The results and longevity of your new cosmetic tattoo will depend greatly on your lifestyle, sun exposure and how you take care of your skin during the healing process and beyond. Each client’s skin responds differently, both in the length of time it takes to heal, and the number of sessions required to achieve your desired results and colour retention. This information acts as a guideline only; we can never guarantee your results.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Immediately following the procedure, you may experience minimal discomfort on the treated area. Many clients describe a similar sensation as a sunburn, with redness and swelling. Symptoms will subside within 24 to 48 hours.
During the first week, the tattooed area will initially appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined than the final result. Sometimes the color may appear warmer or cooler, lighter or darker than the day before, and can change frequently throughout the 4 week healing period. Remember, a cosmetic tattoo is a process, not a procedure.
Minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin is totally normal throughout the first few weeks of the healing period. To avoid loss of pigmentation, DO NOT itch or remove scabs. Allow them to naturally fall off on their own.
Adjustments and touch-ups can be made only after the healing period is complete. That is what the Perfection Session is for.
During the healing process, please avoid the following:
Application of makeup on the tattooed area for at least 7 days (brows) or 2 weeks (Eyeliner & Lips)
Direct water on the tattoo and the use of cleansers (except lip blush), soaps and heavy creams. Wash around the areas using a cleaning cloth or oil-free makeup wipe.
Vaseline, Neosporin and any other petroleum based products.
Activities that will cause sweating for at least 7-10 days.
Swimming pools, hot tubs or other bodies of water for 14 days.
Exposure to the sun and tanning beds can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, always apply sunscreen (30 SPF or greater) on the treated area.
Laser light therapy, as it can darken/lighten or distort the pigment.
Exfoliation products, retinol acids or AHA’s on the area for 30 days after the appointment to avoid premature fading.
Massages, facials or intensive skin treatments.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW COSMETIC TATTOO:
BROWS: Most brow clients require at least two sessions for ideal results. The 1st session is to build shape and gain symmetry; the 2nd session (4-8 weeks later) is to perfect the brows and add density.
Day 1 We will provide you with an aftercare kit. 1-2 hours after the procedure, gently wipe your eyebrow tattoo with a lightly dampened cotton pad, then reapply the barrier film as directed.
Day 2-7 Gently pat your brows 4 times per day with a damp cotton pad and apply a thin layer of the provided barrier cream each time. make sure the skin is dry before applying the cream. Do not excessively apply the ointment as over-hydration of the skin may cause problems with the pigment retention. The amount applied should not exceed the size of a grain of rice.
Eyebrow tattoos normally last 1 to 2.5 years, depending on many variables, including but not limited to lifestyle, skin type and aftercare. A Freshen Up Session every 1-2 years is recommended to maintain your results.
Do not do laser your brow area (IPL). Some lasers may change the color of the ink.
Additional eyebrow makeup application may still be required post tattoo to achieve your desired look.
EYELINER: Generally the same aftercare and post-healing instructions as the brows, only you will keep the area protected with ointment for 10-14 days. Eyeliner tattoos can last up to 10 years or more in some cases, but most clients like to have the color freshened up every few years, as the color can fade and shrink over time.
LIP BLUSH (7-10 DAYS)
The color of your lip tattoo will appear vibrant for the first few days and will gradually fade about 40 to 60 percent depending on your natural lip color. Lip Blush is NOT intended to heal to a solid color. It should look sheer and natural, blending nicely and enhancing the natural lip color with when fully healed.
Day 1-5 The lips will experience moderate swelling, flaking and bruising. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling for up to 15 minutes at a time.
Day 4-7 Expect your lips to scab during this period. Remember not to pick! You can also help the healing process by avoiding irritants such as spicy and acidic foods.
Day 7-10 Routinely spread the provided aftercare balm to moisturize lips.
AVOID FOR the first 7-10 DAYS: Kissing, makeup, over-saturation, pools, lakes, saunas, sun, tanning beds
Lip blush tattoos typically last 1-3 years
Use lip balm or gloss with SPF 30 or higher to protect the lip color from premature fading
SCALP-MICROPIGMENTATION (6-8 WEEKS)
Day 1-7 Avoid the application of water, shampoo, lotions, creams or other scalp products. We will provide you with a disposable shower cap to ensure your head does not get wet when you shower.
Day 1-10 Do not have your scalp shaved during this time and avoid going over any remaining scabs throughout the rest of the healing weeks.
Avoid wearing helmets, hats or hair prostheses for prolonged periods during the entire healing process.
While the tattoo is permanent, the pigmentation will slowly fade over time. Periodic touchups may be required.
For men who still have some growing hair follicles, we recommend shaving your head every 2 to 3 days to maintain an even “freshly shaved” look.
Always rinse and dry the scalp thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.