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Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare
Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare is fundamental to achieve optimal results, therefore, you need to strictly follow your technician’s After Care instructions for a flawless healing.
To learn how to look after your Makeup Tattoo, please read carefully and follow the After Care instructions below or download the file to keep them handy at all times.
How to look after your Cosmetic Tattoo
Immediately after a cosmetic tattoo, the area treated will look about 30-50% darker than the final results. This is temporary, the colour will lighten and soften over 7 to 14 days. It is normal for the area to feel slightly tender or dry.
Your new tattoo has to be treated as a wound, so please keep it clean and treat with caution to avoid infection.
Every cosmetic tattoo is a 2 steps process, therefore a follow up appointment 4 to 12 weeks (depending on the treatment) after the first appointment is a must!
In the touch up session we assess the healed result and can make changes to colour and shape as needed.
For the first 10 days
2 Wash the tattooed area once a day with gentle soap
3 Apply a “rice size” ointment with a new cotton bud (if applicable).
- No direct sun exposure for the first 2 weeks.
- Strictly no make-up on the treated area for 3 days after procedure. For Eyeliner Tattoo it is particularly important to avoid mascara.
- No arsh cleansers or skin care products for 7-14 days (or until it peels).
- Do NOT scrub, rub or pick at the skin. Scabs will fall off naturally, please don’t force it or it could lead to scarring and uneven colour retention.
- No teeth whitening toothpaste if you had a Lips Tattoo. Chemicals of any kind can interfere with healing and the colour.
- No exercising (or any other activity that can make you sweat) for 7-14 days (or until it peels).
- No heated spa, sauna or steam room for 2 weeks.
- Do not wax, pluck or bleach the hair for at least 3 weeks after the treatment. If you are having laser hair removal or resurfacing, it may result in adverse changes to your Cosmetic Tattoo.
- Do not use products like Retin-A or Roaccutane for at least 4 weeks prior and after treatment.
- No fillers or anti-wrinkle injections such as Restylane or Botox on or near the treated areas 2 weeks before or after treatment.
It is recommended to apply a thin layer of aftercare ointment morning and night for the first week and as needed in the following week till skin is healed and smooth.
As your skin heals it may become flaky.
Do not scrub off or pick the flaking as that could cause scarring and the colour to heal patchy/uneven. If the tattooed area feels itchy, you can apply a thin layer of aftercare more frequently.
After peeling, the brow tattoo will start to soften and lighten dramatically. True colour will show once completely healed at around week 4.
Cold pads can be applied to minimise swelling.
Do not use mascara for at least 3 days after treatment.
Do not rub the eyes and most importantly do not use contacts during and for at least 24 hours after procedure.
DRINK THROUGH A CLEAN STRAW
NO SPICY OR HOT FOOD
Keep your lips clean and hydrated with the after care provided and if you suffer from cold sores please use your cold sore cream along with the aftercare.
During the first few hours post treatment, your lips could weep a clear fluid which is normal and part of the healing process. To avoid building up of scab during this time, please wipe them gently every half an hour with a damp cotton pad to remove the fluid.
Immediately after the treatment, your lips will appear swollen and much brighter than they will look once healed. The colour will subside over the next week and once the lips peel, the pigment will fade to almost no colour for then reappearing about 4 weeks later.
For Lip Neutralisation this process usually takes 10 weeks. After the lips finish peeling, they often look darker for a week or two. This is completely normal and it will pass. Please trust the process. True colour will appear around week 10.
Long Term Care
- Exposure to the sun over time can cause premature fading and may cause the colour to change. If you are going out into the sun apply snscreen to protect the area.
- When swimming in chlorine water you can cover your Cosmetic Tattoo with vaseline to prevent bleaching.
- Continuous use of skin topicals that contain acids or retinol may lighten or alter the colour of your cosmetic tattoo prematurely.
A cosmetic tattoo can last a shorter or longer period depending on your skin type, skin colour, and the colour of the pigment used, how much pigment is deposited and how aggressive your immune system is in metabolising the pigment. Sun exposure, sweating, Retin-A skin creams and lotions, exfoliating treatments, and many others factors may speed up the natural fading process of your Cosmetic Tattoo.
Even in the absence of any of the factors mentioned above, fading will still occur over time. With some people the tattoo may or may not remain visible for long periods of time, this can vary considerably from person to person.
“Colour Maintenance” may be required anywhere from 6 months up to 18 months after the last treatment, at the very least I suggest that my clients have a refresh treatment every 12-18 months to keep their makeup tattoo looking at its best.
Some clients are happy to let their cosmetic tattoo fade considerably between Colour Maintenance treatments, others like to keep their Cosmetic Tattoo looking very bold and fresh all the time. For this reason no guarantees are offered or implied in regards to how long your cosmetic tattoo will last before you feel you need to have a touch up.
How long does it take?
Allow up to 3 hours on your first session,
up to 1.5 hours on your Touch Up (second) session and
up to 2 hours for your Colour Maintenance
Does it hurt?
Topical numbing cream is used on the treated area before and douring the procedure to give as much relief as possibile.
How long does it last?
A Make-up Tattoo can last a shorter or longer period depending on your skin type, skin colour, and the colour of the pigment used, lifestyle, and how aggressive your immune system is in metabolising the pigment. Sun exposure, sweating, Retin-A skin creams and lotions, exfoliating treatments, and many other factors may speed up the natural fading process of your Cosmetic Tattoo.
Can you touch up other artists job?
No. If you have had a Cosmetic Tattoo done somewhere else, we recommend not to go over it until it has faded considerably. Once your skin is ready to be re-tattooed, full prices apply.
Please give us a call or send a photo trough to help us determine if your tattoo is ready to be covered.
- Oily skins have less pigment retention than others. You can still have these services done, but need to be aware your Cosmetic Tattoo can fade quicker. For eyebrows you may want to consider the Ombrè technique instead of the Feathering.
- If you take fish oil or blood thinner, you may bleed more then others, which can lead to poor colour retention and more sessions may be required to achieve desired look. Whether possible, it is recommended to stop taking the blood thinners a few days before your tattoo session (please consult your health practicioner)
- Some treatments such as thyroid medications may alter the pigment used and can cause colour changing, and premature fading.
- Cosmetic Tattoo is NOT advisable on Keloid scars.
- If you have skin disease or irritations, are pregnant or breast feeding, if undergoing or have recently undergone chemo, if using Accutane or using products with Ratin-A, have heart conditions or using heart medications, have diabetes, these treatments may not be for you. Click here to FIND OUT MORE.
Cosmetic tattoos are low maintenance, but you do have to maintain them!
Think of your hair… if you have been colouring them, you should know that the tint/dye/toner needs to be refreshed every now and then to look at its best. Same thing apply to your Permanent Make Up.
“Colour Maintenance” may be required anywhere from 6 months up to 24 months after the last treatment. At the very least I suggest that my clients have a refresh treatment every year to keep their makeup tattoo looking at its best. Some clients are happy to let their Cosmetic Tattoo fade considerably between Colour Maintenance treatments, others like to keep them looking very bold and fresh all the time. For this reason no guarantees are offered or implied in regards to how long your cosmetic tattoo will last before you feel you need to have a touch up.