What to expect while healing
Right after the initial procedure, your brows will appear to be dark, very crip and bold. This is because the pigment is visible and not under the film of your natural skin hue yet. If you’ve read up on the process you will know this first period of darkening color can last up to 5-7 days. The brows tend to get darker the first few days, then drop color vibrancy as the skin recovers over the area. The pigment then settles in and color returns exactly as desired. The area may feel a little sharp or tender afterwards but this is a procedure and some discomfort is to be expected. There should be only minimal discomfort and it should last only a day or two.
During the healing process, similar to traditional tattooing there may be flaking, scabbing or a peel starting on the skin. If that occurs it’s vital you do not pick it! This could cause damage to the area and affect your color and final heal. Allow any scab, dry pigment or skin to come off naturally on it’s own. It is a normal part of the healing process for the skin to go through these steps.
The complete healing process can take up to 30 days or more for the pigment to fully settle into the skin and finally show it’s true color. That's why we recommend a 6-8 week scheduling period between your initial and second appointment. During the first 10 days all the way to the 30th your brows will go through stages such as darkening, lightening and softening in nature. Once your body heals itself the pigment will retain its desired hue with a proper heal. The skin in the brow area regenerates and naturally sheds as needed to recover.
what not to do
DO NOT get your brows wet! You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid getting any products or water on your brows during healing process.
NO direct or general sun exposure, tanning, swimming pools, jacuzzis, saunas or other types of recreational water for at least two weeks.
NO exercising or excessive sweating one day prior your appointment and for total of 10 days after.
NO anti-aging products with Alpha Hydroxy's, Retin-A, or Glycolic Acids.
DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the brow or procedure area for one month following the procedure.
DO NOT apply makeup or sunscreen to the area for the first 10 days.
DO NOT get any facials or laser procedures during healing process.
DO NOT wax, pluck, thread or use hair removal products while healing.
DO NOT pick! Let the skin fall off naturally.
DO NOT use any petroleum based products while healing.
My brows are healed! How do I maintain them?
When brows are totally healed wearing sunscreen over the brows is encouraged. Proper skin maintenance is crucial for the longevity of the pigment retention.
Limit any contact with chlorine. If you are in the pool make sure to wash face and brow area after, even when healed.
As mentioned before skin products and treatments such as regular use of Glycolics, facial peels, and lasering of any kind can effect and lighten the pigment and area over time. Keep this in mind as you acclimate to your skin care routine. Make tweaks and avoid the direct area.
You must always let your medical doctor or laser technician know that you have had the procedure before they perform on or around your face. MRIs could be affected and any laser treatments could lead to discoloration of the area if they’re not notified.
How do I take care of my new cosmetic procedure?
The human body is amazing and the less you do, the better. The most important thing you can do to heal your new brows is to keep them dry. For microblading we recommend a dry heal method as the pigment heals from the dermis up which is the opposite of a traditional tattoo heal. The dry healing method insures the most pigment retention, aids in keeping the lines crisp and the pigment in place. Keeping your brows as dry as possible for a period of 10 days yields great results. Every body recovers at their own pace some slower (older skin, immune challenges) some faster (younger skin, high immune, good maintenance).
If there is one thing to be obsessed about with your brows it’s the aftercare! Like anything in life, what you put in is what you get out of the experience. If you commit to the 10 day dry heal period you will have long lasting, crisp brows! Remember, this is an investment in yourself and healing is a crucial component of perfect brows. Making plans in advance such as, not working out, no extreme activities, no saunas or swimming will help with your 10 day healing plan. It’s easier than you think and yes, you can still shower and wash your face.
During our appointment, Jenna will go over the full aftercare routine and allow time for questions and advice. After both your initial appointment and second appointment, I will provide you with an aftercare packet with all the items needed to clean and maintain your brows during the healing process.
If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call us!
How long will it take for my cosmetic procedure to heal?
You will be provided with a step-by-step 10 day healing plan. If you follow the steps exactly as given, at day 10 you may resume washing your face as normal, including your brows.