Aftercare and Healing
- Day 1 & 2 – every 2 hours use a damp cotton pad with distilled water (or bottled/boiled and cooled) and gently wipe the area to clean off the lymph (clear fluid that emerges as part of healing).
- Day 2-7 evenings: Using an earbud, apply a thin layer of the provided cream at night before bed.
- The treated area can get wet, but avoid submerging it in water, so the scab stays put and heals properly. Try bathing instead of showering for the first week to help avoid getting the area too wet.
- Absolutely NOTHING on the treated area (no makeup, creams, pencil or any other products) for the first week.
- DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any crusting or dry skin exfoliate naturally. Picking may cause scarring.
- Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning 2 weeks prior and 30 days after the procedure. Do not have a tan/sunburn on your face prior to your procedure. The tan will exfoliate and fade the colour. Your skin will also be sensitive.
- Do not exercise on the day of the appointment as the body heat expands the pores. Avoid heavy sweating (i.e. gym workouts) for the first week after the appointment. Sweat is salty and can prematurely fade the treated area.
- No swimming for 1 week – salt water/chlorine can cause the pigments to fade/change in colour plus swimming water is not sterile.
- Tint your brows at least 1 week prior to the appointment, and wait 3 weeks after the appointment.
- Wax/tweeze/thread your brows at least 3 days before your appointment and wait 10 days after the appointment.
- Schedule your brows appointment for +- 3 weeks before/after your botox appointment.
- Fillers should be done 6 weeks before/after your appointment.
- NO facials or microdermabrasion for 6 weeks after your brow appointment. No chemical peels for 60 days before and 60 days after the procedure. If you do frequent peels (once healed), your brows will fade quicker due to the chemicals travelling under the skin.
- Retinols/Retin-A’s/other anti-aging products containing acids WILL fade your permanent makeup prematurely even AFTER it is healed. Avoid application directly over the brows.
- Eyebrows will initially appear too dark and too bold due to natural crusting for the first 10 to 12 days. This is very common for all permanent cosmetic procedures.
- Usually after about a week or so, the top layer starts to scab and “shed” off in sections. Treated area may look TOO LIGHT and uneven in colour now and this is normal. Do not pick off. Let it heal on its own. Picking will lead to fading.
- Itching is normal as new cells are growing rapidly. Pat the area lightly.
- You have 7 layers of skin, and it takes 4 to 6 weeks for all the colour to surface through the layers and mature. Do not assess your colour too soon.
It is very important to book your follow-up appointment for 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure, in order to refine the eyebrows and address any inconsistencies. You can expect a significant amount of fading after your first session and this is completely normal.
A tattoo is essentially a skin deep flesh wound, and it will heal in a similar way. There are several physiological factors that influence the healing process. They include:
- Age – Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal and regenerate
- Skin type – the general condition of your skin plays an important role in healing. skin dryness/oiliness, general sensitivity, vascularity, previous damage (sun, wound scarring)
- Circulation – Good circulation facilitates healthy fresh blood flow through the wounded area, and cuts down considerably on healing time
- Estrogen levels – Estrogen affects wound healing by regulating a variety of genes associated with regeneration
- How easily or severely you swell/bruise – Although permanent eyebrows are least affected by swelling and bruising, some individuals are extremely prone which can extend the amount of time it takes to heal
- Diet – Studies suggest that good nutrition and “power” foods ( that contain proteins, vitamins A, C, and Zinc) promote healing
- Stress – Stress results in the deregulation of the immune system, which is proven to cause a substantial delay in wound healing
- Diabetes – Diabetic individuals show a documented impairment in the healing of acute wounds
- Smoking – Smoking causes a delay in wound healing and even complications
- Excessive physical activity – Excessive exercise or activity could cause an increased risk of abrasion, and the sensitive areas to stretch making scabbing difficult
- Exposure to sunlight – Excessive sun exposure can cause reddening, blistering, and inflammation potentially causing infection and scarring to the already sensitive area
- Medications – Some medications may interfere with response to inflammation, platelet function, and an ability to form clots, significantly affecting healing