EYEBROW TATTOO HEALING PROCESS
The healing process requires patience. Please ensure you've read this information as your healed results rely heavily on how well you can follow the aftercare advice.
It’s important to wait until your eyebrows are properly healed (after your 6 week touch up appointment) before making a final judgement about them. This treatment is a two-step process requiring patience (with some clients needing a second touch up) to get the full desired look which won’t be achieved until after your 6 week touch up appointment. At your touch up appointment, we can make changes such as going darker, as well as filling in any areas that may have faded during the healing period. A lot of clients go a bit bolder at their touch up as they have had time to adjust to their new brows and feel more confident with the process.
During the first day, you may experience some minor swelling, redness and blanching (white glow caused by the numbing solution). Tenderness in the area is common. This is a fresh tattoo that needs time to close up and heal. During the following few days, slight tenderness may continue as well as some tightness or itchiness around the eyebrow area. Your brow area may feel like sunburn when you sneeze or frown. This is normal and is the start of your skin healing.
If your eyebrows are kept clean and dry then only a thin film (not a scab) will appear. The film will make your eyebrows look darker than when first treated, but this is not the colour your eyebrows will heal. The colour implanted will fade by up to 50% during the healing process and the shape may also shrink in size.
The film will peel off by itself after 5 - 14 days and may not exfoliate evenly. Leave the film alone; picking will cause irritation, can lead to scars and will lift colour from the treated area resulting in unevenness and blank spots. Let the area heal naturally for best results.
Whilst the film is peeling, it may seem as though the treatment hasn't worked. The colour may look weak, orange, pink, or grey or it may seem as though the pigment has disappeared. Why? Eyebrow tattoos are not as deep as a 'normal' tattoo - your new healing skin is covering the pigment and when your skin and the pigment start to settle down (between weeks 2 and 4), you'll notice that your eyebrows start coming back. They didn't disappear in the first place; it was just harder to see them through a thicker layer of healing skin. If the colour is still weak or patchy at weeks 5 to 6, don't worry! This is a delicate tattoo to heal, and this is why we do 2 sessions.
If you liked your brows as they were when you left the first appointment (shape, colour, style etc), we will do the exact same thing again at your touch up appointment. After your touch up session, the pigment holds a lot better and your brows only tend to fade a small amount and will feel and look healed a lot quicker than the first time.
Healing is specific to each client and it’s important to realise that you’ll need a colour boost every 6 / 12 / 18 / 24 months depending on your skin type and lifestyle to maintain the vibrancy of your eyebrows. When you leave the appointment, your eyebrows will be intact and I’ll do my best to help you heal properly. Your lifestyle choices, age, genetics, and skin type will contribute to the retention of your eyebrows. If you use sunbeds, sunbathe, smoke, have oily skin, use anti-aging creams or acidic cleansers, have regular chemical peels or exercise regularly to the point that you sweat a lot, your eyebrows WILL fade faster and you’ll need more regular touch ups.
Permanent makeup is an art, not a science. Your results will vary and using a brow pencil or powder may still be needed, especially when wearing heavy coverage make up. Please remember that brow tattoos are only an enhancement to your natural brows. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical and whilst trying to obtain perfect symmetry is my goal, nothing is guaranteed or 100% perfect.
Reasons that can contribute to premature fading: Frequent vigorous exercising & sweating / Oily skin / Fast metabolism / Iron deficiency / Hypo/er thyroidism / Hormone replacement meds / Other daily meds / Smoking / Sunbeds & sunbathing / Not using sun protection / Chemical peels / Excessive exfoliating / Harsh cleansers / Anti aging creams & retinols... the chemicals in these can also react with your brows and fade them to warmer tones. It is best to go around your brow area, not on top of them.