Proper care following your enhancement is necessary to achieve the best results. Please review these cosmetic tattoo aftercare instructions and refer to them as necessary. You may contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
The following must be avoided during all 14 days post procedure:
• Increased sweating/Practicing sports
• Hot sauna, hot bath or shower, or Jacuzzi
• Sun tanning or salon tanning
• Exposure to UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
• Makeup/lotion/cream to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
• Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum-based products while healing. No antibiotic cream.
• Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the treatment area
• Any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
• Facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks
• Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
• Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris
• Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
• Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Day 1 - Cleanse the Area.
You must rinse your eyebrows with clean distilled water with neutral soap (Babies soap, Cetaphil, Neutrogena, Dove etc.) one hour after procedure. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows in a circular motion for 5 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean paper towel/tissue; do not use a towel. Apply a rice grain amount of post-care cream with a Q-tip and spread it across tattooed area. Repeat this procedure 3-5 times in this first day (every 2 hours).
In between washes gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this as often as needed to prevent drying throughout the rest of the day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph.
The treated area will be darker and bolder in color and more defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. It may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort. Redness and swelling are minimal.
Day 2 – Minimal Cleanse.
Repeat same washing procedure from Day 1 two times – in the morning and night.
Day 3 – 14 - Dry Healing.
From Day 3 no water on your eyebrows. Water has properties that make the pigment fade, sometimes completely. This is why we avoid wetting the eyebrow area during the healing process. Dry healing is important in order to achieve crisp, clean strokes that are long lasting.
Only apply tiny amount of after care cream 2 times a day.
Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin, just enough to create a sheen.
Starting day 3-4 your eyebrows will begin to feel dry, itchy, flaky. Scabbing is definitely a normal part of the healing process. It is the body’s natural reaction to protect and heal the area that was worked on. If you pick at/scrub/peel/scratch your scabs then you may pull out the pigment along with the scab. This can result in a longer more extensive touch up since new strokes will have to be introduced into the skin.
You MUST let your scabs fall off naturally no matter how crazy you may think you look or how uncomfortable and itchy it feels. You need to be patient.
Your brows WILL look patchy throughout the healing process. It is important to understand this and mentally prepare yourself for the weeks to come. Not all parts of the scabs will fall off at the same which is why you get a patchy and uneven appearance. It is a normal part of the process and as uncomfortable as it may feel to be seen this way you must think ahead and remind yourself it is all for the greater good.
2 – 6 weeks - Color Stabilizing.
The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. You may think you have lost too much color. Be patient, your skin is still regenerating and exfoliating. Wait at least 5 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength.
On average most people retain about 70-80% of their brows after their first appointment as long as they follow all of the aftercare instructions.
People who pick their scabs off prematurely or do not follow the aftercare instructions properly may only have a 40-50% retention. This means the touch-up will take much longer, sometimes from square one.
Immediately following the procedure, lips will feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. They may appear swollen and bright in color.
For few hours after treatment, apply light pressure on lips with a clean paper towel, to remove any lymph.
As soon as you leave appointment start applying thin layer of ointment (A&D cream, Aquaphor) as needed to keep lips constantly moist several times a day for about 4-6 days.
No kissing, rubbing or friction on treatment area
Avoid oily, spicy and heavily seasoned food and drink with a straw. After every meal gently rinse and clean lips with water and pat dry, then re-apply ointment.
Between these days, lips will begin and end the process of peeling, and color will lighten by 30%-50%.
Do not pick or rub your lips and let the peeling happen naturally. Continue keeping your lips moist!
Once Lips are done peeling, color is light. You may return to normal routines. Lips will continue to heal, up to 6 weeks. It will take 3-4 weeks for color to slowly flush back in. Every week more color will surface, it is important to continue keeping lips moist to get the best color at the end of the healing phase.
Your lips are healed and you're feeling unstoppable!!! Just add some lip gloss and go! In most cases it requires two treatments to complete the lip transformation.
Top Tips To Protect The Color of Your Permanent Makeup:
• Wear sunscreen
• Wear large sunglasses and a hat
• Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine
• Keep glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products away from the tattooed area
• If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
Going Back for Touch-up.
Most clients need more than one treatment. New procedures take at least two appointments to complete. We check how your skin has taken the color and make necessary adjustments.
For all techniques two initial sessions, spaced 4-8 weeks apart are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory, to achieve optimal results. Refreshers are recommended every 1-2 years.