Proper aftercare is imperative and you will not have favorable results if instructions are not followed.
Always wash your hands before touching the tattooed area during the healing process.
First day: Gently blot your eyebrows with a sterile cotton pad to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this a few times every hour for the first day until the lymph fluid has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents scabs from forming. Once the lymph has stopped, gently clean eyebrows by wiping in the direction of hair growth with a dampened cotton pad. Pat dry.
Days 2-8: Dry heal. Do not get eyebrows wet for at least seven days. Use cosmetic wipes to clean your face, avoiding the eyebrow area.
Days 8-14: After the first week, you may gently clean the eyebrow area with water when needed. Do not use soap or apply any oils, ointment, moisturizer/cream, or makeup to the treated area for 14 days or until flaking has stopped.
Keep the eyebrow area as dry as possible. After the initial week of dry healing, you may apply a rice grain amount of After Inked at night with a clean q-tip. Blot off any excess with a clean paper towel. If it appears shiny, you have used too much. Remember to only touch the tattooed area with clean hands.
The first appointment, in many cases, is just for laying the template. Fading and sportiness is completely normal and has no bearing on how you will heal the second session. Any additions or adjustments can be made at your followup appointment.
What to expect during the healing process
Immediately after procedure: You may have some swelling, tenderness, and/or redness around the treated area.
Day 1-4: Your eyebrows will be about 30-40% darker and bolder than what your healed results will present. Light scabs may begin to form.
Days 5-7: The pigment may appear somewhat raised and your eyebrows may begin to itch and flake. Do not scratch or pick!
Days 8-13: Disappearing phase. Microblading strokes may look blurred, uneven, grey, or like they have disappeared. Be patient; you will not see true results until about 6-8 weeks following the procedure.
Days 14-28: Hair strokes will begin to reappear at a lighter shade as your skin cells regenerate.
Day 42: Eyebrows are fully healed and the true color is evident. Any changes or additions that need to be made can be made at your follow up appointment.
Exposure to the sun will cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area.
Do not apply any exfoliating products, anti-aging products, anti-acne products (e.g. benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Proactiv, etc.), skin bleaching creams such as hydroquinone, or facial products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), tretinoin (Retin-A), lactic, or glycolic acids to the tattooed area as continued use of these products will lighten the pigment.
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform your laser technician as laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
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