Producing a Beautiful and Lasting Result with Sculpting Microblading Aftercare
Sculpting Microblading - your new semi permanent makeup - always will look its best immediately after having them done. But how you take care of your permanent makeup and scabs can make a difference between good looking microblading or fading and damaged or patchy, too. It really depends on your metabolism and healthy lifestyle. Therefore, the way you take care of your new brow after Sculpting Microblading will have great impact on the way it looks.
Important information for after treatment: How to keep your Sculpting Microblading eyebrows clean and healthy
In order to have a fantastic set of eyebrows, you need knowledge about Sculpting Microblading eyebrow tattoo healing to exercise better care. Here are some instructions on how to care for your brows during the initial healing period over the next ten days.
- First, do not allow them to get wet for 7 days. Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area.
- Second, do not rub or pick at the eyebrow or scabs. The treated area might feel a little ticklish during the first phase of recovering process. It is important not to rub it as you might get infection into your skin. Peeling is absolutely normal during the second phase of recovery. Avoid any sort of peeling of dry skin as you might peel off the wrong parts and create bald spots in the newly reconstructed brow.
- Third, you must always remember to keep your hair away from your face. This means avoid allowing your bangs to sit over your brows for at least 7 days as this could cause infection.
- Fourth, you must avoid smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, eating spicy foods or driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorbikes; as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.
- Fifth, do not perform tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris.
- Finally, you must avoid sun beds, tanning, sauna, hot tub, Jacuzzis, excessive sweating in the gym, makeup or anti aging creams on the brow area for at least 10 days. It is best to allow the brow to heal first before using any of the above.
Some notices about the healing process and touch-up after the treatment
The entire healing process will take from 4 to 6 weeks depending on your body’s regeneration, age, immune system and lifestyle. Sometimes after Sculpting Microblading customers develop dry, flaky skin. Itching is absolutely normal as skin is repairing itself. Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from the natural healing process. If you get your brow wet at the beginning of recovery, simply dry it with lint free tissue.
As pigment in the top layer of your skin exfoliates away and the skin is opaque during the healing process it may seem that hair strokes have faded significantly. Do not worry! As your skin repairs over the initial 4-6 weeks it will become translucent revealing pigment below. If there are any gaps or pigment missing, this is corrected at your top up appointment.
Judgment of your final results should be deferred until one month following the procedure. Over the next two to three weeks, the pigment intensity will lighten by up to 50%. Your technician will schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure any faded areas are touched up and everything is healing properly.
Other fading or loss of pigment may occur. Some flaking off of the pigments is normal on some skin types; however, there should be pigment under the skin where the original pigment has flaked off. If there is no pigment present a touch up will be required to achieve lasting color.
The healing of deeper wounds might last between 14-21 days. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape-design is recommended only after this period.
Return touch up visit must be completed within 45-60 days (unless not advised by a doctor; for instance, in the case of clients undergoing chemotherapy). The client may find the initial result dramatic, become accustomed to it, and during the healing process, the brows shortens and subsides as swelling subsides. Come back at touch up, and ask for the darker/thicker brow. However, we would exercise caution in requesting a very thick brow, as fashion constantly changes. It is advised to go as natural a shape as possible and use your pencils/brow shaders to thicken the brow up for night time. If you do not like the decision you made, the touch up can be cancelled and the pigmented brow will naturally fade away over time.
Everyone’s skin heals differently. Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period brows might appear lighter than original. Often, even with proper care, customers develop bald spots or loose original hair strokes which make brows look uneven. It is absolutely normal because your natural skin regeneration is not a process that the technician can control. That’s why most customers need a touch up after 1 month to assure that brows are perfectly even and desired effect was achieved.
Get a new gorgeous fresh look with these hot tips
Day One (day of treatment): You must rinse your eyebrows with clean water every hour after the microblading procedure, followed by the post-care cream. Aquaphor is recommended, and is available in the skin care section of any drug store. Apply the postcare cream with a cotton swab, and use no aggressive movement and/or manipulation of the skin. Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before washing your eyebrows and/or applying the post-care cream.
Day Two – Nine: You must apply the post-care cream on your eyebrows several times a day with a minimum of at least two times daily. Apply the post-care cream with a cotton swab, and use no aggressive movement and/or manipulation of the skin. Make sure your hands are completely clean before caring for your eyebrows.
Use a good sunscreen on your eyebrows, lips, or scalp if you plan to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics and scalp treatment.
It is advised to sleep on an old pillowcase because there will be residual pigment coming off the eyebrows for several days that can stain linens.
If you feel dust or discomfort on the treated area, wipe it gently with alcohol wipe.
Apply grape seed oil after 7 days of the treatment. Oil usually applied in the evening before sleep; some clients might need to apply it 2 times per day. It will help to keep the treated area moisturized and soft for the rest of recovery period. Although grape seed oil is the most popular and recommended you can substitute it with sweet almond, jojoba or coconut oil. Avoid petroleum jelly (Vaseline) as it can cause a reaction and block skin from breathing.
Before showering, apply a layer of post-care cream to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead.
Wash your hands before doing any aftercare. You can use any antibacterial soap and wash your treated area gently to remove plasma, blood, died skin cells and ink… be careful not to overdo it and be extremely gentle. Do not use tap water as it does contain many living organisms and bacteria which can actually cause post treatment infection. The best is to use distilled, mineral or sterile water (if you do not have any of them, you can boil water in your kettle and let it cool a bit before you use it).
Of course, there are situations that we cannot plan for: scabs peeling off earlier than they should when we sleep. If permanent cosmetics become itchy, it will be only your reflex to scratch it in night. Or, some people sleep on one side of their body more than other which will lead for one side of tattoo to fade more than the other. Also, when dressing, our clothes can catch on peeling scabs and they can be pulled off. Therefore, you must take note and be careful even when you do regular things like this.
Tips to remove excess scabbing: Some of the methods described here may be a bit risky and should be used only at the end of your healing process
- Wash your tattoo normally as you would you can stand in the shower for about 4 min.
- Then tap dry gently again, your scab will start to shrink, ends lift off and will fall off naturally
- Or, when they are lifted but holding in small area, you can stand in the shower, take antibacterial soap and use the palm of your hand, roll your hand over scabs to make them softer and fall off faster when dried out.
Your new permanent make up will go through many stages as we already mentioned:
- Drying and closing of your open wound.
- Up to other 3 hours, your treated area will produce yellowish or clear water, which is lymphatic liquid (plasma) it is totally normal as your skin trying to protect itself with this behavior. Plasma sometimes mixes with blood and ink will be exposed to the air. Then it will start to dry on top of your skin and begin the formation of your scabs.
- More of this fluid will merge together mixed with dust that is in the air and create more usually dehydrated crusty layer.
- Dry skin will tell a lot about your treated area if it becomes infected, the area will usually be red, swollen and oozing and can be yellowish green (in which case, we highly recommend to see your doctor).
Failure to follow aftercare instruction and makeup may result in adverse effects
Proper aftercare is essential to get good results after your semi-permanent makeup procedure – Sculpting Microblading. When properly healed, the need for future touch- ups or corrections is significantly decreased. When it is not kept clean and moisturized, there is a risk of scabbing, total pigment loss, discoloration or even a nasty infection. Here is a list of things you must do for long lasting and natural results of your semi-permanent makeup.
First, if your new makeup is not kept clean, you risk getting a bacterial infection. Prevent this at all costs; it's not hard to do. Clean 2-3 times daily with a mild antibacterial soap preferably unscented. Follow the cleaning with a thin application of Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Apply 4-5 times daily with a Q- tip.
Second, UV Rays fade pigments over time and pose a particular threat to fresh pigments. New permanent makeup should not be exposed to the sun. Wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses that will cover your healing permanent makeup. Once the makeup is healed, always wear a UV Protectant on your skin. When tanning, wear goggles over your eyes and eyebrows. This will keep your color looking its best and reduce fading over time. You will also need to stay out of the pool or beach while healing. Chlorine will not only burn a fresh wound, but chemicals should never be introduced to fresh pigment. Marine salt makes the pigments fade like magic.
Third, additional makeup and mascara may be used over the pigmented area after 3 days of application. You will have to buy new makeup and mascara, however. Used makeup and makeup containers have old bacteria in them. You cannot put this on healing skin because you're risking an infection and the chance of unwanted scabbing.
Fourth, if there is any contact with water, sebum or sweat, the wound will expand and cause a scab. The scab will result in itching and peeling of the pigment. If you scratch the scab, a scar or white spot can appear and no pigment will be left.
Finally, keep your permanent makeup protected with sunscreen at all times and avoid anti-aging creams close to the pigmented area. Most of them have AHA acids and will make your color go away faster.
Here are some FAQ about Sculpting Microblading aftercare…
|Q||Can you guarantee your work?|
|A||No. We can guarantee that your face is important to us and that we will act in accordance with our experience and expertise to give you my absolute best. We can guarantee that we will strive to make you gratified and content every time. But there are no guarantees in this industry. Please think long and hard before you decide to go for it. This is a very big deal and should be treated as such.|
|Q||What can’t I do after the procedure?|
|A||You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry – that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling the tattoo. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own.|
|Q||What kind of pigments are used?|
|A||I use pigments manufactured in the USA. All the colors are iron-oxide based and have been FDA approved. A wide range of colors are available.|
|Q||How long does it take to heal?|
|A||Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. A good month should pass before we consider the process complete.|
|Q||What should I do after the procedure?|
|A||Other than make sure your skin is dry and clean – not much. An aftercare kit will be given to you after the treatment is complete.|
|Q||Can I wear makeup after?|
|A||Not in the procedure area for at least one week but everywhere else is fine.|
|Q||Will I able to go back to work?|
|A||Healing period is one week. As long as you are good at following aftercare instructions, there should not be a problem going to work or being out in public.|
|Q||Can I get them wet or work out?|
|A||No. Not for at least one week to keep the treated area dry and reduce the risk of complication or infection and to retain the maximum amount of pigment implanted.|
|Q||Allergies, does this often happen?|
|A||Once you book an appointment, a detailed pre-appointment document is emailed to you for perusal. A high grade pigment is used and allergies are rare. However, there is always going to be someone who will be allergic to something. This poses the same risk as anyone going to a doctor for a new medication- one never knows. My experience has been that if there is an allergy it might not be the pigment but be due to the use of latex gloves, so NITRILE gloves are the choice of glove I use. Patch test is advised 48 hrs prior, however most clients waive this and sign accordingly.|
|Q||Is the touch up session necessary?|
|A||Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!|
|Q||Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?|
|A||Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after the initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.|