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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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After Procedure Care For Microblading

There are so many beauty trends to keep up with, nowadays. And they all seem to focus on the face. There’s contouring, bronzing, highlighting, and filling in the brows. But one things for sure, if you ask a woman what’s the one thing she can’t leave the house without doing and she’ll say, “my eyebrows.”

In 2017, eyebrows are looked at, as one of the most important features of women. It’s so significant, it’s started the “Eyebrow-game” epidemic. Everyone one is either talking about or looking at your eyebrows. Take fashion model Cara Delevingne or actress Lily Collins for example. They’re the epitome of perfect microbladed brows.

However, some ladies that have lived through countless eyebrow trends may have zero to no eyebrow hairs left. But if your eyebrows aren’t on fleek, might as well wear a paper bag over your head. That’s an overreaction. But this new beauty trend is helping women regain their eyebrows through microblading.

What is Microblading?
Microblading is a manual procedure done by hand from only trained microblading professionals. Essentially, it’s a two-hour surgery that blades or needles in permanent cosmetics onto your eyebrows creating a look of natural hair strokes. It lasts up to three years, and yearly checkups are recommended. It’s painless, but some discomfort may occur during the procedure. The main take away though, is do everything you can to avoid water in that area after surgery. Here’s how:

After Procedure Care Instructions
The main reason you want to avoid water is because your brows need time to heal and introducing it to moisture can slow down the healing process. Moreover, contact with water might wash away some of the color pigment that hasn’t soaked into the skin yet.

Therefore, make sure you avoid all of the following:

1. Sweating
This includes performing in sports like swimming, or running.

2. Indoor and outdoor tanning

3. Touching the eyebrows area
Except when rinsing and then applying post-care cream with a cotton swab.

4. Showering
During the shower try to keep you face away from the shower head. Applying cream to protect your eyebrows from the moisture is highly recommended.

5. Sun exposure
Always apply a layer of SPF 30 on your brows when exposed in the sun. Long exposure in the sun may cause the pigment to fade more quickly.

By doing your very best to ensure you have made no contact with water after your microblading procedure, you will have the best looking eyebrows in town.

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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Natural Healing: Avoid the Ointments

Skincare is a natural part of anyone’s beauty regimen, but you may want to hold off on using those creams and ointments following a microblading procedure. In order to help you understand why, below are some important points to consider.

Avoid Skin Irritation

Given the nature of microblading, the skin can be very sensitive after the procedure is complete. The use of over the counter ointments and creams can cause this sensitive skin to become irritated and ultimately disrupt the healing process. In order to avoid skin irritation, it is a good idea to give yourself a few days after a microblading procedure before restarting your skin care routine.

If you have a prescription lotion or cream that you are required to use, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before going through with a microblading procedure. If you are able to lay off the use of this cream for a few days, then feel free to go through with the procedure. In addition, your doctor might inform you that your cream is very light and will not cause any additional skin irritation.

Shorten the Healing Process

While microblading does not irritate the skin as much as one might think, you still need to give yourself adequate time to heal following a procedure. The use of various ointments and skin creams may cause this healing process to significantly lengthen because the skin is unable to heal naturally or have access to oxygen, a vital component. By avoiding the use of your favorite ointments immediately following a microblading appointment, you give yourself the best chance to heal in a sensible period of time.

Uphold the Technician’s Hard Work

Micoblading is a very delicate and intricate process designed to improve the look and shape of your eyebrows. While you might feel like your everyday ointments and creams will not affect the work performed by the technician, you would, unfortunately, be wrong. In reality, these use of the creams following a microblading process may drastically affect the shape and overall quality of your remaining eyebrow hair.

Be Careful in the Shower

While it might seem easy to avoid the use of various skin ointments after a microblading procedure, you might forget about the products you have lying around in the shower. If you regularly apply an exfoliate or other heavy skin product in the shower, avoid use for a few days following a microblading procedure. These products can be just as harmful as your out-of-the-shower products, making the consequences for your eyebrows just as dire.

Get Your Money’s Worth

While it might be tempting to use your favorite face ointment after a microblading procedure, you ultimately want to make sure that your eyebrows heal quickly and continue to look great. By avoiding the use of various creams and ointments, you will successfully uphold your technician’s great work and get your money’s worth out of the procedure!

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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Understand the Process, Trust the Process

If you are new to the concept of microblading, the process can seem simple or complex depending on your perspective. For some, the procedure seems extremely painful with a high chance of error. For others, the procedure seems very simple and would only expect for it to take a handful of minutes. While the best way to truly understand microblading is to undergo the process, many people can be hesitant towards taking that first step. Luckily, there are multiple avenues by which to properly research microblading before having the procedure done yourself. Listed below are some of the most popular methods for researching microblading.

Beauty Forums
The web is filled with all types of beauty related forums. On these types of sites, men and women of all ages and experience level meet and communicate in an internet community in order to understand more about various beauty procedures and establishments. Microblading is typically a very popular topic on these forums, with most of the posts revolving around a user’s first time experience.

By reading the posts of others who have recently undergone microblading, you can feel much more confident that you understand the procedure and know exactly what to expect. In addition, you may be able to find a great salon in your area based on feedback from those in the forum.

Videos
Beauty videos, specifically on YouTube, have practically exploded over the past year. From makeup tutorials to Dr. Pimple Popper, more people than ever are logging on to understand everything beauty. Microblading is a heavily covered topic in online videos and tutorials, with many being produced by those who own salons in prominent areas. By showcasing the microblading procedure and their personal skills, these salons hope to encourage new customers to undergo the process for themselves.

Videos allow you to understand the microblading process by seeing it performed live. Besides being able to see the handy work of the person performing the procedure, you can also judge the reaction of the customer in real time.

Accompany a Friend
While videos are essentially the closest thing you can get to a microblading procedure without leaving the house, nothing will ever compare to the feeling of watching it in person. If you are curious about the microblading process, reach out to a friend who is considering a visit to the salon soon. By accompanying them on their trip, you can watch the procedure first hand and ask follow up questions as you please. Afterwards, if you are confident in your friend’s salon, you then immediately have a place to visit for your first appointment!

With Knowledge Comes Power
While many people can be nervous about microblading, much of this nervousness is simply fear of the unknown. By properly researching the microblading process through beauty forums, videos, and by accompanying a friend, you will have a firm understanding the procedure and whether or not it is right for you!

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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How You Should Feel During a Microblading Procedure

While microblading has proved to be the most effective means of producing great looking eyebrows, many people are still skeptical. Among the many myths which come with microblading, many people assume the process is terribly painful. A great microblading salon will not only provide you with a painless experience, they will go above and beyond to make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable in their salon while the technician . In order to help you understand what you should expect, below are points on how you should feel during a microblading procedure.

Relaxed
A great microblading salon will take their time to ensure you are relaxed upon entering the salon. Given that many people subscribe to myths about the procedure, some tend to be apprehensive well before the procedure begins. By greeting you while you walk in, offering a clean and attractive waiting area, and fully explain the procedure to you, a good microblading salon will ensure you are relaxed ahead of time. Once the process begins, they will ensure you maintain this relaxation by any means necessary. Whether it is a light conversation or your favorite music, these salons will do whatever it takes to put you at ease.

Comfortable
While relaxed and comfortable may seem to go hand in hand, this concept is centered on the overall professionalism of the salon and its staff. While you may be relaxed coming into an attractive microblading salon, how can you be sure that the staff members are truly experts? For starters, a great microblading salon will have their employees place their various training certifications in plain sight. While not all states require a professional license for microblading, many microblading experts take courses in order to certify themselves well before serving a single customer. Besides seeming like experts, a good microblading salon will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions with precision and confidence.

Pain Free
Many people believe that microblading is a painful process, but this simply is not true. While eyebrow microblading does not come without some natural pain, a professional salon will be sure to apply a topical anesthetic right away. This same process is often skipped by lower end microblading salons in order to save money, making the procedure unbearable for some customers. While a great microblading salon will look to dull any natural pain with a topical anesthetic, they also understand that everyone experiences slight pain differently. During the procedure they will likely ask you how you feel, ensuring that you are not suffering through any dull pain. If you are in pain, a great salon will make immediate adjustments.

Inspired to Tell Others
If a microblading salon took the time to make sure that you were relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free during your procedure, you should feel inspired to tell other right away. Too many people suffer from poor experiences in unprofessional microblading salons, making the need for these great salons that much more important. By telling others about your procedure, specifically how the procedure was pain-free, others will feel inclined to visit the salon and help these professionals grow their business.

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