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Brows Pre-appointment

Before You Arrive to Your Brow Appointment

We cannot perform PMU if

• You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding

• You are currently undergoing or have undergone chemotherapy/radiation treatments in the past 6 months

• You are currently using or have used Isotretinoin (Accutane®) in the past 6 months.

Day of the procedure

• No alcohol or caffeine prior to your appointment (sorry coffee-lovers)

• You may wear your regular makeup to the appointment...or no makeup.

Starting one week before the procedure

• Do not pluck, tweeze, or wax your brows

• Do not tint your brows (makeup is okay)

• Do not tan and avoid exposure to the sun (no sunburns)

Starting two weeks before the procedure

• No exfoliating facial treatments or peels

• Limit use of anti-aging products (which include retinol, retinoic acid, vitamin C, hydroxy acids, niacinamide, etc.) on or near the brows

Starting four weeks before the procedure

• No use of medical-grade skin resurfacing products on or near the brows

• No laser skin treatments on or near the brows

Additional notes

If you wear brow makeup, feel free to come with the makeup on so we can examine what type of shape you currently use. You are also encouraged to show pictures of brows you like and don’t like. If you don’t wear brow makeup or don’t have brow inspo to show us no worries, we will determine the perfect brow for you through measurements and color matching. Throughout the entire appointment, you will have every opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions. Before we begin the procedure, you will approve the final brow shape and color. We want you to be completely comfortable and happy the entire appointment! You will receive all of the aftercare products and instructions to care for your new brows at your appointment!

Brows Aftercare Instructions
For the first 10 days

• It is important to keep the brow area as clean as possible to prevent the chance of infection and promote healthy healing.

• Avoid getting the brow area wet. when taking a shower, try to keep water off your eyebrows as much as possible. Keep a dry washcloth handy to blot the area in case soapy water enters the pigmented area.

• Do not use exfoliants or chemical peels on the brow area (retin-A,glycolic/alpha-hydroxy acids, exfoliating scrubs, etc.).

• No saunas, long steamy showers, hot tubs, or swimming.

• No cleansers, creams, or makeup in or around the brow area.

• Use a clean pillowcase and avoid sleeping on your face as much as possible; especially the first two nights.

• Never pick, peel, or scratch the procedure area. Picking and scratching may cause scarring and/or removal of the pigment.

• Minimize exposure to direct sunlight.

• Avoid sweaty workouts for the first 7 days. Any perspiration within the first 7 days of the healing process could result in loss of pigment.

• Do not tint, thread, wax, or pluck the procedure area for at least 10 days.

• Avoid dusty environments or any task where your eyebrow area could be exposed to excessive dust, dirt, or dander.

• If you experience an allergic reaction or develop symptoms of an infection, you should contact your health care provider immediately.

Treatment steps

• Day 1: (day of the procedure): Every 2 hours, gently blot the brow area with a lightly dampened, clean paper towel/washcloth to absorb excess lymph fluid. Gently pat and dry the area, then apply a small amount of balm (provided to you).

• Day 2: Apply balm in the morning, at noon, and before bed (brows should not stay shiny with balm – if so, you have used too much).

• Days 3-5: Leave brows alone. Allow them to dry heal (no balm, no water).

• Days 6-10: In the morning and at night, blot the brows using a damp compress, then apply a thin layer of balm (provided to you). Repeat daily until all scabs are healed.

• Days 11-15: If your scabs are fully gone by day 10, you may resume life as normal (sweat, wear makeup, use facewash, etc.). If you still have some scabs, that’s OK! Everyone heals at a different rate; you can continue to follow day 6 -10 procedures until the scabs are fully healed. This can take up to 15 days. Once the scabs are fully healed, you may resume life as normal.

What to expect during the healing process

• Days 1-4: Brows may be tender, and the surrounding skin may feel tight. Brows will get progressively darker until day 4 (earlier for some people, later for others) as scabs are healing over the procedure area. DO NOT PANIC. Your brows will not stay this dark. The scabs are forming over the new pigment, which makes the new brow appear extra dark.

• Days 5-12: The scabs within the procedure area will begin to flake during this period, which will look like dandruff flakes and dry skin. The brows will itch but it is ESPECIALLY important that you do not pick, peel, scratch, or touch the scabbing. Once you reach this stage, new skin is forming over the pigmented area, making the pigment appear lighter than you were expecting. Again, this is completely normal and no cause for alarm.

Days 13-21: The pigment will resurface as the forming skin completely heals and the brows will reach their final appearance. Final appearance will be darker than what was experienced during days 5-12.

• 6-8 weeks: After a PowderBrow or Mircoblading Procedure, a touch up session is recommended to fill in any gaps in pigment or darken any areas that lightened too much during the healing process.

Long-term care

• It is okay and recommended to apply regular moisturizer to your brow area.

• To retain the color of your new brows, you should always apply SPF to the area when exposed to the sun. Direct sunlight can cause pigment to fade prematurely.

• Avoid the use of exfoliants or chemical peels on the brow area (retin-A, glycolic/alphahydroxy acids, exfoliating scrubs, etc.).

• If you follow these instructions carefully you should expect to see beautiful, polished results that you will love for the next 1-3 years!


Consult a Healthcare Provider if: 

  • Unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling at the site of the procedure occurs

  • Rash occurs

  • Unexpected drainage at or from the site of the procedure occurs

  • Fever within 24 hours of the procedure occurs

  • Consult a Healthcare provider at the first sign of infection

Aftercare FAQ's
  • How long will PowderBrows last?
    Typical results last 1 to 3 years depending on the individual’s skin-type and lifestyle
  • What is the difference between Microblading and PowderBrows?
    Microblading is a technique that produces hair-like strokes throughout the eyebrow, adding shape and density. The strokes are etched into the skin using a manual tool and backfilled with pigment. PowderBrow is a technique that adds pigment to the brow area in a shaded, pixel-like fashion. This service leaves a natural look which enhances the brow shape and color. The results appear very soft and powdery; almost airbrushed.
  • When do I need a periodic touch-up?
    We recommend at least two years between your first appointment and a periodic touch-up. This allows adequate time for the existing pigment to fade and ensures we are maintaining the health of your brow area :)
  • Who is not a candidate for PMU?
    • Any person with a serious heart condition should consult with their doctor before scheduling a PMU appointment. • Any person who is currently taking Isotretinoin (Accutane ®) or has taken Isotretinoin within the last year. • Any person who is pregnant or nursing • Any person with a serious skin condition affecting the eyebrow area. • Any person who has undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment within the past year should consult with their doctor before scheduling a PMU appointment.
  • Do I need a consultation?
    Our consultation is built into the full session appointment. At your full session, we will map your face to create the perfect brow shape, select a pigment color to match your natural undertones and hair color, and walk you through the entire process in detail! Ultimately, we are working to achieve the most natural and healthy results possible. If you have any questions about PMU, email us!
  • My hair is colored. What color should my eyebrows be?
    We understand that your hair color may change and that is not a problem! During the color matching process of your full session appointment, your artist will create a pigment color based off of your existing eyebrow color and skin tone.
  • Can I wear makeup to the procedure?
    You are encouraged to come to your appointment wearing your makeup just like you normally would. We do not base our measurements or design off of your current makeup, however, knowing what look you are accustomed to helps us gage your expectation of the final product.
  • How do you decide the shape and color of the brow?
    When receiving a full session PMU service at MDS, you will undergo our custom mapping and color matching process. We find the shape of your brow by using the natural geometry of your facial features and create the color based off your natural brow and skin tone. During the mapping process, we explain each step to you and will not proceed until you are 100% satisfied with the selections.
  • Can I have a PMU procedure if I am pregnant or nursing?
    You cannot receive a PMU service while pregnant or nursing.
  • Is there a recovery period or will I need to miss work?
    For most professions, there is no recovery period required for PMU services. If your job involves sweating, swimming or water activities, or exposure to dusty environments, we recommend you take some time off to adhere to our aftercare instructions.
  • How long is an appointment?
    PowderBrow Duration: 2.5 Hours Initial Touch-Up Duration: 1.5 Hours Periodic Touch-Up Duration: 1.5 Hours
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