After Care Advice
If after reading the Aftercare Advice you have any queries or feel your procedure is not healing as explained, or you feel any discomfort or heat in the treated area please telephone your specialist immediately.
Do not panic that the area treated may show redness and swelling and that the colour looks dark and more intense than required – this is all quite normal.
Your procedure was undertaken using sterile products in an aesthetically clean environment. It is your responsibility to follow the after-care advice given to avoid any risk of infection. Home care post procedure is now down to you!
Avoid swimming, going in a sauna or Jacuzzi or a gym session after your treatment. After 3 days-1week a light amount of vasseline can be applied as a barrier and then continue as normal.
Additional procedures cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed. We suggest a 4/6 week healing time before further work is undertaken.
Once the area has completely healed (3-7 days) consider using a sunblock to prevent the pigment colour fading.
Healing consists of three phases:
- Heal The body’s natural defences will create a fine scab to protect the area whilst healing.
- Peel After a few days the scab will slough away. Picking at the treated area as it heals will result in pigment loss.
- Fade After the fine scabbing has sloughed away you will see a lighter hue to the implanted colour which is more realistic. After 4/6 weeks the colour will appear to take on a new strength.
The morning after treatment you may shower. It is suggested you shower with your back to the water jets to avoid the water directly hitting the treated area. Use gauze to blot dry the treated area. If you wish to bathe then please avoid soaking in the bath water or using any bath products. Use gauze to blot dry.
If you have a dressing covering the treated area please remove it as soon as possible when you get home. If you find any lymphatic fluid or blood weeping gently clean the area with saline/cool boiled water and sterile gauze, blotting gently dry to remove all moisture. Air is the key.
The Red Cross has suggested that you do not give blood for 4 months.
Medical tattooing can show up as an artefact on the scan. Some patients may experience a tingling sensation. Please notify the radiologist.
Laser hair removal should be undertaken BEFORE a medical tattoo procedure is carried out as it could cause the area to turn black.
The post treatment colour of your areolas is not the true colour. It is standard to have an initial procedure with the colour being darkened/adjusted during your second visit. Tubilcles and highlights can be added after consultation with your specialist
Leave your dressing on until you get home. Carefully remove the dressing ensuring you do not knock the pigmented area. If you find any lymphatic fluid or blood weeping gently clean the area with saline/cool boiled water and sterile gauze, blotting gently dry to remove all moisture. Air is the key. Try to wear a dark loose t-shirt and no bra to air the area.
The weeping should have stopped by the evening and the next day wear a soft dark bra and continue as normal.
If the area is still weeping the next day then gently place some dry gauze into your bra to stop pigment rubbing against the fabric of the bra or clothes.you can also apply a light amount of vasseline.
Follow the GENERAL ADVICE above regarding showing and bathing.
Pigment will slough away over 3-10 days. Please be careful not to cover the breast with too much after-care cream as this can inhibit healing. I would prefer to little than too much.
Multi procedures are required to achieve a natural and realistic covering to replicate skin tone. Freckles can be added if needed. Should you experience a hyper-pigmented halo around the edge of your treated area please do not be alarmed. This will fade with time.
Tubi-Grip rather than dressings may be best to protect the treated area and from marking clothing. Be mindful of tight restrictive clothing.
Body camouflage may need to be repeated annually to keep the colour looking realistic.
If the area worked on is covered please remove the dressing as soon as you get home.
To prevent infection you need to cover the area with a loose clean garment or keep exposed.
Follow GENERAL ADVICE on showering and bathing.
Multi procedures are required in order to replicate natural and realistic hair follicles/hair strokes on the scalp.
Do not wash your hair until the next morning. Wash very gently with a mild shampoo and do not rub dry or apply heat.
FACIAL FEATURE RESTORATIONE
You may notice whitening or blancing in the treated area, this is quite normal and will subside within a few hours.
Strong chemicals or Glycolic/Acid peels may cause pigment to lighten.
Procedures warning: Lazer hair removal can alter pigment colour so it is very important if you are considering having this treatment you must advise your specialist you have had a lip tattoo.
After Care Instrucctions & Information
Careful attention is now required to ensure the best possible settling of your micropigmentation treatment(s).
If you have any queries or feel your procedure is not healing as explained please feel free to telephone immediately. Do not panic that the area treated may show redness and swelling and that the colour looks dark and intense – this is all quite normal.
Remember a second treatment cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed. We state a minimum of 4-6 weeks. We also ask that you return within three months if you require any additional work – after that period a fee will be charged for subsequent visits. No refunds given for failure to return in the agreed time period.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT
NO soap or cleansers to be used until the treated area has created its own natural barrier. For the first 24 hours try to gently blot the area using a damp cotton wool pad. Apply a fine film of the after care ointment given, using a clean sterile cotton bud. The area treated MUST BE KEPT MOIST for successful healing, with minimal scabbing. Only a thin layer is required - DO NOT OVER APPLY. Continue for 3-5 days or until the area has healed. To keep moist after that period a small amount of Vaseline can be applied.
Once the area has healed completely, after approximately ONE WEEK, you may go out into the sun but please use a waterproof total sunblock at all times. Exposure to the sun over time will cause fading and colour change. Cover the area with Vaseline when going into chlorinated water (swimming pool or Jacuzzi). Strong chemicals or Glycolic Acid/Peels of any kind may cause the pigment to lighten – always telephone and check with your technician if in any doubt.
If showering please try and avoid the water jets hitting the treated area. Ideally no make-up to be applied for at least FIVE DAYS although mineral make up is fine but only using clean apparatuses
DO NOT pick or pull at the treated area, as it will result in pigment loss. Remember you will have to go through three phases: heal, peel and fade
Within 3-10 days the true colour will emerge. After 4/6 weeks the colour will appear to take on a new strength. Often clients think that they have lost their colour or it has lightened too much - please wait the full four weeks to see the true result (6-8 weeks in an older client). This, along with allowing your body to heal is why we wait a minimum of 28 days before your second “Focus” visit.
Only one month after your second visit will the true effect be appreciated – it is well worth the wait.
- Giving Blood - The Red Cross have suggested that you do not give blood for 12 months.
- MRI Scans - This procedure shows up as an artifact on the scan. Some clients may experience a tingling sensation. Please notify radiologist.
- Injectables, such as Botox and Collagen can alter the shape of eyebrows or the lipline.
- Laser Hair Removal on the lipline can cause colour change – It is important to advise LHR technician that you have previously had a semi-permanent lipline.
Remember that colours will fade and can alter in colour – a top-up procedure after 12/24 months is advised to keep your micropigmentation in top condition.
Immediately after and for the next 24 hours continue to gently blot the eyebrows. They will weep a clear fluid – lymph (this is normal).
The blotting, with damp cotton wool, will remove residue fluid and stop a thick crust from forming. Place a fine layer of vasseline over the brows, by using a cotton bud – one per eyebrow.
There is no discomfort after treatment, only slight redness and swelling - which will dissipate within a few hours.
A cold compress can help reduce any redness or swelling.
Do not tweezer unwanted hairs from around the brows for one week after treatment if they touch the area recently tattooed.
Once the anaesthetic has worn off there may be some swelling and redness. There will be no pain after treatment - only dryness on the lip edge, which should be kept moist with vasseline. Treat “as eyebrows” but note that if you are prone to cold sores you may place an ice cube over the problem area, until it hurts, to help to prevent an outbreak. Apply vasseline lightly for up to three days. Once the area has healed correctly you can then apply lipstick – ideally it is best to purchase a new lipstick.
Be careful when eating citrus, greasy, salty or spicy foods or drinking citrus juices whilst lips are healing. Be careful when brushing your teeth not to knock the area. Not to much kissing.
If you get a cold sore do telephone to discuss “what to do” before you have your first/additional treatment. (Zovirax/Aciclovor tablets from your Doctor will reduce the chances of an outbreak).
Swelling differs with each person, but most people have the appearance of looking as if they have been crying. Puffiness can last for 1-2 days but a cold compress on the eyes is both soothing and reduces swelling.
Eyeliners look very hard immediately after treatment, but soften with the healing process. Once the eyeliner has sloughed away a fine soft look is left. Because the area treated is very fine there is no visible healing. We do not suggest the use of any after care products with eyeliner treatments – just use saline to bathe the eyes if they feel sore or “tight”.
Do not curl eyelashes for at least five days after treatment. Purchase a new mascara, but do not use this until approximately 5 days after treatment.