Please read all pre and post care for your procedure before booking your session. Thank you!
- Must discontinue use of Retin-A, Retinols, Acid cleansers or creams, Vitamin A, and other topical OTC medications 2 weeks before your skin needling procedure. (Oral Accutane (and similar oral medications) must be discontinued for ONE YEAR before treatment is an option.)
- No tan (natural, bed, or spray)
- No active acne or blemishes
- No chemical peels or laser treatments within 30 days of your procedure.
- No fillers within 60 days of your procedure
- Must get on anti-viral prior to procedure (2 days) if you have a history of cold sores.
- Procedure day, rinse face and pat dry before bed. Apply no products.
- Day 2-7, cleanse skin with a mild cleanser and moisturise. Apply sunscreen. Avoid any active ingredients (Vitamin A or C, and acids other than Hyaluronic Acid).
- After 3 days, after cleansing, use the hyaluronic mask for 15-20 minutes. Pat in excess serum afterwards, do not wash it off.
- After 7-10 days, you can return to your regular skin care regimen (avoiding retinols and acids for 3 weeks.)
- Keep the area clean and moisturized
- Mineral makeup (new) can be worn the next day. Liquid foundation not recommended for 7-10 days.
- Days 1-3 the skin will appear red/pink, feel very dry, itchy, and tight. Some flaking is normal. Deeper areas will appear redder longer and may scab. DO NOT PICK AT SCABBING OR FLAKING. It is recommended to use a sensitive skin, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep the area/s hydrated during the healing phase
- A daily sunscreen is recommended
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 1-3 months, or until area is no longer pink.
- No chemical peels or laser treatments for 60 days
- No fillers or injections to treated areas for 60 days
NEEDLING RECOVERY TIMELINE – Please take this into consideration when you select your session date.
- Day 1: Erythema/ redness appearance will depend on the severity of treatment. Can be very red or minimally red. Some swelling is normal
- Day 2: A red, pink, or purple hue can persist like a moderate sunburn. Redness will be more even and more swelling may be noticeable.
- Day 3-5: Skin substantially less red/ pink and normal coloring starts to return. Swelling begins to subside. Some residual flaking/light scabbing will continue in areas that were treated more aggressively.
The day of the procedure, please come to your appointment with your brows how you normally wear them.
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, or tint within 48 hours the procedure
- Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not work out immediately before the procedure
- Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners).
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
After care is very important for producing a beautiful and lasting result. Failure to follow after care instruction may result in infection, pigment loss, scarring, or discoloration. Not following these instructions voids our service contract and could result in the cancellation of your touchup appointment and any future services.
- Blot: Blot the area every 2 hours (or more often as lymph appears) with a lint free paper towel or clean cotton for the first 48 hours when awake.
- Clean: Keep the area clean by wiping twice a day with Microtonic for the first 7 to 10 days. Do not use a washcloth or a sponge.
- Balm: Apply aftercare balm after washing to dry skin. Apply with freshly washed fingers. Use a rice grain sized amount for each brow. Less is more, if you can see it, it’s too much! Use balm 2x’s daily for 30 days.
- Always wash hands before touching brows
- Wear a visor or hat to protect from sun exposure while healing. Wear SPF once healed.
- Remember that you have what is essentially an open wound on your face. Keep it clean!
- DO NOT PICK!!! Allow flaking to naturally come off, picking could lead to scarring/poor color retention because it pulls the color out of your skin and can cause scarring.
- Don’t apply any product other than the provided aftercare for at least 5-7 days.
- Don’t work out, swim, or sweat excessively for the first 10 days.
What to Expect
- Swelling: mild swelling, itching, redness, light scabbing, light bruising, and dry tightness can be normal. Ice packs are a nice relief (wrapped in a clean, lint free towel) and aftercare balm can relieve itching and tightness
Seek medical attention if your brow area becomes infected. Major signs of infection include, but are not limited to, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site.