing may form, and the finer hair strokes that were created may be hidden. You may feel like you want to start panicking. Stay calm, you have a wound on your face, therefore your body is trying to repair itself, hence the scabbing. It’s all a part of the healing process. If you’ve had any other kind of tattoos in the past, it heals very similar. Any scabbing is normal. It might not be pretty during this phase but don’t worry, trust the healing process.
D A Y 5 - 7
This may be a scary time period when the serious scabbing will start and begin to peel away form the skin. Do NOT pick or peel the scabs. If the scabs are prematurely removed, it could affect your healing very negatively. If you pick it, it could lose pigment that was deposited into the skin and could end up with a holy, patchy eyebrow. By gently rinsing the area regularly, the scans will slowly start to fall off when they’re ready. This phase might be the hardest part of the process. What you’re experiencing is perfectly normal and necessary for your eyebrows to heal properly.
D A Y 7 - 1 0
Your scabs will probably be flaked off or flaking off on their own by this point. But because your skin has not completely mended itself back together, there may still be some cause for concern. The color during these days may seem way too light or even gray and missing in some spots. You might feel like your skin didn’t take the pigment, but that’s not the case. They’ll almost look like you’ve filled them in with a powder, so again just remain as calm as possible and begin to start enjoying the fact that your brows are done for you every morning. It’s important to note that at this stage, the wounds should be closed so if you’re feeling self conscious about the look of the brows, you are able to apply some makeup to fill in for the time being.
D A Y 1 4 - 2 1
Healing is almost complete. Yay! You’re almost there. The color and definition should return at this point. The color is beginning to even out and look more natural and brow like. People you tell about the procedure won’t even believe it’s a tattoo. Your new makeup routine will be 15-20 minutes shorter and you now have waterproof beach brows!
D A Y 3 0
By this point your healing process should be complete! Your skin should be completely healed and the color looking great. They should look soft and natural. This is the point where you’ll be able to tell if there is anything you want to add or change. There could be a couple spots that have loss pigment. The results are dependent on how well your skin took the pigment, but it’s ok because your follow up appointment should be coming up soon!
Brow tattoos normally last 1-3 years depending on client’s lifestyle, skin type and aftercare.
Exposure to the sun and tanning beds can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment.
Always apply sunscreen (SPF 30-50) on the brow area once completely healed.
Maintain removal of unwanted eyebrow hair outside of your tattooed brow design by tweezing, waxing or threading.
Do not laser around your brow area (IPL). Some lasers may change the color of the pigment.
Additional brow makeup application may still be required post tattoo (microbladed brows) to achieve your desired look.
For further sun protection wear hats and sunglasses.
Yearly touch-ups are recommended to maintain your results.
Avoid using chemical exfoliants on the brows and forehead area close to the brows. Use of these products will cause premature fading and tattoo discoloration. Examples may include but are not limited to: glycolic acid, hydroquinone, retinol, retin A, vitamin C, and“peels” or “brightening products”.
Any service or product used to treat hyperpigmentation on the forehead and eye area should be avoided.
Your eyebrows may show up as an artifact during an MRI. You may feel tingling. Please notify your MRI technician.
All brow procedures include a free touch up. Depending on your skin, healing process, and desires there may be a need for additional touch ups. Any touch-ups after the complimentary appointment will incur additional fees.