Permanent Cosmetics - After Care & Healing Expectations

After Care

Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the touch-up visit. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact your technician.
  • Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen the morning after facial procedures. Do not smash your face in a pillow while sleeping, especially the first couple of days.
  • Wash your hands with anti bacterial soap before touching the procedure area.
  • Try to keep hair off of the procedure area and use clean pillowcase and change frequently for the first week.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 2 days (anything that makes you sweat). Increased blood pressure and dilated blood vessels increases swelling and oozing. Also, sweat running into a wound can cause infection as well as it stings. 
  • Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection.
  • Do not expose the area to dirty or unsanitary conditions. Wearing glasses/sunglasses outdoors is a good way to protect new eyebrows or eyeliner from dust, etc., that can stick to healing agents
  • For 2 weeks - Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed.
  • Many anti-aging and acne products (and services) containing acids, lighteners, and exfoliates cause premature fading of pigment. ALWAYS keep these products at least 1/4 inch away from area(s) with permanent makeup.

Day 1  Within 30 - 60 minutes of your procedure, then every 2 hours before going to sleep, perform these steps to prevent heavy scabbing: 
  • Gently CLEANSE brows with your fingers with warm water and a dot of baby shampoo. 
  • RINSE clean. 
  • Gently pat DRYwith clean paper towel. 
  • Apply a thin layer of the BALM provided to you (do NOT use anything else).  
NOTE: If procedure finished past 3pm, for the first night (after you apply your last layer of ointment) you can apply saran wrap and a headband to keep the area protected and hydrated through the night.

Days 2-7 Perform whole cleanse routine outlined above only ONCE in the morning then add additional balm 2-4 times a day if feel dry or tight.
Days 8-14 If your brows still feel tight or dry, you can use any remaining balm or a bit of grape seed oil to hydrate them. NOTHING else.  
  • Do not get procedure area wet (includes sweating) or use makeup on the area for 72 hours
  • First day (or two) - Apply ice packs protected with a cloth to reduce swelling – alternating for few minutes on, then a few minutes off. 
  • First 2 nights - Use Celluvisc in the evening RIGHT before you go to bed, 1 drop in each eye for first 2 nights
  • After care balm is included in your after care kit. Carefully apply to eyeliner up to 3 times per day only when it feels tight or is starting to exfoliate.
  • Only use a brand new mascara after 72 hours
  • Do not use an eyelash curler for two weeks 
  • Avoid spicy and acidic foods for the first 7-14 days 
  • Do not use teeth bleaching products until fully healed.
  • Keep Lips well hydrated for at least 30 days, as directed below: 
    • Day 1 - 30 minutes after your procedure, then every 30-60 minutes before going to sleep, perform these steps:
      • COMPRESS & CLEANSE apply a warm compress (3x warm for 30 seconds, 1x cool for 30 seconds) then gently cleanse lips with your fingers with warm water and a dot of baby shampoo.
      • RINSE clean.
      • Gently pat DRY with clean paper towel.
      • Apply a thin layer of the AQUAPHOR provided to you (do NOT use anything else).
    • Days 1-2 - Apply ice packs protected with a cloth to reduce swelling and aid in healing as many times as possible.
    • Days 2-7 - Perform whole cleanse routine outlined above only ONCE in the morning then apply Aquaphor throughout the day to keep them ALWAYS hydrated, especially before bedtime 
    • Days 8-14 - Keep lips well-hydrated with the Aquaphor day and night
    • Days 15-30- Keep lips well-hydrated. Switching to Aquaphor with SPF is most ideal during this time to reduce premature fading.
  • Use a good sunscreen daily. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics and may cause irritation even years later.
  • If you are planning chemical exfoliation, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform your technician/physician of your cosmetic tattoo.
  • It is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure to donate blood in some states – check if restrictions apply to you.

Approximate Healing Expectations

The outcome of permanent cosmetic procedures is dictated by its canvas. The better condition your skin, the better the final result will be. Dry, sun damaged skin and lips are very difficult to achieve a beautiful even result. The better you take care of your skin and protect it from UV rays, the better the outcome and lifespan of the permanent cosmetic procedures. Mature clients may need an additional 1-2 weeks healing for the final results to appear.

Eye Brows
By Day, What to Expect:
  • Days 1-2  What you see is about 40% darker, bolder and more solid that what your healed result will present. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be minimal swelling but because typically the eyebrow area does not retain much fluid, swelling will be limited.
  • Days 3-5 Eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Don't scratch them. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. This is normal, and the pigment that was deposited superficially will come off with the skin it is embedded within. DO NOT HELP IT! Let it peel on its own. To pull the skin off, you will remove 'plugs' of dermal pigment as it has not detached itself completely at this point.
  • Days 7-10 The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly. Disappearing phase - the color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics when the white blood cells are done repairing the procedure area.
  • Day 14 Color begins to 'bloom' little by little each day.
  • Days 30-40 Now is the time to critique your brows as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.
Eye Liner
By Day, What to Expect:
  • Day 1 This can vary from slightly puffy to swollen, heavy lids, light sensitive and possibly bloodshot. They feel more
  • swollen than they actually appear. Makeup looks quite heavily applied. It's advisable to sleep in an elevated position to help reduce swelling at night. Also, do not use your best pillowcase the first two nights.
  • Day 2  Eyes will be swollen and perhaps a bit 'crusty' upon waking. The swelling will disappear from being in an upright position and from blinking, etc., increasing circulation to the area. Avoid heavy lifting, physical exertion and crying.
  • Day 3  Eyes will be less swollen, but still tight. The lash area will feel sore if touched.
  • Day 4  Pigment within the epidermis will begin to flake off in little stitch looking lines, although some people do not notice the exfoliation at all. DO NOT PICK- you will pull DERMAL pigment and end up with uneven color.
  • Day 5  Blinking helps to eliminate the small pieces of pigment and epidermis, which has detached. It is important not to pick at it or rub the eyes.
  • Day 7 All shedding should be complete. You're safe to put your face back in the shower spray. Disappearing phase - the color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics. The color will darken in weeks to come, with final healing between 3-4 weeks. 
By Day, What to Expect:
  • Day 1 Lips will be swollen, feel tender and hot and do well with ice therapy. The lips will appear as though wearing a bright or dark vivid lipstick. The color may appear warmer (more orange/brick color) than ultimately desired.  They will feel very dry so keep well hydrated with Aquaphor
  • Day 2-3 Lips will usually be less swollen but still tight and dry. Keep well hydrated with Aquaphor.  
  • Day 4-5 Skin begins to exfoliate and you will see much pigment coming off. Do NOT pick or peel! Lip color under peeling skin will appear very light in color. Disappearing phase - the color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics. Lips will appear and feel very chapped and dry, so keep well hydrated with Aquaphor.
  • Day 6-13 Initial peeling should be complete and color appears very soft in color. Color may seem to disappear and almost become 'frosty' in appearance as you experience the 2nd chapping stage. Keep well moisturized with Aquaphor (OR any non-petroleum product).
  • Day 14 Color begins to 'bloom' little by little each day. Keep well moisturized with Aquaphor or, preferably, obtain Aquaphor that includes SPF. 
  • Day 30-45 Healing is complete. The color you see is the color you will retain. Keep moisturized with Aquaphor that includes SPF. UV exposure will fade the pigment quickly if not protected with SPF and/or large brimmed hat.