HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW COSMETIC TATTOO:
Blot treated area with a tissue and clean water for the first hour to remove excess lymph fluid (prevents thick scabbing!)
Apply thin layer of the aftercare product we provide with a cotton swab 3 times per day for 3 days
Very gently wash the area with a non-scented soap or cleanser morning and night for 7 days. No harsh scrubbing! Pet dry with clean paper towel.
Do not pick, scratch or irritate the tattoo.
Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, long hot showers, sweaty exercise.
Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 2 weeks. Wear a hat if you must be in sun.
Avoid putting makeup on the area for the first 2 weeks or until all your scabs fall off.
Avoid facials, chemical peels, injectables, or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker, bolder in color, warm/red 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. Please do not panic if your brows look red or warm toned for the first few days! This is normal as our pigments are pre-modified to prevent ashy blue grey brows. Your brow color will neutralize after a few days.
The morning after procedure, your brows will be very dark. This is normal as your scabs are forming.
During the initial healing period, there should be mild scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, DO NOT PICK. Allow the scab or dry skin to fall off naturally. You may use a clean disposable spoolie to brush through your brows to remove whatever is lifted from the skin. If you feel pain as you brush through, that part of the scab is not ready to come off - please allow your skin to heal for a bit longer before brushing through again. Most clients report all scabs are gone by week 2.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks. 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. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
Try to limit hot, very steamy showers while your brows are healing. Less time exposed to water is best. Your brows should only be wet when you are gently cleaning them. Just don’t soak them or submerge them for extended periods. Momentary water contact is okay - pat dry.
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 of your tattoo.
DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing.
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, 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 intensive exercising and/or sweating while healing. Please prevent bacteria exposure from places like the gym. If you must go, please be mindful of touching your tattoo after touching equipment and sweating. Use sanitizer as needed.
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 must apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection.
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 6-10 weeks later.