There are a few things to consider before making your Microblading appointment that can effect how well your skin holds the pigment. Therefor there is a time-frame you will want to wait if using any of these medications listed below, any of these topical skin treatments, and a few miscellaneous things you want to avoid before microblading for best results:
-Cannot have used ANY hair growth serum on the eyebrows for at least 6 weeks, otherwise the healed color will be discolored and splotchy
-Have not had brows waxed for at least 3 days prior to appt.
-If receiving Botox or Dysport, full paralysis of the muscles treated needs to be in effect, so a minimum of 2 weeks prior to Microblading appointment.
-Have used Accutane in the past year
-No chemical peels before OR 60 days after (brows will peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin)
-Do not take Aspirin, Vitamin E, or Ibuprofen for 24 hrs before procedure (thins the blood and affects how well you numb up) Best if not taken for 3 days before.
-Do not work out the day of the procedure (or for 2 weeks after) Sweating opens the pores, allowing bacteria in and the pigment out
-Do not tan or have a sunburned face
-No Retinols/Retin-A, glycolic or lactic acid, or other creams and serums containing AHA's or BHA's as these will fade the pigment prematurely and potentially discolor them
-Oily skin does not hold microblading pigment well, therefor a shaded "powder" brow may be recommended based on healed results
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Immediately after treatment, the color will appear darker than it will eventually be. This is because the pigment takes around 7 days to enter the deeper layers of the skin. After 7-10 days, your skin loses its top layer of skin, leaving a softer, lighter color below. The result is a natural looking enhancement. As the treated area is settling down, itching may occur and simply means the skin is healing.
PERMANENT MAKEUP IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY CLIENTS WHO ARE OR HAVE:
-Pregnant or Breast Feeding
-Have Cancer or undergone Chemotherapy/radiation within the last year (consult your doctor)
-Viral infections and/or diseases
-Been on Accutane within the last year
-A Pacemaker or major heart problems
-Had an organ transplant
-Skin irritations, Excema, or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc)
-Sick (cold, flu, etc) You want your immune system strong and healthy for your healing process
-History of MRSA
-Severely sun damaged skin
-Allergic to Iron, Lidocaine, Tetracaine, Epinepherine, Dermacaine, Benzyl alcohol, Carbopol, Lecithin, Proplyne Glycol, Lanolin, or Vitamin E Acetate
EYEBROW Microblading AFTER-CARE:
On a side note, I always aim for perfection with every service I provide, but everyone's skin is different and will react differently to the procedure. Some skin will heal faster than others, some skin will retain pigment longer, all skin is aging, some of us will be harder on our skin than others; swimming, tanning, and weather all have a negative effect on our skin. My goal is to make them match as closely as possible, but this is an art, not a science! And nature does play a role in the contour and healing of our brows and skin.
-Cannot have an MRI during the 2 weeks of healing
-Do NOT get the brows wet during the healing process for 14 days
-Do NOT put anything ( WATER make-up, lotion, etc) on the brows for 14 days (and preferably not your forehead either) , *Except what I specifically give you in your aftercare kit and instruction sheet*
-Do NOT sweat for 14 days-this may be the hardest one for some people that love to work out, but body heat expands the pores. Sweat has salt and will prematurely fade, blur, or CAUSE PIGMENT NOT TO TAKE AT ALL
-Stay out of the sun for 2 weeks Then be sure to use sunblock hourly on the healed brow to prevent fading.
-Do Not use any retinols, lactic, or glycolic acids on the brow during or after healing
-Do not use a tanning bed for 1 month afterward, your pigment WILL discolor...preferably, never!
NOTE: Eyebrows will appear darker and bolder at first, due to the natural scabbing and healing through the first 10 days... but do not worry! They shrink and fade 40-50% upon healing. I want you to be thrilled with the results for the months ahead, so FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS!! **Failure to follow after-care instructions may result in infections, pigments loss and/or discoloration.** Full results seen after healed 2nd session.
Yearly sessions will be required to maintain them. Skin is constantly renewing and sloughing on our face. The pigment fades over time. How you to care of your skin, with the guidelines provided above will dictate when you need your yearly session and whether or not you need 2. Some people can go 14 months, some people will only make it 9 or 10. If you burn your face during the summer or tan throughout the year your microblading will not last the way it should. Using the AHA's or BHA's listed above on your forehead or eyes, will migrate to the eyebrows and effect color and retention as well. It is up to you when you come in for your "yearly" (you want to come in soon enough that you don't need 2 sessions, saving you the extra time and money).