Aftercare

Learn How to Yield the Best Results

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP PROCEDURES

 Proper care following your procedure is required to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that some intensity and/or unevenness of color, particularly after the initial application of pigment are normal. How well each person heals from the procedure will vary. Most people will only need one touch-up to achieve the desired look, while others may need more. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure.

 

What TO-DO

 

  • Wash the area with mild soap (provided) and water with clean fingertips within 2-3 hours of the procedure and once per day for 5-7 days.

  • Apply a very thin coat of provided ointment 2 times daily for 5 days using a clean Q-Tip to smooth on a thin veil of ointment. MORE IS NOT BETTER. Remember, your skin needs oxygen in order to heal well. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.

  • Apply a thin layer of moisturizer 1-2 timer per day on days 6-10. Aquaphor, Cetaphil or Lubriderm are suggested.

  • Use a fresh/clean pillowcase.

What to AVOID

 

  • If a slight crust appears (usually around day 3) on the pigmented surface do not force removal by picking or scratching! (You will remove pigment along with the crust).

  • DO NOT touch tattoo with dirty hands.

  • Protect the treated area from friction or rubbing (you can use a neck pillow when sleeping).

  • Protect your the treated area from overexposure to sun, sweat, or heat (avoid vigorous exercise).

  • Do not use products containing AHA’s or Retin-A on or near pigmented areas.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs and long steaming showers for the first 10 days. When bathing keep the area dry.

  • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area.

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

 

CONTACT Megan if you experience any of the following

 

  • Excessive itching, swelling or blistering or any other complications post procedure, stop using your aftercare ointment and call your technician immediately. You may be allergic to the aftercare product.

  • If you have excessive redness, tenderness or swelling contact your physician and technician as the area may be infected.

 

LONG TERM CARE:

 

  • Use a good sunscreen, as sun exposure will cause your permanent makeup to fade.

  • Be sure to inform the technician of your permanent makeup if you are planning a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser procedure.

  • Be careful with products like Retin-A, chemical peels, acid peels, or any other rapid skin exfoliation products. Using them regularly on the forehead area will cause permanent eyebrow makeup to fade prematurely.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE HEALING PROCESS

EYEBROWS:

 

Your new semi-permanent eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. Initially, your brows may seem too be too red and too large. Don’t be alarmed. We have just worked the skin and its natural for it to be red and swollen. It will calm down in a day or so. 

The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. The scabbing process will also make the brows appear darker. Stay calm, all of this will lighten in a week or so. The color will eventually be 30 - 50% lighter. 

Once the healing process begins, the skin will become dry and flaky. This might give the impression that the color is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. 

 

Some strokes/color will disappear and re-appear in 2-3 weeks. Not all strokes/color will remain and they will get replaced at the touch-up session. You will feel some itching, but try to resist! 

 

Some strokes will disappear and re-appear in 2-3 weeks. Not all strokes will remain, they will get replaced at the touch-up session. You will feel some itching, but try to resist! 

 

EYELINER:

 

You may experience mild swelling when your procedure is finished. Everyone is different and the amount of swelling will be different for each client. Apply ice on the eyes in the morning and sleep somewhat propped up if possible. Avoid foods high in sodium for a few days. Absolutely no Mascara until the site is healed. Purchase a new tube of mascara when you do resume wearing it, because our makeup is full of bacteria. And, of course, no picking!

 

LIPS:

 

Lips will initially be very bright in color and feel chapped. It’s really important to keep them moist constantly so they stay lubricated. Apply ice as needed for swelling. Do not pick loose skin as you will pull out the color before it has healed into the skin. Lips have a tendency to fade up to 60%. Be very gentle and follow your aftercare instructions. No lipstick or gloss until peeling is done (at least 7 days). Avoid whitening toothpaste, wine, and salty foods. Rinse your mouth with cool water after eating and re-apply your ointment. Try drinking through a straw, even hot coffee, and tea. Many things we drink are acidic and will fade the color.