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We practice a high level of standards to ensure a healthy, quality result. Aftercare plays a significant of a role in the outcome of your cosmetic tattoo. Once you leave the studio it is your responsibility to care for your cosmetic tattoo and the first 7-10 days are the most crucial in the healing process. Improper after care can result in poor results, scarring or infection. With the proper aftercare routine you will see better results and a more comfortable healing process. The recommended aftercare for each procedure is outlined below.
The day of treatment:
The area may be slightly tender to the touch and may weep fluid. Gently blot the area with a clean, single use tissue or paper towel to absorb excess fluid and prevent hardening/scabbing. Starting the first day you will wash and very lightly moisturize your new cosmetic tattoo 2-3 times daily as described below.
Wash: twice daily with a gentle unscented foaming or antibacterial soap to wash away old moisturizer, bacteria and dead skin. Use your fingertips in a light smooth motion for about 5-10 seconds and rinse with warm water (not hot) ensuring all soap has rinsed away. Light washing will not remove pigment, but try to limit prolonged moisture exposure to the area. Avoid allowing the skin to become saturated/soggy. Do not use any cleansing products containing exfoliants, retinols or acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, etc. usually found in wrinkles and acne fighting products. Pat the area dry with a single use paper towel or tissue. Be sure area is totally dry and use clean hands or a cotton swab to gently apply moisturizing product across the area.
Moisturize: use the very smallest amount of moisturizer and make sure there is not a shiny layer. After Inked® is our favorite tattoo healing moisturizer. If the skin appears shiny after the product is applied, gently wiper blot it away until it’s no longer visible on the skin. Too much can cause unnecessary scabbing and suffocate the healing skin. The best results are achieved with a less-is-more approach. Do not over apply moisturizing product which could suffocate the skin or trap bacteria and delay healing. Rub in gently until barely detectable on the skin. Again, do not use any products containing exfoliants, retinols or acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, etc., usually found in aging and acne fighting products.
Don’t touch, rub, pick, scratch the treated area. Let loose skin or flaking fall off on its own, picking could pull out pigment causing patchiness or scarring. Touching can spread germs to the healing skin.
Use a clean pillow case to avoid exposure to germs or irritants. Try not to sleep on your face.
Do not use makeup near the tattooed area during the first 2 weeks.
Avoid facials, waxing, Botox, microdermabrasion, or chemical treatments for at least 6 weeks.
Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for the first week. Wash the tattoo if it gets sweaty.
Keep showers cool and quick for the first few weeks.
Avoid soaking, swimming, pools, lakes, hot tubs, saunas and spas in the first month.
Products containing certain exfoliants, retinol or acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, that promote skin renewal, will be too harsh for a healing tattoo and can cause it to fade sooner.
Direct sun exposure or tanning beds can cause the cosmetic tattoo to discolor or fade prematurely. It is strongly recommended to always use sunscreen when the tattoo could be exposed to uva/uvb rays.
Eyeliner Tattoo Aftercare
Eyeliner tattoos feel like they heal very quickly. There may be some pinkness and swelling in the first few days and some people may experience light flaking between days 3-7. After the first week the skin will usually feel healed, but it is important to continue to be careful with the eyelids for up to 3 weeks to give them the very best chance at great healed results.
DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES!
They may feel a little gritty or dry but do not rub your eyes. You can use eyedrops to flush the eyes and relieve the discomfort but do not rub them for the first day or two.
Wash them gently using a mild facial cleanser or baby soap that lathers and rinse away any residual soap from the skin. Softly pat dry with a tissue or paper towel.
After washing, with clean fingers or a q-tip, apply the tiniest, thinnest amount of moisturizer to the eyeliner tattoo and blot away any excess with a clean tissue.
The eyeliner will appear extra dark and bold for the first few days. Eyelids may be a little pink and puffy. You can use a cold compress to calm the swelling. Make sure the compress is clean before each use and use a tissue or paper towel as a buffer between the cold surface and your skin.
Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help with swelling.
The eyelids may feel mildly swollen and tight, this is normal. Twice a day, do the same washing and moisturizing routine from day one. It is important to wash away any build up including blood or fluid from the healing skin, sweat, oils and dust from the day. Washing them prevents any buildup from forming a scab and will help them heal with the best results.
Except when washing, keep the face out of the water for 3 weeks.
Sun exposure should be avoided and after 7 days sunscreen can be worn.
Make sure when moisturizing you are applying the tiniest, thinnest layer. We don’t want any glossy or shiny residue on the skin. You can blot off the excess moisturizer with a clean tissue so the tattoo stays dry and can breath. This will help it heal faster than if it is left moist.
For eyeliner tattoos we recommend using Aquaphor, After Inked®, or a plain, dye free, fragrance free moisturizer without any acids, exfoliants or other active ingredients.
Important notes about eyeliner healing:
•No eyeshadow, mascara or other makeup near the eyes for 5 days.
•Single use contact lenses can be worn after 3 days, reusable contacts after 5 days.
•No eyelash adhesives, eyelash extensions, lash tints or lash lift/perms for 4 weeks. Although eyeliner fells like it heals very quickly, the chemicals in these applications can irritate the skin and cause poor healed and long term results.
Continue washing twice a day as outlined above.
Lip Blushing Tattoo Aftercare
Approximate healing timeline:
Day 1 - Lips will be swollen and bright.
Day 2 - Swelling will go down and lips will look darker.
Day 3 - Lips will start to peel. As peeling leaves the lips, the skin underneath will appear lighter.
Day 4 - Peeling continues.
Day 5 - Peeling should almost be finished.
Day 6 - Color will start to even out over the next few days.
Do not touch the lips unless your hands are completely clean and dry! The area will feel a bit sore and will look quite intense. There will be some swelling and minor bruising that only lasts for 1-2 days. Applying an ice pack can reduce bruising and swelling. Make sure the ice pack is clean and use a tissue or paper towel to buffer the cold surface from the skin.
The day of treatment:
The skin will weep clear fluid from the tattoo. You do not want these fluids to sit on your tattoo and form scabs. You will want to blot your tattoo every hour with a wet cotton round and pat the area dry to ensure no fluids sit and form scabs. When you wipe, you will see the color coming off onto the cotton round, this is normal. You may ice the skin if it is feeling tender or swollen after the procedure. Wrap an ice pack or a ziplock of icy water in a clean tissue or paper towel and place it on the area for as long as desired. Continue to apply the Aquaphor if blotting removes it. This will protect the lips and help prevent fluids from sticking and creating a scab.
Always wash your hands before touching your healing lips. Remember it is an open and healing wound. An infection could possibly ruin the tattoo. Other than quickly and gently washing your lips, do not get the tattoo wet. It could make the skin soggy and cause poor color retention.
Ideally we want to prevent buildup from forming on the lips and creating scabs, but if scabs start to form, try to keep them on for as long as you can, and let them fall off naturally. Scabs take color with them when they fall off.
Moisturize often with the recommended or provided ointment.
Don’t pick, scratch, or bite off the scabs. Let the scabs fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring, loss of pigment, or an infection.
Do not sleep on your face and make sure you’re sleeping on a clean pillowcase to avoid infection.
Avoid harsh cleansers, creams, makeup, or any other products on the treated area until all the scabs have naturally fallen off. These things can jeopardize the healing of the tattoo.
Do not expose your tattoo to UV rays or tanning beds for 4 weeks after the procedure. These things can alter the appearance of your tattoo dramatically.
Do not sweat on the tattoo until all the scabs have come off naturally. Sweat could introduce bacteria to the healing tattoo. If you sweat, clean and moisturize the tattoo immediately.
Do not get any facials, Botox, chemical treatments, and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after your lip tattoo treatment date.
Do not eat anything too spicy or with too much citrus. Be careful when eating not to get food on your lips. Be careful not to rub any scabs off and try to drink through a straw.
After Scabbing Phase:
Note that after the scabs come off your tattoo may have a milky/grey hue to it. This just means that the surface skin is healed but the underneath layers still need more time to heal. The complete healing process takes about 6 weeks. In 6 weeks, the true and final color of the tattoo will show. It is only after 6 weeks that a touchup to the tattoo can be done.
Once the scabs have completely fallen off, you may apply makeup or lipstick to the area and return back to your normal routine.
Please note that your tattoo will be softer and not as crisp once healed.
Note that results will vary with each individual and are extremely dependent on your skin and how you care for it during healing. It may take more than one session to achieve your desired result.
Once Fully Healed:
It is strongly recommended that you do not use any of the following on your tattoo: Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycolic acid, apple cider vinegar, vitamin E and C, and Retinol or chemical peels. These products can lighten or fade your tattoo faster.
We strongly recommend wearing sunscreen as the UV rays will deteriorate the pigment and lighten or fade the tattoo faster as well.
Saltwater and chlorine can also deteriorate the pigment faster as well. Rinse with water after contact.
If you are having any laser or facial beauty treatments please inform your technician before procedures that you have a permanent makeup tattoo.
The lip tattoo treatment does fade after 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Touch-ups are necessary to maintain the longevity and overall beauty of your tattoo. If you have oily skin, an iron deficiency, or a very strong immune system, your pigment may not last as long and might not heal as crisp as others.