Updated: Dec 20, 2020
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DAY OF YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT:
Come in with your brows drawn in how you like to wear them, or with pictures or ideas of what you are looking for. If you have a color or pencil you love, bring it! I can color match it :)
First, we will decide your ideal shape and color. We are NOT rushed with this! We want to be sure before continuing. Second, we outline this shape for the microblading OR shading. Third, I numb all clients with a numbing cream. Please notify me if you are allergic to latex. Fourth, the actual procedure. This takes a maximum of 1 1/2 hours. I re-numb in-between passes and make sure to keep all of my clients comfortable!
I always take pictures for both you and I, and I am happy to send them to you via text or email. I ask for you to follow up with pictures during your healing, so I can monitor the process and answer any questions. But generally, I do not see you again until your touch up at six to eight weeks. I can't wait to meet you! :)
PRE & POST BROW CARE
Careful pre-care and aftercare can truly make a HUGE difference on results. The closer you follow the instructions, the higher your ink retention, which means fewer touch-ups and less cost for you!
Please read and follow all of my pre and post care for your best healed results!
THE PREP: It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure.
Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face.
Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to treatment.
Do not work out the day of the procedure.
Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior preferably 3 months. Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners) unless directed by your DR, then I will need a Dr note releasing you.
Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure. In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit: Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo.
Do not consume coffee before your procedure if it makes you jittery.
Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
I send you home with EVERYTHING you need to take care of your brows.
STAGE 1: The 1st Day The goal of this stage is to keep heavy scabs from forming. The first 12 to 24 hours are CRUCIAL. We keep heavy scabbing from forming by keeping a thin layer of ointment every couple of hours, I provide you on your brows the entire first day and night and before showering. NO HOT TUBS OR SAUNAS (sweating) Protect them from moisture with ointment.
During this first day, your body is constantly draining lymph fluid from your body. The ointment keeps that lymph from drying and forming a plastic like, hard crust on your brows. Then, by continually applying , we gently wipe away the draining fluid.
STAGE 2: The Scabbing Phase (Cleanse and Protect) This Stage lasts about 7 to 12 days, depending on how heavily you scab, and how quick you heal!
Starting day four, I have all of my clients wash their brows 2 times per day. Morning and evening. There are very specific instructions for this which I will go through in detail below.
Aside from this cleansing, you MUST keep you brows away from water and moisture as much as possible.
I will also send you home with a special ointment to moisturize your brows. You must apply this to your brows at least three times daily, on DRY brows.
Your microbladed/pigmented brows are NOT set in your skin until they have scabbed, and the scabs have shed! If the scabbing comes off too early, you WILL lose pigment in that area. As a general rule, you must keep your scabbing for a full five days in order to keep pigment in that area. I have a very specific healing system to retain as much pigment as possible.
Like all scabs, they are not incredibly volatile UNLESS they are wet. Have you noticed that wet scabs flick off easily? THIS is when you must treat your brows with baby care. But if they are dry beforehand, you can gently wash them without making your scab become Volatile. Washing them gently is VITAL.
You will begin to notice the light scabbing on your brows,it start to flake away about day 5-7. This is completely normal! Although there are some people that don't notice scabbing at all.
Continue to wash and moisturize your brows until ALL scabbing has shed. Please do this until day 7 no matter what, as some clients believe that they are done healing when they are not!
If you still have scabbing on day 12, I give you full permission to use an exfoliating scrub to remove any lingering scabs. Once you are scab free, you do not need to baby, oil, or wash your brows any longer! Ointment will help with any itchiness or dryness that may occur. You also may fill them in until your touch up appointment as they may be patchy :)
Washing instructions: Wash your eyebrows 2 times a day with the soap I send home with you, or an approved soap only. (Dial Soap, Baby Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena) This is ideally morning, and before bedtime. *Only wash completely DRY brows! If you have sweat at all or just bathed, wait for them to AIR dry completely.
First Splash your brows with warm water, then lather your fingertips with the soap. With a light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in small circles moving outward for 10 seconds, then rinse with water. To dry, gently blot AROUND the brows, but not directly on them. AIR DRY ONLY. Or with a blow dryer.
Other Important Instructions: ***Do NOT use ANYTHING on your brows of forehead other than the products I send home with you! Until your brows are done scabbing, other cleansers or moisturizers could pull your ink!
Use a fresh pillowcase to avoid infection.
Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
Avoid sweaty exercise for one week.
Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure.
Wear a hat when outdoors.
Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.
Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs for the first 10 days.
Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area.
DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.
DO NOT use any cleansing products containing any acne products or exfoliants anywhere on your face.
Important note about showering: Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Also limit baths time and temperature to avoid steam. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area. Remember to wash your brows BEFORE bathing only.
Stage 3: Finish Healing
During this stage, you are just letting your skin finish healing, and waiting for your ink to come back in! Your brows at this stage will continue to flake and shed as the pigment raises up through the surface. You can continue to oil them or use facial moisturizer on them during this time. I will go over this stage and what happens to your ink more in depth in the next section:
The Hardest Part of Microblading/Shading is understanding that it is a process! From the day you first get microbladed, it will be almost two full months (After your Touch up is healed) before you are likely satisfied with your brows!
The first week you will be healing, and your brows will be scabby and too dark! The second and third week your brows will look faded as it takes 30 days for the pigment to rise to the surface of the skin. At day 30, you will likely like your brows pretty well, but they WILL have some patchy parts and need touch-up up!
*You absolutely can fill your brows in during this process the second you are done scabbing. Lastly, you go through this process on more time with your touch-up. But this time, once the color comes back, you are generally finally happy with your brows! Some people will have a spot or to or one side or the other (if you are a side sleeper) that needs one more additional touch up, but THIS is when you finally get to see your brows in all their glory!
So please just be patient, and understand that microblading IS a process <3