Most likely, yes. We say this because the vast majority of clients do. However! There are a select few that have a type of skin that is really great for retaining ink and they follow the aftercare instructions and voila! No need for a touchup!
That being said, it takes your skin six full weeks to completely heal. (This does not mean you will need to be in hiding for six weeks! No, most of our clients can walk out of their appointment ready to face the world.) During this six-weeks time, your body tries to repair the area of your face that it thinks has been damaged (by the needle). As this happens, it is extremely natural and almost inevitable that you will lose color.
Post procedure, your brow color will look its darkest in the first two days. It begins to soften and fade into its natural color as time goes on. You will typically know what your finished results look like at the 3- to 4-week mark. We absolutely cannot touch your skin with a needle until the six weeks is over; even if you feel healed, your epidermis is not ready.
The ultimate goal is to retain as much ink as possible. For this reason, when you come in for your appointment, we will go over the aftercare instructions with you in detail. (This involves avoiding working out/sweating during the first 10 days post procedure, staying out of the sun, etc.) Your body’s oils are already pushing the ink out of your pores–we must minimize this as much as we can.
As you lose color during your healing process, you can decide exactly what you want to achieve during your touch-up appointment. This waiting period is good for you. You can, like we said, decide what you want to add to or leave the same and your skin has actually become renewed and healthier. As you heal, your brain is actually triggered to send collagen to the damaged area and thus, when you come in for your touch-up, your skin is thicker and ideal for retaining ink.
After we see clients for their six-weeks touchup, we don’t see them again for a year, two years, three years–whenever they decide it’s time to come back in and revamp.