Microblading Preparation & Aftercare Advice
Before Care Instructions are designed to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessive bleeding during the procedure can dilute and expel the pigment colour and lead to poor results. Brows are NOT meant to stay as dark as they initially appear immediately after procedure.
Microblading is not something you would get right before a special event or holiday. You will need to make sure you allow for healing time after your tattoo. Allow at least 2-4 months as this allows adequate time for healing of both your initial Microblading session as well as the perfecting session 6-12 weeks later. Remember it is a 2 step process.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TREATMENT
Skin should be healthy and non-irritated, blemish and sunburn free for best results.
- Must be off of Accutane and Retin-A for 1 year
- You will not be able to donate blood for 6 months following treatment.
- Wait at least 3 months after an eyelift or blepharoplasty
- Wait 6 weeks after any surgery to allow your body to heal first.
- Discontinue Vitamin A and Retinol 4 weeks prior
- Avoid sun exposure 4 weeks prior
- No botox or fillers 4 weeks prior
- Eyebrow hair stimulating products (Latisse, EyEnvy, etc.) should not be used for 4 weeks prior
- Avoid chemical or laser peels, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic/lactic/salicylic acids, microdermabrasion, skin needling or anything that intensely removes layers of skin close to the area to be treated for at least 4 weeks prior
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- IPL or laser hair removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior
- No suntans, spray tans or sunburn on face 2 weeks prior
- No fish oil/omega 3 supplements, vitamin e, aspirin, nurofen/ibuprofen, advil, aleve or vitamins that contain niacin for 1 week. (they are natural blood thinners). Tylenol is ok for pain relief, as it does not thin the blood.
- Do not tweeze, wax, tint, or have electrolysis on brows 1 week prior
- Do not consume caffeine, energizing drinks or alcohol for 24-48 hours before service
- Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor first
- Wash your hair prior to help make post care easier
- Pain threshold is always at its highest first thing in the morning.
- Please note that you may be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle
- You will not be able to donate blood for 6 months following treatment.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
- Do not work out or sweat heavily
- Do not consume coffee, energizing drinks or alcohol
- Do not tan or have a sunburned face the day of the procedure
- Do not take an aspirin nurofen/ibuprofen or advil for pain relief (these thin the blood)
- Please eat before coming to your procedure to stabilise blood sugar levels
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BROWS AFTER THE TREATMENT
Detailed instructions on how to care for your brows will be given to you after the treatment but it is important to know the following:
FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING:
AVOID ALCOHOL, SMOKING & ASPRIN/IBUPROFEN and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 36 hours. These may lead to slow healing of wounds.
NO WATER ON YOUR BROWS FOR 10 DAYS. If your brows get wet, the scab comes off too early and you will lose the pigment.
They can only be subjected to a gentle clean using a cotton pad. You can still maintain your facial hygiene to remove makeup and cleanse face by washing your face carefully with a wash cloth or cleansing wipes, just avoid water on the brow area.
No hot steamy showers, hot spas or saunas or other bodies of water for 10 days. Refrain from swimming in salt water or a chlorinated pool until fully healed (30 days).
When you shower, avoid getting any harsh soaps, shampoos, cleansers or water directly on the treated area while healing. If you find it difficult to avoid getting wet when showering, try taking a bath instead.
If your eyebrows get wet during the healing process, gently pat them dry with a towel, do not rub.
Tips for showering & washing your face:
- Before showering, apply a layer of aftercare ointment to protect your eyebrows from moisture. Remove gently after your shower.
- Limit your showers to 5 minutes avoid hot and/or steamy water temperatures so you do not create too much steam.
- Keep your face away from the water pressure of the shower head. Shower with your back to the water to avoid water, shampoo and conditioner from getting into the pigmented areas. If your showerhead is adjustable, pull it down so it’s directed below you face or you can cover your forehead and eyebrow area with a shower cap to protect your brows.
- Wash your hair at the end of your shower keeping your head tilted back, and only if needed.
- When washing your face, whether it’s in the sink or the shower, use a damp cloth to cleanse around the brows. Normal washing routine can be used for the lower half of your face (from the eyes down).
NO EXCESSIVE SWEATING FOR 10 DAYS. You will not be able to perform ANY type of exercise or physical activity that will cause your body to sweat or become overheated. The salt in your sweat will draw the pigment out and cause the hair strokes to blur and lose detail.
NO RUBBING, SCRATCHING, PICKING at the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and removal of the deposited microblading pigment.
Do not touch the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream. If your brows get itchy, do not scratch them, just tap them to alleviate the itch.
NO MAKEUP OR BROW PRODUCTS DIRECTLY ON THE BROWS FOR 10 DAYS. The Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup on the brows may cause infections. Makeup can be used as normal but must not come into contact on the brows or surrounding areas.
NO SKINCARE OR OTHER PRODUCTS ON THE BROWS FOR 10 DAYS. No cleansers, moisturisers, toners, oils, soaps, or any other products.
AVOID SLEEPING ON YOUR FACE/BROWS FOR 10 DAYS. Try to sleep on your back as much as possible. Rubbing the brows on the pillow/sheets can lead to premature fallout of the scabs and low retention.
NO EYEBROW WAXING, THREADING OR HAIR REMOVAL PRODUCTS FOR 14 DAYS.
NO SPRAY TANS FOR 14 DAYS.
AVOID activities that create airborne debris such as heavy household cleaning, or areas with a lot of dust and dirt.
AVOID driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles.
AVOID antibiotics or hormonal therapy, these can lead to faster pigment fading.
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, ALSO AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS
NO BROW TINTING FOR 30 DAYS. No tinting, henna or bleaching for 30 days.
NO DIRECT SUN EXPOSURE FOR 30 DAYS. Stay out of the sun as much as possible while brows are healing. Direct sunlight can cause the pigment to fade or change colour while it is healing and can also cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.
NO BOTOX OR FILLERS FOR 30 DAYS. Avoid botox or fillers in the brow or forehead area for 30 days.
NO PRODUCTS CONTAINING RETIN-A OR RETINOL FOR 30 DAYS. Avoid skincare products that contain Retin-A, retinols, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic/lactic/salicylic acids. These ingredients may contribute to loss of pigment which may result in the need for more frequent Colour Refresh appointments.
NO FACIALS OF ANY KIND FOR 4-6 WEEKS. Avoid chemical or laser peels, microdermabrasion, skin needling or anything that intensely removes layers of skin
ONCE HEALED (AFTER 30 DAYS)
* Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment over time. Once completely healed, apply sunscreen daily on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
* If in the future you need to have an MRI in the brow area, the magnetic field may cause a burning or swelling in the pigmented area if a pigment with iron oxide has been used. It would be advisable to make the radiologist aware of the presence of these pigments.
* If you are having any laser treatments (laser resurfacing or IPL/laser hair removal) after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolour the tattooed area.
* ALWAYS check your skin care products for ingredients that may lighten or discolour your pigment. Keep your brows free from ALL anti-aging, anti-acne, and exfoliating products and treatments. This includes:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic and lactic acid
- Acne products such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and ProActiv
- Skin lightening creams like Retin-A, retinols and hydroquinone
- Exfoliating treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical/laser peels must be kept away from the treated area as continued use could lighten or discolour the pigment