Immediately after the procedure, an antibacterial ointment will be applied to create a protective barrier and prevent infection in the newly open skin. Wash this off 3 hours post procedure and every 3 hours for the first day. After the first day, gently wash the area morning and night. Use lukewarm water and a mild soap. Pat dry with disposable soft paper towel (not your regular body towel to keep it as clean as possible).
Brows may weep a clear liquid for the first 24 hours which is normal. A few times over the first day, blot any residue dry with a soft paper towel to prevent a thick crust from forming. Thick scabbing can result in more pigment loss. Follow all the instructions above. Don't apply anything to it after washing and let it breathe. On day 4 and onward, you may apply unscented lotion to help with any itchiness (but it is not necessary) dabbed on very sparingly with a cotton swab up to three times a day.
Do not use petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) as this causes the brow to sweat underneath. Do not use medicated, or anti-bacterial ointments because they will remove pigment from your brows.
Keep your fringe away from your eyebrows for the first 3 days as this is the easiest way to cause infection.
You can resume regular day-to-day activities but during the first 7 - 10 days: keep the treated area very dry! Avoid getting the area wet while showering, excessive sweating, swimming, steam rooms and saunas. Keep the treated area makeup-free as cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color. Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning beds for the first two weeks, as this may cause the color to heal ashy.
Simply sit back, relax and do nothing, seriously. It will itch, which is a natural part of the healing process, but it is imperative that you do not pick, peel or scratch the treated area as it will prevent color from retaining. You will risk patchiness, scarring and possibly infection.
Swelling will differ per person but most eyes will look puffy as if one has been crying. Puffiness can last 1-2 days. Do not use any aftercare products. You may use saline to bathe the eyes if they feel sore or tight. The liner will lightly crust over and gradually flake off over the course of 5-7 days. Do not pick, scratch or rub it off and allow it to naturally flake away. Do not wear contact lenses, curl lashes or apply any eyemakeup or mascara for at least five days after the procedure.
For Lip Blush:
Swelling may persist for 48 hours. Aftercare product will be provided to you to apply liberally and frequently to keep the lips moisturized. Your lips will lightly crust over and shed within the first few days. Do not pick or exfoliate it off and allow it to naturally flake away.
Eyebrow and lip blush results will last from 1 - 3 years and eyeliner may need to be touched up every 3-5 years. Longevity is greatly dependent on skintype, health and care. The following recommendations can help prolong your cosmetic tattoo:
Ensure you follow ALL of the aftercare instructions for the best pigment retention.
The slower the absorption of the pigment during the treatment, the longer the pigment will hold. Bleeding during the procedure will dilute and reduce the pigment absorption. Avoid alcohol and blood thinners such as vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, gingko biloba and fish oil supplements 48 hours prior to procedure. Avoid caffeine the day of procedure.
Try to keep any crusting and scabbing attached to skin as long as possible as this keeps the pigment in. Picking during healing phase will cause loss of pigment and possible scarring.
Drink plenty of water during the healing process to maintain hydration in the skin.
Maintain a healthy diet during healing. Generally the healthier you are, the better the retention.
Smoking during healing process will reduce the healing time and affect pigment retention.
The speed at which your skin regenerates will affect the longevity:
- oilier skin turns over faster and therefore pigment fades quicker.
- age also plays a factor. Older skin retains pigment less than younger skin.
- avoid exfoliation directly over the procedure area, and this includes products with Retin-A and Glycolic Acid that will turn over the skin quicker.
Sun exposure is will fade pigment so it is always recommended to use SPF once healed.
Note: Lighter colours, such as blonde pigments, will fade quicker than darker colours.