Updated: Oct 14
Proper care following your procedure is important and required to achieve optimal results. Keep in mind that some intensity of color will be lost, and/or the color may heal evenly. This is normal for some procedures, especially after the initial application. This is the reason for the perfecting session 8-12 weeks out, 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.
Wash your hands before touching any treated area.
Cool packs, not frozen, may be used to help reduce swelling. Dampen paper towels or cotton pads with filtered/Bottled water in place in the fridge for 30 minutes…. 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Cooling the area is most beneficial the first 24 hours. Sleeping slightly elevated may also help in the reduction of swelling.
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 access pigment is critical to a good result in optimal color retention. If these fluids are allowed to remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will have more peeling/flaking. (your brows should never scab during the healing process. Flaking almost like dandruff or peeling like a sunburn is totally normal.)
-Wipes will be supplied to you for blotting.
-Blot your new procedure every 15 minutes upon leaving your appointment. Continue until you go to bed that evening. Blotting is really only necessary the first day in most cases. 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 tender area to blot but it is important that you do.
Washing your procedure. Use a mild cleanser on and around the procedure area. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (Glycolic, lactic, or AHA), anti-again, or any exfoliate. Dial soap, Cetaphyll, and Neutrogena are good choices. Basically any face wash that is basic/mild. think simple here.
Use a very light touch cleansing your procedure once/twice a day. Pat dry. Wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after getting the procedure wet. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. Showering is totally fine, just be gentle.
-Clean water is safe on our brows. Remember, we want to keep them clean! No bacterial water like pools, hot tubs, saunas, lakes, etc. until healed.
Ointment. ONLY USE THE OINTMENT I PROVIDE FOR YOU...NOTHING ELSE!! EYEBROWS -no ointment for the day of the procedure. Starting on day 2 you will apply ointment everyday after you wash them and through out the day as needed. Everyone's skin is different so just make sure to keep it moisturized. continue using ointment until the skin feels like your normal skin again and peeling has subsided. On average healing takes 7-10 days.
EYELINER- no ointment for the first day. Starting on day 2 apply a very light coat of ointment as needed. 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 it self. If you feel any discomfort IN the eye itself, this is not normal and you should immediately see an eye doctor and contact me as well. 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 process. So use sparingly, just enough to moisten. 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 THE AREA, AND CALL ME.
Absolutely no pet grooming, gardening, dusting, or anything else that causes dust, dirt and dander for a minimum of 72 hours. Waiting 5 full days is best. Wearing glasses outdoors is a good way to protect healing eyeliner.
Absolutely no topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for at least 5 days. Topical makeup is bacterial and your new procedure needs 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 area.
After any eyeliner procedure, please use a new mascara. DO NOT USE 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 five full days.
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.
Lastly, ...relax! Your tattoo will lighten, softened 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.
Day 1-3. Your eyebrows are about 15 to 20% darker than 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 few days.
Day 4. The peeling begins. The dark outer color will start peeling off revealing the softer lighter color. Keep moist but don’t overdo it.
Day 5-8. 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 greyish or ashy tone for a few days until the color clarifies. It could appear that you are missing color and have light areas at this time due to layers of dry skin over the new pigment. Give your eyebrows 3 full weeks to heal and for color to fully bloom. Use ointment no longer than 10 days.
Day 1. You will have anywhere from slight to heavy swelling. This depends on the amount of histamines in each client'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. No contact lenses for 5 days. No Visine.
Day 2. The morning of day 2 is most likely when the swelling will peak. Plan to use your cool packs! The darker and thicker appearance lingers, and area will feel tight and tender.
Day 3-4. Less swelling. The eye tissue still feels tight and somewhat drawn. The peeling 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 a softer, thinner eyeliner. Color may look greyish or ashy until the color clarifies. You can go back to wearing your contact lenses at day 5.
Note: wait 8 weeks before applying eyelashes or eyelash extensions, as well as using Latisse or any other like products. Latisse and other like products have been documented to lighten the tattooed color on some occasions.
All procedures are conducted in accordance with occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogen standards. Once you leave my facility it is important to follow aftercare instructions to avoid complications. Tenderness to the area is expected. This is a wound that must heal. Complications are extremely rare, however, if you observe any conditions that are not consistent with the healing agenda description above, such as any sign of infection, pus, red streaks stemming from the treated area, eyeball irritation, or abnormal discharge or conditions, contact your doctor for treatment and advise me as soon as possible at 775-842-0840. Thank you for choosing me as your cosmetic tattoo artist. I look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with you!