Eyebrows are essential to our facial features that define our look and can make or break our overall appearance. With the rise in popularity of eyebrow shading and microblading, it’s crucial to understand how to care for your eyebrows after these procedures. Proper post-treatment care will not only ensure your eyebrows look great, but it will also prevent complications and ensure quick healing.
This guide will discuss everything you need to know about caring for your eyebrows after shading or microblading.
Understanding Eye Brow Shading and Microblading
Before we jump into the care routine, it’s essential to understand the difference between eyebrow shading and microblading.
Eyebrow shading involves using a semi-permanent tattooing technique to create a filled-in look that mimics the appearance of fuller eyebrows. This technique is typically done using a machine or manual tool, and the results can last anywhere from six months to two years.
On the other hand, microblading is a technique that involves using a fine blade to create hair-like strokes on the eyebrow area. The strokes are created by cutting into the skin and depositing pigment. The results can last anywhere from one to three years.
Both techniques have become increasingly popular due to their ability to create natural-looking, fuller eyebrows.
Caring for Your Eyebrows After Shading or Microblading
Now that you understand the difference between eyebrow shading and microblading, let’s dive into how to care for your eyebrows after the procedure.
The first few days after the procedure are crucial as they determine the success of the treatment. Here are some tips to follow:
1. Keep the Area Clean and Dry
Immediately after the procedure, your eyebrows will be tender, and the area will be sensitive. To prevent infection, it’s crucial to keep the area clean and dry. Avoid getting the area wet for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
After the first day, gently wash your eyebrows with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and water. Pat the area dry gently using a clean towel or tissue.
2. Avoid Touching the Area
It’s essential to avoid touching the area as much as possible to prevent the introduction of bacteria. Touching the area can also cause the pigment to fade or blur, leading to an uneven appearance.
3. Apply an Ointment
After the first day, you can apply a thin layer of ointment provided by your technician to keep the area moist and promote healing. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by your technician carefully.
4. Avoid Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade and blur, creating an uneven appearance. Avoiding direct sunlight for at least two weeks after the procedure is crucial. Wear a hat or sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you must go outside.
5. Avoid Heavy Exercise
Heavy exercise can cause sweating, irritating the area and preventing the pigment from settling. Avoiding heavy exercise for at least a week after the procedure is crucial.
6. Avoid Makeup and Skincare Products
Makeup and skincare products can irritate the area and prevent the pigment from settling. It’s crucial to avoid using these products for at least a week after the procedure.
7. Be Patient
Being patient and allowing the area to heal fully before judging the final result is crucial. It takes approximately four to six weeks for the area to heal fully, and the pigment to settle.
Tips for Long-Term Care
Once the area has healed fully, there are some tips you can follow to ensure the longevity of your eyebrows.
1. Avoid Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade, so it’s crucial to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. If you must go outside, wear a hat or sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
2. Moisturize the Area
Keeping the area moisturized can help maintain the longevity of your eyebrows. Use a gentle moisturizer to keep the area hydrated, but avoid using products that contain exfoliants or acids.
3. Avoid Scrubbing the Area
Avoid scrubbing the area, as it can cause the pigment to fade. Instead, gently pat the area dry after washing and avoid rubbing or scratching the area.
4. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
Harsh chemicals can irritate the area and cause the pigment to fade. Avoid using products that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide in the eyebrow area.
5. Avoid Laser Treatments
Laser treatments can cause the pigment to fade or even disappear. It’s crucial to avoid laser treatments in the eyebrow area if you have had shading or microblading done.
Proper care after eyebrow shading or microblading is crucial for ensuring quick healing and longevity of your eyebrows. At Butterfly Medspa & Wellness, we advise our clients to keep the area clean and dry, avoid touching the area, and follow the aftercare instructions provided by their technicians carefully. Once the area has healed fully, follow the tips for long-term care to ensure your eyebrows look great for years to come. To ensure the safety and efficacy of the procedure, it is important to prioritize aftercare. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your MedPSA for guidance and support.