Post Care Instructions
As this is a semi-invasive procedure, which requires breaking the skin in order to deposit pigment, there are many things to consider before deciding to go ahead with this procedure.
First of all, make sure you are in good physical condition. This will ensure you obtain the best healed results. If you have any broken, irritated, or blemished skin around the area of treatment, it is best you reschedule. You may be refused service and lose your deposit if you show up with compromised skin.
Make sure you disclose any medical conditions and medications and supplements you are taking. It is important to rule out possibilities of any adverse reactions or undesirable outcome.
Please take the time to read the information below so that you are able to make an informed decision. Feel free to send us an email with any questions you may have.
FOR ALL COSMETIC TATTOO PROCEDURES:
Expect your new cosmetic tattoo will to darken by the end of day and may continue to appear darker and larger (thicker, bigger) than you would like. This is normal and part of the body's natural healing process. DO NOT PANIC! This is expected. Swelling should subside within a few days. You must follow the aftercare instructions provided to you for best results. DO NOT PICK OR PEEL YOUR SCABS! Doing so may result in scarring, keloids, uneven patchy colour, and prolong redness that can last for several months.
You may feel a little sore from the procedure and this is normal. You may take Tylenol, but NOT aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Until scabs have fully completed peeling:
Do not immerse the area in water or have shower spray directly in area
Do not exercise where you will be sweaty for 5-7 days
Do not wear make-up in the area
No facials, chemical treatments, microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after
Avoid direct sunlight, & tanning for 4 weeks. Wear a hat when outdoors.
Keep area moist with aftercare ointment provided with a Q-tip
Never touch the area with your fingers
Keep area clean as instructed
Never pick, or peel or rub your scab. Doing so may cause scarring and prolonged redness
Eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep for best healing
Use a clean pillow case
Use brand new makeup once healed for the area that has had permanent make-up done
MAINTENANCE: SPF protection is the best defense against premature colour fading. Please be diligent with your sun protection to maintain long lasting colour. The skin on your face is a lot thinner than your body, therefore your cosmetic tattoo will be more susceptible to premature fading. Tanning beds, and IPL/Laser treatments will also cause or even remove colour prematurely.
You will need a gentle cleanser that DOES NOT contain any anti-aging or anti-acne ingredients such as salicyclic acid, AHA'S, glycolic, etc. You may use your current face wash if it doesn't contain these ingredients. Cetaphil face wash, unscented baby wash, or unscented bar soap (new) are some recommendations. You will be given a small pot of Aquaphor at your appointment. You will be required wash your brows and apply ointment twice a day for the next 10-14 days.
DO NOT allow your scab to become soft. Steam from a shower, excessive product, and not allowing brows to fully dry after they have come in contact with water will all cause the scab to become soft and fall off prematurely taking a lot of colour with it. This may result in a very patchy brow.
DO NOT apply any makeup (this includes tinted moisturizer), anti -aging or acne medication on forehead during this period for 4 weeks. Makeup is ok once peeling is complete.
You will begin to feel some tightness and itching between days 4 to 7. This is normal and means the skin is about to peel. Cool distilled water will sooth the itch, but please do not scratch, pick or peel. Many clients have come back to report they did not experience any scabbing or peeling. This is quite common and completely normal. The scabbing you will experience is usually flat and not very noticeable (unlike a thick, crusty scab) and peeling may be so minimal that you don't notice it, but it does occur.
Eyes may appear slightly swollen and tender for a few days. It will look similar to as if you were crying. This is normal and will dissipate quickly. Itching is also common.
An ice pack protected with a wet barrier film of a paper towel can help with the swelling. Please do not ice for more than 10 minutes a sitting. Icing is most effective, the first 24 hours. Sleeping slightly elevated can also reduce any residual swelling of eyes. The most swelling is usually an issue the following morning after your procedure.
You may soil your pillowcase with some residual pigment on eyes.
Your eyes may be stuck together in the morning, use a wet Q-tip and gently separate. Do not rub, peel or pick.
Keep the area clean, no eye make-up until fully healed.
Wash once a day with diluted cleanser (Cetaphil) and only use the aftercare given for 3 to 4 days. Apply once in the am and once in pm. Use a fresh Q-tip for every application.
Do not let the eyeliner become dry in the first 72 hours. Avoid sun, pools, hot tubs and all creams around eye area. Eyes heal very well. However, they are exposed to the possibility of a secondary infection like conjunctivitis. Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands. If ointment is a problem, please do not use and rinse with buffered eyewash and seek medical attention for an antibiotic steroid eye drop.
Initially, lips may weep a clear fluid (this is normal) for at least 1 hour, sometimes longer. Wash with diluted Cetaphil and pat dry. Apply ointment. Leaving this to dry will cause scabbing and a very uncomfortable feeling.
Your lips will feel swollen and very dry after your treatment. Apply supplied aftercare ointment (AQUAPHOR) on lips several times a day. This should be done for at least 14 days post treatment.
Do not allow lips to become dry. This may interfere with healed color. During the day if lips feel dry, apply a liberal amount of ointment.
Just tap on skin and do not rub in.
Always use a clean Q-tip, not fingers to apply ointment to the lips area. This will reduce the risk of secondary infection.
It is advised to sleep on an old pillowcase. There will be residual pigment coming off the lips for several days that can stain linens.
After lips are no longer tender to the touch they may become flaky. This is normal and is expected. Please do not pick or scratch at them. This may significantly reduce the amount pigment uptake.
Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure. Be sure to use a sun-block once lips are healed.
Do not use any Glycolic, Hydroxy or fruit acid products on lips.