Semi-Permanent Makeup Aftercare Instructions
AFTERCARE IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR DESIRED RESULTS;
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Follow these instructions carefully as this greatly affects the outcome of your permanent makeup. For the first 3-6 days, the colour intensity of your procedure will be significantly brighter or darker, as well as larger and sharper than what is expected for the final outcome. Although the area will appear healed after 10 days, it will not be fully healed for 4-6 weeks (8 weeks for lips). This is based on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
One procedure cannot guarantee desired outcome. In some cases, we need to see how our clients react to the pigment and review the healing process after the first procedure. Therefore we recommend a touch-up visit within 2 months after the first procedure (optional).
For All Procedures
- During the first 24 hrs after the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid, this prevents hardening of the lymph. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped.
- After 24 hrs, wash daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. Gently use your fingertips to wash the area each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat the area dry with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants. DO NOT scrub or rub forcefully
- Keep the area MOISTURIZED . Gently apply Vaseline or Vitamin A & D ointment every 20-30 minutes when the are is tender, itchy or dry for 10-14 days. This provides pain relief, moisturizes, prevents infections, promotes healing and helps retain colour. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin.
- Do not directly shower the treated area. Keep it covered with a layer of Vaseline or Vitamin A & D ointment. Limit your showers to 5 minutes to avoid too much steam.
- Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs, soaking, steam bath and facials for first 10 days.
- Use a fresh pillowcase and avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days
- Before sleeping use a thick layer of Vaseline on top to keep the area moisturized overnight.
- DO NOT rub, scratch or pick along the tattooed area. Early removal of pigment crusts may result in loss of colour.
- DO NOT apply makeup including sunscreen on the pigmented area during the healing process.
- Avoid applying exfoliants or AHA/glycolic acid products to the tattooed area for at least 2 weeks.
- No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks
- Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week
- Avoid sun exposure (including tanning beds ) for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
More for Eyebrows
- The eyebrows may be swollen for the first few hours. The color will look darker for the first 5 days until the scab peels off, then it will look smaller and lighter
- Try to sleep on your back during the healing process.
More for Eyeliners
- Do not use mascara or eye shadow for the first 10 days.
- Eyelids will be puffy and swollen for the first few days, to reduce swelling: Ice several times daily (approx. 10 minutes each time) over the first 3 days to minimize swelling.
- Before placing an ice bag, have a plastic wrap on your eye area to keep them clean.
More for Lips
If you’ve EVER had cold sores/fever blisters/herpes on or around your lips, you MUST obtain the prescription ZOVIROX/VALTREX from your doctor. Start prescription 3 days before and 4 days after procedure (or follow the doctor’s instructions. ) Failure to take this anti-viral medication may result in an outbreak which will comprise the results of your lip procedure.
The lips will look very intense as well as become swollen for 2-3 days depending on the individual. Usually the scab will peel off after about 3 days. During this time the color will look quite pale, only the lip liner will show a light color. Be patient until the skin matures, which will take at least one month , and at that point, you will see a more natural result.
- Use clean Q-tips to apply an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin) 3 times daily for 3 days (if you have an allergic reaction to Polysporin, i.e redness, rash and swelling, stop using Polysporin and see your doctor immediately).
- Avoid eating spicy and salty foods. Use a straw to drink for the first few days.
Long term care -For all Procedures
- Use a good sunscreen daily on tattooed area otherwise the color will fade faster.
- Our pigment is iron-oxide based which your body absorbs as mineral irons, so the color will fade over time. You may need a touch-up every 1-3 years. The fading speed depends on your skin type.
- If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please tell them that you have has an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.
- If you are planning to have a laser treatment, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause the pigment to turn black.