Top Tips for Post Semi-Permanent Brows 

When you have invested in beautiful permanent eyebrows, you will want to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Most treatments last from one year, up to three before you require a touch up appointment. Lots of factors come into play to determine how long they will last. 

Variants will be impacted by the type of ink used, the intensity of your pigment, the type of procedure you’ve chosen and your commitment to aftercare will all affect the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo. Most of this is out of your control, but one thing which is most definitely within your sphere of influence, is the aftercare that you are committed to providing.

Here, we will take a look at the best ways to care for your permanent eyebrows to give them the best chance of a long lifespan.



Immediately after your treatment


Immediately after your treatment you may experience:

  • Tingling

  • Tenderness

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Flaking

  • Itchiness

The reason for this is that your skin is already beginning the healing process. These symptoms can last up to 72 hours and can be easily relieved with over the counter pain relief. During the first few days, resist the temptation to itch your eyebrows or to apply any sort of cream or ointment, aside from any product your practitioner has given you.



The first seven days


The first week following your cosmetic tattoo treatment is crucial in ensuring effective healing and a great result. Your practitioner has done all they can to give you beautiful permanent eyebrows; now it is up to you to finish the task. During the first seven days, I recommend:

  • Using your ointment as instructed: You may have a healing balm to use. This should be gently applied two to three times daily, as instructed, using clean hands and a clean cotton bud for each application. Remove any excess with a clean tissue. Less is more and your skin needs air to breathe and heal. With some eyebrow tattoo techniques I advise dry healing, with minimal or no use of any ointment at all. I will advise you personally about all this during your consultation.

  • Resist the urge to scratch your skin: Some itching is normal; it’s a sign that your skin is starting to heal itself. Do not pick at or scratch the treated area as this could cause scarring, infection and a poor colour result. Your eyebrow tattoo may flake a little; this is also perfectly normal and should be left to heal naturally.

  • Avoid makeup and products: In the area where you have had your eyebrow tattooing done, you should not apply anything other than the supplied healing balm. Any moisturisers, makeup, oils or lotions could cause infection or a reaction in your skin, which will be detrimental to your end result.

  • Don’t wash your face: This might sound horrible but getting water on the treated area can cause problems with the semi permanent tattoo. Instead of splashing water all over your face, use a cleanser to clean everywhere but the tattoo itself. If you do get your eyebrow tattoo wet, pat it dry gently with a clean tissue.

  • Pin back your fringe: If you often have hair in your face or a fringe, take care to clip it back for the first week at least. Hair getting into your tattooed eyebrows can cause infection which will disturb the way the colour sets.

  • Avoid sun and sunbeds: Large sunglasses or a brimmed hat can offer great protection for your eyebrow tattoos from the sun. Don’t go on sunbeds or take part in any activity that could cause excessive sweating such as sports or saunas.

Taking care of your tattoo at this early stage can mean the difference between a beautiful, long lasting cosmetic tattoo or a disappointing result. Remember, your colour will inevitably be darker now than the end result, so don’t assume that the colour is wrong; give it time and it will soften to the perfect shade you wanted.


The first few weeks


Most eyebrow tattoos will have healed well by the time two weeks are up. During these two weeks, you should take care to avoid sunbeds, sunshine, swimming pools, salt water and direct shower spray. You don’t need to be quite so careful about washing your face, as long as the water is cool, and can finally get your fringe back down without worrying about infection.

We will have arranged a follow up appointment within four to eight weeks after your initial treatment. This is a great opportunity to evaluate the colour and shape now that things have settled down. We will discuss your brows, re-applying more pigment and addressing any issues of patchiness or uneven shape.

Just as when you had your first makeup tattoo done, you should take good care of your eyebrows for the first seven days following your touch up. Even after this, do avoid rubbing or scratching your eyebrows for several weeks, as this could cause premature ink removal and result in your tattoo fading too fast.


Longer term aftercare for your permanent eyebrows


You’ve invested good money in your gorgeous new eyebrows, so naturally you’ll want to get the best value from your investment. Helping your eyebrow tattoos to stay sharp and nicely coloured means you’ll need to take care of them long term too, although really this care is fairly minimal. I recommend:

  • Always using sunscreen, as sunlight will fade your semi permanent eyebrow tattoos

  • Avoid using anti-aging creams in the area, as they can affect your tattoos

  • Avoid certain skin treatments in the area, such as chemical peels, facial scrubs, laser rejuvenation, microdermabrasion and others

  • If you plan a skin treatment, tell your beautician about your permanent eyebrow tattoo

  • If you need an MRI scan or other medical procedure, inform your doctor about your semi permanent eyebrows

Although all these permanent makeup aftercare instructions may seem a little daunting at first, most of it is simply common sense. I am always at the end of the phone for support, whether it’s been a month or a year since you had your treatment.

There is no guarantee as to how long semi permanent brows will last, but with a little care and consideration, you’ll ensure you achieve a great result for as long as possible.


For more information please contact Lucy