Cosmetic tattoos heal very delicately, and results vary from person to person. This is the reason, however, that aftercare must be followed diligently. It is important to keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, and there is no guarantee in any one person’s results. What we can guarantee is that we will do everything we can to correct any pigment loss or unevenness at your touch up appointment. Most times eyebrows will be complete after your follow up appointment. Some people may need to purchase a third appointment to reach the desired results depending on how their skin takes the pigment and personal preference.
How to care for your cosmetic tattoo
At least twice a day, gently wipe your eyebrow down using a cotton round with lukewarm water and a tiny amount of antibacterial soap. This will give the brow area a surface clean removing lymph fluid that can cause scabbing without flushing pigment out of your skin.
Use a q-tip to apply a very thin amount of Aquaphor. Take a paper towel and blot off the excess ointment. Do this twice a day for the first two days - unless otherwise instructed. It is important not to smother the tattoo and to let it breathe. An oily complexion will want to be especially careful not to over moisturize. A dry complexion may want to do three days of ointment.
You may use a very small amount of a gentle unscented moisturizer as needed in the days following. Only do this if your eyebrows are feeling too tight and dry. Do not over saturate the area.
What to expect...
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterward but there should be minimal discomfort.
During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6-8 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
What not to do...
DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment.
IMPORTANT - Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo
DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
DO NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing. No anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
DO NOT thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
NO WORKING OUT No sweating for at least 4 to 10 days. If you work out regularly results may heal more to a powdered look due to the oils the body produces when it gets heated and sweaty.
Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area.
Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion, laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment no sooner than 6-8 weeks later.
Smoking WILL cause the pigment to fade prematurely.
DO NOT USE growth enhancement products such as Latisse, Revitabrow, Grande lash, one month prior and after treatment has fully healed as it may shift your color.
Make sure to fully read through and understood the risks to this procedure. If you do not follow the aftercare you may ruin the results and the artist has the right to release you from any future services.