- On the day of the procedure: 3-4 hours after your brow appointment, wash the brows with warm water and a q-tip, make sure to get all the extra pigment off the skin. NOTE: You are only washing them the day of and then keeping them dry for 7-14 days.
- For minimum 7 DAYS to a maximum of 14 DAYS keep them dry and free of water, makeup, lotions etc. This includes keeping them dry while you shower or wash your face. You can get them wet again once all the scabs fall off. This will take on average, between 8 -12 days, some people may take longer, if so, you may get them wet again after 14 days even if there are still some scabs. Do not use makeup on your brows for 14 days.
- NO exercising and/or sweating for for 7 – 10 days after. No sweating includes not taking very hot showers or baths or going in steam rooms, this can cause the pigment to dilute etc.
- 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 use Vaseline, Neosporin/petroleum based products or any other products that are not specifically recommended by your technician.
- Only if suggested by your technician at your appointment: No sooner than 5 days after your appointment, you may use a very small amount of grapeseed oil to help with dry and flakiness if you need it. The brows should not be shiny after applying it, only use enough to help with the dryness
- Do not touch the area as your hands contain a lot of bacteria and touching them could risk infection.
- Please note that some pigment may rub off after the procedure so take precautions to protect good linens and towels.
- When showering, place a towel or facecloth over the eyebrows/face to avoid water getting on to them.
- When you shower, avoid getting any soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area until all the scabs/flakiness has fallen off as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
- NOTE: It is normal for pigment to be attached to the scab or flakes as that is what has been sitting on top of the skin, it is also normal for the eyebrows to look patchy as they are healing.
- DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- 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, Proactiv, 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 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.
- Swelling is normal and can be managed with soft gel cold packs. Place chilled gel packs (refrigerator only) in plastic baggies before applying to protect the tattooed area from coming into contact with any moisture.
- Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
- 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- 12 weeks later.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE?
- A good sunscreen should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep colour true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the colour soften faster.
- Fading speed depends on your skintype, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure.
- If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.