After Care Instructions
Proper care following your procedure is important and required to achieve optimum results. Keep in mind that some intensity of color will be lost, and /or the color may heal unevenly. This is normal for some procedures, especially after the initial application. This is the reason for the follow up appointment, to fill in any light areas, to go a little darker or thicker if desired, and to adjust shape or color if needed. Please read and follow the directions provided. And PLEASE BE PATIENT EVERYBODY HEALS DIFFERENTLY!
WHAT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PERFORM:
- Wash hands first, ALWAYS, before performing any care. DO NOT TOUCH the healing pigmented area with your fingers unless they have been WASHED WITH SOAP as they may have bacteria on them and create an infection.
- Blotting your procedure. We have created a wound and all wounds weep body fluids (some will weep more and for a longer period than others). Blotting off these fluids and excess pigment is critical to a good result and optimum color retention. If these fluids are allowed to remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment which will result in light spots and unevenness of color. Dampen one side of a paper towel or tissue with bottle or filtered water (may use sterile water or sterile eyewash). Blot your new procedure and blot dry every 15 minutes upon leaving. Continue for the rest of the day (it may not be visible but continue at minimum until the evening of procedure day). The following three days please blot the area periodically throughout the day. If you have eyebrow hair please make sure you are getting beyond the hair and actually blotting the tattooed skin. Same instructions for eyeliners. This can be a tender area to blot but it is important that you do.
- Washing your procedure twice a day once in the morning and again in the evening. Use a very small amount of a mild cleanser on and around the procedure area. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic or AHA) or any exfoliating ingredients. Anti-aging and acne products are NOT safe. Johnson’s Baby Wash and Dial Antibacterial soap are good choices. Foam up the soap in your hands then use that foam to gently cleanse your tattoo. Use a very, VERY, light touch cleansing your procedure WITH CLEAN FINGERTIPS. Make sure you rinse off all cleanser by cupping water over the area very gently DO NOT splash water on your face hastily. Pat dry with CLEAN TISSUE (never a used towel!). Apply the ointment given in your aftercare bag very lightly with a new clean cotton swab. Do not press the swab hard against the skin but rather sweep the ointment on the skin lightly. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. Showering- Do not take an exceptionally hot shower and keep bathroom doors open as to NOT cause a steam effect. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you do your other shower “stuff” first. At the very end of your shower wash your hair and rinse back away from your face. Wash your face either avoiding procedure area or over procedure area with a very light touch. Do not let the shower spray hit you directly in the face. So your face/procedure will only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Never use a bath towel to dry your procedure. To sum it up….WASH, DRY AND APPLY …AM and PM!!! Additional ointment applied in between does not require washing.
- Ointment…ONLY USE THE OINTMENT I PROVIDE FOR YOU …NOTHING ELSE!!! Eyebrows, no ointment until the following morning after your procedure. Apply a thin, light coat of ointment 3 or 4 times a day for the remaining of the healing process (5-7 days). Always GENTLY blot off any of the prior ointment before applying new layer of ointment. *Although it is important to use ointment, using it excessively can starve the skin of air and can result in pigment loss during the healing period. So use but use sparingly, just enough to moisten. Do not let your brows dry out. Remember, moist but breathable barrier is key. ALLERGIC REACTION IS EXTREMELY RARE BUT POSSIBLE. IF YOU NOTICE ANY BUMPS OR RASH OR THINK YOU MAY BE HAVING A REACTION…STOP USING OINTMENT IMMEDIATELY, CLEANSE AREA AND CALL ME.
EYELINER AFTERCARE…. Follow steps 1 – 4 above and additionally for Eyeliner, no ointment for the first 48-72 hours, after which you apply a very light coat of ointment once in the morning and once in the evening for the following 2 to 3 days. Eyes are very sensitive to ointment so use sparingly. Try to keep the ointment contained to the eyeliner above and below the lashes, not in the eye itself. Do not rub, scratch or irritate your eyes as you may create a corneal abrasion. Rinse out your eyes with sterile eye wash for the first 2 days. If you feel any discomfort IN the eye itself, this is not normal and you should imediately see an eye doctor and contact me as well.
HELPFUL INFORMATION TO UNDERSTAND:
EYEBROW HEALING AGENDA
*Day 1-3 Your eyebrows are about 20 to 50% darker then what they will heal to be. They will also appear thicker than what we drew on. This is due to oxidation and swelling. Don’t be concerned with the darker, thicker appearance; this is part of the healing process. You may also have redness that will subside within the first 48 hours.
*Day 3-5 The peeling/flaking phase begins. The dark outer color will start peeling off revealing the softer lighter color. Keep moist.
*Day 5-10 Dark outer color finishes peeling off. The color is lighter and softer, and the brows themselves are a little thinner. The color may have a grayish or ashy tone for a few days until the color clarifies. It can appear that you are missing color and have light areas at this time but hang in there; give your eyebrows 3-6 full weeks to heal and for color to fully bloom. Use aftercare no longer than 10 days.
EYELINER HEALING AGENDA
*Day 1 You will have anywhere from slight to heavy swelling. This depends on the amount of histamines in each individual’s body. You may have bruising. You may appear as though you have been crying or have allergies. The eyeliner will appear thicker and darker than what it will heal to be.
*Day 2 The morning of day 2 is most likely when the swelling will peak. Plan to use ice packs! But don’t put directly on skin… cover eyes first with clean paper towels. The darker and thicker appearance lingers, and the area will feel tight and tender.
*Day 3-4 Less swelling. The eye tissue still feels tight and somewhat drawn. The flaking process begins. Some feeling of pinching and itching is quite normal, the ointment will help relieve this feeling.
*Day 5-7 Dark outer color continues to flake off and you will see softer, thinner eyeliner. Color may look grayish or ashy until the color clarifies. You can go back to wearing contact lenses at day 5.
- Aloe Vera, Carmex, Polysporin, Neosporin, Bacitracin and other similar products can pull the color out of procedure areas… so I suggest that you do not use these products while healing. Sometimes “natural” products compromise the integrity of the pigment color. You agree to use ONLY the after care product I provided you with OR you may use organic cold pressed grape seed oil ONLY on procedure area. Nothing else…NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Absolutely NO topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 5 days. Topical makeup is bacterial and your new procedures(s) need adequate time to heal to avoid irritation and/or infection. You may apply your makeup around the new procedure area but avoid applying ON the healing areas. After any eyeliner procedure, please use new mascara. DO NOT USE an eyelash curler for 2 weeks. This instrument pulls the eyelashes and the tissue containing the eyeliner pigment that surrounds the lashes. You must allow the eyeliner to heal before stressing the tissue in this area. No contact lenses for 5 full days. No tweezing or waxing the eyebrows for 10 full days. NO FACIAL, PEELS OR ANY OF THAT FACE STUFF FOR TWO FULL WEEKS!
- NO sauna, steam, exercise, hot yoga, jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools, lakes or in the ocean, sun exposure, gardening, dusting, touching or grooming animals, (wash hands carefully after touching pets and any activity that could cause bacteria to enter the procedure area)
- No retinols or anti-aging products by the procedure area until area is completely healed post procedure and after all “top offs” and “color refreshers” procedures as well. DO NOT DO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES SWEAT IN THE AREA OF THE PROCEDURE OR YOUR FACE TO HEAT UP AND TURN RED. NO EXCEPTIONS…sweat will negatively affect pigment retention!!
- Do NOT rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing as pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue. Allow for scabbing, crusting, flaking and exfoliation to progress WITHOUT TOUCHING. Premature loss of these forms of covering as the procedure heals will result in loss of pigment and/or prevent retention.
- Sleep on a CLEAN pillowcase and CLEAN sheets while the procedure area is healing. *Sleeping on 2 pillows or in an upward position will help alleviate swelling.
- Remember all procedures must HEAL, PEEL and FADE! This process may take up to 7-14 days. Color will look MUCH darker for the first 14 days as the procedure has blood and lymph in it. After the area peels the color will be softer. It takes a FULL SIX WEEKS for a more accurate color to appear. BE PATIENT!
- Do not use ANY products that contain AHA’s, Vitamin A, Retinol A or similar lightening and peeling products on the procedure area (Example: Glycolic, lactic acids. Check your product labeling) they will fade your pigment color. Read the ingredients on the back of any bottle of product that you will be using on procedure area after healing. Ask about a product if you’re unsure.
- Some tenderness, puffiness (even bruising), redness, and itching is quite normal for the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as this could result in your color healing uneven, as well as the risk of scarring and infection
- If you experience anything out of the ordinary call me. Ordinary is NOT flaking & peeling on days 5-14! If you experience any excess itching, swelling, blistering, infection, redness, drainage, tenderness in the procedure area, red streaks going from the procedure area towards your heart, elevated body temperature or any other complications post procedure call me or/and your physician immediately. Section 119303 5 (c) Safe Body Art Act
Lastly….relax. Don’t worry about a thing. It’s just a tattoo that will lighten, soften and heal in a matter of days. Do exactly as I have advised you to do OR what not to do and all heals well. Complications are extremely rare.