Looking After Your New Cosmetic Tattoo
It is imperative that you follow the aftercare as instructed. Failure to do so can impair your result and have serious repercussions.
Amanda Guerin Brow Artistry has adapted a medical approach to aftercare for best healing.
Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness in colour deposited is to be expected. The purposed of the follow up session(s) is to correct any colour or shape issues once the initial session has healed completely.
With each technique used, the process will differ and this will all be explained to you by the artist in great detail on your appointment. Under no circumstances is the first session considered complete. Only in rare occasions will this occur.
For the next 3 hours clean the lymph (clearsweat looking fluid) off your tattoo with the wipes provided, (clean every 15 to 20 min for 3 hours. Additional hourly wiping after this time is recommended) if you do not do this you will have excess scabbing and may not heal correctly.
After the initial treatment day, the tattoo needs to be cleaned with gentle wash and water 2 times a day. Not cleaning will lead to potential infection. Dab dry with a tissue, not a towel that others may have used or carrying bacteria. As of the morning after your session, apply your cream (provided) in very small amounts, morning and night. If the tattoo starts to get itchy you can apply when needed. NO exercising until your tattoo is healed as this is an infection risk and sweat can affect the healing tattoo. Please refrain from public swimming pools, saunas, spas, and sun exposure over the next week. Once healed, SPF is recommended. Take care when showering not to place the full pressure of the nozzle on the area.
At days 3-7 you may get some scabbing of the brows, this is normal. Don’t pick the scabs as you will take the pigment out as well and can cause scarring. The scabbing will only last 2-5 days at most. Once the scabbing is over you can exercise as normal. The brows will still change colour for approximately 4 weeks. Use a clean pillowcase, wash your hands before touching your face. Your tattoo is to be considered as a wound so infections are possible if you are not keeping them, or anything that touches them clean.
This is an intense treatment. Upon conclusion of this treatment, the area treated will be very dark and very exact in colour. This will fade over the next 4-10 days. There will be swelling and trauma in the surrounding tissue. There are times that there can be bruising in the surrounding tissue and some pigment migration. We recommend that you have a minimum of two treatments for each area to ensure that your pigment will retain its colour and intensity. It is essential that you follow the aftercare outlined by us and given to you in your aftercare pack. In rare cases, there is a chance of your cosmetic tattoo reacting in your skin either due to allergy or foreign body build up. This can happen many years later and cannot be foreseen.
If any symptoms not discussed show, contact your artist and a health professional in case of allergic reaction or infection.
What To Avoid Whilst Your Eyebrow Tattoo is Healing
Do not use facial cleanser on the treated area for the first week other than prescribed by your artist. During the first week all the creams (except for the protective one), all make-up (foundation) is to be kept away from the tattoo area. Avoid workouts that involve a lot of sweating, direct shower spray, tanning, sauna, facial massage and steaming. Whist the area is healing there can be some mild itching, flaking and crusting. This is normal. It is imperative that you DO NOT PICK OR RUB the treated area. Failure to follow instructions can result in an automatic cancellation of your touch up appointment.
For the next 30 days, avoid the following:
- Sunbathing, solarium, light therapies, chemical peelings, fruit acids, microdermabrasion, creams that contain regeneration factors.
- Always avoid laser treatments over the treated area (Fraxel laser, IPL), because they can destroy the pigment and cause burns.
- The use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to faster pigment fading.
- Always protect the tattoo from the sun. SPF is recommended (not during the first 7 days).
- Do not use AHA or RetinA products on the tattooed area as the products will affect ink/pigment.
AND REMEMBER – EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY. RESULTS DO VARY AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. 70% OF THE SUCCESS OF YOUR TREATMENT IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR AFTERCARE AND HEALTH.