Pre-Treatment Advice For Cosmetic Tattooing Procedures

Cosmetic tattooing procedures typically require several treatment sessions, including the consultation session along with the initial procedure and at least one follow-up visit.

Before you undergo your first session, it is important to know what to expect in order to be prepared. This article will give you some pre-treatment advice for cosmetic tattooing procedures such as eyebrow tattooing/microblading, eyeliner tattooing, or lip tattooing that you should follow.

Contraindications to Cosmetic Tattooing

There may be certain conditions that are contraindicated to cosmetic tattooing and if any of these apply, you should consult with your physician to know for sure whether or not getting a procedure would be safe for you. These include:

  • pregnancy/nursing
  • epilepsy
  • hemophilia
  • diabetes
  • any contagious diseases
  • any suspicious moles or warts on the area to be treated
  • cold sores or fever blisters on the area to be treated
  • eczema or psoriasis on the area to be treated
  • undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment
  • blood thinning medication
  • current or recent use of Accutane
  • under the influence of alcohol or drugs

For General Cosmetic Tattooing Procedures

The affected area of your skin needs to be fully healed from any chemical peels, micro needling or laser treatments prior to any tattooing procedure.

Right after the procedure, the area will feel like a sunburn and may appear slightly red and swollen and last for a few hours.

You should not discontinue any medication on your own without speaking with your doctor, however please be aware that certain supplements and medications such as fish oil, aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, Coumadin, and blood pressure medication, thin the blood which can affect color retention if there is excessive bleeding during the procedure. Any non-medically necessary supplements, including caffeine and alcohol, should be limited or avoided for a day or two prior to your procedure.

Ladies please note that you may be more sensitive to discomfort just before and during your menstrual cycle.

For Eyebrow Tattoo or Microblading Procedures

Before undergoing an eyebrow tattoo or microblading, waxing should not be performed immediately before the procedure in case your skin may be sensitive nor should any electrolysis be performed for five days prior. Also, eyebrow tinting should preferably be avoided for three weeks leading up to the procedure so your technician and see and work with your natural hair color as much as possible.

For Eyeliner Tattoo Procedures

Eyelash tinting or eyelash perming should not be done less than one week before or two weeks after your eyeliner tattoo procedure. Do not wear contact lenses during or right after the procedure. You can wear your contact lenses again 24 hours after the procedure when your eyes feel more comfortable.

Any false eyelashes or extensions must be completely removed before the treatment. Also, the use of eyelash growth products may affect vascularity and thus bleeding which then can affect pigment retention; please refrain from using them for at least three months before the procedure.

For Lip Tattoo Procedures

Before undergoing a lip tattoo, upper lip waxing should not be performed immediately before the procedure in case your skin may be sensitive. If you have had any history of cold sores, you will need to get a prescription for an oral anti-viral medication prior to any lip tattooing. While a lip tattoo does not cause cold sores, the procedure can contribute to the stress that typically triggers these symptoms of the herpes simplex virus. So depending on how prone you are to cold sore outbreaks, anti-viral medication should be taken up to four days before the procedure, on the day of the treatment, and three to four days after the procedure.



JuvEssentials provides a wide range of professional cosmetic tattooing solutions located in San Francisco, CA. We pride ourselves on delivering service of an exceptional standard. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help with your needs.

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