For best results, it is important for you to follow aftercare instructions!
Please read carefully!
For the first 6-10 days post-treatment, the colour intensity will be significantly more dramatic (brighter or darker), as well as larger and sharper and more defined than what is expected for your final outcome. Although the area will appear healed after 10-14 days, it will not be fully healed for 4-6 weeks (up to 8 weeks for lips). The speed of your result will be based on how the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
One procedure cannot guarantee desired outcome. In some cases, we need to see how our clients' skin works with the pigment and review the healing process after the first procedure. We offer one complimentary touch-up visit no sooner than 6 weeks and no greater than 12 weeks after your initial procedure. In more complex cases (including removal, colour correction, camouflage, scar tissue, or iron disorders/deficiencies) an extra charge may apply on touch-ups.
For Brow Procedures:
Wash the treated area thoroughly the night of the procedure. Use a gentle cleanser (without acids such as salicylic or glycolic) and fingertip pressure only (no washcloths or Clarisonic). It will be a little uncomfortable, this is normal. Pat the area dry with a paper towel and allow to air dry for a few minutes. Ointment should never be applied over damp skin.
If your skin is dry: Keep the area moisturized. Use Eucerin Aquaphor as an aftercare protectant. This can be provided for you. Never use Polysporin or any medicated ointment. Gently apply a thin layer in the morning and before bed for 10-14 days. Wipe off excess product until flaking starts, after which excess product should be blotted off. There should be barely any product on the skin. Too much ointment is not helpful to healing.
If your skin is oily: you may opt for dry healing if you like. Wash the brows the night of the procedure as instructed above and air dry. That's it! If the brows start feeling tight or too dry, you may apply a little Aquaphor, as instructed above. Remember: less is more!
Other than the night of your procedure, avoid wetting the brows until flaking finishes (usually around 10-14 days post-procedure). Avoid soaps/facial cleansers, skincare, serums, sunscreens and makeup on pigmented areas (wash and apply around them). Pat face dry with a clean towel, do not rub or buff the treated area. If a little water gets on the brows while cleansing or showering, don't panic! Just gently blot the water off. The goal is to avoid the healing brow to get saturated with water and stay wet. It's important not to let the treated area soak, as this will likely lift the pigment away and the result will be patchy. Remember never to apply ointment onto damp skin.
DO NOT rub, scratch, or pick any crust in the tattooed area. Any peeling of flakiness or removal of crusting or scabbing will likely result in lost colour. Picked-at brows are patchy brows. Leave them alone! Allowing the scabs to fall off without help will result in better colour retention.
DO NOT apply makeup or sunscreen on the treated area during the healing process. This may permanently alter the colour or cause infection.
Avoid hard workouts (especially those that cause a lot of sweating, such as spinning and hot yoga), swimming, soaking, steam baths, saunas and facials in the first 7-10 days post-treatment.
Avoid applying topical exfoliants (AHA, BHA, glycolic acid, lactic acids, etc.) to the treated area for at least 4 weeks post-treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure (including tanning beds) during the healing process. You should not apply sunscreen to the treated area while it's healing, so it is very important that you monitor your daily exposure and keep it to a minimum. UV exposure is very bad for tattoo pigments!
Specifics for eyebrows:
Your eyebrows will likely be swollen for the first few hours. At the end of day (on the day of your procedure) I may ask you to thoroughly wash your brows to remove any fluids, which can dry and create more scabbing than desired. After washing, pat dry with a clean towel (or paper towel), apply a thin layer of Aquaphor, then wipe most of it off.
The colour will look darker (and the brows bigger) for the first 5-7 days until the scab peels or flakes off, after which it will look smaller and lighter. Try to sleep on your back during the healing process if possible.
With Microblading, the after-effects (scabbing, swelling, etc.) can be significantly less dramatic than a full eyebrow micropigmentation treatment. You should, however, still follow the same aftercare protocol.
With Microblading, it is quite common for some hair-strokes to lighten (or sometimes disappear!) after the initial healing phase (7-10 days post-treatment). The colour may look "off". Don't panic! At weeks 3-5 the hair-strokes will reappear and the colour will often warm up a bit. This is why we don't touch-up or alter the brows until 4 weeks after your initial session.
This photo block generously created by a colleague details common healing with Microblading. Some people heal slower, some heal faster, some scab and peel and some barely flake!
Specifics for eyeliners:
Keep the area dry. You may apply a very thin layer of Aquaphor after 2-3 days. Avoid getting Aquaphor in the eyes. Do not use mascara, eye shadows or eye liners for the first 10 days post-treatment. Your eyelid will be puffy and swollen for the first few days. To help reduce swelling, you may ice the eyelids several times daily (approx. 10 minutes at a time) over the first 3 days to minimize swelling. It is recommended to protect the eye with a layer of plastic wrap when icing in order to help keep the area clean.
Specifics for lips:
If you have EVER had cold sores/fever blisters/herpes on or around your lips, you MUST obtain a prescription for Valtrex (Valacyclovir)/Zovirax from your doctor. Start your prescription 3 days before your treatment day and 4 days after, or as prescribed by your doctor. Failure to take an antiviral medication will result in a cold sore outbreak, which will compromise the results of your lip procedure.
The lips will look very intense in colour and may become swollen post-treatment. This may last 2-3 days depending on the individual. Usually the scab will peel off after about 3-5 days. Avoid peeling the skin as they heal. Your lips can look extremely chapped. Apply Aquaphor as often as you feel you need to with a clean Q-Tip. Once the peeling completes, the colour may look quite pale, only the lip line may show a light colour. Be patient until the skin matures, which will take at least one month, after which the colour will begin to "bloom", and you will see a more natural-looking result.
Avoid eating spicy or salty food while your lip tattoo is still healing. Use a straw to drink for the first few days.
Long-Term Care - for all procedures:
- Using a quality sunscreen daily will help prolong the health of your skin! UV light quickly fades tattoo ink and so a daily use sunscreen will help it stay looking fresher, longer.
- Our pigments are iron-oxide based, which your body will slowly absorb as mineral irons. This means the colour will fade over time. You will likely need a touch-up every 1-3 years. The speed of fading is dependant on your skin type.
- If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform your provider that you have an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.