Updated: May 27
The downtime is a concern for many clients...
"How will my brows look while they are healing?" "Will they scab up and look gross?"
"How long will the process take?"
"Is this normal? Should my brows look like this?"
So I thought I would create this blog to support you in answering all of those questions.
The healing process is going to vary from person to person. However below is an outline of what you can expect with approximate time frames.
The most important thing I can share with you is to follow your aftercare (NO exceptions), and to be patient and trust the process. Your pre-care and aftercare are responsible for 70% of your healed results.
STAGE 1: (Day 1)
Immediately after your brow procedure I will blot your brows to remove any lymph, and apply some balm. I will then give you a leaflet, and explain the aftercare in full giving you the chance to ask me any of your questions.
STAGE 2: (Day 2-4)
The colour is going to oxidise and will look bolder. I always choose a slightly lighter colour on your first appointment to ensure you love the colour and can get used to your new look.
STAGE 3: (Day 5-7)
As the skin cells regenerate the brows will start to flake which will resemble a mild dandruff in the brows. During this time the brows will feel itchy. Be careful not to irritate the skin or to remove the flakes too soon.
STAGE 4: (Day 8-10)
The colour will look like it has faded greatly or in some cases disappeared. This is because the pigment is an anti-body so your natural immune system will try to dispose of it by carrying it to the deeper layers of skin and draining it through the lymphatic system.
STAGE 5: (Day 14-18)
The colour will push back through around week 4, it will look a little patchy and uneven. This is normal and is the purpose of your complimentary retouch appointment.
STAGE 6: - THE TOP UP (4-6 weeks later)
You will come back for a second procedure in 5-8 weeks time where the pigment will be reintroduced to the skin, and any necessary tweaks to the shape or colour will be made. The healing process will then begin again.
FAQS ONE SIDE IS HEALING QUICKER THAN THE OTHER IS THIS NORMAL?
Healing isn't a linear process, It's unique to each individual and it is common for one side to heal quicker than the other. Or for the timings to vary.
I KNOW IT SAYS THAT IT IS NORMAL FOR THE COLOUR TO FADE OR TO DISAPPEAR BUT MINE HAVE DISAPPEARED IS THIS DEFINITELY NORMAL?
Yep! Refer to stage 4! IT'S BEEN 3 WEEKS AND THE COLOUR HASN'T PUSHED BACK THROUGH IS THIS NORMAL?
Yep! Refer to stage 4!
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BROWS SCAB?
If they scab this is due to the client failing to remove the lymph correctly. If this happens it's fine, just DO NOT get the scabbing wet, pick, peel, or remove the scabbing prematurely. This will result in pigment loss and potential scar tissue.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR GET AN INFECTION?
Firstly I would like to reassure you that health and safety is taken VERY seriously at Laurella Beauty. It is VERY rare and none of my clients have ever experienced an allergic reaction or infection after their procedure. If you do experience this you must seek medical advice immediately and then let your technician know so they can update your records. We are not medically trained so we cannot give you advice and/or treatment for this. This is the ONLY time you should reach out to your technician during the healing process.
Love Laura xo