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What to Expect - The Healing Process


Day 1:  The eyebrows are approximately 25% darker and slightly thicker than they will be when completely healed. Your skin is red under the pigment which causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some mild swelling. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Do not get the treated area wet. In other words, if you must shower, do not allow the water to touch the treated area. Never rub or pull the skin around the area. No soap or cleansers on the treated area. No makeup on the treated area. You can wear makeup around the treated area but not directly on it.  No sweating. Absolutely NO picking. You should not have any significant discomfort after the procedure, just perhaps mild tenderness.

Day 2 - 4:  Conditions remain the same. For the next 24 to 48 hours gently wipe the area with a clean, wet Q-tip or a wet tissue several times day and pat dry. The treated area will weep a clear fluid, which is normal and part of the healing process.  Wiping the area several times a day will remove built up fluid, which can cause scabbing. Scabbing can lead to removal of color. This is extremely important if you were advised that you had bleeding issues during the procedure. Bloody fluid could cause scabs, which in turn could cause loss of color.

Day 3 - 4: Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture.  Exfoliation begins, peeling from the edges first. Continue to gently clean the area several times a day. If excessive flaking and itchiness are an issue, you can apply a VERY THIN layer of Vaseline or approved product. This should only be done on the third day following your procedure.  If you decide to apply Vaseline, please purchase a new container. Do not use Vaseline that has been sitting in your cabinet for months or years and definitely do not use if the container has been previously dipped into.

Days 5 - 10: Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until the color clarifies.

People with excessively oily skin might notice some color loss, especially if the color chosen is very light and if they want a conservative brow.  Hair strokes for these individuals can definitely work, it will take just a little more finessing than normal!  A slightly darker color will last longer for most individuals.  As referenced above, if a light color is insisted upon then a touch-up fee will be charged for each subsequent visit.

There is minimal swelling with the brow procedure.  Although minimal, it is suggested that you apply a cold compress periodically throughout the day (5 to 10 minutes every hour).  When a permanent makeup procedure is performed, a wound is created and the skin becomes heated.  The body sends fluids to the heated area to cool it down.  Cold water cools the skin down which in turn slows the fluids.

Apply a good sun block over your permanent makeup every day!  Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and color change.  Cover the area with Vaseline when swimming in salt or chlorinated water to avoid bleaching effect.  Any chemicals of any kind could interfere with the bonding process.  This includes tinting and bleaching your brows.

Remember, no two sides of the face are the same.  Perfection is our goal but note that nothing is perfect.  We do not use the "P" word when doing permanent makeup.  Sisters, not twins, is used universally in this field.

IMPORTANT: At the initial appointment, if it is your desire and decision to "take it slowly" by being extremely conservative in choosing an eyebrow shape or density, and thereby implanting only a few select hair strokes at each subsequent appointment, then it is deemed understood that this is your choice and that you will be charged a "touch-up" fee for each subsequent appointment until your brows are complete.


Day 1:  Eyes may be slightly swollen, like you've been crying, with a heavier makeup look.

Day 2:  Slightly swollen, usually for a few hours after waking up, with the heavier makeup look continuing.

Day 4:  There is a "pinching" feeling.  Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake.  Do not pick at it!

Day 5:  Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color.

Eyes should not be overworked.  The eye tissue is very thin so if your eyes start to bleed or become excessively swollen, we prefer to complete the work in multiple sessions.

As the eyes begin to heal, some flaking will occur which is normal and to be expected.  Do not pick at the flakes.  When the flaking completes, you view the color from under the skin.  Most clients will see about 30% less color after healing is completed.  Because the eye tissue is thin and tends to swell easily and fill with fluid, a touch up application may be necessary.  If so, you will need to wait 6 to 8 weeks following the initial application for any fine detailed work and finishing touches to be performed.

Although this is considered permanent, the color will fade over time.  Fading is dependent on your skin's age and its ability to retain color.  Darker colors will last longer than lighter ones.


Day 1:  Your lips will be swollen, tender, heavy lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect.

Day 2:  Slight swelling, reddish and tender, slight metallic flavor.

Day 3:  Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color effect.

Day 4:  Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips, Do not pick!

Day 5:  Very chapped - almost finished with first chapping stage.

Day 6:  A soft, rich color begins to appear.  Lips seem to lose 50% of the color implanted (depending on the color chosen) and now they will look too light.  Don't panic! This is normal and to be expected.  You now view the color from underneath the skin.  Lips change color more than any other procedure.  The color slowly returns during the month of healing.

Day 7 - 13:  Lip color disappears and the "frosty" (second chapping) stage begins as a whitish/grayish haze appears on the lips.

Day 14:  Color begins to bloom from within more and more each day.

Day 21 - 30:  Healing is complete.  The color you see is the color you have.  However, lips remain a bit dry for a month or two.  Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal but with color!

Because of the natural blue undertone, lip color can change daily depending if you are cold, dehydrated, or on certain medications.  Although I do my best to implant your lips with as much color as possible, it is a probability that you will need a second appointment.  The first session is just a start to the lip color process.  All fine, detailed work and color modifications are done at the second session.  Redness, swelling, and  bruising are all common and temporary side effects.

Avoid the sun during the healing process.  After healing, when outdoors, always wear a SPF 30 or higher. Never use lotions or soaps containing Glycolic, Hydroxy, or Fruit Acids on your lips.

Although the color is permanent, it will fade over time.  Lighter colors will fade faster than darker colors.  Fading is also dependent on your skin's age and its ability to retain color.

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