Before and After Care Do’s & Don’t’s: Here’s What You Really Need To Know

Each different permanent makeup technician may have his or her own set of before and after care instructions. As a client it is your responsibility to follow the instructions that you have been given for optimal results. The following is a common list of before and after care instructions from all across the internet that include those that should apply universally to all clients to those that may apply only to someone who is particularly sensitive to any kind stimulus or possibly not necessary at all.

DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Allow any excess pigment to exfoliate off on its own. (True)

Do not work out the day of the procedure. (Partially true. You can certainly get in a workout before coming in for your procedure. After an eyeliner procedure, the eyes are likely to feel tender and sore so it’s a good idea to avoid strenuous workouts. Non-strenuous activity should be fine. Submerging treated skin while it’s still healing in salt or chemically-treated water is also not a good idea.)

Avoid heavy sweating for the next 10 (number may vary) days. (Partially true. After an eyeliner procedure, the eyes are likely to feel tender and sore so it’s a good idea to avoid strenuous workouts for maybe a couple of days. Non-strenuous activity should be fine. Submerging treated skin while it’s still healing in salt or chemically-treated water is also not a good idea.)

Do not tan or have sunburned face. (Partially true. It’s ok if you are naturally tan but definitely you should not be sunburned in the area you plan on getting a tattoo.)

Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure. (It depends. If you happen to have a blood clotting disorder and are currently on medication that thins the blood, then additional supplements or OTC medication that can contribute to blood thinning can be a problem for tattooing. But if this is not the case and you need to take an aspirin or ibuprofen for something before your procedure, it’s unlikely to make any difference except to help you feel better and even lessen any discomfort in case you are highly sensitive.)

No alcohol or caffeine on the day of the procedure. (False. Just don’t come in inebriated or so wired from caffeine that you have problems sitting still. Everything in moderation.)

No waxing or tinting 3 days before. (Partially true. If your skin stays very sensitive after being waxed, then it’s definitely a good idea to allow ample time between a brow wax and a brow tattoo. As far as brow tinting goes, it’s just nice to be able to see what the original color of your brow hairs look like so that can be taken in account when selecting a color for your brows. If you prefer your brows to look darker than your original color, a darker color selected for the eyebrow tattoo may even do away with the need for tinting.) 

Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle. (True if you are one of those women who feels more sensitive during her menstrual cycle.)

NO water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 (number may vary) days. (False to partially true. You do not want to have any product over the healing treated area other than the ointment that’s been supplied to you. And while you should be able to wash your face and shower in the days right after your procedure, you do want to be careful to not disturb the treated area with excessive wetness.)

Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 3-4 weeks after procedure. (Mostly true. It’s a good idea to keep a face that’s been recently treated with any kind of skin-altering procedure protected from prolonged, direct sun exposure since it’s a known contributor to fading.)

NO facials, botox, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 30 (number may vary) days. (Partially true. If you plan to get Botox it’s definitely a good idea to have it done at least 2 weeks after your eyebrow tattoo. As for facials, just make sure to remind the facialist to keep any kind of exfoliation away from any freshly treated areas.)

Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 (number may vary) days. (Partially true. Adults are usually either back sleepers or side sleepers. Just try to go to sleep on you back for the first night so your pillow case doesn’t get smudged with excess pigment. Even if you unwittingly scratch your face while sleeping and disturb your new cosmetic tattoo, it’s not the end of the world.)

Do not use any eyelash serums 2 weeks before an eyeliner procedure. (Partially true. Some people who use eyelash growth serums such as Latisse® may experience increased blood flow to their eyelids which can make the skin appear red, while others are not affected. For those who are affected it would be prudent to discontinue using the serum prior to an eyeliner tattoo and until well after the skin has healed.)

Feel free to email me if there are any other before or aftercare instructions that I haven’t addressed and I’ll add them here.

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