Pre & Aftercare
What I’ve found is that the right pre-care and aftercare can truly make a massive difference on results. Knowing just how important prep and aftercare are, I’ve researched and experimented with many techniques and combinations. I’ve done dry techniques, wet techniques, washing, no washing, I’ve tried various products, creams, ointments…you name it, I’ve tested it.
To help you get the best results possible, I’ve outlined my lessons learned and provided a formula that will help to ensure you get the best results possible.
If you’ve ever hired a professional painter they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep”. Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer. Well microblading is very similar. You will get much better results when you properly prep. It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure.
- Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure.
- Do not tan 2 weeks prior or have sunburned face.
- Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products 1 month prior to treatment.
- Do not work out the day of the procedure.
- Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior.
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners).
- Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your treatment.
- Do not consume coffee before your treatment.
- Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood).
Days 1-7: Wash
Wash daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don’t worry, this does not remove the pigment!). Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and dry gently. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. Do not use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.
Days 1-7 Moisturize
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp treated area.
Absorb, wash, moisturize should have you covered, but here are some extra tips to help with a smooth and easy recovery:
- Use a fresh pillowcase.
- Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
- No facials, Botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for 1 week.
- Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
- Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.
- Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
- Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs for the first 10 days.
- Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area.
- Do not rub, pick or scratch the treated area.
Important note about showering:
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
Like most skin rejuvenation treatments, there may be some side-effects post-treatment and recovery from Plasma Pen. You must follow these important guidelines carefully if you wish to enjoy optimal results and protect your investment in Plasma Pen treatment. Although for most Plasma Pen treatment is virtually pain-free, your own treatment may be moderately uncomfortable and sensitive depending on where you are being treated – especially eyelid procedures where the skin is at its thinnest – and your own sensitivities and tolerances.
Before Your Treatment:
1. Avoid any kind of tanning (Spray tanning, tanning injections, sun tanning and tanning beds) for 2 to 4 weeks before your treatment. Ideally, you should try to use SPF5O to prep your skin for 2 to 4 weeks before your treatment, especially if you are naturally darker skinned. You may even wish to consider using a natural Tyrosinase Inhibitor to helps ensure there is no overproduction of pigment in the skin aka hyperpigmentation.
2. Avoid any other type of procedures on the same area which you intend to have treated with Plasma Pen, such as laser therapy, chemical peels, Botox, fillers, as this may prevent your treatment being performed by your technician at the time you want it.
- No facial acids (Retin A, salicylic, glycolic) 14 days before or 21 days after Plasma Pen.
- No Botox or fillers 21 days before or after Plasma Pen.
- No Micro needling/PRP 21 days before or after Plasma Pen.
- No laser or peels (depending on intensity of peel) for 90 days before or after Plasma Pen.
- Surgical procedures like face lifts you must wait at least 9 months postop/before Plasma Pen.
Immediately Following Treatment:
1. You may experience a “stinging” sensation in the treated area(s) immediately after treatment. This is normal and it generally only lasts for about an hour.
2. If the treated area is swollen, you may apply ice packs covered with a clean cloth. Do NOT apply ice directly onto the skin, as this can cause damage to the tissue. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or steroids if possible.
3. If you are receiving a Plasma Pen treatment anywhere on your face or neck, we recommend you sleep on your back with your head elevated to reduce swelling.
4. Do NOT cleanse the treated area until the following day.
5. Do NOT exercise 48 hours after treatment or expose yourself to any heat, steam or sweat because this can intensify the inflammation that’s already present.
6. Your technician will provide you with after care products and instructions. You must follow the provided aftercare protocol to expedite the healing process and avoid complications.
7. The area that has been treated must NOT be covered with occlusive dressing or any type of sunblock, make-up, mascara, creams or any other products until the area has fully healed. Many ingredients in skin care products and cosmetics can irritate skin and cause allergic reactions. Ultimately this will slow you’re your healing process and possibly impede desired results.
8. It is highly unlikely you will ever get an infection from a Plasma Pen treatment, as the wound we cause is not open. However, the first 12 hours post-treatment is vital in protecting you from any potential infection, so please avoid any activities where you could expose yourself to contaminants. Keeping hands off of anything that comes in contact with the treatment area.
9. You may return to work the following day. However, you will not look your absolute best during the initial healing process (approximately 7 days).
10. Expect redness, swelling and inflammation for the first 1 to 5 days post-treatment. This is normal but will usually be of a very minor nature.
Following Days After Your Treatment:
1. It is normal for the area that has been treated to be red/pink, swollen and feel tight and dry. Occasional weeping is normal and will settle.
2. Tiny crusts will quickly form on the treated area. These may be visible for up to about a week.
3. Do NOT pick crusts off as this will delay the healing process and could cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.
4. The area(s) treated may be cleansed daily with room temperature water and your fingers. Avoid using washcloths or any other washing devices. You are only removing excess oil and do not need to thoroughly cleanse the treated skin. Do NOT be tempted to rub, brush or exfoliate the area in any way to aid in the removal of the crusts. Pat dry with a clean tissue.
5. Do NOT stand with your face under a hot shower for the first 3-4 days. This could increase swelling. Try to avoid shower gels or hair products running on to your face as this could cause irritation and inflammation. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water if products do come into contact with the area(s) treated and gently pat dry.
6. Avoid swimming or chlorinated water as it can increase irritation.
7. Keep scabs/crusts moist by applying provided aftercare three times a day – but only in small amounts, do not soak the area.
8. Men should avoid shaving the treated area until it is fully healed (around 7 days).
9. If you have had treatment around your eyes, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for 72 hours after your treatment.
10. Once the scabs have fallen off (approximately 7 days), your skin may be a little pink. You may begin to apply your normal foundation/make-up/sunblock but avoid using skincare products containing glycolic/salicylic/retinoic/AHA/scrubs/Clarisonic or any other active exfoliating ingredients/devices for at least 21 days, as this will cause irritation. ABSOLUTELY NO MAKEUP UNTIL SCABS HAVE FALLEN OFF.
11. Avoid sun exposure. Once the scabs have fallen off, you must wear a physical sunblock (zinc & titanium) and a hat while your skin is in the healing stages (pink in color) and you should continue to do so for at least the next 12 weeks to avoid hyperpigmentation.
12. Do NOT sunbath/sun tanning beds for 10–12 week post procedure.
13. Do NOT have any other facial treatments in the same treatment area while your skin is healing (12 weeks).
14. Do NOT wax treatment area for at least 21 days, if not longer. If you are receiving Plasma Pen treatment anywhere around the eyes, I would wait the full 12 weeks. It will be ok to tweeze or thread any unwanted hairs after scabs have fallen off the area.
Other Important Aftercare Advice & Top Tips:
1. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
2. Eat a whole food diet and avoid excess sugar to maximize results.
3. On top of the immediate rejuvenation, lifting and tightening effects you will likely experience from Plasma Pen, it takes 8 to 12 weeks for the full effects of your treatment to be seen.
4. If additional treatments are required, it will be necessary to wait until the skin completely heals (12 weeks).
- Do not wear contact lenses during the procedure or for 24 hours after initial procedure.
- Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be light sensitive or even dilated immediately after.
- The sunglasses are also handy for hiding puffy eyes.
- Eyes will be swollen for a few days, drinking celestamine will considerably reduce swelling.
- Eyes may feel dry or irritated. Lubricating refresher drops may be used.
- Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete (3-5 days).
- Apply ointment 3-5 times per day with Q-tip and avoid touching area with fingers.
- Allow area to naturally exfoliate. Within 3-5 days line will be finer and lighter.
- If any irritation persists after three days consult medical attention.
- No cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 days.
- Avoid direct contact with toothpaste and mouthwash as it contains bleaching agents.
- Lips will be swollen for few days. Anti-inflammatory may be taken to reduce this.
- Eat carefully and drink through straw for first 24 hours.
- Do not apply topical cosmetics over area while healing.
- For the next 3 days blot the area lightly if fluid occurs.
- Start anti-viral treatment 3 days before and continue for 3 days after if you are prone to fever blisters (herpes simplex).
- During healing process, 5-7 days apply ointment with Q-tip when dry.
- When scabbing occurs allow to peel off naturally, do not pick or pull as it will influence color retention.
- Color will fade up to 60% depending on skin type, within 2 weeks and final results will only be visible after 2 months.
The day of the treatment: Absorb
Now that you know what not to do, it’s time to share my secret recipe for amazing treatment results!
Gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph.
Asking questions is always a good thing. You need to know certain aspects of treatments and procedures as they will help put your mind at ease and clarify any questions you might have. Here are some frequently asked questions which covers basically everything you might want to know.
It is not recommended as this will make the procedure extremely difficult to complete.
No, any unhealthy immune system may affect the procedure. Allow for body to heal and wait at least 3 months.
No, antibiotics will affect the procedure as it is formulated to attack any foreign substance in your body. You will have to have been off of it for 3 months.
Anyone can have this procedure done, there is no age restriction!
According to the strict guidelines of the national SANBS you will have to wait a period of 4 months.
Approval from your doctor will be needed but generally if chemotherapy has been completed you may have this procedure done.
Normally it is not recommended for diabetic patients to have this procedure done and approval from your doctor will be needed.
For the first 10-14 days these activities need to be avoided at all costs. Any direct contact with water will affect the healed result and pigment will be lost. Aftercare is far more important to me to ensure the best result possible. If you are planning on going on a vacation to the beach, the procedure must be done at least 4-6 weeks before.
For eyebrows it generally takes between 7-10 days to heal and scab, sometimes depending on overall health 14 days. In this time aftercare instructions will need to be followed religiously. Eyeliner takes between 3-5 days and lips between 4-6 days. All cosmetic procedures take between 30-60 days for true color to show which means even after the scabs have come off your skin is still going through a healing process.
I will never proceed without showing the client the shape and color chosen making the client as much involved as I am. I do however recommend that you must understand that for the first 7-10 days the treated area will be much darker and much more bold than the healed result, this is called the healing phase of all permanent makeup and cannot be avoided. As soon as it is healed it will appear much lighter and far more natural. If at all you do not like it after that it can fade away completely over time or removal can be considered.
I always recommend that a doctor’s note must be brought with on the day of procedure to ensure that all safety precautions have been taken.
It can be corrected but in most cases it will need more than one touch up. Tattoo removal is highly recommended for best results. This will be charged at an extra cost according to how much work will be needed. A High Definition picture must be sent to advice on whether the eyebrow can be corrected or must be removed. This will avoid any disappointment.
The microblading technique is still a form of cosmetic tattooing which means it does reach the dermal layer of your skin, it is however possible for it to fade away completely over time depending on skin type and overall health. As there is far less pigment implanted into the skin as the conventional solid eyebrow technique. Touch ups/color boosts are recommended for the longevity of the eyebrow. Eyeliners and lips are considered permanent and can last up to 5-8years before touch up is needed.
As I work according to strict OSHA guidelines for proper infection control every procedure is 100% safe. I use a new unopened disposable sterilized needle for each client and all implements and tools are sterilized before and after each procedure.
Minor discomfort can be expected with every procedure but a very high quality anesthetic is used in every procedure to help ease discomfort. The procedure itself is also very quick and allows for little to no pain during the procedure depending on clients own pain threshold. Generally the first pass will be felt but after that more anesthetic is applied to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
The area treated will be slightly red and inflamed which will subside within hours. It will also appear much bolder and darker for the first 7-10 days until the area has fully healed. After healed results the brow will be 20-40% lighter.
Absolutely not! You will still be able to go to work and be seen in public there is however aftercare instructions that will need to be followed in order for you to get the best healed result possible. A darker dramatic brow will have to be expected during the healing process which takes up to 7-10 days.
Yes, your first touch up will need to be done 6-12 weeks after your initial procedure for perfection and durability. Generally after that a color boost will need to be done every 1-2 years depending on your own skins retention of pigment.
This is a myth and no such thing will be done. I will however remove any hairs that are out of place to neaten the area. The whole idea is to leave your eyebrows as natural as possible.
During our consultation I study the symmetry and proportions of your face. I then decide and draw a shape according to your exact needs and facial structure. I measure the shape that has been drawn in to ensure balance and harmony that compliments all your facial features. After you have agreed upon the shape, only then will we the procedure will start.
The initial procedure can take up to an hour and a half with more time spent on consulting about color, shape and desired overall look. 20 minutes of this time will be spent on anesthetic to numb the area before proceeding. To make it as comfortable as possible.
Shaded/solid brows are considered to be far more saturated than micro bladed brows and can lasts up to 5-10 years. Shaded brows has a more solid bold look and can be done for clients who desires a more dramatic look or who are not suited for hair strokes. Whereas micro stroking gives a more soft and natural look. They are both considered to be permanent.
Because microblading allows for less pigment to be implanted, it does have the ability to fade away completely over time. The client’s health, aftercare and skin type does play a role in the longevity of the cosmetic tattoo. Generally within 1-2 years a color boost is recommended.
Microblading is used on eyebrows to create natural crisp hair strokes that mimic the growth of your own eyebrow hairs. Using a very fine configuration of needles pigments are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin which allows for an extremely natural healed result leaving crisp fine hairs. It is considered to be a form of cosmetic tattooing.