General Microblading Aftercare
For a quick, uneventful healing process I have seen the best results by having my clients do a mixture of “dry healing” and applying a gel (that I will supply) to their new cosmetic tattoos. Allowing your skin to breathe and your body to heal itself will let your brows to heal without excess swelling, “weeping” or scabbing. The gel I give you will help to sooth and protect from bacteria. Following these instructions to your best ability will result in optimal healing for your body and your new eyebrows!
Within minutes after your procedure the tattooed area will begin to oxidize and appear darker. They can even appear to look more solid, rather than having defined hair strokes. You may experience minimal swelling and localized redness depending on your sensitivity level and overall health. Don’t panic! This is your body forming the protective barrier (scab) that will allow your brows to heal underneath. Swelling and redness should subside within 24-48 hours. Once the dark area begins to flake off – which can begin to happen as soon as a couple days after your procedure – that area will appear lighter, even lighter than what it looked like immediately after your procedure! This is because there is a shiny, foggy layer of new fresh skin on top of your eyebrow tattoo that needs to go through the final regenerative stages of the healing process. Please be extremely careful not to pick at your brows while they are flaking. Picking at your brows during this stage will more than likely result in color loss and excess scarring in the area. Allow your body to naturally exfoliate itself. Over the next 4-6 weeks your skin will be settling and the shininess will dissipate leaving you with your final healed results!
*FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS, BLOT (WITH A CLEAN, DRY PAPER TOWEL) ONLY! No gel or water!*
For the next 7-10 days (or however long it takes your eyebrows to flake completely) I recommend pressing dry with a clean disposable paper towel as needed, which would be any time you notice a build up of clear fluid on your brows. This clear fluid indicates the beginning of your healing process! After the area is dry you will want to apply a very thin layer of the gel that I have given you. Please do not use any ointments because they leave a barrier over the freshly tattooed skin and can sometimes cause the skin to “weep” which will lead to thick scabs that can pull pigment out of your skin once they come off. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR NEW EYEBROWS DRY. I have seen the best healed results on those who did not allow the eyebrows to get wet at all while they were still flaking (which on average takes about 10 days)! The gel is lightweight and water based and it will soak immediately into your skin to sooth and protect from bacteria. You only need to apply this once a day and a maximum of twice a day. Remember – microbladed eyebrows heal the best when you allow your body to heal itself with minimal irritation. Please do not get your eyebrows wet until they have completely finished flaking, which can take up to 14 days. (This means NO soap or water!) I have seen the best healed results on clients who kept their brows dry during the flaking stage of the healing process!
Once your brows have healed for at least 8 weeks you will be able to have your first touch up or adjustment done. Most people need the first touch up anywhere from 8 weeks and 1 year from the first procedure to reach the desired healed results. Because the microblading technique is quite different from traditional tattooing the pigment is a lot less stable in the skin. Having a few areas where the pigment fades more than others or even falls out is common – which is why I include the first touch up! Your first procedure is almost like an experiment for me to see how well your body holds onto the pigment. I take very extensive notes on every aspect of your procedure and healing process so that when you come back for touch ups I can look at my notes on your procedure along with the before/after photos I take and can almost pinpoint what I need to do to ensure optimal healing and results for your body specifically!
DO NOT pick at your eyebrows once they begin to flake. This is crucial. It will result in pigment fallout and scarring. Allow your body to naturally exfoliate and regenerate on it’s own!
AVOID getting shampoos, cleansers, skincare or any soap on the freshly tattooed area while your skin is flaking (7-14 days) as it may negatively effect how the pigment bonds with your skin. You may shower or bathe as normal but do not allow the water to hit your brows directly because the pressure could knock pigment out and DO NOT submerge your new eyebrows under water at all (i.e. bath, swimming pool, hot tub, etc.).
DO NOT apply makeup over your eyebrows until they have COMPLETELY flaked off and your skin is closed. Cosmetics can interfere with the bonding of your pigment to your skin, discoloration, cause irritation and even infection depending on the cleanliness of your makeup or brushes.
DO NOT thread, wax, tint, bleach etc. near the tattooed area for AT LEAST 6 weeks after your procedure.
AVOID excessive sweating for 10 days after your procedure.
DO NOT use tanning beds or sunless tanning products at all and avoid sun exposure for at least 6 weeks after your procedure. Always be sure to apply sunscreen or wear sunscreen or wear large hats or sunglasses to protect your eyebrows from excessive fading.
Although I will do everything to ensure an uneventful healing process for you - it is your responsibility to follow the aftercare guidelines provided to the best of your ability. Once your skin has healed you must make sure to limit sun exposure - the sun (and tanning beds) will cause premature fading and discoloration. Make sure to apply sunscreen for protection! You can purchase sunscreen sticks that are easy to toss in your bag and have readily available for touch ups during the day! Wear large sunglasses or a hat for further protection. Face peels, laser treatments and microdermabrasion will cause the pigment to lighten quicker. If you plan on receiving any of the aforementioned treatments make sure to inform your technician.
Always feel free to contact me if you have any questions during or after the initial healing process! The bestway to get ahold of me is via email! I stay so busy during the day that I usually don’t have time to answer the phone or return calls.
THERE ARE NO IMPLIED OR WRITTEN GUARANTEES IF YOU DO NOT TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO. AND REMEMBER - EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY. HAVE PATIENCE AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.