what to expect
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards, but there should be minimal discomfort. During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own. The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6-8 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
what not to do
Do NOT: Get your brows wet for 5-7 days. Also avoid getting any face serums/lotions, soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area for the first five days as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
DO: After day 10, wear SPF 50 everyday after your brows are healed.
- Pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
- Apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- Use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing.
- Bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
- Apply 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.
- Apply any anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
- Thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
- Exercise and/or sweat for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
- Enter any swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
- Soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
lip blush aftercare
Days 1-2: Morning & Night
- Place ice packs in a clean sandwich bag or paper towel and apply to lips 10 minutes on/45 minutes off for 3-4 hours
- (Optional Day 2): Rinse with lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft paper towel or gauze.
Days 3-4: Morning & Night
- Cleanse with Blue Green Foam Soap by massaging it onto the affected area for 30 seconds.
- Apply Lip Healing Balm after each cleanse. Massage balm into affected area (If your lips are extremely dry, you may use Aquaphor ointment as well.)
- Use alcohol free toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Avoid hot beverages and drink all beverages through a straw. Avoid spicy, acidic, salty, and colored foods.
- Do not let animals lick or brush up against the area.
- Keep in mind that the area will be swollen for up to 3 days post-procedure and the color will be very bright/dark for the next few days.
Days 5-7: Morning & Night
- Continue to cleanse with Blue Green Foam Soap and apply Lip Healing Balm after each cleanse.
- You may use regular toothpaste and mouthwash at this time.
- You may introduce the use of sunscreen (or Chapstick with SPF) after Day 10.
- Do not expect perfection after the initial procedure. Minor adjustments may be made during the touchup and are normal.
Permanent make-up procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they are preformed on, if your skin is sun damaged, thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily you will not get perfect results after the initial procedure.
Scars on the lips from fever blisters cause pigment removal. Lifestyle medications, smoking, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to the fading of pigment.
Days 1-4: Clean 3 Times Daily
- Gently apply 2 pumps of Blue Green Foam Soap to the brows and gently remove with a soft, clean paper towel or gauze. Let brows air dry.
- Apply a tiny amount of Aquatat ointment to brows. Blot away the excess. Do not oversaturate.
- Place ice packs in a sandwich bag or paper towel and apply to brows 10 minutes on/45 minutes off for the first 3-4 hours on Day 1.
- Change pillow cases the first 2 nights of healing.
- Avoid gyms, sweating, saunas, chlorine, and prolonged sun exposure for 7 days.
- Keep hair away from brows and avoid touching the tattooed skin.
- Avoid blood thinners such as: alcoholic beverages, aspirin, vitamin E, and fish oil for 7 days.
- In 1-3 days, the swelling should subside and color will still appear dark.
Days 5-7: Clean 2 Times Daily
- Continue to clean twice daily, then apply a tiny amount of Aquatat ointment after each cleanse. Blot away excess.
- The brows will begin to peel. Do not pick or pull the skin. Picking will result in color loss or cause scarring.
- After the peeling has subsided, the color will start looking softer.
- Introduce the use of sunscreen after Day 7 to protect your tattoo.
- Keep your scheduled touchup appointment.
- Do not expect perfection after your initial procedure. Adjustments can be made during your touchup appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: Healing is specific to each client. Color will fade/soften anywhere from 30-40%. At the time of your touchup procedure, we will perfect any areas that may not have retained as much pigment. This is why touchups are critical.