Do not take any aspirin within 5-7 days before the procedure as it promotes bleeding.
Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers may be taken I hour prior to procedure.
Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly, or redden, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day. Lip liner may appear “crusty” for up to one week.
If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, i.e.; tweezing or waxing, the hair removal should be done at least 24 hours prior to your procedure. Electrolysis should not be done within five days of the procedure. Do not resume any method of hair removal for a week after the procedure.
If eyelashes or eyebrows are normally dyed, do not have that procedure done within 48 hours of this procedure. Wait one week after the eyebrow or eyeliner procedure before dying lashes or brows.
If you wear contact lenses and are having the eyeliner done, do not wear your lenses to your appointment and do not replace them until the day after the procedure.
If you are having the eyeliner procedure done, as a safety precaution, in case of watering or swelling, we recommend that you have someone available, or accompany you, who could drive you home if you so decide, or if it is necessary. (Severe swelling is unlikely)
If you are having lip liner done and have had previous problems with cold sores, fever blisters, or mouth ulcers, the procedure is likely to re-activate the problem. Keeping clean will help prevent any cold sores from forming.
Those who have severe allergies, I recommend allergy testing of pigment before the planned procedure.
POST TREATMENT CARE AND EXPECTATIONS:
Apply antibiotic ointment RecoverAll or A&D ointment or Vaseline sparingly twice a day for seven days following the procedure, using a clean cotton swab or q-tip; not your fingertips! If you experience sensitivity to RecoverAll or allergic reaction, stop use immediately and switch to Vaseline or A&D ointment. Seek medical care if necessary.
We recommend that if there is swelling, ice packs be applied for 10-15 minutes each hour for the first 24 hours following the procedure, except at bedtime. It is important to place clean tissue paper between the ice bag and the skin to prevent frostbite. The ice is used to minimize swelling and provide comfort. After the first 24 hours the use of ice is no longer beneficial. Do not take aspirin, as this promotes bleeding at the micro pigmentation sites. Tylenol TM is recommended for temporary pain relief.
Most normal activities can be resumed immediately. We would recommend that heavy exercise such as aerobic dancing, weight lifting, etc. be delayed for approximately 2-3 days following the procedure.
Avoid all washing and contact with water (including recreational water sports and pools) for 24 hours following the procedure. After 24 hours you may gently clean the procedure area with a mild soap and water as needed. Baths, showers, swimming, and other recreational water activities are then permitted as long as the face does not become wet. After two weeks or after the pigment scabs over (whichever comes first), you may resume all normal methods of swimming and bathing.
Stay out of the sun! If you must be out and about, wear a hat and lots of sunscreen.
Avoid wearing makeup until the procedure heals (5-7 days). When the procedure area has smoothed over and feels like the rest of your skin, purchase new makeup supplies and use those, not your old ones as they can cross contaminate the procedure with bacteria.
If you are a blood donor you cannot give blood for 1 year following the procedure (American Red Cross)
Avoid gardening and contact with animals for two weeks following the procedure to prevent infection. (Or be sure to wash hands thoroughly)
Your procedure will begin to oxidize (begin to turn darker and darker) immediately and during the next 3-4 days will lighten 3 shades. Do not be alarmed. It may then flake off, it may look like pigment isn’t there.. IT IS! Takes up to 2 week to see the pigment resurface! You are still healing! Then the color will revert back to the color that was first implanted the 1st 20 minutes into the skin.
Symptoms of infection may or may not occur. Although rare, They include: “redness, swelling, tenderness of procedure site, red streaks going from procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from procedure site.” (stated as required from AB300 Article 2, 119303 C)
If you experience symptoms of infection (listed above) or allergic reaction, seek medical care immediately.
Fading or loss of pigment may occur. Some flaking off of the pigment may occur on some skin types. Do not be alarmed. It is normal. There should be pigment under the skin where the pigment has flaked off. If there is no pigment there, then a touch up will be required.
Judgment of your final results should be deferred until one month following the procedure. The intensity of the eyeliner is most prominent following the procedure itself. Over the next two to three weeks, the pigment intensity will lighten by up to 40-50%. If after one month you feel that certain modifications in the pigment need to be made, we will be happy to discuss this with you. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact our office.