How to care for your new brows:
Right after appointment:
After the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb plasma. Do this every hour for the remainder of the day. Then start the washing process before bed.
Days 1-10: Washing
Wash daily to remove bacteria or buildup. Gently wash your eyebrows in the morning and night with water and the soap I will provide in your aftercare kit. With a firm but gentle touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows then rinse. To dry, gently pat with a clean DRY towel or paper towel.
Days 1-10: Moisturize
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare cream (provided in your kit) with your clean fingertip and spread it across the treated area. Do not put a lot because this will suffocate the treated area and slow down healing. The cream should be barely noticeable on the skin. NEVER put the cream on a wet or damp tattoo because it can get water lodged.
What to expect:
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker, reddish/warmer and bolder in color as well as 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:
You may bathe normally but try to limit your shower times if there is a lot of steam. The key is to avoid any over saturation of water on the treated area. Other than soap provided, avoid getting any body soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area.
DO NOT 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.
DO NOT 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.
DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing. Please just use the products provided in the aftercare kit I will provide you.
DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
Do NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, salicylic Acid, Proactive, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
No anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
Do not thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
NO exercising and/or sweating for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
NO swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
Do not soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment no sooner than 6-8 weeks later.
Below is a picture meme of the emotions you may feel during the healing phases.
Each client’s skin responds differently to these treatments.
This information acts as a guideline only. There are no implied or written guarantees if you do not take care of your tattoo.
Your permanent cosmetic procedure was performed using a sterile single-use needle and high quality pigments. The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol. If you allow your eyeliner to dry out during the first few days you stand the chance of losing all or much of your eyeliner color. Please follow the instructions below unless otherwise instructed by a physician.
During the first two weeks some pigment may drop out or appear like it is flaking off, you will may about 15% to 20% of your color. This is normal and can be filled in on the follow up touch up visit in about 6 to 8 weeks. You may not come in sooner for a touch up. Touch up done before 6 to 8 weeks will cause the skin to be overworked and scarring may develop. Everyone’s skin is different. Some people may lose more color then others. This is normal and means that the color will need to be adjusted at the touch up.
Do not wear contact lenses for at least 48 hours following the procedure.
The day of the procedure:
GENTLY wash area with clean finger tips and antibacterial soap. Use a fresh q-tip to apply ointment, flip it and wipe off excess. You only need a light coat of ointment as a barrier so the skin can also breathe.
No makeup today!
Eyes may be swollen and tender, this can last for a few days. Don’t worry about the swelling, your eyes will become much less swollen within a couple of hours and reduce over the next several days. Feel free to do two, 10 minute ice packs today to help with swelling.
** In the morning, after cleaning, apply a 10 minute ice pack if needed. They will be the most swollen and crusty the morning after the procedure.
For the next 7 – 10 days
Wash Twice Daily! Make sure you gently pat dry before the ointment to avoid excess moisture. It’s very important to keep your eyes coated at all times with ointment. It is absolutely imperative that you do not let the eyeliner area dry out, as this will create dryness and scabbing, resulting in the loss of color and shading. It is best to apply the ointment approximately 3-4 times a day. Always use a fresh Q-tip with each application of ointment; this will reduce the risk of a secondary infection. (Remember to wipe off excess.) Be sure to put ointment on right before you go to bed at night, first thing when you wake up in the morning after cleaning and one to two more times during the day. Itching is also common but do not rub your eyes or pick at the eyeliner, if you notice a little lifting of color, let it fall off naturally.
**All makeup used AROUND NOT ON the eyeliner must be NEW and bacteria free!! Old makeup can cause an infection. Makeup can resume after 2 weeks.
Do wear sunglasses when in the sun in order to protect the fresh color for the first two weeks.
Avoid tanning beds, the sun, pools, hot tubs, and any bodies of water, direct water pressure and all creams around the eye for two weeks.
Do not dye, perm, or use an eyelash curler for 2 weeks.
Do not take long hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs, as this will cause the color to sweat out of the skin. Stay away from dirt (gardening or sport activities) to prevent possible infections.