Brush Strokes

BEFORE & AFTERCARE

before your appointment...

  • Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of procedure.  

  • Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, omega-3, or fish oil, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. Get your doctor's approval before going off of any medicines. Tylenol or acetaminophen is ok.

  • Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure.

  • The following treatments should be avoided within TWO weeks of the procedure:

    • Botox or other fillers

  • The following treatments should be avoided within FOUR weeks of the procedure:

    • Chemical Peels

    • Laser treatments

  • Please do NOT exercise the day of the procedure as body heat expands pores.   

  • Avoid heavy sunlight and especially sunburn 3 days before your procedure. Skin should not be in the process of healing before your procedure.

  • Avoid plucking, waxing, threading or any hair removal services within 3 days of your procedure. This can also trigger the skin healing process and should be avoided. Let me do that for you!

  • You can come to your appointment with your everyday makeup done, it's helpful for me to see how you normally do your makeup!

  • Please make sure to leave a few extra minutes to find parking! The Funk Zone is very busy and parking can be difficult to find.

aftercare instructions:

Starting tonight, cleanse your brows with a pea size amount of the cleanser and water, then pat your brows dry and apply the barrier cream with a clean finger or q-tip in a thin layer over the brow area. Repeat this 2x a day (morning and night) for the first 10 days. Use the barrier cream sparingly, the size of a grain of rice per brow. 

*Save any leftover cleanser and barrier cream for the touch-up!

Outside of your designated cleansing morning and night, do not let any moisture linger on your brows. During those first two weeks, I recommend washing your face with your regular cleanser from your eyes down, and using your fingers or washcloth to carefully cleanse your forehead avoiding the brow area. When showering, keep your face away from the shower head (or take a bath), and keep a hand towel in the shower to dry your brows if they get wet. It is very important that you don't let any facial products like lotion, sunblock, or makeup touch your brows during the first 10 days after your procedure. Itching and flaking/peeling may appear during that time, but please DO NOT pick or scratch the brow area.

The following must be avoided during the first 10 days after the procedure:

  • Activities that will cause sweating. You can sweat on your body, just not your face!

  • Swimming, including pools and oceans, hot saunas, hot baths or jacuzzis.

  • Sun exposure, especially tanning or salon tanning (wear a hat!).

  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peels, facials, and/or any exfoliation products containing Retin-A or glycolic acid around the brow area.

  • Any activity that requires a helmet (riding bicycles, motorcycles, or horseback riding).

  • Picking, peeling, or scratching of the procedure area (this will cause scarring or removal of pigment). 

*If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please email me immediately to discuss further instructions. Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, severe redness at the site, swelling, extreme tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, any green or yellow discharge that is foul in odor. 

WHAT TO EXPECT after your first session… get ready for the rollercoaster!
 
The initial healing process will take around two weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new brows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. First, the pigment will appear very warm (reddish) and dark immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will start to darken a bit more by the evening and for about a week after the procedure, or until they begin to 
flake and peel. You may see what looks like dandruff flakes with pigment in them, this is just superficial color and dry skin naturally being removed from your brows. After they are done peeling, the brows will appear lighter and cooler in tone than the initial color. Then after about 4 weeks, once they are mostly healed, the color will darken slightly again and become more true to their lasting color. Often even with proper care, clients develop bald spots or lose original hair strokes which may make the brows look uneven. This is absolutely normal and expected. This is the purpose of the touch up appointment within 6-10 weeks post-microblading procedure. The final look will be apparent approximately 30 days post the touch-up procedure. 

Once completely healed, keep your face out of the sun (wear a hat!) or apply sunscreen to your brows when directly exposed to the sun. Constant sun exposure may cause the color to fade more quickly. When using foundation, try to avoid your brows as it will make them appear lighter and/or discolored. I use a cotton swab with makeup remover and go over my brows AFTER I apply all my makeup to ensure the color pops.


Enjoy your new brows!