Preparation is key! There are some things you need to avoid before getting permanent cosmetics, namely, anything that will thin out your blood. If you drink a lot, take aspirin, or use retinol, try and stop one week before your treatment.
• Do not consume alcohol, caffeine, Aspirin or Advil (Ibuprofen) within 24 hours of the procedure. Profuse bleeding pushes out pigment and it will not retain well.
• Do not take Fish Oil, Vitamin E, or Prenatal Vitamins for at least one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners).
• Do not use Retin-A products near the area for at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
• No Botox, fillers, chemical peels or Microdermabrasion within 2 weeks of the procedure.
• Do not work out the day of the procedure.
• Do not tan within two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face.
Expect up to 3 weeks for the healing process to run its course. Slight redness and mild swelling is normal for the first 24 hours.
• Keep your tattoo dry, besides washing, until completely healed. Usually around the 10 day mark.
• Avoid getting your tattoo wet in the shower. Do not let any shampoo or conditioner drip down as this can cause discoloration.
• Do not use any Retin-A or cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or exfoliants for at least 2 weeks after your procedure.
• Avoid sleeping on your side for the first 10 days.
• Avoid sweating on your face the first 10 days. Sweating will push out the pigment from the dermis producing poor results.
• Avoid makeup and sunscreen on your tattoo for the first 10 days.
• Do not rub, scratch or pick the scabs. Allow the scabs to flake off naturally. Picking at the scabs before they're ready to fall off can cause scarring or loss of color.
• No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 2 weeks after the procedure.
• Do not expose your tattoo to sun. When the tattoo is new, your skin is raw and healing which makes it more sensitive to the sun. Once your tattoo has healed, you can apply sunscreen to the area when going out in the sun. Constant exposure to the sun can cause the tattoo to fade prematurely.
Your tattoo will look darker and thicker for the first few days in which they will start to scab and peel. As the week progresses you may start to see color loss in pigment and patch areas but don't be alarmed, the pigment will come back in as you near the end of the healing process. The tattoo will start to lighten and look more natural over the following weeks. Once you’ve healed completely the brows will be 30-40% lighter than they were at the initial session.
For best results, a 6-8 week touch up is required to implant the pigment further and prolong color. The tattoo can last anywhere from 6 months - 2 years depending on your aftercare and lifestyle . Exfoliation & sun exposure are some factors that can contribute to fading. Annual touch up recommended.
Check out my page on the healing process for more info and photos! https://browgeeks.com/healing-process
Gently wash your eyebrows morning and night for the first 7 days with cool water and the tattoo soap given to you. Wash for the first time within 4 hours of getting your brows Microbladed. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows, wiping in the direction of hair growth. Rinse away any soap residue with cool water and pat dry with clean paper towel.
Directly after washing, apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a Q-tip and spread it across your brows. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. Do not put the ointment on wet or damp brows. Continue using the ointment for 10 days from your appointment.
You may not be a good candidate for permanent cosmetics if any of the below apply to you:
• Previously had a solid permanent makeup tattoo that is very dark and discolored.
• Taking Isoretinoin (Accutane).
• Pregnant or Nursing.
• Taking any medications that are blood thinners like Aspirin, Advil (Ibuprofen), Accutane, Retin-A, Vitamin A. Stop 1 week prior to procedure.
• Serious diseases that can affect your body's healing process, such as cancer or autoimmune disorders (please consult with your physician).
• Bleeding Disorders (please consult with your physician).
• If you are prone to keloid scarring there may be a higher chance you may get it after the procedure.
• Eczema or dry skin are more prone to pigment loss as the skin is shedding more often.
• Oily Skin or clients with large pores tend to bleed the strokes more easily making the tattoo appear more solid.
• Disclose any allergies before booking procedure as some ingredients may be in the pigments or numbing agents used.
• Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation can cause skin to become darker and discolored.
If you are taking any medications that contain blood thinners or affect your body's ability to heal, please consult with your physician prior to booking your service.
Your first Permanent Cosmetics appointment generally takes up to 3.5 hours. This is not a rushed procedure and I ensure ample time is allotted. If you are coming in for a touch up, the appointment will take up to 2 hours.
The amount of pain will depend on your pain tolerance and your body's reaction to anesthetic. An effective topical anesthetic is used prior to starting the procedure and can be applied throughout the procedure at any time if additional comfort is needed.
Expect up to 3 weeks for the healing process to run its course. Please book at least 5-7 days in advance if you have an event or special occasion coming up. Initially, your brows will appear dark and slight redness and swelling may occur. If redness and swelling are present, it tends to disappear within a couple of hours. Your brows will look darker and thicker for the first few days in which they will start to scab and peel. As the week progresses you may start to see color loss in pigment and patch areas but don't be alarmed, the pigment will come back in as you near the end of the healing process. Your brows will start to lighten and look more natural over the following weeks. Once you’ve healed completely the brows will be 30-40% lighter than they were at the initial session.
Microblading has been termed semi-permanent as we only target the superficial layer of the skin unlike traditional tattoos which target the deeper dermal layer. Depending on your skin type it can last anywhere up to 1 to 2 years.
Ombre Brows and Microshading last a bit longer than Microblading and can last up to 2 to 3 years.
The cosmetic tattoos will fade over time and the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo will depend on many factors such as the color of pigment used, skin type, lifestyle (sun exposure) and treatment of skin (dermabrasion, chemical peels, etc.).
Please give at least 48 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. If you reschedule or cancel during the 48 hour period, you will forfeit your $50 deposit.