Proper aftercare is a very important aspect of the long term success, effectiveness, health, and overall satisfaction with your new cosmetic eyebrow tattoo. It is very important to follow the instructions given in order to achieve the best possible results from your permanent makeup procedure. Included here is the aftercare instructions that will help limit any infection or problems, and assure healthy and successful healing as quickly as possible.
Aftercare Immediately After Your Procedure
Immediately after your cosmetic eyebrow tattoo procedure, you will feel slight tingling and tenderness, and probably a bit of swelling in the tattoo area. This is because the numbing cream/anaesthetic used on your brows before applying the tattoo, will start to wear off and the newly exposed wound will begin the process of healing immediately.
It is likely that you will experience some skin sensitivity, redness and swelling for about 1-2 days. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS ON THE TATTOO AREA FOR 5 DAYS! No soaps, cleaners, makeup or creams other than the aftercare cream provided. Make sure you give the eyebrows approximately two weeks to heal and set. Limit any physical activity (like swimming or saunas) or exposure to direct sunlight that might cause premature fading. All tattoos carry the inherent risk of infection and/or allergic reaction. If pain or tenderness persists for longer than a few days, consult your doctor and CPCP immediately.
You will receive Protat aftercare cream. This is recommended you apply it on the tattoo area 5 times a day for up to 7 days. This will help prevent infection and keep the brows from drying out for fast and effective healing.
Swelling and/or Bruising
Swelling, redness, skin sensitivity, and some minor bruising are normal side effects to the eyebrow tattoo procedure but they shouldn’t last longer than a day or two. How easily a person swells and bruises depends on factors such as their age, skin type, and circulation.
Please note: The ink from a fresh tattoo will most likely appear slightly darker and much thicker than expected, while others might seem bright (eg. blondes and browns), so don’t be alarmed. This is normal and usually after a week or so the top layer starts to scab and slough off in certain places. This process is called shedding. Comparatively, these sections may appear extremely light next to the non-shredded segments. This pigment will eventually soften and settle into the appropriate shade when shedding is complete. In total, it should take about two weeks for your new eyebrow tattoos to shed completely and appear natural.
Aftercare during the first two week healing period
The days following the procedure as your skin heals, it may feel itchy. This is a normal part of the process and is a good sign that the cosmetic tattoo is healing properly. Be careful you do not rub, scratch, or pick at the shedding skin or exfoliate. You can cause trauma to the tissue and actually increase the possibility of skin damage, infection, or prematurely removing the ink.
Average Healing Time and Process
Average healing time will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors such as age, skin type, circulation, and hormonal cycles. Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal. Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive physical activity, exposure to direct sunlight, and any medications you might be taking.
Touch Up Procedure
In approximately two weeks, your eyebrows will have mostly healed during the “shedding” or “scabbing” process. As a result, the initial intensity and thickness will fade, and the desired colour shade will start appearing. At about the 3-4 week mark, you should have a scheduled “touch up” procedure, especially if you would like to make any changes to the shape of your brow, or fill in any areas needing modifications after some areas would have faded in the shedding process. During the “touch up” the original procedure will be repeated. This repetition helps the tattoo last longer and encourages the ink to embed more permanently into the skin.
Lastly, your 3rd follow up appointment should be scheduled between 3-4 week marks, but not everyone will need a third touch up. Depending on how well you follow these aftercare recommendations and how fast the semi-permanent ink fades, you shouldn’t have to make another appointment (touch up / colour refresher) for up to 1-3 years.
The life and Longevity of your tattoo brows
Depends on sun exposure. Swimming in chlorinated water does effect the tattoo ink, so avoid excessive exposure. Also, be mindful of these ingredients in your daily facial products:
They have a bleaching effect: Glycol Acid, Retinol, Vitamin A & C: We recommend you check your cleansers and moisturisers for these ingredients as they can fade the tattoo prematurely.
Beauty Treatments: Such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL lasers: They should be completely AVOIDED in the tattoo area. Make sure to tell your beauty therapist to avoid the brow area and to use a protective barrier film or covering.
World Wide Health Regulations: Any tattoo or cosmetic tattoo procedure is advised; you cannot donate blood 6 months after a treatment (this is a worldwide health regulation).