Once you've decided to take the plunge and have permanent brows done, there are a few things you can do to ensure your skin is in the best condition to ensure good results.
I explain to all my clients that there are many variables when it comes to permanent brows and for that reason it can be difficult to predict the healed outcome. Good results are a combination of my technique and products used, your skin type and its general condition, and correct aftercare.
The perfect skin to work on would be normal, young, minimal pores and well hydrated and exfoliated. But its not very often that that client walks through the door! So what can you do leading up to your appointment to help towards the best healed results?
Have a good skin care routine - this includes cleansing AM and PM, exfoliating regularly (more so if your skin is dry), using a daily moisturiser suitable for your skin type, and REALLY importantly, wearing an SPF EVERYDAY. Other things to consider are a night time treatment and additional serums to target specific concerns. If you have been using retinol, you will need to stop this before having your brows done. Ideally a 4-6 weeks before your treatment.
Look after your skin from the inside out - what you put in your body really does have an effect on your skin, so try to avoid too much caffeine and sugar. Things like dairy and gluten can also cause skin inflammation so if you have particular skin issues this could be something to look into. Don't forget to drink plenty of water too! If you are a smoker, unfortunately this will almost certainly have an effect on your healed results, for example the pigment may not hold so well in your skin or the pigment may heal more ashy.
Avoid the sun - skin that has been in the sun for prolonged periods of time will not be in the best condition to allow for good healed results. Sun damaged skin may heal patchy and more ashy. It can be harder to achieve a 'soft' finish with really sun damaged skin. If you've spent a lot of time in the sun over the years, this will have an effect on your healed brows. Whatever you skin type or condition, stay out of the sun for at least 4-6 weeks before your treatment.
If you have oily skin - it can be harder for the pigment to stay in the skin, and your brows may fade more quickly. A little tip leading up to your appointment is to wipe over your brows with witch hazel once or twice a day to help reduce some of the oil.
If your brows are sparse or over plucked - I would suggest not tweezing or waxing the brows for as long as possible before your appointment. This will allow more hairs to grow though and it will give me and idea of you natural brow shape when designing your new brows.