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All About BROWS

Here you will find all of the information you need to know both before and after your Eyebrow treatment. 

Please read this information fully - Pre-treatment care and aftercare play a big part in the healed results you will receive and the longevity of your treatment. 

Its a long read... But its worth it for best results!

Contraindications for treatment 

There are certain things which will restrict when or if you can have an eyebrow tattoo done. Please read the information below and get in touch if you need any help.​

You may NOT have a cosmetic eyebrow tattoo done:
​• If you are a haemophiliac.
​• If you are under 18 years old.
​• If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
​• If you are prone to or have hypo/hyper pigmentation (unless it has been stable for a number of years).
​• If you have a problem with healing or have a tendency to keloid scar.
​• If you have an active skin irritation / sunburn or flare up of eczema / rosacea / acne etc. in the area to be tattooed.
​• ​If you are taking any blood thinning substances - medications, Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin E supplements.​
​• If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure which is not under control. (A doctors note may still be required).
​• ​If you're unable to take a break from sweaty, wet, high impact exercise for 14 days.

You must wait:


​• 4 weeks - if you've had Botox, filler or similar treatments around the area, or a chemical peel / intense skin treatment.
​• 1 year - if you've been prescribed Accutane, Isotretinoin, or other strong retinoids.
​• Until medically cleared - if you've undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Pre-treatment Advice 

​Before your appointment, please follow these guidelines:


• Day of service: Do not consume alcohol, coffee, energy drinks or any other caffeinated drink or food.
• 24 hours before service: Do not consume alcohol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen.
• 1 week of service: Do not consume any blood thinning supplements such as fish oil or vitamin E. Do not pluck or wax your brows.
• 2 weeks of service: Do not sunbathe or use tanning beds.
• 2-3 weeks of service: Discontinue the use or retinoids and exfoliating acids.

It would be helpful if:
• You could wash your hair before your appointment to decrease the risk of soaking your brows during the first few days post service.
​• You could gently exfoliate your brows a day or two before your appointment to remove any dry skin / product build up.
​• If your brow hair is lighter than the colour you’d like, please tint your brows at least 1 week before your appointment.

Other Things to Consider 

​Your skin type and it's condition (dry / oily / combination ... textured, scarred, sun damaged etc.) - your skin will effect the style we can go for.

Your natural brow hair - the amount of hair you have and the coarseness of it may effect the style we can go for it to ensure it blends together.

Existing cosmetic tattooing - some previous work can be covered but removal may be needed.

Lifestyle choices that can affect long term results - for example tanning beds or frequent intense exercising. 

Face products - retinols, anti aging creams, chemical peels, harsh exfoliants or cleansers are all designed to alter or strip the skin faster hence having an affect on your tattoo!

Frequent medications, including antibiotics - some medications will affect retention (such as Accutane).

Allergies to tattoo ink, make up, nickel, numbing creams etc. - a patch test is provided but may not be conclusive. 

Other appointments such as lashes, dermal filler or Botulinum Toxin - Due to cross contamination, please allow 4 weeks healing time before going to these appointments after your service with me.  

Swimming, Spa days, Nights out, Weddings - You are better waiting until after these events or making sure you have 4-6 weeks to properly heal before these sorts of events so your plans aren't spoiled and so you can follow the aftercare properly.

Holidays to hot locations - you are best waiting until after your holiday or getting your service totally finished and healed 2-4 weeks before before your holiday. This will mean you can wear sun cream and enjoy the pool without worrying. Please wear a high factor sun cream to protect your skin and cosmetic tattooing! Regardless of sun protection, excessive UV/sun exposure will result in ashy (grey) brows, or severe fading.

​Reasons for premature fading - Tanning beds & sunbathing or excessive exposure to UV rays / Not using sun protection / Frequent vigorous exercising & sweating / Oily skin / Smoking / Chemical peels or other stripping facials / Excessive exfoliation or harsh cleansers / Anti aging products and retinols / Other daily medications or antibiotics

Healing Process 

Day of service: It’s really normal for your brows to feel tight, tender or similar to sunburn. Your brows will look warmer (more red/orange) than they will heal as you're seeing the ink in open, irritated skin, and not underneath healed skin which acts as a filter against the ink.
 
Days 2 - 5: Your brows will start to look darker as the thin protective film develops (not a scab). They will not heal this colour so do not panic! Leave the film alone – picking will cause irritation, can cause scarring and will lift colour from the skin resulting in unevenness and blank spots. The film will stay intact for a few days and will start flaking away when the skin underneath is ready.
 
Days 6 - 10: The film will start peeling by itself and can make the area feel itchy. Try not to scratch or pull the film off prematurely.
 
Days 10 - 14: Once the film has fully lifted the ink implanted will look around 50% lighter, will have neutralised now that your skin is sat over the top of it, and the shape/ hairstrokes may have also shrank in size slightly. Your brows currently have healing skin over them which is thicker than ‘normal’ skin, and this will be somewhat masking what you can see.
 
Although you will feel as though your brows are healed at this point, they’re not quite there yet. Please treat the area with care for the next 4 weeks as your skin is still regenerating and needs time to settle down.
 
Weeks 4 - 6: As your healing skin settles down you should notice the colour blooming and some definition returning. The colour will probably still feel a little light as you were used to having such dark brows for that first week, but this is what the top up is for. If you liked your brows when you left the first appointment (shape, colour, style etc.), we will do the exact same thing again at your touch up. It’s always easier to add more ink and go darker at the top up, than it is to reverse going too dark at your first session.
 
After your touch up: The ink usually holds better as we are building on top of that first layer of ink. Your brows won’t fade as much and will feel and look healed faster than your initial appointment. 

​It’s important to wait until your eyebrows are properly healed before making a final judgement about them. This treatment is a two-step process requiring patience (on occasion some clients may require a second touch up) to get the full desired look, which won’t be achieved until both sessions are complete and healed.
 
Healing is specific to each client and it’s important to realise that you’ll need a colour boost every 1-3 years to maintain the vibrancy of your eyebrows depending on your skin type and lifestyle. Permanent makeup is an art, not a science and this is an enhancement to your natural brows. Your results will vary and brow products may still be needed, especially when wearing make up. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical - Whilst I am to create symmetry, in some cases this is not 100% possible. 
 
Cosmetic tattooing is generally softer and less solid than a body tattoo as we are aiming for natural enhancements. Specially formulated cosmetic inks that can break down over time are used, as over the years this ages better and allows for changes. This, combined with the fact that faces are generally oilier than other parts of the body, and that faces are usually more exposed to UV rays, environmental pollutants, products such as make up, cleansers & exfoliants, is why top ups are required over the years.

Aftercare

✔ Do


• Keep your brows as clean and dry as you can for the first 7-10 days, to prevent a thick scab forming.
• Reduce the temperature of your shower - Dont worry if you get your eyebrows wet, but please pat them dry with clean kitchen roll as soon as possible. 
• Avoid hot/steamy baths, showers, saunas, steam rooms and swimming pools for the first 14 days.
​• Avoid intense sweaty exercise for 14 days. Light, gentle exercising is okay after 3-4 days.
​• Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 2 weeks.

✘ Don’t


• Sleep on your front for the first few days – this will stop your fresh brows sticking to your pillow case.
• Touch or scratch your eyebrows – touching and picking will cause irritation, loss of pigment and could lead to infection.
• Put make-up, cleansers, lotions (other than provided) on or close to your brows for 2 weeks to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Have facials, lash extensions, brow tinting or other face beauty treatments done for 2 weeks to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Use sunbeds, chemical peels or any strong face treatment (unless it's from your eyes down) for 4 weeks as your skin will not be healed enough.

Long term
• Make sure you wear a daily SPF to protect your brows - Use Factor 50 in sunny whether or when on holiday.
• If sunbathing or using tanning beds, please keep your eyebrows covered - UV exposure leads to faded, grey eyebrows.
• Do not use anti-aging creams, chemical peels, acids or retinols on or close to your eyebrows ever! 

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EYEBROW TATTOO CLEANING ROUTINE

​First 1-2 hours: Firmly blot your brows every 10 mins to absorb any excreting lymph fluid.
This is to prevent lymphatic fluid drying on your brows, creating a thick scab. Clients with oilier skin will find they produce more lymph fluid.

When you get home:
Gently wash your brows with sterile water (cooled kettle water) and blot dry with clean kitchen roll. 

Before bed: Repeat the above routine. 

​Day 1 - 14 : AM & PM: Repeat the above cleaning routine. This will help to keep the area clean and naturally lift any loose film away. Wash your hands and apply a small amount of the provided aftercare. Just enough to moisturise the skin, but the skin should not appear shiny. You should never be able to see a build up of product on the skin. ​


TOP TIPS:


• Make sure you cleaning firmly enough so that you are actually cleansing your skin, but not too rough that you’re irritating the tattoo, pulling the peel off or hurting yourself.
• If your brows feel extra flakey or scabby, do not overcompensate by using more cream. You’re just trapping moisture behind the flakes / scabs which will delay healing.​
• If you're close to day 14 and still have lots of flakes left, you probably haven't been firm enough, or may have flakes trapped in your natural brow hairs. Please contact me for help.

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