Better results start with great prep!
- Do not exercise the day of your procedure.
- Try to not have sunburned face, any rashes, pimples, or skin irritation in the brow area the day of your procedure.
- Do not have a facial, chemical peel, electrolysis, Botox or fillers 3 weeks prior.
- Discontinue Retinol and Vitamin A products 3 weeks before procedure.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, blood thinners or NSAIDs 24 hours before the procedure.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before the procedure. This can thin the blood, causing more bleeding during the procedure, and less pigment retention.
- Don't wax, tweeze, or dye the procedure area 72 hours before your appointment.
- You may be more sensitive to pain during your menstrual cycle.
- *Do not use Latisse for 4 weeks prior to your appointment. (eyeliner only)*
- Remove eyelash extensions and glue on lash strips for 3 days prior to treatment. (eyeliner only)*
For best color retention...
Day 1: LYMPH REMOVAL. We’re all familiar with the clear fluid that seeps out after popping a pimple. That fluid is called lymph. This will come out of your brows for 1-3 hours following your procedure. It is important to remove lymph or prevent it from hardening. You can do this with a wash (see below) 2 hours after your appointment, which will prevent the lymph won’t lead to big chunky scabs. This type of scab often gets snagged on something and lifts up prematurely, pulling the pigment out with it, and potentially causing scarring. This step seems small, but it makes a big impact!
Days 1-7: WASH. Carefully wash the area daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. Make sure to use a gentle antibacterial soap (Dial, Cetaphil, etc.) and tepid water. Lightly cleanse the area and rinse with water, making sure all of the soap has washed off. Pat dry with a clean tissue or towel. DO NOT use any exfoliants or harsh cleansers such as glycolic or lactic acids.
Days 1-7: MOISTURIZE. Apply a very thin film of approved aftercare ointment onto the brow using a clean cotton swab or clean hands. Make sure the area is dry and clean before you apply ointment, as it could trap bacteria under the ointment or suffocate the skin, delaying healing. Do this twice a day for 7 days.
Keep in mind...
- No cleansers, makeup, sunscreen, or products other than aftercare on the treatment area until the skin is fully closed. (7-10 days)
- Do not rub, pick, scratch, or otherwise mess with the treated area, as this can cause infection, scarring or pigment loss.
- No facials, botox, chemical peels or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- Limit your time in hot showers, so you do not create too much steam, which can open your pores as we are trying to close them.
- Avoid direct sun exposure while healing. It's a great time for a cute hat!
- Avoid excessive sweating, rinsing or hot water on the brow area.
- Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
- Avoid eyelash extensions for 3 weeks post-procedure, and 1 month for glue on lashes. (eyeliner only)*
Preservation is key!
- After 10 days, it is recommended to use SPF on the treated area to prolong the appearance of crisp hair strokes.
- If you are having a chemical peel, Botox or laser resurfacing, please inform the technician about your cosmetic tattoo.
- The use of Retinol/Tretinoin, Vitamin A, lactic acid, glycolic acid, chemical peels and certain exfoliating products can affect the pigment under the skin. Retinol migrates under the skin and can alter the color or placement of your tattoo.
- Please be aware that the results of the procedure can be altered by the following: medications and health conditions (such as anemia), skin conditions (i.e. very oily, large pores, very dry/flaky, sun damage, and loose or mature skin), natural skin undertones, alcohol or tobacco intake, general stress, immune system, poor diet, and failure to adhere to microblading care instructions.