Absorb- The day of the appointment, gently blot the brows with a Kleenex every 5 minutes to absorb any excess lymph fluid (until the oozing has stopped).
Wash- Every morning and night, gently wash the brows with the soap provided. Use your finger tips and go in a gentle motion. Be sure to rinse off all of the cleanser and gently pat dry with a clean tissue.
Moisturize- Using a Q-tip or clean finger, apply a small drop of grapeseed oil (coconut, almond or olive oil will work, too) to the brow several times a day for one week.
Day 1: Swelling, tender, heavy thick lipstick look with a reddish-brick color.
Day 2: Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a slight metallic flavor.
Day 3: Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling.
Day 4: Exfoliation begins...very chapped lips.
Day 5: Very chapped but almost finished with the first chapping stage.
Day 6: A soft, rich color begins to appear.
Day 7-13: Lip color disappears and the “frosty” (2nd chapping stage) begins as a whitish/grayish haze on the lips.
Day 14: Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21.
Day 21: Healing process complete; the color you see is the color you will have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two. Using a good lip balm helps.
Day 1: Swollen like you have been crying, with heavier eye makeup look.
Day 2: Swollen, usually for only a few hours after waking, with heavy makeup look continued.
Day 3: Swelling decreases with a tight feeling. The pigment begins to flake away from the skin.
Day 4: There may be a “pinching” feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. DO NOT PICK AT IT.
Day 5: Blinking movement of the eye usually removes all excess pigment by this day. Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color.
Day 1: The eyebrows are approximately 20-50% darker and bolder than they will be when healed. They are especially dark immediately after due to oxidation.
Day 2: Condition remains the same.
Day 3: Eyebrows start to itch.
Day 4: Exfoliation begins; the skin begins to flake, you may see pigment flaking off.
Day 5: Color finishes flaking off...brow will continue to change and soften in color for the next 5 weeks.
Pigments will naturally fade over time, especially if you are deficient in iron, but there are things you can do to slow down the process. You will want to plan to touch up your Brows as needed (Lips and Eyeliner tend to last a little longer due to the implantation process).
Sunscreen everyday, even when you aren’t in the sun...indoor light can fade pigment too.
Tinting your brows (wait at least 6 weeks after touch-up)...this is an option. Pigment sits under your brow hair in the skin, so if your brow hair is light it will cover your pigment. Even brunettes can benefit from a brow tint now and then. I recommend Refectocil (Amazon).
Keep foundation off your brows. It won’t hurt them, but because the pigment is in the skin and not on the skin you will need to apply your foundation AROUND, not on, your brows- or simply clean the makeup off your brows when you are done. You can also add brow powder or gel to give yourself a more intense look if you like. My goal is to give you a natural “Saturday morning” look, not a “Saturday night out” look. Permanent makeup is low maintenance, not no maintenance. Remember that the ink sits under several layers of skin so it will look somewhat subtle compared to makeup.
Avoid the permanent makeup area when having peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments or anything of the like. Retinoids and acids can also fade the pigment faster.