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Pre & Post Care

pre procedure care

You MUST be off Accutane for 1 year before treatment.  

You must be off of Retin-A for 2 months before treatment.

DO NOT take aspirin, fish oil, niacin, vitamin e, and/or ibuprofen or blood thinners

48 hours prior to your procedure.  Tylenol is fine.

DO NOT drink coffee, alcohol, or energy drinks 24 hours before your procedure to avoid

bleeding/oozing and scab formation.  

Not following these steps WILL lead to excess bleeding, blurry strokes and undesirable color. 

NO tweezing, waxing, or threading for 3 days leading up to your appointment.  

Doing so before that is fine, but I am able to clean up your stray hairs during the appointment.

DO NOT have any chemical peels, microdermabrasion, mesotherapy, Latisse, Revitabrow, or other hair growth serums or intense treatments 3-4 WEEKS before the procedure.  

DO NOT tan or sunbathe 14 DAYS before & after the procedure.

post procedure cleaning & care


Wash 2x a day, once in the AM, once in the PM before bed.  

GENTLY wash your brows with a pea size amount of soap (given during appointment)

You do not need to scrub the brows, just use clean fingers to wash with gentle wiping motions in the direction of hair growth about 5x per brow, then rinse with water.


Use a fresh paper towel to pat them dry, do not rub.

Apply a light coating of healing balm (given during appointment) to brows after every wash to keep them hydrated.  This will help avoid scabbing by removing any excess fluid, blood, and pigment that may collect in the area, and keeping the brows hydrated. 

DO NOT drink coffee, alcohol, or energy drinks, or take ibuprofen/aspirin until AFTER your procedure to avoid bleeding/oozing and scab formation. (Tylenol is ok.) 

DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any flaking or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring.  There is no need to touch your brows at all unless you are washing them with clean hands.


DO NOT get your brows wet unless you are cleaning them during your daily regimen for 10 DAYS.  This includes any water, so no swimming, steam or hot water from the shower, makeup, setting sprays, perfume, etc. Even a small drop that seems unimportant may expand the wound, cause infection, or create a scab which will pull your pigment out with it.  Use your shower stickers! After 10 days, you may shower normally, and wash your face with a gentle cleanser.

NO Sweating. Avoid heavy sweating for the first 10 DAYS. You MUST refrain from working out and sweating (even a little) for 10 DAYS

to prevent the salt & oils from damaging your pigment or creating a cloudy/powdered effect.

NO facials, retinols, AHA's, botox, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 6-8 WEEKS after your initial procedure and 4 weeks after your touch-up. NO Latisse, Revitabrow, Grande Brow or other growth serum on the brows 30 DAYS before & after treatment is fully healed or you may shift your pigment.

WAIT 2 WEEKS before threading or waxing brows, and 4 WEEKS before tinting.  Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 DAYS.  Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 3-4 WEEKS after procedure.  Happy healing!

what   to expect  during healing & long term care

Color will appear darker and bolder in the first few days after the procedure.  Once healed, the color will generally fade anywhere from 10-50%.  After the flaky layer of skin sheds naturally, (DO NOT PICK!) a shiny new layer will appear over the brows, and it will shield you from seeing your strokes.  It may look cloudy or blurry for a few days.  Don't panic, they will reappear in 1-2 weeks, and will be fully healed at 6 weeks.

Please be patient to see your final results and avoid picking, as this can result in uneven color, blank spots, or scarring.  It takes a full 6 weeks or more to see your healed results.  Once we are in the touch-up timeframe, we can add more density, or make any necessary adjustments.  Touch-up visits should fall between 6-12 weeks, so please plan accordingly.  

Some residual swelling, redness, or blanching (whiteness around treatment area) is normal and can last a few hours to a few days.

Healing is specific to each client.  You will need a touch-up every 1-3 years to maintain fresh and natural appearance.  Some clients may choose to come in sooner for a small touch-up visit. Everyone's genetics, physiological makeup, and lifestyle will affect the treatment in various, unique ways.  You may still need to fill in or powder your brows after they heal- this service is low-maintenance, NOT no-maintenance.

Sun exposure can fade healed pigment over time, so avoid extended sunbathing and ALWAYS wear sunscreen on the face and brow area once healed after 14 days.  In the meantime, shade your brows by wearing a hat or staying out of direct sun.  

Smoking WILL cause pigment to fade prematurely.

Glycolic acid, retinol products, exfoliating, and other treatments should always be avoided in the brow area, as it will lighten the pigment.

If you are having laser resurfacing, or laser hair removal, inform your technician, as lasers can change the color of your pigment.  Brow, lash, & hair growth serums on the brows can also shift pigments and are not recommended for use within 2 months before and after procedure.

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