Pre and Post-Care
Before any EYEBROW or LIP tattoo, please VERY lightly exfoliate the area for 3 days pre-treatment. I recommend a sugar scrub.
If you examine your eyelash line and see any little bumps (very common--they may be milia or skin cells covering a follicle), purchase some eyelid scrub and use for a week prior to an eyeliner treatment. If they are irritating to touch, please consult a doctor.
If you have a good balm or skin cream, apply after exfoliating. Please...no Vaseline, Retin A or heavily perfumed products or any product with irritants (i.e. alcohol). If you have nothing like that then apply nothing at all. The idea is to nourish the skin pre-treatment.
If you have skin sensitivities, dry, or very oily skin, I may recommend some steps to take before your treatment. This may include some light exfoliation of the area, and/or some application of Membrane MicroBalm. You may need to come off some supplements ahead of time. Do not consume alcohol and preferably not coffee for 12 hours pre-treatment. If you are prone to cold sores, if you want eyeliner or lip tattooing please get an anti-viral prescription and take for 1 month before treatment.
While you are in my studio I will go over with you your post-care instructions and they will be written down for you in your after-care kit. For the first several hours, keep the area free of lymph fluid. The next day you may begin a morning and night regimen of cleansing the area gently. I will provide you with a healing salve but when to start it and how often to apply it will be based on my assessment of your skin.
Your treatment area is an open wound, so treat it with utmost respect. The kinder you are to your new tattoo, the better the likelihood of optimal healing and retention results.
Side sleepers need to try to sleep on their back.
Eyeliner clients should sleep slightly elevated for a few nights.
Lip tattoo clients must be careful about food intake and keeping their lips clean and hydrated. Use of balm before a cigarette is highly recommended for smokers. If you are about to eat and your lips have been freshly treated, also use balm to protect them.
Remain away from direct sunlight, out of tanning beds, pools, saunas and the gym, or anywhere you will sweat more than usual. This is important for about 7 to 10 days OPTIMALLY! Your fully healed results cannot be truly known until your skin's cellular regeneration cycle is complete--that can be 20 to 45 days, depending on your age, skin health and medical condition. You will experience flaking and there will be a "bumming out" period but please
Your retouch session is to restore lost colour, and address any imperfections from initial treatment, as well as alter the shape and colour if you wish...within reason.
You will leave my studio with a kit including all products and supplies you need for your first and second treatments. If you run out, or if a 3rd treatment is necessary you may purchase these products for $5 each.
PLEASE NOTE, INFECTIONS ARE VERY RARE; HOWEVER IF YOU SEE ANY SIGNS FOLLOWING A TREATMENT, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. SIGNS INCLUDE WEEPING SKIN, YELLOW FLUID, HOT AND/OR RED AND/OR SWOLLEN SKIN THAT DOESN'T CALM DOWN WITHIN A DAY OF TREATMENT. TO PREVENT INFECTION ENSURE YOU KEEP THE TREATED AREA CLEAN AND WHILE YOU SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHING THE AREA, IN CASE YOU DO, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS. USE A CLEAN PILLOW CASE TO SLEEP.
The healing schedule photos above are not my work. I must credit Pinterest, www.theballeronabudget.com, for the photos. Everyone is different. Some healing is more or less subtle than these indicate. They are a guideline only.