Did you know that your permanent cosmetics take time to set?
The healing process continues even after the procedure is completed. The end result of your procedure depends greatly on your own proper care, in your own home, up to 30 days after the procedure. For best results, follow these care tips for a lifetime.
Immediately after the procedure, optional:
- Apply a cold or ice pack to the treated area for four hours following treatment to reduce swelling. It’s very important to keep all moisture away from the treated area to speed up healing time and to maximize the vibrancy of color. For your comfort, remove the pack every five minutes, and then reapply the pack for another five minutes.
For a week after the procedure:
- To avoid old body oils, cosmetics, and cream regimes rubbing into your new permanent cosmetics, we strongly recommend a new, clean pillowcase. Any pigment residue from the procedure may stain your pillowcase for at least one week after your appointment.
- Apply an ice pack as part of your morning regime. It’s very important to keep all moisture away from the treated area to speed up healing and to maximize the vibrancy of color. Swelling due to a horizontal sleeping position will be most prominent in the morning. While applying the ice pack, being vertical in a seated position is best. The ice pack is not mandatory, but recommended for your comfort.
- Avoid wearing mascara for at least a week after the procedure. Do not wear any type of “waterproof” mascara for a full thirty days.
- Gently clean the treated areas each morning and evening with tepid, clear water and your clean fingertips. Pat the areas dry, avoid scrubbing or rubbing the areas. Do not use any soaps, cleansing creams, lotions, or chemicals to the pigmented area(s). Instead, use a very thin application of A&D Ointment or Vaseline two to three times daily (less is more!). If redness occurs, discontinue the ointment and contact us.
- We strongly recommend no makeup to the treated area for at least five days. Refrain from soaking the treated area(s) in a bathtub, hot tub, swimming pool, or steam. Avoid the sun, and do not scratch or rub the area.
For a month after the procedure:
- Do not use soaps, cleansing creams, chemicals, or baby oil on the pigmented area(s). You risk stripping or rubbing away some of the color before your skin has had a chance to heal fully.
- Do not use “saline” solution for contacts. The salt product will lighten your eyeliner if used during the first month of healing. Instead, use an eye irrigation solution as a substitute until your eyeliner is fully healed.
For a lifetime after the procedure:
- Avoid exposing the treated areas to the sun or a tanning bed.
- Keep products containing Retin A, Glycolic Acid, or Alpha-Hydroxy Acids a half inch away from your eyes at all times, as these products can ruin the integrity of your permanent cosmetics.
- Any type of “make-up remover”, regardless of name brand, can also ruin the longevity of your permanent cosmetics.
Good to know:
- The treated area(s) will appear very intense and bright immediately after the procedure. It may appear to be too dark for up to thirty days after the procedure. Remember that as the skin heals and the pigmented areas set, the colors will soften and blend.
- A follow-up visit can be scheduled up to 90 days after the initial application of permanent cosmetics. This visit is free, and can refine and fine-tune your new look. We recommend booking a visit thirty days after the initial procedure.