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How to Care for Facial Permanent Makeup

Caring for your facial permeant makeup requires a dry healing process. Avoid taking long showers, swimming, saunas or sweating during the healing process. Just remember to absorb, wash, and moisturize your permeant makeup area by following these general instructions below. There are also specific aftercare instructions for certain services including lip blushing and permeant eyeliner. This information can be found in the aftercare section on the service pages.

The day of the treatment: Absorb

Apply gentle patting with a damp, clean cotton pads every 10 minutes for the first 2 hours after the service or until oozing has stopped. The purpose is to remove clear lymphatic fluid. Shower as usual, but do not place you face directly into the shower. It is best to sleep with your head elevated and on your back for the first few days of healing. Do not use any cleansing products containing acids or any exfoliants.

Day 2: Wash

Gently wash the pigmented area with mild soap & water 1-2 times per day. With a light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the affected area. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring all soap is washed away. Gently pat with a clean tissue to dry. The area may feel dry or chapped but refrain from moisturizing the area.

Day 3-7: Moisturize

Repeat washing. You can now apply grapeseed oil or Aquaphor using a cotton swap to the treated area 2 x per day. Peeling or sloughing of skin may occur. Please try not to pick at the pigmented area.

Following the aftercare instructions is extremely important to help ensure a successful outcome, minimize risks, and promote optimal healing and longevity. It is essential to consult with your permeant makeup artist and follow our specific instructions. We can provide tailored advice based on your individual needs. It is important to follow up for a touch up in 6-8 weeks to assure that your pigmented area is perfectly even and that the desired effect, symmetry and target color was achieved. Your permeant makeup should last 1-3 years, following your touch up session.

We recommend applying sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or greater to the permeant makeup area once completely healed. Avoid using chemical exfoliants to the pigmented area. Also, do not undergo laser treatments near the treated area, as some lasers may alter the ink color. Additional makeup application will be completely up to you.

How to Care for Medical Micropigmentation

Caring for your medical tattooing requires a wet healing process. Remember to clean with alcohol, apply Vaseline + cling film, and keep sealed for 14 days. Avoid allowing the pigment area to be in direct contact with the air for longer than 15 minutes for the first 14 days. The area must be sealed day 1-7, and then covered with gauze day 7-14.

Day 1-7

Keep the pigment area completely sealed with Vaseline & Tegaderm film for 7 days

Step 1) Clean area with alcohol

Step 2) Place Vaseline on the pigment using a clean Q-tip

Step 3) Completely seal the area with Tegaderm Film and change as needed

Day 7-14

After day 7, apply Vaseline morning and night while also covering with gauze. Tegaderm is no longer required after 7 days but you can apply a cling film if needed. It is important to keep the area from rubbing directly against your clothing for 14 days.

Areola tattoos can last for many years, but the longevity depends on factors such as lifestyle, skin type, and aftercare. After your areola tattoo is completely healed, we recommend applying sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or greater if the area is exposed to sun or tanning beds. Avoid using chemical exfoliants on the areolas, as they can cause fading. Avoid laser treatments near the areola tattoo, as some lasers may alter the ink color. Additional touch-ups may be required after a few years to maintain a fresh, bold and beautiful appearance.

Tips for your Cosmetic and Medical Tattooing

What to expect:

There may be slight swelling or redness the day of your procedure. The area may weep a clear lymphatic fluid. This is normal. Fairer complexions may become more pink or red immediately after your procedure. The color may be 30-40% darker and appear to have a warmer undertone than when healed. The color can darken the first few days due to oxidation. The pigment maybe the lightest color between day 4-7. The color will then “bloom” over the next 28 days.

What to avoid:

Avoid exfoliating skin products. For example, Retin-A, vitamin C serums, glycolic acid, exfoliating facial soaps and medical grade exfoliating enzymes or facials.

No exfoliating skin treatments. For example, lasers, chemical peels, IPL or facials between your initial appointment and your touch up. Please discontinue for 3-4 weeks before and after your appointment.

Avoid placing your face directly into the shower for the first week.

Avoid direct sunlight or sweating while healing.

Avoid exposure to bacteria. For example, saunas, steam rooms, makeup products, or touching the pigment area with your hands.

Never use topical antibiotics like Neosporin

What to notice:

Please seek medical attention if the swelling persists or becomes worse beyond 48 hours, redness around pigmented past 1-3 days or if your eyes become inflamed.
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