Proper aftercare is a very important aspect of the long term success, effectiveness, health, and overall satisfaction with your new brow tattoo. It is very important to follow those instructions in order to achieve the best possible results from your permanent makeup procedure. Included here are general permanent makeup aftercare instructions that will help limit any infection or problems, and assure a healthy and successful healing as quickly as possible.
- Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers. They may have bacteria on them and can create an infection.
- Apply a very, very thin coat of Healing ointment 2x times/day after cleansing for 10-14 days, or until you are done peeling. Discontinue after peeling has completed. You can apply more as needed in the day if they feel dry. Do not smother in aftercare. Apply a thin coat.
- For the first 24 hours, lymph fluids may surface of the brow, in which case, take a clean/dry tissue and dab gently over the area.
- If slight crust appears on the pigmented surface, do not force removal by picking or scratching! You will remove pigment along with the crusting and create potential for scarring.
- Wash your tattoo with Cetaphil cleanser. Use your finger tips to wash the area, pat the area dry with a clean paper towel or tissue. Do not scrub or rub forcefully.
- The procedure may have some peeling on or around the third day. This is a normal part of the healing process on some clients. Scabbing can also be present, make sure to never pick these areas or you will pick out the pigment.
- Keep showers quick and avoid facing the shower head.
- Sleep on your back to avoid pressure on your brows.
- Do not apply makeup over healing areas.
- No tinting of brows or lashes until brows are fully healed.
- Avoid excessive sweating/exercise, sun, saunas, and swimming (including chlorinated pools or jacuzzis, the ocean, or recreational bodies of water) for 2 weeks
- Avoid facials 6 weeks after your procedure.
- Avoid gardening and outdoor activities for 2 weeks
- Use a broad spectrum sunblock after area has healed to slow fading.
- Do not use products containing AHA’s on or near pigmented areas including glycolic or lactic acids or Retin A products (they will fade the pigment).
- Avoid products containing Aloe Vera during the healing time.
- Follow up appointments should be scheduled between 8-12 weeks after the initial procedure. New procedures are sometimes a two-step process and final results are sometimes not determined until the follow up visit is completed. Do not judge your procedure while it is in the healing process as it may require a follow up.
- All tattoos carry the inherent risk of infection and/or allergic reaction, so if swelling, pain, bruising persists for more than a few days, it may be a sign of infection, so be sure to contact your doctor right away.
- Any operations such as botox, facial laser treatments or chemical peels will affect the pigment from the procedure and the overall appearance. Please notify your physician before performing those services.
Average healing time and process:
Average healing time will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors that include age, skin type, circulation, hormonal cycles, and how easily and/or severely you swell and bruise. Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal. Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive physical activity, exposure to direct sunlight, and any medications you might be taking. Most clients are fully healed by 3 weeks.