Like with any beauty procedure, micro pigmentation is a bio-process, which means you should not expect immediate results and have patience while your body adjusts to changing influences and effects. It will be a few weeks before you can fully appreciate the results and guaranteed, you will love it.
- Shape and Color
Immediately after the procedure the area treated will look much darker and much more defined than when the final results set in. Be prepared for the color to be significantly lighter and the overall appearance much softer and more natural after healing. This transition takes time based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
Usually the exfoliation (peeling) process takes about 4 to 5 days and will be complete after about day 7. At that point the contrast between the initial intense and dark color and the new softer and lighter color may be such that you may even think that it has faded more than you would like. No Worries! This is normal and is the purpose for your six to eight week follow-up appointment.
At that time the design and color will be adjusted to your liking. We can add very easily, but it is much more difficult to remove! You must wait at least 6 weeks between applications. Touching up micro pigmentation prematurely may damage your results or possibly result in scarring.
- Eyebrows Information and After Care
Immediately post-procedure, your eyebrows will appear to be too dark, too thick and with the look of an unnatural “drawn on” appearance. After the healing is complete you will be able to appreciate the color and softness of your eyebrows. Most of the time they will actually be too light, which will be corrected during the six or eight week follow up appointment, which is the “finishing session”.
During the healing period (1 week) apply a thin coat of ointment 2-3 times a day. If your brows are too dark after 24 hours, you may soften their appearance by dabbing on a small amount of face powder after applying the ointment. Be sure to use only a clean makeup and brush so that you do not contaminate the site and create an infection! To remove make up, clean the area using only baby oil or mild soap and water. Be gentle and blot dry. Avoid direct exposure to the sun to prevent premature or excessive fading of color. Do not soak in water or let strong shower stream hit your eyebrows. Blot gently to dry.
A suggestion: During the morning and evening of the first week you may brew tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Then place the teabags in ice water. When cold, place the teabags over each eyebrow for 10 minutes. You may store your tea bags in a baggy and keep them in the refrigerator. Repeat this process whenever you feel the need. This same tea bag compress is also good for puffy eyes. After the healing is complete you may resume regular care. The use of sunscreen is recommended to prevent fading. If you use foundation, you will find that you are “hiding” your eyebrows. Just take a cotton swab dipped in baby oil and gently wipe the foundation from your eyebrows.
- Eyeliner Information and Care
Immediately after the procedure the eyelids will be slightly swollen. Because of the swelling, the eyeliner will appear to be much thicker and sometimes distorted. The color may also appear extremely dark, even when soft colors are used. DO NOT WORRY!
In 2-3 days the liner will be reduced to the desired thickness and will be more even, as the swelling goes down. Despite this, the color may remain dark until the healing process is complete (approximately 7 days). At this point your eyeliner may be too light, uneven, “not enough”, etc. Again, as with eyebrows, when you return for your “perfecting session” six to eight weeks later we can adjust color and design to your liking.
If the swelling persists beyond 48 hours or becomes worse, or if the eyes become inflamed (red, itchy, watery) you must call Lashem-n-Leavem so that appropriate eye drops may be recommended. This is a very rare occurrence, but can develop in patients with extremely sensitive eyes.
- Eyeliner After Care
Immediately after the procedure and for the first 24 hours, brew tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Place teabags in ice water. When cold, place the teabags over each eye for 10 minutes. You may store your tea bags in a baggy and keep them in the refrigerator. A tea bag compress is also good for puffy eyes. During the healing period: Apply a small amount of aquaphor or generic equivalent with a cotton swab each morning and evening. To clean use only baby oil or water. Be gentle and blot dry. Avoid direct exposure to the sun. Do not soak in water. After healing is complete you may resume regular care. Whenever you apply make up be sure not to cover your eyeliner.
SHAPE: Immediately after the procedure, lips may appear to be uneven or crooked, due to the natural swelling. Please do not be concerned. The swelling diminishes (24-48 hours) and your lips will become evenly shaped.
COLOR: Following the micropigmentation procedure, skin on the lips will react differently than the rest of your skin. You will experience 2 stages:
1. Initial color is “too much”, until a slight peeling occurs after about 4-5 days.
2. The color is then “not enough” – you may think that it is abnormal and want to come back earlier for your second application. It is very important to wait.