This is the SUPER IMPORTANT stuff. ALL of this will be covered in a consultation. While I don't expect anyone to memorize it, I DO expect my clients to follow it. These are for your safety and for providing the best possible outcome.
Aftercare is just as, if not more, important than the procedure itself. Following the aftercare routine ensures the most possible pigment retention. Poor aftercare will result in a great loss of, if not all, pigment.
Keep reading further for more in-depth healing instructions and tips. They are separated by procedure.
For Best Result:
For 7-10 days, wash the area morning and night with Ink Soap or a gentle facial cleanser to reduce the risk of infection. Apply the soap directly to your brows and carefully do small circles to cleanse the area. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. We don't want to scrub or wipe the brow area during this time! Keep the area lightly glossed with Aquaphor at all times, reapplying as needed. You will only need an amount the size of a grain of rice. It is better to apply thin layers of aquaphor often than to apply a thick layer once or twice!
Expect brows to be sore, tender, red, and/or swollen for 1-2 days prior to the procedure. To best protect the brows in the shower, apply a layer of aquaphor before you get in. Keep a dry cloth handy to pat the brows dry if they get wet in the shower. Be very mindful to not get any product into the brows while showering! This can greatly raise the risk of infection.
Days 4-8 - Brows will start to exfoliate. If a piece starts to flake off, DON’T PICK! Reapply aftercare to that spot and let it fall off naturally.
Never let your brows hit direct sunlight as this will cause them to fade prematurely.
Always wear a high sunscreen on the brows whenever you’re in the sun even after your brows are fully healed.
For Best Results:
For 7-10 days, keep the area moisturized with a thin layer of Auqaphor, reapplying as needed. NEVER LET YOUR EYELINER DRY OUT. This will cause scabbing and results in a loss of pigment. Morning and night wash the area with cold water using a cotton ball or cotton pad and reapply aftercare as soon as you’re finished.
Swelling of the eyeliner will be worse the morning after. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack on the eyelids and put a clean paper towel over it as a barrier.
DO NOT pick or scratch at the eyeliner as it heals. If a piece of it is starting to exfoliate, put more aftercare on the area and let it fall off naturally. Peeling or scratching the scab causes loss of pigment.
Before a shower, put a thick coat of aftercare on the eyelids to protect them from getting wet in the shower. Wipe off the excess aftercare directly after the shower. It is best to wash your hands or use a Q-tip to reapply the aftercare to reduce the rick of infection.
Do not put makeup on or around the eyes for 5 days unless it is new, unused makeup. Before applying makeup, put a layer of aftercare on the eyes to protect them from getting a possible infection.
Do not wear contacts 48 hours after the procedure.
For Best Results:
Directly after the procedure, ice the lips for 2 hours and then continue throughout the day. Expect moderate swelling 1-2 days following the procedure. Until the lips exfoliate (4ish days), keep the area lightly glazed with Aquaphor throughout the day apply as needed. Wash morning and night with cold water and pat dry. After 4 days, switch to moisturizing with chapstick with an SPF of 15 or greater, as the sun tends to fade the lip color quickly.
After the procedure, the lips may appear to have too much color. After 3-4 days, the color will become lighter as they exfoliate. Most of the color will appear to have disappeared; however, when your lips have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker.
Two or three applications may be needed to achieve the desired color. It is not uncommon to lose up to 70% of the color on the first application.