In order to book an appointment for any permanent makeup procedure with Kim you will first be required to have a complimentary phone consultation. This consultation will give you a lot of the following information, but also allows Kim to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure, are aware of healing time for scheduling and the protocols that need to be followed. We know it may seem like a lot, or even overkill, but one thing is for certain - your results from this procedure depend largely on how you follow aftercare and adhere to directions. Permanent makeup is permanent, it's not something to be done on a whim and it is a serious decision for a person to make, so we take it seriously when informing you in the most detailed way possible to ensure you get the amazing results you're wanting!
Healing Time & After Care
Healing & Aftercare is one of the MOST important parts of this procedure. It's important to know what to expect and how to care for your new brows so they heal in the best way possible. Each artist has their own aftercare directions, it's important to follow the directions your artist gives you to ensure consistency for their practice and your results.
Healing time for a new microblading procedure is in two phases. The first Active healing phase is about 2 two weeks, the latent healing phase is an additional 2 weeks.
Active Healing - During the first 2 weeks after your procedure your new tattoo will scab and then flake off. Kim utilizes a Dry Healing method where you will need to keep your brows DRY for the first 10 days after your procedure - this means no washing, no lotions, no oils, no ointments, no makeup, no swimming, saunas or heavy workouts. The dry healing method ensures consistency among clients and prevents the tattoo from becoming water logged and losing pigment in the healing process. It may seem tough to not wash your brows for 10 days, but everyone does it, and the healed results are generally very good! Once the scabbing has peeled the underlying tattoo can often seem very light in color from what is expected, this is partially due to the contrast from the scab, and part due to the latent healing phase that has not been completed.
Latent Healing - Once the tattoo scab has peeled there is still a healing process going on under the skin. Over the next 2 weeks the pigment in the skin is settling in to it's new permanent location and the skin which was damaged during the procedure is still regenerating and healing. Skin takes a full 30 days to regenerate, and this is what we're waiting for in these 2 weeks. The regeneration of the skin during this phase will slowly make the tattoo appear darker in color, which is expected and desired.
We use a Dry Healing method for all aftercare. It's quite simple but tends to go against what our intrinsic nature wants us to do.
For the 10 Days following the procedure you will keep your brows DRY.
This means NO:
Washing, swimming, sauna, hot tub, lotions, oils, ointments, makeup, heavy exercise.
To shower - wash your face before getting in in the sink so you can be very controlled about where the water gets. Shower always facing away from the water.
How the Tattoo Changes During Healing
Keeping your brows dry for 10 days may seem like a challenge, but it's usually the easiest part of the healing process. What tends to be the most difficult for clients is the mental adjustment and the consistent changing the brows go through over the first 4 weeks.
When we tattoo the brows and finish, we usually expect them to heal very close to how they look when you leave the office, it's important to keep this in mind going in to the healing phase.
Scabbing - When you wake up the morning after your procedure your brows may look up to 10 shades darker than when you had them done. This is the scab that's formed - when dark red blood mixes with pigment it darkens it. The scab also is a bit thicker than the actual strokes, so this also leads to them looking a bit larger.
Shape Shifting - This is often very mild if noticed at all, but the first 3 days you may notice some slight changes / shifting in the shape. This is due to mild swelling that occurs from the procedure and is dispersing in those first few days.
Peeling - Day 4-7 is usually when the brows start to peel. You may experience some itching in the area while this happens. Peeling can be mild to more intense depending on your skin and natural hair growth. The brows generally look their most awkward in this phase because the contrast of the scab to healed skin is stark.
Day 10 - 30 - During the latent healing phase, after the brows have peeled you will likely notice a mild shift in color of the tattoo. Initially they may look a bit light, then they will darken slightly as the skin heals more.
Timing of your appointment is critical! It's VERY important to factor in the above healing timeline to ensure the best results for when you want them!
As a rule of thumb, if you're wanting the procedure for a specific event / vacation / etc:
Best Option: Schedule your first appointment at least 10 Weeks before your event, you'll have time to heal and get your touch up completed and healed just in time.
Second Best: Schedule your first appointment at least 4 weeks before, you will be able to have FULLY healed from the first procedure and will need to do your touch up upon your return or after your event.
Last Chance: Schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks before, this is cutting it close but most people are fully finished with the active healing phase 10-14 days after the initial procedure.