Cosmetic tattoos take approximately 4 weeks to fully heal. All procedures require two sessions; an initial session to establish shape, and a perfecting session 4-8 weeks later. During your 4-8 week follow-up, we can asses your pigment retention and make any adjustments needed. This follow-up also increases the longevity of your semi-permanent tattoo. The touch-up takes approximately 1.5 hours and is included in the price of your initial procedure; it must be scheduled for, and completed, between 4 to 8 weeks post procedure unless alternative arrangements are made and agreed upon at the time of your initial appointment. If a touch-up appointment is not booked in this time frame or if you are a no-show, you forfeit your free touch-up and must pay for any touch-ups associated with your initial procedure. It is your responsibility to book your follow-up in advance.
After the topical anesthetic wears off, you may feel some tenderness on and around the tattooed area. You may also experience slight swelling and redness the day of your procedure; this is normal and typically fades within 24-48 hours. At this point you may take Tylenol if you feel any pain, but avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen as it can cause blood thinning.
If you experience heavy itching, extreme swelling, blistering, or any other complications within the first 24 hours post-procedure, stop using your after-care product immediately. If symptoms continue, or you experience abnormal swelling/redness or shortness of breath/trouble breathing, go to the closest Hospital ER immediately as you may be having an allergic reaction to the pigment and/or the after-care product you are using!
The tattooed area will appear darker and bolder immediately after the procedure (with the exception of scalp micropigmentation), but will soften and fade as your skin heals in the coming days and weeks. This is 100% normal.
Within a few days you might notice some flaking on the tattooed area, DO NOT pick at these; doing so can result in loss of pigment in those areas. Tattoos may appear spotty or patchy until the entire area has finished exfoliating. You may notice that some areas appear very light or even to have lost pigment entirely after they have peeled; the epidermis will be thicker at this time, causing muting, hiding or diffusing of pigment underneath. The epidermis will normalize over the next 4 weeks and softened pigment will resurface and "bloom" back into the surface of the skin.
Using only lukewarm water, gently clean off the area 24 hours after the procedure. DO NOT use soaps or cleansers on the tattooed area. Pat dry with a clean paper towel (no tissue or toilet paper) and air dry the tattooed area.
It is important that for 7 days following your procedure, you keep your tattoo dry. NO water, cleansers, lotions or miscellaneous ointments. Avoid heavy sweating for 7-10 days.
DO NOT apply makeup to the tattooed area for 10-14 days following the procedure.
DO NOT pick and scratch at your tattoo as it heals. Let your skin naturally exfoliate and flake off.
DO NOT allow procedure area to come into contact with chemical exfoliants (such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or Retinol) for 4 weeks. In general, I recommend you avoid these exfoliants on your brows altogether as it will cause the tattoo to fade more quickly.
It is also important that you avoid extreme sun exposure, saunas, swimming and/or soaking the tattooed area in pools, Jacuzzis or the ocean while your tattoo heals.
If you plan on receiving chemical peels, laser treatments or an MRI in the weeks following your tattoo, please inform your technician or doctor that you have been tattooed with iron oxide pigments, as these may cause irritation, burning and discoloration of your tattoo.
Once your tattoo is fully healed you can begin applying sunscreen to the area to help retain pigment color.