Cosmetic Tattooing

BEFORE & AFTERCARE

PRE-PROCEDURE INFORMATION

All permanent cosmetic procedures are a multi-session process. You are required to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up visits are scheduled at 4-6 week intervals or longer.

Be prepared for the initial colour intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. As your tattoo heals it will fade – up to 40% for brows and 80% for lips. It will take time for this transition based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin heals and your rate of cell turnover.

While these tattooed colours may initially simulate the exact colour and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Tattooed colours are constant, while your own skin colour will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun, and circulatory changes.

  1. Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it is best not to make any social plans for a day or two following any procedure. It is always best to avoid these procedures within months prior to important life events such as weddings. Procedures may take longer than expected to be complete under some circumstances.

  2. Wear your normal make up or bring your brow pencils to your consult, but you do not have to for your procedure. Please do not wear mascara to an eyeliner procedure.

  3. Any tweezing or waxing should be done at least 48 hours prior to the procedure; electrolysis no less than 5 days before. Do not resume ANY method of hair removal for at least two weeks.

  4. Any eyelash or eyebrow tinting or eyelash curling should be done no sooner than 48 hours before, or two weeks after the procedure.

  5. DO NOT wear contact lenses during or within 48 hours following the eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition.

  6. Following the eyeliner procedures, as a safety precaution, we recommend that you have someone available to accompany you or drive you home.

  7. Refrain from the use of alcohol, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, ibuprofen, or other blood-thinning medications for seven days before and two days after any procedure. Refrain from judgment-altering drugs for at least 24 hours prior to any procedure. No medication should ever be discontinued without first consulting your physician. A skin test is offered upon request.

 

AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of colour is to be expected. The purpose of the touch-up visit is to correct any colour or shape issues. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

  1. Ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling. Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen in the morning after facial procedures. Do not use ice packs on lip procedures.

  2. Wash your hands before touching any treated area. Cotton-tipped applicators may be used to gently cleanse the eye area. Do not expose the area to dirty or unsanitary conditions. Wearing glasses outdoors is a good way to protect new eyeliner from dust, ect.

  3. Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your colour may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection.

  4. No makeup is to be applied for 72 hours (three days) after the procedure on the tattoo area. After any eyeliner procedure, use new mascara for the first 10 days after the 3 days of no makeup. Do not use an eyelash curler for two weeks.

  5. Do not expose your healing skin to direct shower spray, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for at least 3 days following your procedure.

  6. Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs (tub bath if body area treated), saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, or extremely hot water for 2 weeks following your procedure.

  7. Use a good sunscreen daily- even lips require protection. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics and may cause irritation even years later.

  8. If you are planning chemical exfoliation, or other medical procedure, please inform your physician of your cosmetic tattoo.

  9. If you donate blood, you will not be able to donate blood for up to 8 months after having a procedure.

 

TOUCH UPS – MUST be booked between 4-8 weeks

  1. Touch up cannot be done until the skin has finished healing which is 4 weeks.

  2. Any adjustments to colour and shape are made on your second visit, please be patient.

  3. It is essential that you book in for your perfecting session 4- 8* weeks after your first initial consultation. Failure to book in will result in an overall impact on our ability to guarantee the longevity of your tattoo and will take the technician longer to complete.

  4. Tattooing is a two step procedure, to perfect your new tattoo you will need your touch up session.

*If left any longer than 4-8 weeks ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY.

 

ONGOING TOUCH UPS: Take into consideration that everyone’s skin takes tattoo pigment differently. Lifestyle will also be a contributing factor, hence people will need touch ups at different stages.

Hair stroke: 8-14 months | Powder Brow: 1-2 years | Lips & Eyeliner: 2-3 years. Touch ups are charged at $120 hour and can usually complete in 1-2 hours

 

APPROXIMATE HEALING SCHEDULE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS

 

Eye Brows
1-2 What you see is about 20-60% darker, bolder, and more solid than what your healed result will present. There may be minimal swelling; however as the eyebrow area typically does not retain much fluid, swelling will be limited. The top layers of skin will begin to shed about day 3-5 and you will see a loss of colour. This is normal.

3 Your eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. DON’T SCRATCH THEM!

4-6 Your skin is now in rapidly exfoliating and if left alone, will shed evenly. The colour under the skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis becomes more transparent.

30-40 Your eyebrows have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis. If you are not 100% happy, call and come in for your touch-up.

 

Eye Liner
Day of: This can vary from slightly puffy to swollen, heavy lids; light sensitive and possibly bloodshot eyes. It’s advisable to sleep in an elevated position to help reduce swelling at night.

1: Eyes will be swollen and perhaps a bit ‘crusty’ upon waking. The swelling will reduce after being in an upright position and from blinking and increased circulation to the area. Avoid heavy lifting, physical exertion, and crying.

2: Eyes will be less swollen, but will feel tight. The lash area will feel sore if touched.

3-4: The top layer of skin will begin to flake off in little stitch looking lines, although some people do not notice the exfoliation. DO NOT PICK– you will pull pigment out and end up with uneven colour. Blinking helps eliminate the small pieces of pigment and epidermis that has detached. It is important not to pick at it or rub the eyes.

7-9: All shedding should be complete. You are safe to put your face back in the shower spray. During this time, the tattoo may appear to have vanished, this is a normal part of the healing process, and the pigment will re-emerge.

10: Pigment, if it faded, should have returned. What you see now is very close to the healed result. If it is not as you like, please wait the final three weeks and return for a touch-up procedure.

NOTE: The outcome of permanent cosmetic procedures is dictated by the canvas (your skin). The better condition your skin is in, the better the final result will be. Very oily, dry, or sun damaged skin can be very difficult to achieve a beautiful even result. Mature clients may need an additional one to two weeks healing for the final results to appear.

The better you take care of your skin and protect it from UV rays, the better the outcome and lifespan of the permanent cosmetics procedures.

 

POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

TATTOO LIGHTENING/REMOVAL

Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Expect the Tattoo Lightening procedure to be a multi-step process. It is likely that you will have to come back for more than one treatment. Additional visits should be scheduled no sooner 2-3 months from the last treatment. Keep in mind that in many cases the tattoo may fade unevenly. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary.

Be prepared for the initial colour intensity of your procedure to be significantly brighter or darker, you will also notice it may appear very purple, blue, or red immediately after the procedure. This should fade as it heals. Depending on the tattoo, the area may darken before it fades. It will take time for this transition based upon how the tattoo was applied, what it was applied with, and your own natural healing. Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling. Do not put ice directly on area, make sure there is a towel or cloth between the ice and your skin.

Bleeding and bruising is expected the first day or two after the procedure.

Wash your hands before touching any treated area. Do not expose the area to dirty or unsanitary conditions.

Itching and scabbing is normal. Once the scab or a dark crust forms allow it to peel off naturally. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as it could cause scarring or changes in the natural skin colour. Removing the scab could also increase healing time. If the tattoo is located in a high friction area, or if you have a tendency to scratch, cover with a bandage. Do not shave over the treated area until all scabbing has healed.

If the removal is on the face, no makeup is to be applied for 72 hours (three days) after the procedure. After any eyeliner procedure, use new mascara. Do not use an eyelash curler for two weeks.

Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for 2 weeks following your procedure.

The treated should remain as dry as possible for at least three days. You may continue to shower, and you can gently wash the treated area with mild soap and water, but pat dry it as soon as possible (do not rub). Do not expose the area directly under a shower spray, no scrubbing the area, do not swim or sit in a spa, and do not soak your body where the area is submerged in water.

If itchiness develops and is irritating, you may apply an anti-itch ointment after the first week of treatment or bandage or tape over the area. Excessive scratching on the treated area may cause additional irritation and possible scarring.

If the colour is not completely faded after procedure, the process may be repeated after the skin has healed, usually about 2-3 months.

The treated area can be re-tattooed after the skin has healed, usually after 2-3 months.