• Jennifer Lydick Raymer

Aftercare

Updated: May 22, 2019



Aftercare


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 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.

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 get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment which will result in light spots in unevenness of color. Dampen a paper towel with bottle or filtered water...may use sterile water or sterile eye wash as well. Blot your new procedure every 15 minutes upon leaving your appointment. Continue until weeping has subsided. 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 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), or any exfoliate. You will be provided baby shampoo but Dial soap, Cetaphyll, and Neutrogena are good choices as well. Use a very light touch cleansing your procedure twice a day. Make sure you rinse off all cleanser. Pat dry. Wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after getting the procedure wet. 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 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 end of the shower.

Ointment. ONLY USE THE OINTMENT I PROVIDE FOR YOU...NOTHING ELSE!! EYEBROWS, no ointment for the first 12 to 24 hours. Apply a thin, light coat of ointment 3 or 4 times a day for the remaining of the healing process (5-7 days). Always blot off any of the prior ointment before applying new layer ointment… this applies to all areas. 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 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. NO EXERCISING FOR 10 DAYS...NO EXCEPTIONS. DO NOT DO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES SWEAT IN THE AREA OF THE PROCEDURE OR YOUR FACE TO HEAT UP AND TURN RED. ABSOLUTELY NO LAKE ACTIVITIES. DO NOT GO TO THE LAKE OR BEACH. NO HORSEBACK RIDING, NO CAMPING,OR RIDING ATVS. NO NOTHING OF THIS SORT. DON’T DO IT! STAY OUT OF THE SUN. KEEP IT PROTECTED AND CLEAN. TLC FOR YOUR NEW PROCEDURE.

During your healing process DO NOT expose your new procedures to chemicals, hot tub, sauna, direct shower spray, hot water, salt water, chlorinated pools, lakes, or ponds. Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided indefinitely...both are counter-productive to the cosmetic procedure.

Absolutely no topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 7 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. No tweezing or waxing the eyebrow for 10 days. NO FACIALS, PEELS,OR ANY IF THAT FACE STUFF FOR 2 FULL WEEKS!

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.

Healing agenda

Eyebrows

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.

Eyeliner

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. Start ointment in 48 to 72 hours. 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!

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