FAQ – Preparation – Aftercare

Tell me about your training, technique, and pigments! I’m a certified Phibrows artist and have my certification in Blood Borne Pathogens. I specialize in microblading and combination brows. I manually create fine, crisp individual hair-like strokes using superfine needles and deposit cosmetic pigments into just below the epidermis of the skin. I only use single-use, disposable sterile needles, and FDA approved cruelty-free/vegan pigments.

How long will my cosmetic tattooed eyebrows last? Microblading / combo brows are semi-permanent with results typically lasting 1-3 years. Microblading typically lasts 1-1.5 years and combination brows 1.5-3 years.

The results vary depending on the procedure selected, quality of the skin, lifestyle, and pigment color. It will gradually fade over time and to varying degrees.

Adhering to the aftercare process is critical to how well your brows last. To keep your brows looking fresh I recommend a touch-up session every 1-1.5 years.

What is the difference between Microblading and Combination brow? Microblading creates the look of fine hand-drawn hair strokes. It is best suited to people with dry to normal skin, and for people with some hair. This service is not appropriate for people with oily or thin skin.

A combination brow is a mix of microbladed hair strokes with shading. I offer soft or bold combo brows. Both soft and bold brows create fuller-looking brows and add depth to brows with no existing hair.  It creates a look similar to soft powdery brow makeup. The amount of hair you have, the thickness of your skin and if you have oily skin will influence the level of shading you require.  This service is appropriate for all skin types.

Will it hurt? A topical anesthetic is used to maximize your comfort during the procedure, however, pain tolerance varies from client to client. Most clients describe tweezing and threading to be more uncomfortable.

What is the healing process? During the healing process, you will not have any scabbing. Some patchiness in color can be expected and sometimes little dry flakes (like dandruff) will shed during the first week. The first 3-5 days after your treatment the color will appear darker. As they heal, some pigment is lost and the overall color will soften and look more natural. A complimentary touch up takes place 5-8 weeks after the initial treatment. Please follow the aftercare instructions below to ensure proper healing and color retention.

I’ve had eyebrow tattoos before. All new clients with previous brow tattoos must schedule a consultation prior to booking a treatment.

What factors will affect my cosmetic tattooed eyebrows? 

  • Excessive bleeding during your procedure will greatly affect how your body retains pigment. Please follow the preparation instructions which will be provided to you to help minimize bleeding.
  • Sun exposure: Increased sun exposure causes premature fading.
  • The color of pigment: Lighter colors fade faster than darker colors.
  • Smoking: Smokers may notice that their pigment will fade faster.
  • A thyroid disorder can affect how the color heals.
  • Do not use eyebrow serums or retinol on eyebrows which have had cosmetic tattooing.

When should I book? 

  • Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment.
  • No waxing or plucking 3 days before treatment. The more hair you have the better.
  • 1 month before treatment stop the use of brow growth serums on brow area.
  • No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment.
  • If you receive Botox in your brow area please wait 2 weeks since your last treatment before receiving cosmetic tattooing. Botox can be received 1 week after cosmetic tattooing. 

Who is not a good candidate for cosmetic tattooing?

  • You are pregnant or nursing.
  • Under 18 years of age.
  • Undergoing active chemotherapy. It’s advised to wait for 1 yr after cancer treatment. Cosmetic tattooing pre-chemotherapy is fine.
  • Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required).
  • Any bleeding disorders.
  • You’re taking blood-thinning medication.
  • Use of Accutane, Vitamin A, or retinoids- must wait until 4-5 months after treatment ends.
  • Have an autoimmune disease.
  • Currently on steroids.
  • People who develop keloids.

Transmittable blood disease and autoimmune disorders. Microblading punctures the skin with tiny needles and pigment is deposited into the upper dermis of the skin. For best pigment retention a quick and healthy healing process is required. Individuals with a compromised immune system will not have satisfying color retention and risk infection. 

Skin conditions Clients with Rosacea, Couperose, Psoriasis, Keloids, eczema, shingles or rashes in the eyebrow area cannot receive cosmetic tattooing.


The following activities thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding during the procedure which affects how well you retain the pigment and will result in unsatisfactory results.

  • 24 hours before your appointment do not consume alcohol or take blood-thinning medications such as Asprin or Ibuprofen. Tylenol is ok.
  • Do not exercise, or consume caffeine day of your appointment.
  • You can’t shower for 2 days after the treatment so I suggest shower and wash your hair the day of.


The cleaning process: Wash your hands. Use a wet cotton round to make the brow damp. Put some soap onto your clean finger pads and gently wash the brows. Use wet cotton round to dab away the soap. Dab brows dry with kleenex. Ensure brows are dry before applying the balm to prevent trapping in moisture.  Use a q-tip to apply a rice grain size of balm to the brows. DO NOT use too much or you will suffocate the brows and they will not heal properly.

Day 1

  • Do not touch your brows with your hands other than when cleaning them.
  • 30 minutes after the treatment do your first clean.
  • About once every hour take a kleenex and dab the brows.
  • Repeat the cleaning process every 2-3 hours until bed.

Days 2-7

The first week your cuts are healing. The following steps help keep the area clean and support pigment retention.

  • Following the steps provided in the cleaning process wash once when you wake up and again at bedtime.
  • No showers for 2 days.
  • Avoid all face cleanser, creams, soaps and ointments on brows except what I provide you.
  • Avoid the sun on the brow area.
  • No makeup on the brow area.
  • Try your best to keep the brows as dry as possible except when cleaning them for the first week. Just like any cut, it heals better when the skin is dry. No swimming!
  • No sweating! Avoid exercise, saunas, baths, steaming, and facials.
  • After 7-10 days if your brows look healthy and without any redness, you can resume your normal makeup and cleansing routine.
  • Try and sleep on your back for the first few days. The pillow will rub off the eyebrow scabs.

Additional Information to help maintain your brows.

  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning salons, chemical peels, light therapies, microdermabrasion, creams that contain regeneration factors, and laser treatments as they can destroy the pigment and cause it to fade faster and could change the pigment color.
  • Antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to pigment fading.
  • Protect the eyebrows from the sun by using sunscreen. Except for the first 7 days which no creams can be applied.
  • Book your free follow-up session! Follow-up sessions need to take place 5-8 weeks after your initial treatment.