So we’ve all made mistakes in our life, right? Well one of one mine was the regretful decision of ever tattooing and microblading my eyebrows.
16 years ago I made the decision of brow tatooing. My husband and I are big boaters and have always lived on the water in the summers so it just made it easier. Being born light blonde and genetically challanged with any kind of hair growth made it appealing.
I went to a referral at first because it’s a very scary jump. I don’t have any tattoos so it scared me to death! It’s also my face were talking about! But my friends looked great and I felt comfortable after my initial consultation.
The first professional tattoo artist went WAY to far in, they were the same width from beginning to end. It was the style then. I was ok, but they weren’t great. Bareable with makeup.
Over time the sun faded the color, sometimes to a green shade, NOT pretty! So I would need corrections and touch ups. I went to a plastic surgeon for correction 2 & 3. He knew what he was doing. The color and shape improved drastically.
There is more to it that I didn’t realize until I spent 16 years discovering and correcting my regret. Like how your blood type interacts with ink. Don’t let someone try and convince you otherwise. It’s a proven fact, blood type even effects what you eat. Haven’t you ever heard: eat right for your blood type? It’s a serious thing. Type of tattoo ink, microblade, food, geographic sun exposure, your skin care products, regimen, sunscreen, they ALL can affect your outcome!
I’m no expert but I’ve been to about a dozen professional brow tattoo experts, plastic surgeons, esteticians, dermatologist, microblade masters, what have you… And it’s funny they ALL have something different to say.
It’s like contractors coming to repair a preexisting project. They first start by letting you know what they would have done different/better, stress their way is the right way, the past didn’t know what they were doing yada, yada, yada, and that the best way is their solution. Then how they will correct it but it will take more to time, effort and experience.
Bottom line is, it’s how YOUR BODY reacts and NO ONE can guarantee that result. Why do you think all the waivers to cover everyones liability? Exactly. There is no guarantee ever. That’s the risk you take.
Through the years I had about 8 touch ups for correcting the shape and color. So I knew it wouldn’t be a one time wonder when it came time to make the scary leap of faith to start removal.
In the meantime I discovered a little secret on how to grow your natural brow line back! (This will be my next video! It’s amazing!) Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll never be a full brow girl or even normal brow thickness for that matter. But this trick was working! I was getting my hair line back. I was growing hair on my natural line from center to middle brow, but my tattoo at the ends seemed higher than my natural line. This is why I wanted to try removal and give it chance. After all its the same laser people use for sun spots and they heal so, why not. Well it’s a little stronger from what I’m told its a PQ4.
I knew I wouldn’t be a one time wonder like the tattoo itself. But I wanted to share my true results for people out there wondering if it really does work.
After searching high and low for someone that did tattoo removal, that will actually work on brows. She informed me that everyone reacts differently. Some are lucky and only take a few days to heal. Some just get a little red before they peel. Others a week to heal. I’m the lucky one, red, bleeding, swelling, bruising, and not a pretty sight for 10 DAYS!
But did it work! It faded my brows about 30%! It made it a lot easier to blend naturally with my new growth. It looked a lot better!
The challenging thing is to do removal you have to be out of the sun 2-3 weeks prior to treatment AND after! Also have the 10 day downtime for recovery!
You also need time in between treatments for your skin to heal to be able to treat again. I think it was 60-90 days from what they advised me.
I knew I wanted to give it another attempt, realistically after the 30% fade, I thought I would need 3-4 times to completely have the results I am hoping for. I waited a whole 13 months to tempt again because of my schedule.
This time I was more optimistic. I also prepared more knowing what to expect. I took arnicia tablets 48 hours prior, I stayed away from caffeine, I iced. I was ready.
After day 2, I was excited. I was healing allot faster than the first. The swelling didn’t move down my face like you see in day 5 of the first photo. But it still took my 8 days to heal. My swelling seemed to be less but my bruising seemed to be deeper. Again every person is different and I think every time I will react differently.
I’m still healing. It’s been 10 days and I know they will fade even more as they continue to heal. Do I still regret tattooing in the first place, YES! I think as we all age and our skin changes and droops they’ll be a time many people regret tattoos. So yes I do. Do I regret trying removal, No! As it continues to fade, I’m get even more happy with the results, even if it’s only 30% every time. I’m getting closer to be goal. Now I WILL NOT be hurrying to start the next phase of removal again right away! 😉 Because it hurts! The recovery is not any fun either! I think I’ll wait another 13 months to see how much I fad naturally in that time! 😉
I remember searching the internet for any kind of photos of removal the first few days in recovery as I was FREAKING OUT wondering if what I was experiencing and seeing was ”normal”. It would been helpful looking at a blog and some pics before and during to compare. So I wanted to share my experience, even though the photos are disgusting, sorry people. I thought I would share this little bit of strength for those out there wondering the realty of this process.
After a week of wearing hats to hide…
Hats off for Saturday Mom Queens! It’s almost 2019!
Enjoy your last weekend in 2018 ?