aftercare

how to take care of your new tattoo

aftercare

how to take care of your fresh tattoo

tattoo aftercare

Proper aftercare is a very important aspect of the long term success, effectiveness, health, and overall satisfaction with your new eyebrow tattoos. It is very important to follow those instructions in order to achieve the best possible results from your permanent makeup procedure. Included here are general permanent makeup aftercare instructions that will help limit any infection or problems, and assure a healthy and successful healing as quickly as possible.

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 Aftercare Immediately After Your Procedure

Immediately after your cosmetic eyebrow tattoo procedure, you will feel slight tingling and tenderness, and probably a bit of swelling in the tattoo area. This is because the numbing cream/anaesthetic used on your brows before applying the tattoo, will start to wear off and the newly exposed wound will begin the process of healing. Immediately after the procedure the eyebrows will appear very dark, this is completely normal, please  rest assured that after 5-10 days the colour will fade and settle down to a natural shade.

 

It is likely that you will experience some skin sensitivity, redness and swelling for about 1-2 days. DO NOT WET YOUR BROWS OR USE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS ON THE TATTOO AREA FOR 5 DAYS.  NO soaps, cleaners, makeup or creams other than the aftercare cream provided.  Make sure you give the eyebrows approximately two (2) weeks to heal and set,  limit any physical activity (like  swimming or saunas) or exposure to direct sunlight that might cause premature fading. All tattoos carry the inherent risk of infection and/or allergic reaction, if pain or tenderness persists for longer than a few days, consult your doctor  immediately.

 

You will receive  Aftercare medical gel Stratamed  , please  apply this gel  to the tattoo area 2-3  times per day for up to 7 days. This will help prevent infection and keep the brows from drying out for fast and effective healing and colour rentention.

 

 

Swelling and/or Bruising

Swelling, redness, skin sensitivity, and some minor bruising are normal side effects to the eyebrow tattoo procedure but they shouldn’t last longer than a day or two. How easily a person swells and bruises depends on factors such as their age, skin type,health and circulation.

 

Appearance

Please note: The ink from a fresh tattoo will most likely appear slightly dark and much thicker than expected, while others might seem bright (eg. blondes and browns), so don’t be alarmed. This is normal and usually after a week or so the top layer starts to scab and slough off in certain places. This process is called shedding. Comparatively, these sections may appear extremely light next to the non-shredded segments. This pigment will eventually soften and settle into the appropriate shade . when shedding has completed. In total, it should take approximately two (2) weeks for your new eyebrow tattoo  to shed completely and appear natural.

 

Aftercare during the first two week healing period

The days following the procedure as your skin heals, it may feel itchy. This is a normal part of the process and a good sign for cosmetic  tattoo is healing properly. Be careful you do not Rub, scratch or pick at the shedding skin or exfoliate. You can cause trauma to the tissue and actually increase the possibility of skin damage, infection or prematurely removing the tattoo pigment.

 

Average Healing Time and Process

Average healing time will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors such as age, skin type, circulation and hormonal cycles. Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal. Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive  physical activity, exposure to direct sunlight, and any medications you might be taking.

 

Touch Up Procedure

Approximately two (2) weeks, your eyebrows will have mostly healed during the “shedding” process. As a result, the initial intensity and thickness will fade, and the desired colour shade will start appearing. At about the 3-4 week mark, you should have a scheduled “touch up” procedure especially if you would like to make any changes to the shape of your brow, or fill in any areas needing  modifications after some areas would have faded in the shedding process. During the “touch up” the original procedure will be repeated. This repetition helps the tattoo last longer and encourages the  pigment  to embed more permanently into  the skin.

Lastly,  Depending on how well you follow these aftercare recommendations and how fast the semi-permanent pigment fades, you shouldn’t have to make another appointment (touch up / colour refresher) for up to 1-3 years.

 

 

 

The life and LONGEVITY OF YOUR TATTOO BROWS

This depends on sun exposure, swimming in chlorinated water as it will affect the tattoo pigment so avoid excessive exposure. Also be mindful of these ingredients in your daily facial products:

Certain facial products can have a  bleaching effect: Glycol Acid, Retinol, Vitamin A & C We recommend you check your cleansers and moisturisers for these ingredients as they can fade the tattoo prematurely. If your skin care does contain these ingredients,  YOU STILL CAN USE THEM, JUST BE MINDFUL NOT TO ALLOW THESE PRODUCTS TO COME IN CONTACT WITH THE BROW AREA

 

BEAUTY TREATMENTS: Ensure you advise your therapist that you have a brow tattoo, if treating with IPL the tattoo must be covered to avoid fading.

WORLD WIDE HEALTH REGULATIONS: ANY TATTOO OR COSMETIC TATTOO PROCEDURE IS ADVISED; YOU CANNOT DONATE BLOOD 6 MONTHS AFTER A TREATMENT (This is a worldwide health regulation)

 

 

Please contact your Microblading Artist  if you have any concerns

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 Aftercare Immediately After Your Procedure

Immediately after your cosmetic eyebrow tattoo procedure,
you will feel slight tingling and tenderness, and probably a bit of swelling in
the tattoo area. This is because the numbing cream/anaesthetic used on your
brows before applying the tattoo, will start to wear off and the newly exposed
wound will begin the process of healing. Immediately after the procedure the
eyebrows will appear very dark, this is completely normal, please  rest assured that after 5-10 days the colour
will fade and settle down to a natural shade.

 

How to Clean

To clean, simply take a q-tip and with it dry, wipe off the existing ointment that are on your -
brows, dampen another q-tip and with just a little bit of water and gently wipe clean. Pat dry with a towel or
tissue and reapply the healing ointment. This is done twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. For the
first couple of days, be gentle cleaning the eyebrows making sure you're not scrubbing it. Cleaning with just a little
bit of water during the first week will suffice, after that, gentle cleanser or antibacterial soap to lightly clean will
be okay to use. On average, 4-5 days after the initial appointment, your new eyebrow skin will start to harden
and itch. On the 4th day, clean it off and let your eyebrows air out for about 2 hours. Once that time is up, more
thorough cleaning can be done as far as cleaning a little better in between the hairs, but avoid scrubbing the
brows, then continue with the ointment until it is completely scabbed and peeled off.

 

After the Scabbing is Complete

Once the scabbing has completely peeled off, you can discontinue using the ointment. if you are unsure of
when the scabbing is complete, use the ointment for 2 weeks after the procedure. You can return to your daily
skincare routine with some exceptions. Avoid scrubbing or exfoliating properties in your facial cleanser on your
brows, (around your eyebrows are okay). Be sure to use sunscreen on your brows if your daily moisturizer does
not contain SPF. If your daily moisturizer contains retinol, anti-aging, skin brightening or lightening properties,
please avoid use on your brows, around your eyebrows will be okay.

 

Appearance

Be aware that the brand new ink from a fresh tattoo will most likely appear extremely dark and much thicker
than expected, while others might seem exceedingly bright (ie; blondes and redheads), so don’t be surprised.
Usually after about a week or so, the area and top layer starts to scab and slough off in certain places. This
process is called shedding. Comparatively, these sections may appear extremely light next to the non-shedded
segments. Don’t worry, this pigment will eventually soften and settle into the appropriate shade when
shedding is complete and pigment resurfaces. In total, it should take about 3-4 weeks for your new eyebrow
tattoo to shed completely and the pigment to resurface to its true color.

 

During first 2 weeks of healing

The days following the procedure, as your skin heals, it may feel itchy. This is normal part of the process and a
good sign that you are healing properly. You might feel tempted to soothe the eyebrows with cold products.
Although they won’t necessarily minimize any swelling, a cold compress (NOT frozen), or face cloths (not wet),
lightly placed onto the eyebrows will help relieve the discomfort. Only do this for a day or so as repeated
attempts to cool down the already traumatized tissue could actually increase the possibility of skin cell
damage and infection. Never apply pressure to your new tattoo, and be very careful not to rub, scratch,
scrub, or exfoliate the new eyebrow tattoo area as this can cause premature pigment loss and/or scabbing.

 

Average Healing Time & Process

Average healing time will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors that
include age, skin type, circulation, hormonal cycles, and how easily and/or severely you swell and bruise.
Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to
heal. Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive physical activity, exposure to direct
sunlight, and any medications you might be taking.

 

Touch Up Procedure

After approximately two (2) weeks, your eyebrows will have mostly healed during the “shedding” or “scabbing” process. As a result, the initial intensity and thickness will fade, and the desired color shade will start appearing after the first 3 weeks. At about the 6-8 week mark, you should be scheduled to do your “touch up” procedure especially if you would like to make any changes to the shape of your brow, or fill in any areas needing correction or modification.

During this “touch up” procedure, the eyebrow tattoo artist will go over your eyebrows again, exactly repeating the initial session. This repetition helps the tattoo last longer and encourages the ink to embed more permanently into the skin. Note: most people do not require a touch up session. For the next few weeks after your “touch up,” the aftercare from the initial appointment will be the same so be very careful not to wash your brows directly, and be very gentle with them. Rubbing, scratching, or scrubbing them can, in fact, facilitate premature ink removal and cause scarring. If you love your new brow shape, don’t touch them until they have healed and set!

Lastly, your follow up appointment will be free of charge. Depending on how well you follow these aftercare recommendations, and how fast the semi-permanent ink fades, you shouldn’t have to make another appointment (to color sharpen) for another 1-2 years (depending on color). If an additional touch up is required, please discuss this with me.