Microblading Before and After Care Instructions
PRE-PROCEDURE EYEBROW MICROBLADING TREATMENT
1. Use mild soap and non-oily moisturizer for several days prior to your procedure. Take normal medications and eat well. Exfoliate your brows by using your regular soap cleanser and some baking soda. Then, we will be working with new skin.
2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and ibuprofin two days before to minimize oozing/bleeding or swelling after the procedure. Some people recommend taking Arnica Montana 30 ch a week before and a week after to help with healing.
3. Do not workout the day of the procedure because it expands the pores.
4. Do not tweeze, wax, tint, or have electrolysis for one week prior to treatment. If you bleach your eyebrows, the chemicals will bleach the pigment as well.
5. Avoid having your brows done when you are too tanned as tanned skin exfoliates and bleeds and the pigment will not 'take' and will look blurred. Ideally, you should have no tan or sun exposure 30 days prior to your appointment.
6. No chemical peels 60 days prior or 60 days after because the chemicals travel under the skin and will fade your eyebrows.
7. No Retinols/Retina-A or other anti-aging creams or serums containing acids 30 days after your appointment. These products will fade your brows prematurely even after they have healed.
8. Any previous laser removal of eyebrows will result in scar tissue and the pigment may not 'take' and may fade prematurely.
9. Re-schedule your appointment if you have any active blemishes or pimples.
10. Do not use Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Advil or Ibuprofen (Advil) for at least 24 hours, preferably two weeks, prior to your appointment.
11. Read carefully the list of people in the FAQ's who are not good candidates for this micropigmentation procedure before proceeding.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE
The first thing we will do is disinfect the brow area. After that is done, as a team, we will begin designing your new brows. I will give you my professional opinion on what shape and thickness would best suit your face and then ask you what you think and if this suits your vision of your brows and what you feel comfortable with. This can take a while as we have to make sure they are perfectly symmetrical and that you are 100% happy. Please don't be shy in your requests After all this is your face not mine.
I will then mark the outline of the brow shape we have designed with a surgical marker. With your shape set, we will discuss your vision and goals when it comes to colour. Most prefer to keep the colour similar to the brow hair they already have; others may choose to go darker or lighter than their natural colour. For those without existing eyebrow hair, we will usually choose something close to your natural hair colour. Underlying skin tone needs to be taken into consideration as the hairstrokes when healed will be seen through the window of your skin and that tone affects how we see the colur underneath. As I mentioned, microblading is an art, not a science. In addition, when it comes to microblading, the colour tends to heal more on the cool side ( blues greys and purples) and so it is very important that I use a very warm pigment colour to counteract this reaction. So when leaving please don't be panicked if your brows have a red or orangy look to them. This will heal neutral.
You may want natural looking brows that you can glamourize with makeup for a night out or you may want something dramatic right from the start. We can start off very conservatively and go more dramatic in touchups. We can always add but it is much more difficult to take away. It is important to keep in mind that these brows will be there for 12 to 18 months so think long term, not trend.
Once the colour is chosen, we will begin microblading. I will choose a blade that I think would suit you. We will then begin blading. I will make a quick first set of cuts to create the outline and direction of hair that I want. Then I will let the pigment set by creating a mask with the pigment and then covering it with a plastic film for 5 minutes. Then I will clean off the pigment and put on an epinephrine lidocaine gel to numb the area and constrict the small vessels. Numbing cannot be done effectively until the skin has been broken. I will leave the numbing gel for 2 minutes. During the procedure, I may have you sit up a number of times to ensure that there is symmetry when you are in a vertical position as well as horizontal. These two steps numbing, hairstrokes - will be repeated until I feel the brows are perfect.
Colour will fade anywhere from 10% to %100 on first treatment. People's brows do not look as perfect after healing as they did right after the procedure. Right after they are done, the brows appear bolder and the strokes crisper but they soften in appearance in time. As the tissue heals, it sheds, taking some of the colour and crispness with it. Eyebrows with little hair tend to lose more pigment after the first treatment, as well as areas without hair, this is normal.
Very important to note that on your first appointment I will go very light with the pressure of the blade, as going too deep can cause blurring and discoloration, This may cause you to lose all colour, that is okay, and is a valuable way for me to be able to determine how deep your layers of epidermis are. If you lose all colour I will know that I can go deeper on the touch up. This is a lot better than having gone too deep and having to correct problems, be patient as good results are worth it.
Everyone's body heals differently and retains colour differently and that cannot be predicted. As an example, with people with severely oily skin or dark skinned people, the hairstokes may look powdery instead of crisp. Some areas may fade more than others. That is why we generally go lighter until we see the healed results. At the touch up, we can go darker, and we will fine tune any area that has faded too much. But, you may still have to powder or use pencil after, especially for a more dramamtic evening look. Think of it as an enhancement to your natural brows.
The more careful you are with your brows in the healing process, the better the final result.
1. 4 hours after treatment, splash cold water onto brows and then lightly pat dry. Try to keep brows 100 percent dry for 10 days besides this. The drier you can keep your eyebrows, the better the results, this including sweat. On the 4th day, start applying a very thin layer of grapeseed oil as much as needed to ensure the area stays hydrated. Keep it sterile by using a clean Q-tip every time. Ten days post appointment you can stop using grapeseed oil and resume penciling in your brows.
1. Absolutely no water on them, no sun, no sweat, Jacuzzi, swimming, exercise or exertion of any kind for two weeks post procedure and after all touch ups. Sweat is salt and salt will prematurely fade, blur or cause the pigment not to take at all.
2. DO NOT PICK. Do not touch the area and wait for the scabs to fall off naturally.
3. Avoid scrubbing the treated area for at least a month. Put a thin layer of vaseline on them after they are healed whenever you go swimming in a chlorine pool to keep the colour vibrant longer.
4. While healing, sleep on back as much as possible, and be aware that, at least in the first day or two, it would be helpful in healing to keep your brows as immobile as possible.
5. Stay out of the sun as much as possible while brows are healing, after brows are healed high spf sunscreen must be applied daily to brow area to ensure longevity as well as colour stay.
6. Do not use any products that contain AHA's, Retinol A, Glycolic or Lactic acids or similar lightening or peeling products on the procedure area. These products will shorten the life of your 3D semi-permanent brows.
7. In most cases. touch ups are not recommended for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. This gives time for the skin to heal and the colour to settle.