It is essential that you follow these instructions after your Microblading/Hybrid Brow sessions:
Day One (day of the treatment): included aftercare product will be applied to your eyebrows before leaving the studio. Thirty minutes post procedure you'll rinse with water only to remove the lymph from the skin and then reapply the ointment. Wash your face in the evening being careful to very gently clean the eyebrows. Apply ointment product with a cotton swab in a thin layer to coat the fresh lines. It does not take much.
Day Two-Nine: Wash face as usual. Apply the ointment to your eyebrows twice daily, or as directed. Apply with a cotton swab and use no aggressive movement or manipulation of the skin. Make sure your hands are completely clean before caring for your eyebrows.
The following MUST BE AVOIDED during all nine days post-Microblading procedure:
Excessive sweating (if you cannot avoid sweating, it's imperative to wash your face ASAP)
Playing sports/hot yoga
Hot sauna or steam room
Sunbathing or salon tanning
Any laser or chemical peelings, and/or any creams containing glycolic acid or Retin-A on the face
Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micropigmented area in order to avoid scarring or removal of the pigment
High dust areas (garage or basement cleaning)
Drinking alcohol in excess as it may lead to slower healing of wounds
Touching the eyebrow area except for when rinsing/cleansing and applying of aftercare treatment with a clean cotton swab
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post enhancement procedure, however, experience has shown that these symptoms can be reduced by following the above instructions. The healing of deeper wounds might last between 14-21 days. Touch ups and/or correction of the shape/design is recommended only after this period.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND AFTER BROW ENHANCEMENT SESSIONS
Your new semi-permanent eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually and the lines will become thinner. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment in the cotton swab as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin.
Once the healing of the skin starts it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.
Once completely healed, always protect your ink with a layer of sunscreen, SPF 30, or more. *Sun exposure, the use of retinoids, peels, laser treatments and other powerful exfoliators can cause the pigmentation to fade prematurely.*
To preserve the look of your eyebrows, retouching every 12 months is necessary. Your eyebrows will fade gradually over time, which is desired as our faces and coloring change.
You can now enjoy your beautiful new semi-permanent eyebrows!
Prep for eyebrow microblading is just as important as aftercare. You’ll get the best possible results when you adhere to the following prep steps. I’ll detail the aftercare steps in my next blog post.
A full day before your service you’ll want to end all blood thinning meds and supplements, like physician prescribed thinners, fish oil, alcoholic beverages, and pain relievers. These items cause the brow area to bleed easier. If you’re on prescription thinners you’ll want to talk to your doctor about the best way to taper your meds in a way that’s safe for you.
What to expect on your first visit to Monarch Brow & Facial Studio for microblading:
First, we’ll consult about your expectations. Listening to your needs, challenges, and desires is my job. I want you to leave happy with your new brows.
After chatting, we’ll map out your eyebrow shape using an adjustable tool designed to measure your face proportions. Once you’re happy with the map, we’ll move on to placing each hair in the brow with the microblade. Each blade is a pre-packaged, sterile, single use blade.
After the first round of lines are in, we can numb the skin for the pigment packing segment. I don’t numb the skin at the beginning of the procedure because it’s imperative that the hair lines be precise and fine; the numbing agent can cause the lines to become fuzzy. We’ll finish up with an awesome product called PhiShield for soothing and protecting. PhiShield is a beeswax based, essential oil boosted balm designed to soften and nourish the skin as it heals.
Angela Hugghins is a certified PhiBrows Artist and the owner of Monarch Brow & Facial Studio in Carrboro, NC.
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