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AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS


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 and is completely normal.  This is the purpose of the touch up visit.  Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary.

BROWS/GENERAL:
Expect treated areas to be tender for the next few days and some itching is normal.
No make up is to be applied on or close to the new tattoo until it is healed.  Old or used make up can be loaded with bacteria which could cause an infection.
Keep the area of pigmentation lightly moist with a product such as Vaseline (provided), Lanolin, or Bacitracin (for lips).  When using one of these sealants, do not apply overly greasy.  Apply with a clean, dry Qtip 2-3 times/day (morning, evening, and once in between) for a minimum of 7 days. 
Do not expose the area that is healing to dirty or unsanitary conditions.  Keep the area clean by washing with freshly washed hands and a mild, natural soap.  Do not use a washcloth or sponge to remove soap.  Simply splash with water.  Do not use cleansing creams, acne cleansers or astringents.  If a crust forms on the pigmented surface, do not force removal by scratching or abrasive washing.  Allow it to flake off by itself.  If it is removed before it is healed, the pigment underneath can be removed with the crust.  Be gentle with your tattoo and let it exfoliate its upper layer without your help so that your color can heal evenly.
It is normal for your tattooed pigment to heal 30 – 40% lighter than immediately after the procedure.  Be patient, the end result is very natural and worth waiting for.
You may wax or tweeze brow area no sooner than 1 week before and do not resume any method of hair removal for at least 2 weeks after initial or touch up procedure.

EYE LINER/LASH ENHANCEMENT:
Eye liner may or may not be puffy for a day or two.  Cold, wet cotton pads soaked in distilled water and baby oil (so the cotton does not stick to the tattoo) may be applied to reduce swelling.  Chill pads in freezer for 5 minutes and lay over the eyes.  Advil or Benadryl may also be taken if needed.
To apply Vaseline, use a Qtip and place it just above the pigment on your upper lid and/or just below the pigment on your lower lid.  Your own body heat will migrate the sealant to your tattoo to protect it and keep it moist until it is healed.  Try not to cover your tear duct with sealant.  *Less is more.
Contact lenses:  you may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition, approximately 24 hours.
After liner is healed, it is advised to start with a brand new mascara once the liner has completely healed.
Latisse or other lash extenders: please do not resume using until 4 weeks after your touch up session.  Use of these products has also been found to fade eye liner pigment much faster than normal.



 LIP LINER/FILL IN:
Lips should remain sealed for 4 weeks, but they go through the exfoliation process the fastest. (3-5 days)
If you are prone to cold sores, you must be on Zovorax or Valtrex 5 days before AND 5 days after your procedure.
Avoid salty and spicy foods and keep the lips sealed when washing your face and brushing your teeth.

 HEALING TIMES:
Under 40 years old …… 4 weeks
40 – 60 years old …… 5 weeks
60 years old and up …… 6 weeks
*All lip procedures take at least 8 weeks to heal



 WHAT’S NORMAL??
Swelling, itching, scabbing, light bruising and dry tightness – ice packs are a nice relief for swelling and bruising.  Vaseline is nice for scabbing and tightness.


Too dark and slightly uneven appearance – after 2-7 days the darkness will fade and once swelling dissipates, unevenness usually disappears. If the pigment is too dark/light or is still a bit uneven, we will make adjustments during the included follow up appointment.


Color change or color loss – as the procedure area heals, the color will lighten and sometimes seem to disappear.  This can also be addressed during the included follow up appointment and is why the follow up appointment is absolutely necessary.  The procedure area must be completely healed before any concerns can be addressed.  This takes a minimum of 4 weeks.  If you are having your lips tattooed, the color will come and go as the collagen fibers come to heal the lips and the natural exfoliation process has occurred.  It is normal not to see how much color has been achieved until 4 weeks after initial procedure. 


Needing a touch up months or years later – a touch up will likely be needed 1-5 years after the initial procedure depending on your skin, medications, and sun exposure.  We recommend a touch up no sooner than 4 weeks (but no longer than 8 weeks) after the initial procedure and then every 1-2 years to keep them looking fresh and beautiful.  Touch up sessions after 8 weeks will be 50% of the full rate of the initial procedure (discount or promotional rates do not apply).
 
*DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR HEALING SKIN TO DIRECT SUN, TANNING BEDS, HOT TUBS, SAUNAS, STEAM, SALT WATER, CHLORINATED POOLS, DIRECT SHOWER SPRAY, SKIN CREAMS, OINTMENTS, OR LOTIONS OTHER THAN YOUR SEALANT FOR 1 WEEK FOLLOWING YOUR PROCEDURE (4 WEEKS FOR LIPS).  SUN EXPOSURE WILL FADE YOUR PERMANENT MAKE UP JUST LIKE A BODY TATTOO.

 *IF YOU ARE PLANNING A CHEMICAL PEEL, LASER PEEL, MRI, OR OTHER MEDICAL PROCEDURE. PLEASE INFORM YOUR PHYSICIAN OF YOUR COSMETIC TATTOO.  RETIN-A AND GLYCOLIC ACIDS CAN THIN THE EPIDERMIS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE SUN TO CAUSE FADING.  CERTAIN LASERS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO TURN PIGMENT BLACK, SO MAKE SURE YOUR PHYSICIAN IS AWARE OF YOUR NATURAL LOOKING TATTOO SO THERE ARE NO UNWANTED SURPRISES.

 *IN THE UNLIKELY EVEN THAT YOU GET AN INFECTION, CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

 IF YOU DONATE BLOOD, IT IS RED CROSS POLICY THAT YOU MUST WAIT ONE YEAR AFTER ANY TATTOOING PROCEDURE.


FAILURE TO FOLLOW AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN INFECTIONS, PIGMENT LOSS, OR DISCOLORATION.