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Permanent Makeup and Microblading Healing Questions Answered!

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I am always in close contact with my guest during their healing process. YES, this is a process. Since I receive so many questions on healing, I thought it would be a great topic to touch on, also letting you know what to expect before you come in for a procedure. I will answer my most frequently asked questions for the main procedures of Permanent Makeup. I will touch on 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows, Microblade Eyebrows, Eyeliner and the Lips. First let me hit on the things to AVOID for any of the procedures you may be considering.

 

• Tanning, swimming, applying makeup to area – 2 WEEKS

• Compressing your face into the pillow while sleeping- 48 hours

• Workouts or strenuous activity- 2-7 days (depending on procedure)

• Exposing the area to full water pressure in the shower- 3days

NO WATER FOR MICROBLADE EYEBROWS -7 DAYS


 

1. 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows

With the Hair Stroke Eyebrow procedure, you will expect the pigment to fade around 20 - 30% and soften a bit after healing of the 1st session. You will be able to ice your brows the 1st few days after the procedure to reduce any swelling or discomfort you may have. I advise you to use a thin layer of Aquafor on your brows 2-3 x’s per day for around 5-7 days. Scabs that dry out or are rubbed, picked, scratched or pulled off will take longer to heal and could result in pigment loss. For the most part this eyebrow healing really is very simple for guests. Here is a Before, Immediately After and Healed Photo of the 3D brows.


 

 

2. Microblade Eyebrows

With Micro blading, it is important to follow aftercare instructions carefully. Microblade Eyebrow pigment will fade around 40 -50%. You CANNOT get the brow area wet for 7 days, post procedure. Water may expand your lines resulting in thicker lines than desired. I advise not doing anything to them for 48-72 hours. After 72 hours, you may use a VERY THIN layer of Aquafor on the brows 1-2 times a day. You want the brows to breathe but NOT dry out. (If you have oily skin or feel the need than you may want to use a dab of alcohol or witch hazel to cleanse the eyebrows and remove excess oil.) Oily skinned guests need not do anything else with them for 7 days. After the 7 day, healing you may use grapeseed or jojoba oil on them sparingly. Here is a diagram I found online that documents the healing process well. You will start by thinking “Uh oh, maybe too dark?” than day 5-8 “WHOA WAY TOO DARK” on day 8ish you’ll think “I think it all fell off?” Around 2-4 weeks the color will finalize and you will feel Happy! Due to natural skin regeneration healing differs in everyone. You will need a 2nd and possibly a 3rd session to perfect your microblade eyebrows.


 

 

 

3. Eyeliner

Eyeliner healing is a little trickier one. Due to the sensitive eyeline skin and swelling the lines will shrink, settle and look softer than immediately after your procedure. Usually if you want a nice thick liner line you will need to look thicker the day of your procedure. You may select to build them up with starting basic at your 1st session and building it up at the touch up session, or elect to go all in right away. You can expect to ice your eyeline the first few days after your procedure. (being careful not to overdue icing on the fragile eye area) I like to tell guests it will feel like you had a real good cry for the 1st and possibly 2nd day. I recommend using a thin layer of Aquafor on the eyeliner 1-3X a day for 3-5 days. Scabs that dry out may pull off pigment. Here’s a photo of immediately after the procedure and after healing.


 

 

 

 

4. Lips

Lip healing is also one of the more complex procedures. 1st and very important thing to know with any lip procedure you should be pretreating with a fever blister/cold sore medicine before your procedure. Even clients that do not typically get cold sores (if the virus lives in your body), you will expect to see it come out with a little lip trauma. I recommend ALL my clients to pretreat. Lip healing is different for everyone. You can expect to lose 50-60% of your color after healing. Icing your lips the first few days will feel amazing as you will feel swollen and DARK (you may like the way the swollen Botox look, looks!) :D Day 3-4 the peeling process will begin, color can appear orangey or pinkish. Day 5-6 Lips dry out and feel chapped. Day 7-14 Color will look as if it is totally gone.(THIS IS NORMAL) Day 15-21 Pigment will return and settle to final result. Lips may feel dry for some time after your procedure. Use of a good lip balm will help. I recommend using Aquafor on lips for the first 10 days. Here's a before, after and healed picture of lips.

I hope this helps with knowing what to expect during your healing process. Just remember everyone heals differently and healing times vary. It important to follow the aftercare your technician recommends carefully! Happy Healing!

 

 


 

 

Collagen Induction Therapy

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (5)

Collagen Induction Therapy ­ Micro needling or Derma Rolling

Collagen Induction Therapy — A Safe, Cost–Effective Treatment for Stretch Marks, Acne Scars, and Wrinkles

What do wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scarring have in common? These are all conditions which have been frustrating physicians and patients in their inability to be effectively treated. Now, at last, a new non–invasive and effective treatment is available.

Not a laser or a deep chemical peel, this exciting option is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a simple procedure that requires minimal down time (no more than four to seven days) and significant, measurable, and sustainable results.

Why and How the Procedure Works

The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen and elastin, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. Collagen Induction Therapy is performed with a MTS roller (using 540 very fine titanium needles) or a tattoo machine with micro-needles. The very fine needles are used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your body to produce new collagen and elastin. The channels that are created increase penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. I can recommend a few products I love. Studies have also shown CIT is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin, thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars. CIT eliminates all common negative side affects you may encounter with other treatments. While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all patients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, poor healing, keloids, or blood clotting problems.


 

How long is the procedure and how many treatments are needed?

Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated. This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient's expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced three to six weeks apart.

Collagen Induction Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

• Soften fine lines and wrinkles

• Contribute towards skin thickening

• Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body

• Help improve stretch marks

• Aid in the healing of burns

• Reduce large pores

 

Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment 

Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for scars and stretch marks. Fine microneedles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, very fine petechial (blood spots, but no bleeding) will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to "fill" the former scar. New capillaries result in a significant better blood supply that in return results in an improved regimentation. Collagen Induction Therapy will in general result in a significant improvement of the treated area.

 

Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy:

• The process stimulates physiological responses

• The treatment is not painful

• A very short healing period — you may be back in public in 3-5 days

• The treatment is cost effective

• It can be used on thin skin

• There is no permanent damage to the skin

• It can safely be repeated for better results

• It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin

• It can be used on all areas of the face

Results

Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however, sees continual improvement. The procedure takes from ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more. For improved results topical vitamins A and C products may be used for at least six months post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. This procedure has been successfully used to treat wrinkles, the appearance of stretch marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, burns and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas. Pictured below is my Gold Collagen Face Mask that is a wonderful way to end your needling session and get maximum results with the boosted Vitamins in the mask! 

 


 

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS COMING SOON!!