HOW TO PREPARE
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor colour deposit follow the below guide
· Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your brow or lip tattoo
· Do not consume coffee before your procedure
· Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
· Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
· Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face.
· Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
· Do not work out the day of the procedure
· Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure.
· Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)
· Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.
AFTERCARE – only needed to be followed for 7 days.
Proper care following your procedure is important and required to achieve optimum results. Keep in mind that some intensity of colour will be lost, and/or the colour may heal unevenly. This is normal for some procedures, especially after the initial application. This is the reason for the follow up appointment, to fill in any light areas, to go a little darker or thicker if desired, and to adjust shape or colour if needed. Please read and follow the directions provided.
- Wash your hands before touching any treated area.
- Cool packs (not frozen or ice) may be used to help reduce swelling or discomfort. Dampen paper towels with water and place in the fridge for 30 minutes…cool area for 10 minutes then throw away. May repeat periodically. Cooling the area is most beneficial the first 24 hours. Sleeping slightly elevated may also help in the reduction of swelling.
- Blotting your procedure. We have created a wound and all wounds weep or ooze body fluids (blood, oil, lymph). Some will weep more and for a longer period than others. Blotting off these fluids and excess pigment is critical to a good result and optimum colour retention.
- If these fluids are allowed remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment which will result in light spots and unevenness of colour. Dampen a paper towel with water and blot your new procedure every 15 minutes to 30 minutes upon leaving my studio.
- Continue blotting throughout day one. Blot for the following two days 4 to 6 times throughout the day depending on the amount of weeping. If you have eyebrow hair, please make sure you are getting beyond the hair and blotting the tattooed skin.
- Washing your procedure. We provide a cleanser for you to use. Use a light touch (fingers only, no washcloths) cleansing your procedure once or twice a day. Make sure you rinse off all cleanser leaving no residue then pat dry. Always wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after getting the procedure wet. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
- Showering- Do not take an exceptionally hot shower and keep bathroom doors open as to NOT cause a steam effect. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you do your “other shower stuff” first. At the very end of your shower wash your hair and rinse back away from your face. Wash your face either avoiding procedure area or over procedure area with a light touch. Do not let the shower spray hit you directly in the face. Following these shower instructions, your face/procedure will be getting wet at the very end of the shower only and not during the entire shower.
- Ointment. ONLY USE THE HEALING BALM I PROVIDE FOR YOU – NOTHING ELSE. NO ointment for the first 24 to 48 hours…until all weeping has stopped, you will be cleansing and blotting only during this time. Apply a thin, light coat of ointment 3 or 4 times a day for the remaining of the healing process (5-7 days). Always blot off the prior ointment and area before applying new layer of ointment. Although it is important to use ointment, using it excessively can starve the skin of air and can result in pigment loss during the healing period so please use sparingly, just enough to moisten.
- Absolutely NO pet grooming, gardening, dusting, or anything that causes dust, dirt, and dander for a minimum of 72 hours. Waiting 5 full days is best.
- During your healing process DO NOT expose your new procedures to chemicals, hot tubs, saunas, direct shower spray, hot water,
saltwater, chlorinated pools, lakes, or ponds. Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided indefinitely…both are counterproductive to the cosmetic procedure.
- Absolutely NO topical makeup ON the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 5 days. Topical makeup can be bacterial and your new procedures(s) need adequate time to heal to avoid irritation and/or infection. You may apply your makeup around the new
procedure area but avoid applying ON the healing areas. No tweezing or waxing the eyebrows for 10 full days. NO FACIALS, PEELS OR ANY OF THAT FACE STUFF FOR TWO FULL WEEKS! BOTOX: YOUR BROWS SHOULD BE HEALED A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS BEFORE ANY BOTOX APPLICATIONS IN THE AREA.
- Some tenderness, puffiness (even bruising), redness, and itching is quite normal for the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as this could result in your colour healing uneven, as well as the risk of scarring and infection.
- Lastly…relax. Do not worry about a thing. It is just a tattoo that will lighten, soften, and heal in a matter of days. Do exactly as I have advised you to do OR what not to do and all heals well. Complications are extremely rare.
DAY OF THE APPOINTMENT – what to expect
Arrive to your appointment where possible on time – not early, to minimise traffic in the studio.
Once you arrive, we’ll help you apply your numbing cream to your brows and let that sit for 25 minutes – you can chill out in our lounge area. You can apply it to your brows 30 minutes before your appointment and cover with folded glad wrap if you want to numb before your appointment, just let us know!
We then take you to the area we work in, and spend time designing the brow and running through colour selection. We’ll do this again, even if you’ve already had a consult to ensure the results are aligned with your overall goals!
From there , the tattoo itself can take from 40 minutes to two hours with the average being 60-90 minutes. Once we’re done and you’re happy with the end product, we run through your aftercare instructions (we give you everything you need for the 7 days of healing) and you’re done! The second appointment is always a minimum of 6 weeks to allow ample healing!
See how much the colour changes when the brows heal in the photos below? 🤷🏻♀️
A lot of people get freaked out by how dark the brows can look or want to negotiate lighter colours in their appointments but you gotta trust us and the process. 👏🏻👏🏻
Your skin 𝐆 𝐑 𝐎 𝐖 𝐒 𝐎 𝐕 𝐄 𝐑 the brow – as we’ve created an open wound by tattooing you. Which means, any colour you see to begin with is muted once healing process is done because the skin grows 𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 the top, acting as a filter.
Your body is amazing at keeping you safe and healthy – so what happens after we have created the wound, your body rushes to stabilise the area and make a “𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒍” to stop the outside, getting in.
This wall is super crude and can be seen developing over the first 48 hours, along with a bunch of lymph discharge, which is why we tell you wash the area 2 x daily to break this down.
Anyone who has had large scabs, hasn’t washed the brows well enough. You can’t wash out the tattoo – don’t be scared of cleaning the area. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒚𝒎𝒑𝒉 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒃𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆. 💕
Once the body makes this wall, the flaking of the dead skin starts and usually only lasts 7 days for our clients, the brows can appear patchy and pale where once was super dark pigment – 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍.
The crude wall then takes about 4/5 weeks to shed, in line with your skin cells normal turn over period. This means the colour takes time to develop and show – most people find by week 5 the colour is really settling. This is because the tattoo itself sits under the wall.
The brows last up to 12/18/24 months depending on the style we choose, your lifestyle, your skin type, things like beach life vs office life and if you wear a dedicated SPF everyday, will all impact how the brows see the test of time.
These are all factors we consider when discussing with your goals – 𝒘𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒘 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖.
- Day 1-3: Your eyebrows are about 15 to 20% darker than what they will heal to be. They will also appear thicker than what we drew on. This is due to oxidation and swelling. Do not be concerned with the darker, thicker appearance, this is part of the healing process. You may also have redness that will subside within the first 48 hours. You could experience a little tenderness and weeping in the area…all normal. Remember to start ointment after 24 to 48 hours (depending on how much you are weeping and when it slows down) and do not forget to blot the area several times a day to remove the weeping fluids.
- Day 4: The peeling begins. The dark outer colour will start peeling off revealing the softer lighter colour. Typically, the tail area of the brow will start peeling first with the bulb area of the brow the last area to fully peel. Keep moist but do not over do it. Do not pick!
- Day 5-8: Dark outer colour finishes peeling off for most people. Some people might still have a little scabbing hanging on and that is normal for some people. The colour is lighter and softer, and the brows themselves are a littler thinner. The colour may have a greyish or ashy tone for a few days until the colour clarifies. It could appear that you are missing colour and have light areas at this time do to layers of dry skin over the new pigment. Give your eyebrows a full 4 weeks to heal and for colour bloom and richen up. Do no use the ointment longer than 10 days.
- The Next 3 Weeks: This is what we call the “blooming” period. During this time all that dead, dry skin will slowly slough off and the colour will start to richen up and lose the ashy appearance. You may experience some itchiness during this time which is totally normal for some people…it will subside