Approximate Healing Schedules
What you can expect day by day.
NOTE: Permanent makeup procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they are performed on. If your skin is sun damaged (even from tanning beds), thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Scars on the lips from fever blisters cause pigment removal. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to fading. Touch ups are needed 6 -8 weeks after your initial procedure to ensure the best result and to keep your permanent cosmetics looking the best. Your procedure maintenance, as outlined in your pre and post procedure directions, is very important.
Day 1 The eyebrows are approximately 25 to 60% darker and bolder in width than they will be when healed. Your skin is red under the pigment which causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some swelling, although difficult to actually see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrow area. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. DO NOT PICK! New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process.
Day 2 Conditions remain the same.
Day 3 Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation begins.
Day 4 The skin begins to flake – peeling from the outside edges first. DO NOT PICK!
Day 5 Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until color clarifies.
Day 1 Swollen, like you’ve been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look.
Day 2 Swollen, usually for a few hours after waking up, with the heavier eye makeup look continuing.
Day 3 Swelling decreases with a tight feeling. The pigment begins to lift away from the skin.
Day 4 There is a “pinching” feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. DO NOT PICK!
Day 5 Blinking movements of the eye usually removes all pigment by this day. Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color.
Day 1 Swelling, tender, heavy thick lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect.
Day 2 Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a slight metallic flavor.
Day 3 Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color effect.
Day 4 Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips. Still tender. DO NOT PICK!
Day 5 Very chapped but almost finished with first chapping stage.
Day 6 A soft, rich color begins to appear.
Days 7-13 Lip color disappears and the “frosty” (2nd chapping) stage begins as a whitish/grayish haze on the lips.
Day 14 Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21 (3 weeks post procedure).
Day 21 Healing complete. The color you see is the color you have. However, lips remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal but with color!