After Care and Healing
Special Precautions For Eyebrows:
- 24 hours post procedure – every hour use a damp cotton pad with distilled water (or bottled/boiled and cooled) and lightly pat the area to clean off the lymph (clear fluid that emerges as part of healing).
- Day 2-7: Apply a thin layer of the jelly at night before bed. Use an ear bud to apply.
- 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 apply BACTROBAN/ZAMBUK – these will draw out the pigment.
- DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any crusting or dry skin exfoliate naturally. Picking may cause scarring.
- Sun: Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning 30 days 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.
- Exercise: 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. Sweat is salty and can prematurely fade the treated area.
- Swimming: No swimming until the area is completely healed as salt water/chlorine can cause the pigments to fade or change in color plus swimming water is not sterile.
- Tinting: Tint your brows at least 1 week prior to the appointment, and wait 30 days after the appointment.
- Waxing: Wax/tweeze/thread your brows at least 3 days before your appointment and wait 10 days after the appointment.
- Botox: Schedule your brows appointment for +- 2 weeks before your botox appointment. No Botox for 6 weeks after your brows appointment.
- Fillers: Fillers should be done 6 weeks prior to your appointment, and 6 weeks after.
- Facial treatments: NO facials or microdermabrasion for 6 weeks. 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.
Healing Factors: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 – Scarring affects different skin types differently based on collagen production. Darker skin, for example is susceptible to raised keloid scars, while lighter skin may have a more sunken pitted appearance.
- 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 And/Or 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 an increase in complications such as infection, rupture, leakage, and sometimes even necrosis.
- 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.