Micropigmentation (semi-permanent makeup) procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different and the final look can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is ideal approximately 4-8 weeks after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result. Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
Eyebrow Aftercare Tips
• After the procedure, use a tissue with CLEAN hands to blot your brows of any lymph fluid every 15-20 minutes.
• At night, cleanse the brows with the provided Block Tonic on gauze (there is no need to rinse it off), pat completely dry, then immediately apply a very thin coat of healing ointment (Skin Candy or After Inked).
• Continue gently cleansing for first 1-2 days and applying ointment 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days (or until all scabbing/crust has come off). You shouldn’t run out of your healing balm, but by any chance that you do, you can use a little bit of Aquaphor Healing Ointment. *Note: the dryer your skin type, the more often you can apply your ointment and the oiler your skin type, the less often you need to apply your ointment.
• When the area starts to flake, leave it. Itching is a normal occurrence.
• Avoid sweating such as from vigorous exercise for 1 week post-procedure.
• For at least one week post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):
o Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area(s).
o Do not rub, scratch or pick treated areas.
o Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.
o Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds.
o Avoid exposing the area excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools
(hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and long steamy showers.
• Do not resume any method of eyebrow hair removal or coloration for at least two weeks.
• Avoid eyebrow tinting within 48 hours before or two weeks after the procedure.
• Avoid Retin-A moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants, anti-aging and hair-growth products at all times (not just during healing) on brows. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
• Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery and smoking.
• Periodic touch ups will ensure longer-lasting results. Schedule maintenance visits as needed.
What will make your eyebrows fade?
• Lighter pigment - blondes fade faster than brunettes
• Oily skin – hair strokes will both fade and blur over time
• Frequent exercise - the salt in sweat will purge the pigment from the skin
• Sun exposure (heavy or frequent) - the sun bleaches everything
• Certain medications
• Anti-aging (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and brightening skincare products (such as Hydroquinone)
• Acne medications and cream (such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.)
• Youth – simply put, the younger/healthier you are, the faster your cells turn over
** In general, machine tattooed brows will last longer than microbladed brows.
Eyebrow Micropigmentation Guide
Typical time between touchups:
Microblading (hair strokes only)..................................................................................6-18 months
Shaded Powder/Ombré Brows (traditional micropigmentation with machine)...................18-36 months
Hybrid (hair strokes with shading)...............................................................................12-24 months
Eyebrow Micropigmentation Healing Schedule
If you’ve never had micropigmentation before, there are a lot of unknowns. One of the most common questions I’m asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect. Temporary side effects from micropigmentation include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches and tenderness. You should expect to lose approximately 1/3 of the initial color during the healing process. In approximately six days it may appear too light. After about 10 days, the color will show more. It will appear softer when completely healed.
DAY 1: The eyebrows are approximately 25% bolder and darker than what they’ll look like when they will be healed. Expect light to moderate swelling and redness. The skin’s redness causes the color of the pigment to appear darker and sometimes warmer in tone. There is some swelling, although difficult to actually see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrow area. This will subside. (Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows than how your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process.)
DAY 2: Conditions remain the same.
DAY 3: Eyebrows may start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation may begin.
DAY 4: The skin begins to flake, peeling from the outside edges first.
DAY 5: Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until color clarifies. It may appear as though the tattoo has completely disappeared. This is just new skin forming.
DAY 6: Possible flaking still. The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.
DAY 10: The final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THAT FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE POST-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OR DISCOLORATION OF PIGMENT RESULTING IN A NEED FOR MORE FREQUENT TOUCHUPS.