Post Treatment Care
One of the most common questions we’re asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here are some important aspects to consider for your Post Treatment Care.
Micropigmentation (semi-permanent makeup) procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different and the final color can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is required approximately 30 days after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result.
Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
Post Treatment Care
- After 5-6 hours following your procedure, cleanse the area with a simple soap, then immediately apply a very thin coat of post treatment triple antibiotic ointment).
- Continue gently cleansing and applying ointment 2-3 times per day for 7-10 days (or until all scabbing/crust has come off).
- Apply ice packs as necessary to prevent or reduce swelling.
- When the area starts to flake, leave it. Do not pick, peel or pull on the skin.
- Avoid sweating such as from vigorous exercise for 1 week.
- For at least one week post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):
- Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area(s).
- Do not scrub or pick treated areas.
- Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.
- Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds.
- Avoid exposing the area excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools (hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers.
- Contact lenses should not be worn until the swelling subsides.
- Do not use any eyelash tinting or other coloration for at least two weeks after the procedure.
- Do not use eyelash curlers during the healing process.
- Use of mascara during the healing process:
- Do not wear mascara for a few days
- Use ONLY new unopened mascara, in order to avoid contamination and infection.
- Apply mascara only to the tips of the eyelashes
- Avoid Retin-A, moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on all micropigmented areas. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
- Avoid tanning beds, sun, chlorine spas and pools, soap and chemicals (including skin cleansers, makeup removers, alpha hydroxyl creams, and tooth whitening toothpaste) near the treated area until healed.
- Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it looking fresh.
- Periodic touch ups will ensure longer lasting results.
If you’ve never had micropigmentation before, there are a lot of unknowns. One of the most common questions we’re asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect.
Temporary side effects from micropigmentation include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches and tenderness.
You should expect to lose approximately 1/3 of the initial color during the healing process. We have selected the optimal pigments for you with this in mind. In approximately six days it may appear too light. After about 10 days, the color will show more. It will appear softer when completely healed.
The eyes will be swollen and sore, like you have been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look. For the first 3-4 days, the color is darker than it will appear when healed.
Apply a light gloss of triple antibiotic ointment sparingly to the treated areas with a clean fingertip or cotton swab. Too much ointment makes the swollen area too wet. Use the ointment in the morning and evening. A third application is fine if needed, but don’t over use. Clean the eyes in the evening with cool water.
The eyelids are swollen for a few hours after waking up, still with heavier makeup look.
When you wake up, refresh the treated area with cool water. Tissue dry and re-apply ointment. The eyes will be swollen and sore but will get better throughout the day. In the evening, gently cleanse with cool water, tissue dry, and re-apply ointment.
Swelling decreases but is not gone entirely. There is a tight feeling. The top layers of skin begin to lift away. The soreness will become less as the treated area begins to exfoliate. A rough texture appears on the skin. Use a small amount of ointment if needed.
There is a pinching feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. When the eyeliner area begins to exfoliate, do not pick at it! Discontinue ointment. It will flake off with the movement of the eye.
Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color. The pigmented area begins to shrink and soften in size and color over the next few days.
Exfoliation completes. The color will appear a bit “frosty,” but will clarify in a few days.
The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.
The final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes.