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Notify Your Technician if You Have Any Concerns

Any procedure, whether cosmetic or medical, can come with potential complications. Though the percentage is small (about 1% or 1 in 100 people), getting an infection after your microblading session is a possibility. By following proper aftercare steps you significantly decrease this likelihood. However if do find yourself with concerns regarding your eyebrows than contact your microblading technician and, if necessary, visit a medical practitioner should a serious issue arise.

But first, let’s go over what to expect after your first session:
– slight redness or swelling
– tenderness (last 2-3 days)
– scabbing (may last up to 7 days)
– peeling of skin or darkening pigment

These symptoms are normal and need no cause for alarm. The healing process in total lasts about 3-4 weeks with a touch up session after 6 weeks. If you are unhappy with the results then talk to your microblading technician about changes that may be needed at your touch up.

What are the signs to look for with an infection?

– heavy, red, inflamed, or discolored pus from scabbing
– odor coming from eyebrow
– a greenish/brownish discharge
– extreme tenderness when touched
– redness at the procedure site but not beyond it

These are early signs of a possible infection. Contact your microblader and ask about topical treatments or referral to a doctor.

An infection that is left untreated has the potential to spread and create a serious medical issue. Immediately see a doctor if you experience:

– swelling extending to the eyelids or other areas of the face
– tenderness and/or pain to eyebrows or face
– redness extending beyond the eyebrow and up toward your scalp or cheeks
– warmth when touching red areas
– fever, chills, or increased sweating

All are signs of a potential infection known as “cellulitis” where the inner layer of skin becomes infected and can spread if not treated appropriately.

*Be aware if you have an allergy to nickel. It is possible that the pigment being used for your eyebrows contains nickel sulphate. Contact the microblading technician prior to your appointment.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Maintenance is Key

Microblading is the cure for those craving fuller, thicker eyebrows. Similar to getting a tattoo, the process involves using a small hand tool with a blade to make tiny strokes that build a texture resembling eyebrow hair. Results can last from 12-18 months with a touch-up appointment scheduled 4-6 weeks after the first session, after which a retouch is suggested once every six months. Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the best results from the microblading. You want the pigment to be as pristine as possible. Once healing is complete, the microbladed area becomes as real as the rest of your eyebrow. Feel free to swim, sweat, and rub them to your heart’s content. In the meantime, be sure to follow these certain maintenance tips. They are simple, easy, and, most importantly, protect your investment.

Don’t pick or itch the area

I know it might be tempting. Like a regular tattoo, your eyebrows will develop scabs from the tool. The skin might start to feel itchy, but it is best to rub the area lightly. Picking the scabs could cause an infection, scars, or the pigment to be removed.

Apply sunscreen when in direct contact with sunlight

UV/UVA rays have shown to cause premature fading with the pigment. Be sure to avoid tanning the first ten days after a session and regularly apply sunblock.

No makeup for at least a week

The cuts in your skin need time to heal and the pigment is still settling in. Covering the area with makeup can be another cause of infection, redness, or irritation.

Eat healthy and keep skin hydrated

Believe it or not, this can help with the healing process. Drinking plenty of water can avoid the skin for drying out or producing overly rough, flaky patches.

Avoid Sweating or Swimming

At least for the first week or two. Profusely sweating or exposing the area to chemicals found in pools and jacuzzi’s can cause the ink to wipe away because there is a minimal pigment and the ink hasn’t fully settled into the skin.

Don’t directly face the shower

Just like with overly sweating, having your brows get wet directly can cause the pigment to wash away. Keep your head away from the showerhead and apply a thick layer of Aquaphor for extra protection against moisture.

Set up appointment for a retouching

This step is unavoidable. The area will continue to fade and waste the effort you went through to get them. There are certain factors that are within your control to maintain the color, but things like genetics, the age of your skin, even hormone imbalances, can change the rate at which the pigment fades. Touching up ensures that you are allowing the proper time for your skin to absorb the pigment, giving your brows a bold, dark color that will eventually fade to a more softer, desirable shade.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Fading is Normal

They are bold, beautiful, and you see them everywhere on Instagram: eyebrows. Yes, well-shaped, thick eyebrows have become the fashion trend most girls, and even some guys, desire. The more defined, arched, and full, the better. So for those who might not have gotten so lucky in that department, microblading becomes the saving grace!

What is microblading you ask? It is a tattoo on your eyebrows. A specialist uses color pigments to draw hair-like strokes along your brows with a small, manual tool to fill in any gaps, giving the desired full brow look. The big difference is that microblading does not go deep into the skin, so the results are only semi-permanent. This means your brows will begin to fade over time but do not get discouraged!

Here’s why:

Oil on your skin causes the pigment to be pushed out

Believe it or not the oil in your skin is a contributing factor. As the hair strokes heal the oil in your skin slowly starts to push the pigment out, essentially lightening the overall color. If your skin is oily though, do not worry because the technique for microblading can be adjusted.

The pigment needs to settle in the skin

This process does not have the specialist digging into your face like a normal tattoo job. The tool is manual with a small blade at the end, not a needle. Your skin will start to heal over the hair strokes and allow the pigment to settle into the skin under it. This act alone will cause some slight fading.

Everyone’s undertone is different

Any makeup guru can tell you: undertones affect what shades of makeup you buy. This can also be said for how well the pigmentation will appear on your skin. In some cases, the brow artist might need to add color for a bolder appearance.

How your brows handle the process overall matters

The pigment color may need to be adjusted; certain areas did not pick up the color during the first session after care instructions were not followed well or your brows might not have healed correctly. Some factors can affect the appearance of your microbladed eyebrows even if some of them are elements beyond your control. The thing to remember is that it can be fixed and changed to meet your brow needs.

Touch-up sessions are essential for long-term results so expect to go back in 4-6 weeks. But if you take care of them properly and follow the necessary aftercare instructions you can get away with having a touch-up once every six months. The best part of this process? The results can last up to three years! So say goodbye to those pencil lines and get ready for a killer arch!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Anticipate A Touch-Up

After all the makeup pencils, the gels, and the creams, you finally found the answer to all your eyebrow prayers; microblading. It’s a quick fix to getting back in the eyebrow game that only cost you a couple of hundred dollars, but it’s so worth it.

However, after learning all the rules of the procedure, you can’t help but mess with your brows still. Luckily, if you mess with your eyebrows too much, you can relax because there will be a follow-up, touch-up appointment after the initial procedure. This is also good if your brows did not heal exactly as you anticipated. So here are some things on what to expect after the microblading procedure.

How Long Does It Take To Heal?
Right after the procedure, the eyebrow area will be red, and the color of the brows will appear very dark. This is normal and all part of the healing process. Rest assured, the darkness will fade as the brows begin to heal.

In the next couple of days, you will also notice some scabbing. Again, this is normal and part of the healing process. It is important to remember, to not pick at the scab, as this may damage the skin and the micro-bladed area.

Later, the eyebrows will begin to lighten up in color. This is due to a successful healing process. Another good outcome to this is, the true color of the brows will come out once everything heals.

Is The Touch-Up Necessary?
Yes. A touch up is necessary because, after four to six weeks of healing, outcomes and results will vary. This is because everyone heals differently, and certain areas may not have picked up color during the first session, but will in the next. The Touch-up appointment is also good because the color of the brows can be adjusted, so can thickness, and even if you need to add more strokes.

Most important of all, the touch-up session is when the brow technician refines your brows again to ensure they stay on fleek for the whole year.

Can I Get A Touch-Up Sooner?
Because they love their initial outcome of their brows, a lot of new customers are anxious to get their next session done sooner. However, customers cannot get a touch-up right after the first procedure and are advised to wait for at least four to six weeks before the next. This is because the color of the brows has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage because the skin tissue around that area needs time to heal fully.

With that said, we know a lot of women are excited to test out their new brows after the procedure is done, but before you start picking and playing away, always be sure to make your follow up appointments as needed. You will be glad you did.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

 

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Swelling and Bruising

You shouldn’t be alarmed if you notice bruising, swelling, or redness while your brows start healing. All of these are typical and occur with most patients. Fortunately, eyebrow tattoos are less affected by swelling and bruising compared to other cosmetic tattoos such as eyeliner and lips. There are various ways to alleviate the slight pain or discomfort you may feel during the microblading healing process.

• Stay Dry
Avoid getting any harsh soaps, shampoos, or water on your brows, as these can be detrimental to the setting of pigment in your skin. Only use a baby wipe to touch them, keeping them as dry as possible.

• Let Them Breathe
The most important component to the overall healing of your brows is oxygen. The temptation may be to cover up your eyebrows to hide any swelling or bruising, but it is highly recommended that you let them breathe.

• Pain Medication
An over-the-counter pain medication is your best option for treating the pain without interfering with the healing process.

• Antiseptic Ointment
Some stylists recommend placing ointment on the brows to alleviate some of the pain or scabbing, while others advocate completely dry healing. Consult with your stylist before using anything, as ointment—along with sweat, water, etc.—may cause you to lose pigment.

Swelling and bruising should not last beyond a day or two. If these persist, this may be a sign of infection, and you should contact your doctor right away.

Keep in mind the many factors that determine the speed, time, and effectiveness of the healing process. These include age, skin type, estrogen levels, ease of bruising, diet, stress, smoking, and medications, among other things. Healing won’t happen the same for everyone, but if you take proper care of your eyebrow tattoos, you can achieve the seamless appearance you’re looking for over the course of several weeks.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Leave the Scabs Alone

After your microblading procedure, you’ll notice scabs start to form after about five days. This is normal, and a natural part of the healing process. What’s important is how you treat these scabs.

There are several key things to know:

Why Do Scabs Form?
During microblading, a small cut made at the dermo-epidermal junction, the area of tissue that joins the outer and inner layer of skin. This is deep enough to insert the pigment, but not deep enough to cause scarring or leave a permanent effect. Scabs form as the skin heals.

The scabbing process typically lasts about 5-7 days. However, if the scabbing becomes very heavy or inflamed, you may be alerted to a developing infection that needs to treatment ASAP. Discolored pus is also a warning sign. Call your stylist immediately if any of these symptoms outside the ordinary occur.

How Should You Treat Them?
The main tip when dealing with scabs is not to pick them. It’s okay if scabs fall off on their own, and they may appear to take some of your pigment away as they do. This will give your brows a patchy appearance. But give it some time and the scabs will either heal or fall off naturally, leaving your brows lightened and softened with no patches.

All the necessary aftercare precautions apply to ensure your brows and skin properly heal: keep your face dry, avoid tanning, and avoid makeup on the brow area while it heals. In addition to not picking or rubbing scabs, this will help you make a full recovery without losing pigment or causing an infection.

What Should You Watch For?
Keep your eyes open for intense or red scabbing, and if something doesn’t feel right, contact your stylist. You can take a photo of your brows and send it to them for evaluation. Just know that scabbing occurs naturally, and while it may itch and appear to take pigment away when it falls off, your brows will attain a lighter, patchless look after about 12 days. Resist the temptation to scratch or rub them, and they’ll be gone before you know it.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Why You Shouldn’t Wear Makeup After A Microblading Treatment

Because the microblading process is relatively simple and not very painful, it is easy to forget that your skin has endured quite a bit of stress, and as such, will need plenty of time to go through its natural healing process. Perhaps the most important part of helping your skin to properly and completely heal after your microblading procedure is keeping the area around your eyebrows clean and dry, even from makeup.

Like soaps and lotions, makeup is another product that is not ideal during the microblading healing process. You can still wear makeup on other areas of your face, but none should be worn on the eyebrows in order to promote optimal recovery.

Makeup, including products from natural or vegan makeup lines, is easily absorbed by the skin, and can clog pores and cause the skin to produce excess oil. Additionally, touching this now sensitive area with either your fingertips or makeup application tools can further increase the risk of infecting or irritating the area. Because your skin needs to be as clean as possible during the microblading healing process, you should completely avoid wearing any makeup, moisturizers, or makeup primers around the area treated by microblading. You can apply as much makeup and other routine skin products as you’d like to the rest of your skin, but should be very cautious not to let any makeup or makeup removing products touch the skin around your newly microbladed brows.

Ideally, you should avoid wearing makeup and follow the other aftercare instructions provided to you by your microblading technician for at least 14 days after your procedure.

Though not wearing makeup on just a portion of your face might seem annoying or inconvenient, especially if you must go to work or a big event after your microblading procedure, technicians have carefully developed this widely accepted aftercare practice to not only preserve and prolong the results of your microbladed brows, but to also protect your skin from infection and allow it to naturally heal itself. Slight scabbing and flaking of the skin is normal under and around the tattooed area, as your skin regenerates following the procedure.

Even when you follow your technician’s aftercare instructions very closely, signs of infection, like abnormal redness, swelling, or bumps, may appear and should be treated very seriously. If you notice any signs of infection, call your doctor and alert your microblading technician right away.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Protect Your Brows From the Sun

While microblading differs from traditional tattooing, the aftercare steps for your eyebrows and tattoos on other parts of the body are very similar. Like with regular tattoos, UV rays from both sunlight and artificial tanning beds are the number one cause of fading for microbladed eyebrows.

It is for this reason that all microblading technicians warn their clients to protect their newly enhanced brows from the sun’s harsh rays. While your eyebrows are healing, you should try to avoid contact with sunlight and artificial tanning bulbs at all costs, but if you must go outside, be sure to take the appropriate measures to protect your new brows.

In the first two weeks after your microblading procedure, the skin surrounding your eyebrows is sensitive to a number of things and highly susceptible to infection if you are not cautious. Keeping the skin clean and dry is important for warding off infection and can also help to prolong the affects of microblading, but what is arguably the most important aftercare step for long-lasting microblading results, is protection from UV light.

The best way to protect your new eyebrows from the sun following a microblading procedure is to stay indoors, at least for the first few days. This is not possible in all cases though and your technician is aware that clients cannot stay inside for the full healing period. When you go outside, you can protect your eyebrows from the sun by taking the same precautionary measures you would take to protect the rest of your skin at the pool or beach.

Applying sunscreen to the entire face is a great habit to practice everyday, but applying an approved SPF lotion to the eyebrow area is crucial following your microblading procedure. Check with your technician to be sure the sunscreen you plan to use will not interfere with your skin’s healing process or affect the pigment used during the procedure.

Even if you apply sunscreen to your brow area, you should also consider wearing a hat and/or sunglasses if you must go in the sun while your brow region is still very sensitive. Protective clothing will provide another layer shielding your sensitive skin from the sun’s UV rays. Remember, that the sun’s rays can damage skin, especially after microblading, even in the winter months or on a rainy day.

You should not use artificial tanning beds after microblading until your technician gives you the okay to do so, as your skin will be extremely sensitive and the light will cause serious pigment fading.

If you take all the necessary precautions in protecting your skin from the sun after your microblading procedure, you will reduce the risk of fading the color of your new brows and keep your sensitive skin safe from possible damage.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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After Microblading Care: Avoid Ointments

After a microblading procedure, applying ointments and creams to the affected area can interfere with the skin’s natural healing process and even ruin the technician’s hard work to improve your eyebrows. Even when certain skincare products are part of your daily skin care routine, it is crucial for both your health and the outcome of your microblading treatment that you do not use any products that are not recommended by your technician on or around your brows for 10 to 14 days following your initial procedure.

Keeping skin clean and dry is very important to allow your skin to go through its natural healing process following a microblading procedure. Even though you might not feel a lot of pain when the technician is microblading your brows, the skin does endure trauma as a needle is used to implant pigment below the skin’s surface layer. Skincare products that are not okayed by your microblading technician could clog your pores, trap in dirt and moisture, and seriously increase your risk for infection, all while slowing your skin’s natural healing process.

When skin is dry, clean, and free of any skin care products that could interfere with healing for the duration of the recovery period, you will see slight scabbing and flaking of the skin—this means the skin is regenerating and doing exactly what it should to get back to its normal healthy state.

On top of impacting the health and recovery of your skin, applying excess product to your eyebrow area after a microblading procedure can also affect the appearance and longevity of your newly microbladed brows. You have paid a lot of money and your technician has put in a lot of time to ensure that your new brows will look better than ever, and the only way to ensure they stay that way is to closely follow your technician’s aftercare instructions.

Rather than applying the masks, creams, and other products that are a part of your daily skincare regimen to the area surrounding your eyebrows following your microblading procedure, you should use only those products that your technician has recommended on the sensitive area. Most technicians will supply you with some type of topical antibiotic and suggest you purchase either grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil to help the affected skin heal as quickly as possible while preserving the technician’s work.

If you are worried about using a product or have any specific questions about the types of things you can apply to your skin following a microblading procedure, you should contact your technician directly. By taking the proper precautions and closely following your technician’s aftercare instructions, your skin will be able to heal naturally from a microblading procedure and your eyebrows will be left looking better than ever.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Keep Your Brows Dry After Microblading

After having your eyebrows microbladed, you should do everything you can to avoid getting your eyebrows and the skin around them wet. For the first segment of the healing process, it is important to keep your brows completely dry.

Your technician will not expect to you to avoid showering or washing your face for the week following your microblading procedure, but should have emphasized the importance of keeping the area immediately surrounding your new brows completely dry for the first five to seven days following the procedure. When you are in the shower or are cleaning your face, focus on keeping water, soap, and any other skin care products away from the freshly treated skin around your brows. You should also avoid swimming, sweating, and using saunas or steam rooms, which will all moisten the skin around your brows.

Why is keeping the skin dry so important?

Technicians suggest that clients avoid getting the eyebrows and surrounding skin wet in the first week following a microblading procedure because dry, clean skin is able to heal much more efficiently than skin that has been treated with tap water and/or skin care products. Water quality and the substances found in tap water differ greatly from one location to the next, and there is no way to predict how your skin will react to the water coming from your sink or shower. You could experience heightened dryness, irritation, or even infection from the water, which would not only affect the results of your microblading procedure, but would also jeopardize your health.

Instead of wetting the eyebrows and the surrounding skin, you should closely follow your technician’s instructions for microblading aftercare, applying only approved products to the affected area and avoiding certain activities that could ruin or diminish your microblading results. Technicians often recommend that clients apply grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil to the treated eyebrow area following a microblading procedure to aid the skin in its natural healing processes.

Scabbing and flaking of the skin is a sign that your skin is healing. You should not pick these scabs, but should instead use the products suggested by your technician to help moisturize the area, which will allow the scabs and dry skin to lift naturally.

Even with proper care, keeping the eyebrow area as dry as possible, and using only approved products, most micorblading clients will experience some bald spots or areas where the tattooed strokes lightened more than others. This is normal and is the reason why a follow-up appointment is almost always suggested. If, however, you experience any abnormal bumps, irritation, redness, or rash, during the healing process, contact both your physician and microblading technician to determine the best course of action to properly care for your skin.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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