BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before application.
- Do not work out 24 hours before application (body heat expands the pores). It is recommended not to sweat (heavily) for the first 10-14 days after the procedure. Sweat is salt and will prematurely fade, blur or cause the pigment not to take at all
- Avoid sun/ tanning/burning 4 weeks prior and 4 weeks after procedure as it will affect results.
- Do not take Aspirin, Advil, Aleeve, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before application.
- Do not take fish oil for 2 weeks prior to application.
- No brow waxing or tinting 5 days before application (let your brow hair grow out for as long as you can stand it)
- No Botox for at minimum of 3 weeks prior to your application and 3 weeks after.
- No Accutane for 1 year prior to application.
- No chemical peels 60 days before and 60 days after (if you do, the brows will fade quicker due to Retinols/Retin-A's, other anti-aging creams or serums containing acids that fade your permanent makeup prematurely even after it has healed).
- Please note: You will be more sensitive if you have fibromyalgia or are on your menstrual cycle.
- Smoking will cause the pigment to fade prematurely and anesthetics will not last as long.
- You may wear makeup to the appointment. Your brows will be cleaned and sanitized prior to starting the procedure
Following after care instruction is very crucial
to the success of your microbladed eyebrows. Do not let any water touch your eyebrows for a long period of time (quick rinse 30 minutes after the procedure is okay). Do not let any lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
Immediately after, the area will be EXTREMELY dark and get darker over the next 2 days as a scab forms in the area. 30-50% of your pigment will be in the scabs. Over the next 7-14 days your scabs should flake off bit by bit. Some people scab in light flakes and some develop a thick scab.
Everybody is different, but whatever you do, do NOT pick at the scabs and make sure you read through and follow the AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS properly to obtain the best results.
If the scabbing phase is not over by 14 days, please continue your Aftercare instructions until scabs are completely gone.
After the scabbing phase is over, you will see that the color of your pigment appears foggy and muted in color because a layer of skin has grown over the pigment to seal it in. Not to worry, over the next several weeks your skin will regenerate and the pigment will be more vibrant in color. The complete healing process takes at least 6 weeks which is when the true orientation of the pigment will show.
For most people, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem going to work or being out in public, as long as you’re good at following aftercare instructions. However, some people may develop thicker scabs and have minor swelling. You may take an Advil or apply an icepack after your treatment to reduce swelling and discomfort.
What is to be avoided in the next 7 days?
- + 30 minutes after the treatment, RINSE the eyebrows with neutral soap (children’s) or cold water. Remove all the lymph that may appear on the eyebrows. After that apply a very thin layer of Phishield Skin Candy or Vitamin A&D ointment (or Vaseline)
- + Repeat this procedure 2-3 times during the day. If the treatment was done late in the afternoon and you do not have time to do it 2 to 3 times, put a plastic foil over the eyebrows you previously applied the cream on, so that you protect the eyebrows from drying and wiping overnight.
- + In the next 7 days, maintain facial hygiene and apply the cream after washing your face or having a shower. Phishield Skin Candy, Vitamin A&D ointment (or Vaseline) can be used on all skin types, due to its natural active components that regulate oiling.
What is to be avoided in the next 30 days?
- + Sweating
- + Swimming
- + Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
- + Sun tanning or salon tanning
- + Facial Massage
- + Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
- + Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
- + Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
- + Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Before your appointment:
- + Sunbathing, Sun tanning or salon tanning
- + Solarium
- + Light Therapies
- + Chemical Peeling
- + Fruit Acids
- + Microdermabrasions
- + Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck
- + Always protect the eyebrows from the sun with SPFs (Not during the first 7 days)
After your appointment:
- + Do not wear eye makeup. Makeup close to the eye area must be removed prior to the application process. Use a mild, oil-free cleanser. Do not use oil-based makeup removers.
- + Do not apply face creams or sunblock in the eye area. The oil found in many moisturizers prevents eyelash adhesive from bonding to the natural eyelash and reduces the longevity of your eyelash extensions.
- + Do not put on mascara. Removing mascara can be very time-consuming and any residual makeup will prevent proper application of the extensions.
- + Do not curl your lashes before your appointment. Extensions will not adhere to crimped eyelashes.
- + Please silence your phone while the extensions are being applied. Talking in the treatment room is prohibited as the lash application requires precision. Feel free to listen to your own audio or take a nap and let the lash transformation begin.
Before you appointment:
- + Do not get lash wet for the first 24 hours
- + Do not use oil-based eye product, creams and waterproof mascara
- + Use only water-based makeup remover
- + Clean your lash daily with baby shampoo
- + Remove makeup around the eye with cotton-swab
- + Do not perm, tint or use lash curler
- + Avoid pulling and picking extensions or rubbing eyes
- + Please see a trained lash technician to have your extension removed
- + To extend the life of your lashes, please schedule follow up every 2 - 3 weeks
After your appointment:
- + At least 24 to 36 hours before the treatment, alcoholic beverages with taurine excessive caffeine must be avoided.
- + Solarium or sun baths are to be voided 7 days before the treatment.
- + Preventive plan-based decongestants (e.g Arnica D 30 globules or traumeel pills) can be used as a preventive measure. It is recommended to consult the pharmacy.
- + Dry lips should be treated well a few days before the pigmentation ( e.g with lip peeling and a thin layer of Vaseline)
Up to 7 days after treatment, the following should be avoided:
- Solarium and sunbathing
- Use of decorative or nurturing cosmetics at the pigment areas ( such as cleansing milk, tonic, day/night cream, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick)
- Constant contact with the pigmentation ( such as by frequent touching or by contact with pet animals)
After complete healing, the pigmentation should be protected daily with a sun protection factor, especially when sunbathing or in the solarium. The color intensity of the pigmentation will remain longer that way.
- + Problem Case Herpes: Carriers of the herpes virus( if herpes has already occurred one or more times) can expect a new outbreak about 3 - 5 days after a pigmentation. The herpes virus remains on the nerve tracts, even if it cannot be detected in the blood. When the nerve receives added external stimuli ( such as stress, pain), the virus becomes active.
- + Herpes Prevention: Prevention with herbal remedies can be helpful. It is also necessary to avoid direct contact with germ carriers ( e.g by frequent touching of the pigmentation or by contact with pet animals). Another option is Acyclovir which is required by a doctor's prescription.
- + Day 1: Cleaning of the lips every 30 minutes ( with damp cotton pads)
- + Day 2: Cleaning the lips every 2 - 3 hours.
- + Day 3: Cleaning the lips every 2 - 3 hours. If there is extreme tension or dryness of the lips a very thin film of Vaseline can be applied. ONLY in the morning, the lips can be cleaned with a MEDICAL SOAP and lukewarm water.
Common errors during wound healing:
- + Baby Eyeliner: The eyeliner should be cleaned several times daily without excessive pressure with lightly moistened cotton pads. A care cream is not necessary.
- + Sexy Eyeliner: Over the first two days, the liner should be cleansed several times a day, without undue pressure, using slightly dampened cotton pads. If an extreme sensation of tension is experienced, a thin film of Vaseline can be applied.
- + Shading Eyeliner: Clean the liner several times daily without pressure with slightly moistened cotton pads. DO NOT use cosmetic care products as the pixel effect of the shading technique might be lost.
- Hygiene during and after a pigmentation is crucial, because hygiene and care errors can have a significant effect on the result.
- External or mechanical influences on the wound during the healing phase can lea to color loss or color change.
Things should be avoided:
- Peeling ( directly or in the first days after pigmentation)
- Scrubbing at the pigmented site
- Firm rubbing
- Constant softening of the face skin with wet compresses
- Excessive washing
- Use of incorrect care products ( wound cannot close)