Brow Aftercare

How well each person heals from the procedure will vary. Some will baby their brows and follow directions as given and not retain as much color as expected. While the next may do nothing and have great retention of color. My advice..follow aftercare instructions as given, not only in efforts to achieve great brows, but to protect them from bacteria. Most people will only need one touch-up to achieve desired look, while others may need more. People with oily skin may heal with softer, less defined strokes. People with dry skin may heal with crisper strokes. Although rare, during the healing process you may experience some discomfort. If needed, over the counter pain relief approved by your physician may help with the discomfort. This procedure is meant to be semi-permanent, but there is no guarantee that it will not be permanent.

For the next two weeks, you will have to do the following to help your brows heal as well as possible.

  • Protect your eyebrows from overexposure to sun, sweat, or heat. (avoid vigorous exercise)
  • DO NOT touch brows with dirty hands.
  • Protect your eyebrows from friction or rubbing. (you can use a neck pillow when sleeping)
  • Do not pick or pull at the scabs. Let them naturally fall off. Pulling or picking the scab can lift color.
  • Sun exposure causes the color to fade slowly. Once healed, always protect the brows with sunscreen.
  • No swimming. Other than recommended washing below, brows are NOT to get wet.
  • Do NOT use Vaseline or other petroleum products while the brows are healing. Only use provided ointment.

DRY HEAL:

Best for people in UNCONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS
whose occupation may have them exposed to Blood
Borne Pathogens or other contaminated areas such
as in a factory. Unless of course you are taking time
off to heal. In that case, the wet heal would be
recommended.

To protect your eyebrows, you will apply a thin barrier (provided) to your brows on day 0 of the procedure. The barrier will dry to a clear film which seals in your color and helps protect the brows from bacteria.

DAY 0 (Day of procedure):  STEP 1: With clean fingertips, DAB, your eyebrows every 60 minutes with provided cotton pads. Let air dry for 5 minutes then apply provided ointment. Repeat this step every hour until your bedtime wash. STEP 2: At bedtime, with clean fingertips wash area gently (use ring fingers) with a gentle soap (ex Cetaphil), pat day with a paper towel and let air dry for 10 minutes, then apply Barrier Film. The barrier film should be applied by sticking a qtip in the barrier film packet and coating it with the fluid inside. Do NOT apply pad to face to avoid product from dripping into eyes. Using the coated qtip, gently swipe fluid over brows creating a thin layer on brows and slightly above and below brows.

DAYS 1-4:  DO NOTHING, ONLY PROTECT
FROM OVER EXPOSURE TO SUN, HEAT, SWEAT, EXCESSIVE MOVEMENT OR EXTREME EXERTION! DO NOT PICK, RUB, SCRUB OR ATTEMPT TO ALTER THE COLOR IN ANY WAY!

The barrier should stay in place for 4 days without any touching or washing. Avoid direct spray from the shower! If brows get wet, pat dry immediately.  Do not rub your brows. Doing so can cause the film to come off.

When washing your face, gently wash around the brows. Never use a washcloth on your brows. Do not apply ANY makeup on your brows while they are healing.

ON DAYS 5-7: Apply Ointment (provided)
With CLEAN fingertip, smooth on a VERY THIN layer of provided ointment. MORE IS NOT BETTER.

OINTMENT APPLICATION BASED ON YOUR SKIN:
EXTREMELY OILY SKIN . . . . . . . NO ointment
needed
OILY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply ONCE in
the Morning
DRY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply 2-3 times
per day

ON DAY 8: Lightly wash the area with a gentle soap(ex. Cetaphil) Twice a Day
Wash brows gently (use ring fingers) with clean fingertips, removing the buildup of ointment. Be very gentle, rinse thoroughly then pat dry with paper towel.  Allow to air dry for 10 minutes, then reapply a thin layer of provided ointment to relieve dryness.

*REPEAT DAY 8 instructions once a day until brows are healed (total healing process is approximately 14 days*

WET HEAL:

Best for people in CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS
who mostly live and work at Home or Office, etc.
This is the protocol followed by most tattoo artists
around the world.

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEXT 2
WEEKS

DAY 0 (Day of procedure):
Immediately after procedure… With clean fingertips, DAB TATTOOED AREA every 60 minutes with provided cotton pads. Let air dry for 5 minutes then apply provided ointment. Repeat this step every hour until your bedtime wash. This step will help remove secreted fluids and help prevent scabbing. Thick scabs can pull color out causing poor color retention.

Bedtime of Day 0…
With clean fingertips gently (best to use ring fingers) cleanse with warm (not hot) soapy water (gentle soap..ie Cetaphil). Pat dry with a paper towel. AIR DRY for 10 minutes. APPLY a THIN layer of HEALING OINTMENT (provided).

DAYS 1-14:

1. Cleanse the area morning and evening.
2. AIR DRY SKIN for approximately 10 minutes (so no
moisture can be trapped under the ointment).
3. Apply Healing Ointment. Use VERY CLEAN
fingertips or a fresh Q-Tip to smooth on a thin veil of
ointment. MORE IS NOT BETTER. Remember, your
skin needs oxygen in order to heal well. So ointment
application should be massaged gently into the skin
be so thin that it is BARELY noticeable.

OINTMENT APPLICATION BASED ON YOUR SKIN:
EXTREMELY OILY SKIN . . . . . . . NO ointment
needed
OILY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply ONCE in
the Morning
DRY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply 2-3 times
per day

Avoid eyebrow area with anti-aging washes, serums, or creams. They may shorten the lifespan of your tattooed eyebrows. They may also change the color of the brows. 

A slight itching sensation during healing is normal. This may last 1-4 weeks as your skin heals from within. Relieve the itch by pressing the area gently with a Q-tip.

As your brows heal, they will appear much lighter when the scabs come off. The color will adjust and change over the next few weeks as the skin heals from within. Each person heals differently and most will require a touch-up appointment. 2nd step Touch-up appointments are $149 and must be done within 2 months of initial visit.

Touch-up appointments are needed to maintain your desired brow look. You don’t want to over tattoo your brows. Doing so may will lead to excessive scar tissue. So, let your eyebrows fade until you really NEED a touch-up. Keeping them cleaned up via threading can help them look fresh as they lighten. Insisting on frequent touch-ups to keep brows dark can create a greater risk of brows turning blue over the years. So, lighter is usually better. You can use regular makeup to make them darker as needed (to compliment your Saturday night makeup). Your lighter brows will be great for day to day activities.

THE DAYS AFTER

Your brows will appear very dark and wide for the first few days. As they heal and the scabs fall off, they will appear lighter. They may appear as if they have gotten so light that they are going away. Don’t worry, this is a 4-week process and the color will begin to change over the next few weeks, getting darker but never as dark as the first day. Your brows will shrink in size so they will not be as wide as day 1.

The brows usually swell the least of all procedures. They swell enough to make the brows appear a bit fuller than they will look once healed. Sometimes, it may seem like there is absolutely no swelling. Even if you cannot see the swelling, its most likely there. It is good to apply a cool pack to reduce swelling, and blot dry for a couple of days. This helps with color retention. Again, this is a process and the initial procedure is your FOUNDATION. A touch-up is usually a must to layer in perfection. In some cases, more than 1 touch-up is needed to reach personal desired brow goals.

Lip Aftercare

Lips will ooze for a couple of days. Blot lips with lint free hand towels..like Bounty, a cool wet cloth, or sensitive free/chemical free wipes. As lips dry and crust over, reapply ointment  as needed.

  • DO NOT touch lips with dirty hands.
  •  Lips will be tender at first. Drink through a straw. Choose foods you can place in your mouth with a fork without touching lips.
  •  Place an old towel on the pillow you will sleep on until the oozing stops so you won’t ruin good pillowcases or pillows.
  •  Do not excessively stretch lips while they are healing with big smiles, or pucker lips with smoking. Those motions push and pull against the lip edges, applying tension and friction between the strong normal skin surrounding the mouth and the broken inflamed lip edges. Lip skin is a continuation of the delicate mucous membrane in the mouth. It is not strong like normal skin.
  • On the third day, lips stop oozing and start peeling. This is when the chapped lip feeling is strongest. You may relieve the chapped lip feeling by lightly massaging the lips after placing a thick layer of ointment on them and making gentle circular motions with one finger. The light, wet massage helps get loose skin off that is ready to come off without yanking out skin that is not ready to come off. The massage relieves the chapped feeling for several hours, then it returns, and you can massage again.
  • Lips will peel for a week. Other than the massage mentioned above, allow it to flake off on its own. Picking and pulling off skin that is not ready to come off will cause pigment loss and can pull out deeper tissue. The edges or lip liner will be the last to fall off. Pulling this off will result in an uneven splotchy line or an indented scar (like messing with a pimple).
  • Try to keep toothpaste off lips while healing.
  • Do not have teeth bleached while healing.
  • During the peeling process it may look like there is not much color there. Color is more apparent by the third week. Final result is not judged for 2 months.

Eyeliner Aftercare

  • Do not wear contact lenses during the procedure or for 24 hours after.
  • Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be light sensitive or even dilated immediately after. The sunglasses are also handy for hiding puffy eyes.
  • Do not dye, perm, or use eyelash curler for 2 weeks.
  • Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete (3-5 days). Most clients are returning to work in 2 days and are noncompliant about this, so at least begin with a new tube of mascara due to risk of bacterial presence in used tubes. Stay a little farther out on the lashes, not too close to the liner. Remove with vaseline or baby oil without rubbing it into the liner.
  • Eyes will be swollen for a few days. Eyes may feel dry or irritated. Lubricating refresher drops may be used.