I had my brows done by someone else but I want you to do them next!
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How long does it last?
Every person will have different results. It’s a very common misconception that these types of services are semi-permanent, but this isn’t the case. Sometimes the tattoo will completely fade away, and other times it won’t. What it will do is gradually fade over time. It’s impossible to predict how quickly your brows will fade, even if the technique is near perfect. Your skin’s natural exfoliation, your skincare routine, and your lifestyle play a significant role in the longevity of your brows. I recommend maintenance touch ups about once a year.
Does it hurt?
I use two kinds of numbing agents (5% lidocaine) throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot predict how well your skin will respond to the lidocaine. This is tattooing so some level of discomfort can be expected.
What is the process like?
This is a two-session procedure. The first session will include a thorough consultation, brow design, and tattooing. To design the brows, I use your facial features, bone structure, and natural brow shape. I won’t tattoo you until you’re 100% confident and comfortable with the shape! After about 2 months, you come back for a touch up to address any fading and shape or color adjustments if necessary. Please keep in mind that no two brows will ever match perfectly! Our bone structure and facial features are asymmetrical, as well as our brows. I can match them as closely as possible, but perfection is not my style of work. I believe that it’s the small imperfections that make us look most natural and beautiful – perfect brows are too robotic looking!
What is the healing like?
General aftercare is to keep them clean and as dry as possible between cleanings. In depth aftercare instructions are given at your first appointment. Here is a day by day breakdown of what to expect:
Day of: Tender, red, slightly swollen. Brows appear auburn.
Day after: Tender, still reddish, possibly swollen – could make brows appear uneven. Shape looks bold, sharp, and dark. You will notice this, but no one else will.
Day 3-4: Redness and tenderness start to subside, brows start to feel rough and tight
Day 5-10: Itching & peeling will start, resembles dry skin. Dark scabs combined with healed spots may cause the brows to look patchy. Spots could heal too light - don't worry, these spots will be filled at the touch up.
Day 14: Scabbing and peeling should be finished, brows may look too light. Makeup can be worn if needed.
Day 30: Surface is healed, color is true.
What can I do to extend the longevity of my brows?
First things first: Don't sweat for at least a week after getting your brows done. That being said, June-August are pretty hot, so if you're naturally warmer, I recommend waiting until its cool outside. Sun exposure and skincare routine will also play a significant role. Always apply an SPF to your brows to prevent excess fading. Even with an SPF, brows will still fade quicker if you have prolonged sun exposure (vacations, tanning beds). Brows also fade because of natural skin exfoliation. If you get frequent facials, specifically chemical peels, be sure to ask the service provider to avoid the brows. Avoid frequent exfoliation in the area, and avoid the following products and ingredients in the brows: all Vitamin A: retinols, retinals, Tretinoin, Differin, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic acid. These ingredients increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates. If you're unsure of your skincare products, ask your skincare specialist!