Permanent Makeup Aftercare

PMU / Tattoo Aftercare Permanent Makeup / Microblading Aftercare Instructions

This is a tattoo. How you treat the procedure area over the following few weeks will ultimately determine the final appearance and longevity. Remember that there are tiny open wounds in your skin. Please follow these instructions to reduce your chances of infection and to obtain the best possible results
On day 1, gently cleanse and dab away any forming lymph as often as necessary. Gently clean the procedure area at least twice a day using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. You may use antibacterial cleanser if you prefer. Pat the clean area dry using a fresh towel. Apply a thin layer of aftercare balm (this will be provided at your appointment time) after cleansing and drying. Reapply throughout the day only if needed. *Aftercare balm is not recommended for eyeliner procedures, nor for those with oily skin. Do not apply other creams and/or makeup to the procedure area until all wounds have healed completely, at least 14 days. A hat should be worn during prolonged sun exposure while the procedure area heals. Once healed, sun block (SPF 60 recommended) should be worn at all times increase the longevity of your tattoo. Flaking and crusting may occur as the skin heals. Do not pick or peel at the area. Picking or peeling the procedure area may cause loss of pigment and scarring. Refrain from touching you’re the treated area, except when washing or applying aftercare balm. Please only touch your new tattoo with clean hands. Pools, jacuzzis, tanning, or activities that may cause excess sweating should be avoided for at least 14 days following your procedure. Botox should be avoided at least 30 days following your procedure. Products using Retin-A, AHA or any kind of skin peel should be avoided as they will fade and possibly distort the procedure area. Laser or IPL treatments should never be done in the procedure area as they may cause burns. Eyeliner Tattoo Specific: Rinse eyes with distilled water or saline eyewash, patting around the areas with a wetted cotton pad to remove any excess ink that may remain as necessary. Aftercare balm is not necessary. Do not apply mascara, eyelash extensions or use lash serums for at lest two weeks post procedure.

Lip Tattoo Specific

Avoid drinking hot liquids or spicy food for 2-3 days. Drink all liquids from a straw for 2-3 days. Avoid red wine until lips are fully healed.

All Cosmetic Tattoos

You may wish to discuss the use of Advil/Ibuprophen with your healthcare provider, pharmacist or by calling the nurses hotline at 811, to help reduce pain, swelling and the chance or bruising.

What to Expect

Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort. For eyes and lips, swelling and bruising can occur. This is perfectly normal and should only last a few days. If either of these things extends beyond 5 days, contact your physician. During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own. The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks (4-6 weeks for lips) at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6-8 weeks that a touch-up/adjustment can be done.

What Not to Do

You may shower or bathe normally. Do not soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for at least two weeks while your procedure area heals.

NO swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.

DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, hair strokes may slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.

DO NOT apply ANY make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo and may lead to infection.

DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum-based products while healing.

DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area & surrounding for at least one month following the procedure.

DO NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.

DO NOT use anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids on the treated area.

DO NOT thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.

NO excessive sweating for one week after procedure. Be sure to cleanse the treated area immediately after exercise, until the area is fully healed.

Once Healed

Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.

Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.

If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician that you have permanent makeup. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolour the tattooed area, and in some cases even cause burns.

Only once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up.