The Healing Process

 
*Photo from xobrows.com

*Photo from xobrows.com

 
 

DON’T WORRY, THEY WILL LIGHTEN!

Results are contingent on the following factors: post procedure aftercare, skin type (dry, oily, sun-damaged, thick or thin skin), individual pH balance of your skin, and lifestyle preferences (e.g. exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking).

  • Following the treatment, swelling and redness of the skin is completely normal and will subside within 1-2 days

  • Brand new pigment from a fresh tattoo may appear dark and much thicker than expected, while others might seem exceedingly bright (for blondes and redheads), which can appear shocking at first, but be aware that this is to be expected.

  • During the healing phase, the area and top layer starts to scab and slough off in certain places. This process is called shedding.  Comparatively, these sections may appear extremely light next to the non-shedded segments. Don’t worry, this pigment will eventually soften and settle into the appropriate shade when shedding is complete and pigment resurfaces.

  • Brows will appear 20 to 40% lighter within 7-10 days.

  • In total, it should take about 3-4 weeks for your new eyebrow pigment to resurface to its true color.

  • Some skin types retain color better than others, so we cannot guarantee a precise effect or color. We include a complimentary AND optional touch-up session in our rate, in anticipation of individual healing results, and in turn, individual enhancements needed to your perfect brow. 

With proper follow-through on the aftercare instruction, it is normal to see small scabs, which is the top layers of skin peeling off. The tattooed area is a healing wound, so aftercare is critical. FAILURE TO FOLLOW AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PIGMENT LOSS!

AVERAGE HEALING TIME AND PROCESS: 

Average healing time is generally 7-10 days, however this will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors that include age, skin type, circulation, hormonal cycles, and how easily and/or severely you swell and bruise.  Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older and looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal.  Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive physical activity, exposure to direct sunlight, and any medications you might be taking.

TOUCH-UP PROCEDURE:

After approximately two (2) weeks, your permanent makeup will have mostly healed during the “shedding” or “scabbing” process. As a result, the initial intensity and thickness will fade, and the desired color shade will start appearing after the first 3 weeks. At about the 6-10 week mark, you will complete your touch up procedure to fill in any areas needing correction or modification. This session is NOT intended to change the shape of the initial appointment, as this was agreed upon at your initial procedure. If you would like to change the shape at your appointment, you will have to pay for the services accordingly.

During this “touch up” session, the eyebrow tattoo artist will go over your eyebrows again, exactly repeating the initial session. This repetition helps the tattoo last longer and encourages the ink to embed more permanently into the skin.

Touch ups are not mandatory. We advocate for skin integrity, and encourage you to hold off on any unnecessary touchups to maintain the integrity of your skin for as long as possible. Your skin has a limited capacity for the number of procedures it can withstand before the area becomes compromised and dull, regardless of ombré powder technique or microblading.

Depending on how well you follow these aftercare recommendations, and how fast the semi-permanent ink fades, you shouldn’t have to make another appointment (to color sharpen) for another 1-3 years (depending on skin type, lifestyle and health factors). If an additional touch up is required, please discuss this with us.