Pre and Aftercare For Your Tattoos
The right pre and aftercare are necessary to obtain the best results for your procedure.
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PRE CARE INFORMATION
• Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours
• Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor
• Do not use 1% Retin A skincare products close to the area to be treated 6 weeks prior to your procedure
• Do not use AHA skincare products close to the area to be treated 4 weeks prior to your procedure
• Avoid professional chemical peels close to the area to be treated 4 weeks prior to your procedure
• Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone
• IPL hair laser removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior to your procedure
• Eyebrow hair stimulating products should not be used for 2 weeks prior to your procedure
• Botox in the brow region should be performed no less than 4 weeks prior to your procedure
• If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please refrain from doing so within a week of your appointment. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape (that we both agreed on), we can remove them.
• Please let your technician know if you have any allergies including Lidocaine or other numbing agents
• Feel free to come in with your brow makeup on so I can see your every day look your prefer. We will then discuss the best shape that complements your feature.
Cosmetics are a wonderful gift to ourselves. If you are currently stressing that your freshly tattooed brows/eyeliner/lips are too dark, don’t worry. Your semi permanent makeup will lighten!
This information has been compiled to guide you through the first month post procedure(s) and provide you with an idea of what to expect and which aftercare products to use. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time with any questions or concerns that are not covered in this document. To ensure that you have the most positive results from your semi permanent makeup (SPMU) procedure and aid your skin in proper healing it is important that you follow these directions.
First off, do not apply any ointment for the first 6 hours post procedure! This is known as the “Golden Period” of wound healing and the skin must breathe and close on its own without any foreign oils on it. All SPMU areas should be kept out of direct sunlight post-procedure for 14 days. Once fully healed (between day 21 and 28), you may apply sunblock to the area for maintenance protection. This helps to ensure the longevity of your SPMU. Eyeliner is exempt from this, as it is typically protected through the use of sunglasses. For all procedures, during the first 6 hours (except eyes) cleanse with gentle antiseptic cleanser on a daily basis. DO NOT OVER WIPE. After 6 hours, please refer to the following area-specific care instructions:
Nothing else should be applied during the first 6 hours post procedure. In the next 72 hours, clean the area 2 times daily (morning and night) with a gentle cleanser followed by your aftercare cream. For the next 7-14 days apply a very thin layer of your aftercare cream 2 – 3 times daily. Make sure the treatment area dry before applying your aftercare cream with a microbrush or cotton tip. Dispose the microbrush / cotton tip immediately after each application. This keeps the area protected with a breathable barrier and supports healing. Make sure to wash your hands prior to touching the area.
During the first 7 days all creams (except for the protective one), all makeups in the treatment area should be avoided. Minimise workouts that involve a lot of sweating, sauna, facial massage and steaming (inhalation). In the next 30 days, please avoid sunbathing, solarium, light therapies, chemical peelings, fruit acids, microdermabrasion, creams that contain regeneration factors, laser treatments over the treated area because they can destroy the pigments and cause burns. Avoid the use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy that can lead to a faster pigment fading. Always protect the treatment area from the sun with SPF (except for the first 7 days).
THE HEALING PROCESS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Day 1 to 3
You can expect the area to be bold in colour, with a dramatic appearance, clear discharge, and slight bleeding. A crust is forming for full healing and your PMU may look uneven due to inflammation/swelling. Do not worry, this is normal. Trust the healing process, it will lighten and heal.
The area will start to itch and flake. The procedure area will appear to be thicker in texture and possibly look uneven because of the aforementioned inflammation/swelling. The crust has formed, flaky skin will start to peel from the outside edges first. This is normal; do not panic and do not pick at it. Just use your ointment to minimize the look.
Most of the colour has finished flaking off. You will notice a soft greyish effect for several days until the skin cells exfoliate and clarify the colour as it starts to mature. This maturing takes a full 21 to 28 days with the skins natural cycle.
A much softer, more natural look.
Greyish appearance is gone, skin looks smooth and the colour is very soft.
Pigment looks brighter and clearer. The tissue is healthy and healing is complete. Time to call and book a follow-up appointment!
There may be slight swelling. This is totally normal. You may apply an ice pack to the area to reduce swelling and soothe the area. make sure you move the ice pack around, not leaving it too long in one area, in order to prevent frostbite. For the next 7 days, apply a thin layer of aftercare ointment daily. You can also use a warm, damp cotton pad to gently wipe the area. Do not use contact lenses, eye makeup, or mascara for 7 days post procedure and any lash-enhancing products or fake lashes for 14 days post procedure. Used makeup contains bacteria as a result of regular use, so make sure you purchase new mascara once you are ready to use it again. You should avoid swimming in pools for 5 days post procedure, as bacteria and chemicals in the water may be irritating. Do not swim in the ocean for 14 days post procedure as the salt water will pull pigment out. If you wear contact lenses, we advise that you arrange a transport home after the procedure. The contacts should not be replaced for a minimum of two hours.
THE HEALING PROCESS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Swelling, tightness, and tenderness when you blink. It will look like you have been crying a lot. The PMU will look heavy and you will experience some clear discharge.
Swelling, still a heavy makeup look with some particles of pigment around the eye area. It will feel tender and a slight crust will have formed.
A lot less swelling, tight skin, the pigment has a slight crust and begins to lift away from the skin.
Exfoliation of the surface pigment; the skin beneath will begin to flake off. Do not pick at it.
Blinking and movement of the eyes will feel less tender and apply ointment will usually remove all excess pigment. Colour has somewhat of an ashy grey appearance until a second exfoliation that takes a few more days to clarify the true colour.
Eyeliner appears softer and shrinks in size to reveal a thinner appearance.
Still a soft ashy appearance but the skin has healed and is fully exfoliated.
Full healing has taken place and the colour has matured and clarified.
NOTE: If your eyes feel itchy and irritated you may have a minor irritation to the aftercare ointment. You should discontinue all ointment, wash your eyes to remove the ointment and let it heal dry. If your eyes are red and emitting any white or yellow discharge, or very itchy, you may have a minor eye infection. In this case, rinse your eyes to remove the ointment and visit your pharmacist or doctor to request antibiotic eye drops. Eye infections are extremely rare but can happen, so always wash your hands when treating your eyes and apply a very tiny amount of aftercare ointment (size of a grain of rice).
For the first 6 hours use a gentle cleanser to cleanse and soothe the area, allowing the wound to close naturally in a clean environment. For the next 10 days, use your aftercare ointment 2 times daily (morning and night) followed or apply as needed. You may also apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area to reduce swelling during the first 72 hours of healing; make sure you move the ice pack around, not leaving it too long in one area, in order to prevent frostbite. During the healing period, avoid wiping/ licking the lips. This will further traumatise the area and also impede the healing process. Be careful when brushing your teeth as toothpaste can pull out the pigment out of the lip vermilion. For the first few days, drink with a straw. Avoid citrus fruits and juices during the healing process.
THE HEALING PROCESS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Swelling, tenderness, very dark and thick lipstick appearance. The area will appear reddish purple in colour. This is all surface oxidation, as the lips have swollen and there is blood in the tissue related to minor bruising from the procedure. You will also experience some mild bleeding and be oozing with coloured discharge, as a result of the pigment. DO NOT DRINK HOT LIQUIDS OR EAT SPICY FOODS.
Slight swelling, reddish, and tender with some oozing of coloured discharge accompanied by a warm feeling. You might notice a slight metallic flavour because of the dried blood.
Sore but with less swelling, thick texture as a crust has started to form (scab formation). You will experience a warm feeling before exfoliating and have very dry, chapped lips.
Exfoliation begins, the chapped texture is almost gone.
Lip colours begin to appear under the crust. This colour will start to disappear, replaced with a greyish, transparent “frosty” haze as the second stage of healing begins.
Greyish haze disappears and beautiful colour blooms and matures, looking bright and clear.
The healing is complete. The colour you see now is the new colour you will have. Your lips will remain dry for 1-3 months.
For the first 24 hours:
• Do not wet or rub your eyelashes.
• Do not apply cream around the eye.
• Do not apply mascara.
• Do not take a sauna or Vaposone facial.
• Do not swim.
• Use YUMI™ Lashes nourishing mascara every day.
• Comb your eyelashes upwards every day.
What to expect during and after your microblading session
Your new temporary eyebrow will go through several phases during the healing cycle. The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not settled in completely. The colour of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton tip, as this is an excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place. it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the colour pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial colour and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.
Once completely healed, apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the colour pigment to fade away sooner.