Preparing for your Procedure
- Wax, thread, or tint your eyebrows at least 3 days before.
- Eat a low sodium diet for 3 days before procedure.
- Do not drink alcohol the night before and the day of your appointment.
- Do not drink caffeine or work out the morning of your appointment.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before.
- No fish oil for 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
- Only the client is allowed in the procedure room.
- Expect that your permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the healing process.
- Do not wear chunky GLITTER eye shadow to your appointment. (Yes, it actually happened, and is now on this list.)
- Do not wear perfume to your appointments.
- Eyeliner: Do not wear contact lenses, please wear glasses.
Aftercare for Eyebrows & Eyeliner
- Dry Heal for 10 days.
- Only touch your eyebrows with CLEAN hands.
- This means NO water, cleanser, creams or any other product on the brows (except AfterInked) for 10 days.
- You may use AfterInked (sparingly) after 72 hours. Apply with a Q-tip.
- DO NOT touch, rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring.
- Avoid heavy sweating for 10 days. This will affect color retention.
- Absolutely NO direct sun exposure or tanning for 3 weeks.
- NO facials, chemical treatments & microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- NO Botox for 3 weeks.
- Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
Healing Schedule: Eyebrows
Day: What to Expect:
1-2 What you see is about 40% darker, bolder and more solid that what your healed result will present. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be minimal swelling but because typically the eyebrow area does not retain much fluid, swelling will be limited. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. This is normal, and the pigment that was deposited superficially will come off with the skin it is embedded within. DO NOT HELP IT! Let it peel on its own. To pull the skin off, you will remove ‘plugs’ of dermal pigments as it has not detached itself completely at this point.
3 Eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Don’t scratch them.
7-10 The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly. Disappearing phase – the color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics when the white blood cells are done repairing the procedure area.
30-40 Now is the time to critique your brows as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.
Healing Schedule: Eyeliner
Day: What to Expect:
1 This can vary from slightly puffy to swollen, heavy lids, light sensitive and possibly bloodshot. They feel more swollen than they actually appear. Makeup looks quite heavily applied. It’s advisable to sleep in an elevated position to help reduce swelling at night. Also, do not use your best pillowcase the first two nights.
2 Eyes will be swollen and perhaps a bit ‘crusty’ upon waking. The swelling will disappear from being in an upright position and from blinking, etc., increasing circulation to the area. Avoid heavy lifting, physical exertion and crying.
3 Eyes will be less swollen, but still tight. The lash area will feel sore if touched.
4 Pigment within the epidermis will begin to flake off in little stitch looking lines, although some people do not notice the exfoliation at all. DO NOT PICK– you will pull DERMAL pigment and end up with uneven color.
5 Blinking helps to eliminate the small pieces of pigment and epidermis which has detached. It is important not to pick at it or rub the eyes.
7 All shedding should be complete. You’re safe to put your face back in the shower spray. Disappearing phase – the color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics