Attention: Each individuals skin responds differently to these treatments, and this information acts as a guideline.
Immediately after your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This will last up to 1 week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area will feel like a sun burn afterwards for 1-2 days after the procedure but there should be minimal discomfort.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, 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 8 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and will have disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases it may last around the eye area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. DO NOT wear make up directly on the treated area for at least 2 weeks.
You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
Keep the tattooed area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel as needed. Limit this to twice a day.
The best way to heal your new tattoo is using the "dry" method. This literally means to let it heal dry. You should do this for the first 3-4 days. The process can be a bit uncomfortable as it will feel a bit itchy a few days into healing. When moisture is applied to the tattoo it can cause pigment to "bleed" and you can lose hair stroke detail. After they are completely dried out and start flaking you can then apply a very small amount of unscented lotion but if you can go through the entire healing process without, that is best.
DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakes. Let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature pigment loss. Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as if the strokes are gone or too light. Within 1-2 weeks the hair strokes will reappear as your skin regenerates.
Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen to the treated area. Wearing protective attire such as glasses and hats will help shade from sun exposure as well. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Glycolic Acid, microdermabrasion and 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. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area. This procedure must be used at your own discretion.
Once treated area is completely healed any changes or additions can be made during your follow up appointment no sooner then 6-8 weeks after healing.
What NOT TO DO
- You may shower or bathe normally, But do not submerge in water for long periods of time.
DO NOT wash your eye brows directly with any fragrance soaps or cleansers for the first five days as it can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
- 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, the hair strokes will 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. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- DO NOT use Neosporin, Vaseline, or other petroleum based products. Neosporin acts as a healing agent for scarring treating anything foreign in the skin like it is a bacteria trying to force it out and Petroleum based products tend to be to thick and oily for the skin on our face and can also cause pores to become clogged. To assure proper healing do not use said products.
- DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
- Do not thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
- Avoid exercising and/or sweating for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
- NO swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.