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Before Your Appointment
You are not a candidate for micropigmentation if any of the following apply to you:
- Diabetes Type 1
- Any autoimmune disease
- Active Skin Disorders
- Severe Rosacea
- Mental Disorder
- Hepatitis B/C
- Blood Disorders
- Accutane (must be off for 6 months)
- Active Vitiligo
- Keloid Formation
- Taking Steroids Medication
- Retinol/Retin-A must be discontinued 1 month prior to procedure. (It will cause the skin to bleed).
- Injections (Botox, Radiesse, JuvaDerm, Voluma, etc.) must be done at least 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after procedure.
- Chemical peels and laser treatments may not be done within 2 month before or after procedure.
- Sunburned or Suntanned skin is damaged skin and therefore may cause excessive bleeding. Therefore, we CANNOT work on sunburned or suntanned skin.
- You cannot expose the area to the sun for 30 days before or after procedure.
- Do not schedule this procedure within one week prior to a vacation that includes water vapor.
- Stay out of steam rooms, saunas, hot yoga, swimming pools, etc. for one week following procedure.
- Stop fish oil, krill oil 2 weeks before treatment.
- Limit alcohol the night before procedure, as well as aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin, and even garlic, as these products can thin the blood and increase blood loss, making it difficult to implant pigment.
After Your Appointment
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Micropigmentation (semi-permanent makeup) procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) on which they are performed. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different. The final color can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment, after the initial application has fully healed.
Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is required approximately 4-8 weeks after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result. Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
Please adhere to these guidelines directly after your procedure:
- Apply ice packs if necessary to prevent or reduce swelling. Wrap ice packs in a clean and dry paper towel.
- When the area starts to flake, leave it. Do not pick, peel or pull on the skin.
- Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area(s).
- One week after procedure, twice a day, wash very gently with simple soap. Pat dry very gently with clean cloth. Apply a very thin coat of Aquaphor® or recommended aftercare cream to the area.
- Do not resume any method of eyebrow hair removal or coloration for 4 weeks.
- Avoid eyebrow tinting within 4 weeks after the procedure.
Avoid for 2 weeks post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):
- Avoid sweating, such as from vigorous exercise.
- Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.
- Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds.
- Avoid exposing the area to excessive moisture or humidity, including facials, swimming, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers.
- Avoid lash extensions.
- Avoid retin-a, moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on micropigmented areas, these can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
- Always avoid laser treatments (fraxel laser, IPL) over the treated area (not just during healing process), because they can destroy the pigment and cause burns.
- Avoid sleeping on your face.
- Avoid using any makeup directly on your eyebrows.
What will make your eyebrows fade?
- Lighter pigment – blondes fade faster than brunettes
- Oily skin – hair-strokes will both fade and blur over time
- Frequent exercise – the salt in sweat will purge the pigment from the skin.
- Sun exposure – the sun bleaches everything
- Certain medications
- Anti-aging skincare products
- Acne medications and cream
- Youth. Simply put, the younger and healthier you are, the faster your cells turn over.
- Use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to a faster pigment fading. Always protect the eyebrows from the sun with SPF (but not during the first 7 days). Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking if applicable. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to maintain color and look of brows.