Before & After Care

It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully for optimum results:


  • No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before application.
  • Do not work out 24 hours before application (body heat expands the pores). It is recommended not to sweat (heavily) for the first 10-14 days after the procedure. Sweat is salt and will prematurely fade, blur or cause the pigment not to take at all.
  • Avoid sun/ tanning/burning 4 weeks prior and 4 weeks after procedure as it will affect results.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before application.
  • Do not take fish oil for 2 weeks prior to application.
  • No brow waxing or tinting one week before application (let your brow hair grow out for as long as you can stand it)
  • No Botox for at minimum of 3 weeks prior to your application and 3 weeks after.
  • No Accutane for 1 year prior to application.
  • No chemical peels 60 days before and 60 days after (if you do, the brows will fade quicker due to Retinols/Retin-A’s, other anti-aging creams or serums containing acids that fade your permanent makeup prematurely even after it has healed)
  • Please note: You will be more sensitive if you have fibromyalgia or are on your menstrual cycle.
  • Smoking will cause the pigment to fade prematurely and anesthetics will not last as long.
  • You may wear makeup to the appointment. Your brows will be cleaned and sanitized prior to starting the procedure.

Note: Should there be any contraindication that arises at the time of your appointment (i.e. medication, alcohol use, skin condition, etc) we will refrain from performing the treatment.


Healing time is a standard 7-10 days; brows will appear dark & thick after treatment, strokes will look crisp and bold and in some cases unnatural. After 7 days, brows will become 40% lighter and 10-15% thinner. Be patient, it’s a process and your skin has to go through series of changing while the healing occurs.


Aftercare will be applied to your brows by Riki Lebied as soon as the treatment is complete. Beginning 30-60 minutes after treatment, carefully clean the brows with water and a cotton round. Continue this gentle wiping every hour throughout the day of treatment. This is removing the clear lymph that will continue to come from the skin and help avoid a scab formation. It will also help speed up the healing process. At bedtime, on Day 1 only, gently clean brows once more using same method, apply a very thin layer of aftercare again and place saran wrap over the brows overnight.

DAY 1-7: Each morning, carefully clean the area using cotton round, water and gentle soap (cetaphil for example). Use only the aftercare given by Riki Lebied as needed for the next 7 days, 5x per day (up to 3x a day for oily skin) using a Q-tip or clean fingertip. Each time you apply the aftercare, be sure it is a very thin layer so the skin is able to breath while healing. Do not gob the aftercare on. Do not rinse the aftercare off in between applications. The layer you apply should be so thin that it absorbs into the skin. Be careful when showering and bathing, avoid getting shampoo or soaps in the area for the first week, as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis. Use the aftercare very sparingly and allow it to absorb into the skin.
DAY 7-14: Exfoliation of the top layer of the brow is normal from day 4-7; new skin forming causes the area to appear lighter at first during this period of time. In this time, your brows may peel, flake and feel itchy. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK – it may cause scarring! You may think they even disappeared altogether – please don’t panic (this is due to the new skin forming over the scabbed area). The color will emerge again. Week 4-6 is where natural exfoliation has happened and the true color emerges.


no water, makeup, lotions/cleansers
no heavy or strenuous activity/sweating
no exfoliation/scrubbing
no picking/scratching
no sleeping on your face
no sun/tanning beds
no swimming
no normal showering
no sauna/steam rooms/hot tubs
no dyes or tinting, shaving, waxing, tweezing

FOR 4-8 WEEKS AFTER PROCEDURE (these also pertain to the first two weeks):
no botox or fillers
no sun/tanning
no facials/peels
no exfoliation/scrubbing
no direct sun/tanning beds
no electrolysis/hair removal
no smoking

NOTE: Everyone’s skin heals differently and most clients develop patchy areas or the appearance of fading after the first treatment.  It is important to understand that this is a two-part process and the second touch up treatment will complete the procedure and, after healing, you will see the finished result. 

IMPORTANT: After the procedure, the area treated will be darker and more intense: this is normal. This will last a few days until the skin heals and peels and naturally exfoliates and the true color emerges. In the first week as the tiny scabs form in order to heal, they may look even darker/thicker due to some minor swelling. The 2nd and 3rd week after the procedure, you may think they even disappeared altogether (this is due to the new skin forming over the scabbed area). Week 4-6 is where natural exfoliation has happened and the true color emerges.  Only you may notice the change. It will look like you had your eyebrows tinted that day (which looks darker initially). Other people may notice ‘something’ is different, but they are unlikely to identify the source of the difference. The brows may also appear thicker than you might like, however, this settles down, as the minor swelling recedes and the hair stroke will shorten as a result. Please remember, Microblading is a process and requires more than one appointment. Several weeks of changes to the treated area will occur and the immediate results do not equate to the end result.

​NOTE: Riki Lebied – Syracuse Makeup Artistry/MicrobladingCNY does not have control over your body’s healing process (healing is specific to each individual) but do expect that some residual swelling is normal for all procedures.  The area may appear uneven, dry, itchy, tender, red & irritated. This is all 100% normal.  DO NOT PICK.  These symptoms will dissipate each day and vary on an individual basis. Color WILL fade/soften anywhere from 40% to 60%.  At the touch up faded areas will be fine-tuned.  It is also important to realize that you will need a color boost every 1-2 years after the touch-up to maintain it’s fresh natural appearance.  You may need to powder and/or pencil even after the healed results.  Remember, this is an enhancement to your natural brows not a permanent one.


Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.

Glycolic Acid, Microdermabrasion and face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.

If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician.  Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.

There are no implied or written guarantees if you do not take care of your tattoo.

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