Aftercare for Eyebrows
Day 1, as soon as you get home (at least 30 minutes after), rinse the treated area with neutral soap (Cetaphil or baby shampoo, for example). Remove all lymph and previously applied cream/balm/ointment. After rinsing, apply a very thin layer or ointment provided by the technician. This layer of ointment should be so thin that it just moisturizes and allows the area to breathe. Repeat this procedure on dry/normal skin 7 more times (every 30 minutes or so), OR for oily skin, only 4 times (every hour or so). If the treatment was done late in the afternoon, and you do not have time to do it 7 times, put a plastic wrap over the eyebrows after applying the ointment, so that you protect the area from drying and wiping overnight. When going to bed, use a clean pillowcase. You may also cover the tails of your brows before bed with trimmed band-aids to keep them nice and sharp.
In the next 7 days, maintain facial hygiene and apply the ointment after washing your face or after shower. You should at least rinse and apply ointment 2-3 times a day. During the first 7-10 days, nothing but the provided ointment should touch the area. NO MAKEUP on the procedure area. Avoid workouts that involve a lot of sweating, sauna, facial massage. DO NOT pick any scabs or dry areas that may form. It may cause you to lose the pigment and damage your skin. Oxidation is natural – the color will get darker as it heals. It might look very dark between the 1-5 days and this is normal. Fading and loss of pigment is also normal, and some flaking may occur. Often the pigment will completely disappear and then reappear as it resurfaces. Any pigment loss will be recovered at 4-6 week touch up appointment.
Next 30 days, things to avoid: sunbathing, solarium, light therapies, chemical peelings, fruit acids, microdermabrasion, creams that contain regeneration factors. Always avoid laser treatments over the treated area during the healing process (fraxel laser, IPL), because they can destroy the pigment and cause burns. Use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to faster pigment fading as well. Always protect the treated area from the sun with SPFs (except during the first 7 days). Use a good sunscreen on your treated area if you plan to be in the sun for a prolonged period. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure MRI scan please inform the technician of your permanent cosmetics. The use of Retin-A / Tretinoin of any other rapid skin exfoliation products on the forehead area will cause the permanent makeup to fade prematurely. The use of chemical peels on the forehead region can also cause it to fade prematurely.
Please remember that like any cosmetic procedure, this is a process. Do not expect immediate results and please be patient. It will be a few weeks before you can fully appreciate the final results.
You may experience minor swelling and redness after the procedure. You will also experience slight oozing and skin peeling (flaking) during the first week. The color will look darker and the shape might be thick and sharp.
After about a week, the color and edges will soften. While healing, the treated area will gently exfoliate, and you will lose some color (20%-50%). This is a normal process.
Usually the exfoliation (peeling) process occurs at about 4-5 days and will be complete around 7-10 days. At that point, the contrast between the initial intense color and the new lighter color may be such that you may be disappointed. Do not worry. It is normal, and you will receive a second pigment application between 4-6 weeks. At that time shape and color will be adjusted to your liking.
The final result of the first treatment will be visible after 3-4 weeks when the pigment has stabilized and resurfaced in the skin.