PRE/POST AFTERCARE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS
Micropigmentation Post Procedure Care
Located at The Society at 126 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75207
General Micropigmentation (semi-permanent makeup) procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different and the final color can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is required approximately 30 days after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result. If needed, the use of sterile bandages, or dressing can be used if necessary, but not required by any means. Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent/increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
• Must be off of fish oil a week prior to appointment.
• If you're getting Lip Blush and are prone to cold sores, you must be on a preventative dose of Valtrex prior to your procedure. Please call your doctor and have 500mg, twice a day called in with a refill for your 6 week appointment. You will be on a 10 day dose- 5 days before your procedure and 5 days after.
• If you are on Accutane, you are not a candidate for permanent makeup. You must be off of Accutane 12 months before you can get any permanent makeup services.
• If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, it's best to wait 6 months after you're done with treatment. However, if you have a note from your oncologist clearing your treatment and understand that the chemo might interfere with pigment retention, getting treated sooner is possible.
• If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you must wait until you're done breastfeeding.
• Discontinue use of glycolic, retinol, Tretinion, Hydroquinone or other products with acid a week prior to procedure and throughout the healing process (10-14 days).
• Cannot be on antibiotics for procedure. Please schedule your appointment two weeks after you have finished your dose.
• Apply ice packs to eye and lips as necessary to prevent or reduce swelling.
• When the area starts to flake, leave it. Do not pick, peel or pull on the skin.
• Apply a thin coat of antibiotic ointment to the area twice a day for 4-5 days with a Q-tip. Over use of the ointment can potentially draw out pigments, so use very little. Never use your finger!
• Avoid sweating such as from vigorous exercise for 48 hours.
• Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area.
• Please do not let anyone else touch the affected area.
• Do not scrub or pick treated areas. Do not cleanse over them, or use any cosmetic or skincare product on them until the shedding process is over. Antibiotic ointment should be the ONLY thing applied to them until the shedding and flaky phase is over.
• Avoid exposing the area to excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools (hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers until shedding process has taken place.
• Avoid Retin-A, moisturisers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on all affected areas. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
• Avoid tanning beds, sun, chlorine spas and pools, soap and chemicals (including skin cleansers, makeup removers, clarisonic brushes, alpha hydroxy creams etc.)
• Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking.
• Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it the defined shape and added density.
• Periodic touch ups will ensure longer lasting results.
• For the first 5-7 days, avoid soap or cleansing products.
Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare:
• You cannot wash you scalp for a minimum of 3 days. When you do wash, make sure to use sulfate free shampoo.
• Do not sweat for 5-7 days as this can affect the healing process.
Micropigmentation Healing Expectations & Schedule:
•If you’ve never had micropigmentation before, there are a lot of unknowns. One of the most common questions we are asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect.
• Temporary side effects from micropigmentation include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches and tenderness.
• You should expect to lose approximately 1/3- 1/2 of the initial color during the healing process. We have selected the optimal pigments for you with this in mind.
• In approximately six days it may appear very light.
• After about 10 days, the color will show more.
• It will appear softer when completely healed.
• Day 1: The eyebrows are approximately 30-40% bolder and darker in width than they will be when healed. Expect light to moderate swelling and redness. The skin’s redness causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some swelling, although difficult to actually see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrow area. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow to flake away and a narrower appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process, they will shrink and fade.
• Day 2-5: Conditions remain the same.
• Day 6-10: Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation begins. The skin begins to flake, peeling from the outside edges first. Patchiness is normal in this phase.
• Day 11-14: Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until color clarifies.
• Days 15-20: The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.
• Day 20-30: The final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes.