Saturday, July 4, 2015

Eyebrow Tattooing and Eyelash Growing

On April 15th I had a second session of eyebrow tattooing. Just like the first time, it took around two hours to finish. It was as unpleasant as the first time. Those little razor blade cuts can hurt.

Here are my completed brows taken the day after the final session.

Just like the first time, on day 5 the itching began.  By day 11,via my magnifying mirror, I could see the ink escaping the tiny crevices made by the razor blade. Some of the lines of ink I was glad to see go, but some I was not.

As you can see by this picture of me without any make-up, and after some time had passed, my tattooed brows are lighter in color and thinner looking. Tattooed brows can take as long as two weeks to heal. This picture was taken after healing was complete.

During the day, while my eyebrows healed, I was able to control my desire to scratch, but as I slept it was a different story. One night, I awoke to find myself scratching my left brow. Today that area has a small space that is missing ink. Luckily it is only a small area, and thankfully eyebrow pencils are part of my make-up collection.

This picture shows my brows with some filling-in done with a brown eyebrow pencil.

My only regret is I wish the two eyebrows matched. One eyebrow has lines that are more or less diagonal. The other one has lines that start out diagonal, but then become more horizontal. Overall, I do not regret having this done. Although it has crossed my mind more than once that I may have been used by the tattooer to practice her skills since there was no charge to me for four hours of her time--but hey, no harm done.  

Several weeks ago I started applying Careprost to my top eye lashes. It is a product like Latisse, but not as expensive. My lashes are beginning to fill in, but it is a very slow process. It may take as long as 4 months for my eyelashes to reach their longest length. Careprost is easy to use and can even be used on eyebrows of which I have started to do. I am not seeing the same results as I am getting with my eyelashes, but I have not given up yet. If you decide this might be something you would like to try, whatever you do, don't buy it from someone who specializes in skin care. I was not very happy when I searched the internet and found the same 3 ml product for so much less than I paid for it.

If my lashes are ever long enough to be seen in a photograph, I will post some pictures. If those pictures are ever posted, you will know the product works.

Thanks for stopping by!

Update to this post on August 7, 2015:  It took me a while, but I finally researched the drug Careprost for eyelash growth. I am currently undecided if I should continue using this product. It appears to have the same ingredients as Latisse, but I cannot figure out why that is possible since the patent Latisse (company Alergan) has is not expired. Careprost is not FDA approved like Latisse. My eyelashes have reappeared but not as long and thick as I had hoped. Do not use on bottom eyelashes because, as I found out when I slept, the product irritated my eyes resulting in redness and burning.  Also, the person that sold me the product did not warn against the possibility of iris color changes as a side-effect. This may be an uncommon occurrence for use of this product to enhance eyelashes, but it still could happen.

Update December 1, 2015:  Shortly after my Aug. 7th update, I stopped using the generic brand of  Latisse. My upper lid itched and a few white bumps appeared which from my research could have been a bacterial infection. My eyelashes did start to fall out, but luckily many remained, and I still have them today. They are not the thick lashes I had in my youth--darn menopause. My tattoos of my eyebrows have lightened considerably. At this time, I have no desire to have them redone. I am disappointed that the tattoos did not last longer.  

Latisse has 11 patents with the last one expiring in 2019. Until then, the generic is not supposed to be sold in the US--at least that is how I understand the process.

Prescriptions for Latisse are required. A dermatologist or an eye doctor can write them.