Permanent Makeup After Care Instructions & Stages of Healing
Las Vegas Permanent Makeup
General Permanent Makeup After Care Instructions That Apply To All Procedures
Keeping the area clean and coated with Healing Balm/ointment is essential for the first
7 days after your procedure.
1. Do not let area dry out or scab. Some weeping the first day or so is normal with
any tattoo. Do not let the weeping build up and develop a crust. This could lead to
scab development which pulls pigment out. Wipe the area very gently with a cold
wet cotton round and reapply a thick layer of Healing Balm.
2. No heavy sweating, working out or hot yoga for 4 days.
3. No salt water or chlorine swimming pools for 7 days.
4. No direct water from showers or bathing on treatment area. Wash around the
area with a cloth or sponge while avoiding getting cleansers, detergents and hair
products on the procedure area.
5. Keep cosmetics off treatment area for 7 days.
Eyebrows: Face and side sleepers should use extra healing balm covered in plastic wrap and first aid tape the first 3 nights while sleeping
to avoid wiping off Healing Balm ointment and drying out.
❖ Do not let the area dry out. Apply your Healing Balm at least 10 times a day.
❖ If you purchase a package that includes touch ups for eyebrows, touch ups can’t be done sooner than 2 weeks post procedure
application. Touch ups are not free or included unless you purchase a package.
Lips: A straw is required to drink all drinks for at least a full week unless you are drinking plain water. No kissing or licking lips for a
minimum of one week. The acids in your saliva will pull pigment out. A and D ointment tastes terrible and works great to train you not to
lick your lips.
❖ Use your healing balm every half hour, before you eat and after you eat. Apply extra at night before bed. A and D ointment can
be used as well.
❖ If you get cold sores, hopefully you are on Valtrex or the like to prevent an outbreak.
❖ Touch ups for lips can’t be done sooner than 3 weeks post procedure application.
Eyeliner: Immediate ice and gentle pressure following a new procedure is highly recommended to reduce inflammation. Swelling is
progressive with eyeliner procedures. Clients with little to no swelling immediately post procedure many times do not feel it necessary to
ice their procedure and wake up to substantial swelling the next day. This is preventable. Frozen peas in individual snack size ziploc bags
that are single use and disposed of are great. Use and toss! The peas mold perfectly to the little curves in the eye area. Ice one eye at a
time if you prefer. Ice for 10-15 minutes then take a break for 20 minutes and then ice again.
❖ Absolutely no eye makeup or mascara for 7 days. No eyelash extensions for 2 weeks. When you start wearing mascara again,
make sure it is a new tube that hasn’t been used before. Mascara is a breeding ground for bacteria!
❖ Apply your Healing Balm at least 7 times a day for 7 days
❖ Touch ups for eyeliner can’t be done sooner than 3 weeks post procedure application.
Appointments: To schedule an appointment or touch up, please book online at www.vegas3deyebrows.com . Please book at least 2
weeks in advance in order to ensure your ideal appointment time. Package touch ups are to be completed during a specific time frame
and do expire. They can’t be banked and used after the expiration. No shows for package or free touch ups will result in redemption of
that touch up appointment. Please be mindful of our 24-hour cancellation policy. There are no cancellations accepted 24 hours prior to
appointment. Our full policy is on the web site and was emailed to you upon booking.
Questions and Contact: The fastest and most effective way to communicate if you have a question, use the client contact message center. ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALING AND YOUR PROCEDURES MUST GO THROUGH CLIENT MESSAGE CENTER
Please do not message via social media , Facebook or IG. We have a social media marketing company that handles those platforms, and they cannot provide detailed information.
Stages Of Healing
These are the stages of healing for clients who strictly adhere to the aftercare instructions. Your healed results should look somewhat lighter than initial application. We cannot control a client's aftercare or healed results! Permanent makeup technicians can apply pigment but how a client heals is the client's responsibility and beyond a technician's control.
Stage 1: Immediately after your procedure, the procedure area may look darker than the original color selected and very sharp. This is temporary. All tattoos look especially crisp and vivid when first completed. The pigment softens and the edges will be less defined after healing is complete. Due to residual swelling and/or progressive swelling, the eyebrows might look a little bit thicker. Additionally, this swelling may cause the eyebrows to look slightly uneven. Swelling does not occur evenly throughout both eyebrows. There may be more swelling on one eyebrow then the other. This will cause some minor symmetry differences. Even the smallest amount of swelling will give the impression of symmetry issues.
Stage 2: 24 to 48 hours after your procedure the eyebrows might look 1 to 2 shades darker. They are not becoming darker. This is just part of the healing process. Excess pigment that was implanted into the epidermis is being pushed to the surface of the skin giving the illusion of the pigment becoming darker. Only the pigment that is in the dermis which is below the epidermis will remain. Also pigment is oxidizing with blood which will cause a darker appearance.
Stage 3: At about 5-6 days after to your application you will probably get a bit of exfoliation. The exfoliation is like dry skin or very thin pieces of dead skin with a little bit of pigment in it. Light exfoliation is not uncommon, but you might not have this exfoliation at all and that is fine too. There should be absolutely no scabbing. If there is scabbing, the treatment area has dried out or been compromised by sweating, chemicals, UV exposure, medications or it is a complication of an auto immune issue. Your shape will probably look off a little and thicker in areas. This will subside.
Stage 4: 7 or 9 days after your procedure the pigment will appear about two shades lighter on average due to a fog over of new epidermis skin cells. Some clients experience even more lightning effects. This is the result of the epidermis regenerating and it has not become transparent yet. At about 9 to 14 days after your procedure clients who had that fog over stage will notice that their pigment is starting to bloom from within. This is because the epidermis has regenerated and has become transparent again. Once the epidermis becomes transparent, the pigment becomes more visible again.
Stage 5: At 3-4 weeks after your initial application of eyebrow tattoo, you are now seeing your true results. More than 50% of our clients don’t need additional applications until their yearly maintenance touch up. Some clients desire some minor tweaks or need a touch up as the healing process has many contributing factors and is unique for every individual. Eyebrow services are à la carte so only clients who need/desire touch ups need to pay for them. You pay only for what you need unless you pre purchased a touch up package in advance. We do offer a discounted touch up/modification for $99 that can be used if needed 3-4 weeks after initial application. After 30 days, regular touch up prices are in place.
Make sure to use your SPF 50 every day after you stop using your healing ointment which you only use for 7 days.. We recommend yearly touch ups.
Www.vegas3deyebrows.com schedule retouches online in advance because appointments are always limited. Please cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance online per our cancellation policy. Touch ups are not free. We have touch up packages that can be purchased with initial application. If you paid only for an initial application and did not purchase a touch up package, you can not redeem a pre-paid touch up package application.
Stages Of Healing
➢ Pigment will always look much darker than desired results at first.
➢ Lips reject up to 80% of the pigment during the healing process.
➢ Lips don’t display true color until about 4+ weeks post application.
➢ Clients who desire deep or rich colors like a lipstick color that overpowers that of your
natural lips will need 2-3 full applications of heavy pigment applications.
➢ Clients who seek lighter lip tints and blushes will only typically need one application and
a light touch up.
Stage 1: Immediately after procedure there will be substantial swelling on some clients. Lips will be tender.
The pigment will be mixed with some blood and look much darker than original chosen color. As blood dries in
any wound, it darkens or oxidizes and gets very dark. Lips bleed more than other procedures and are very
vascular. A good amount of blood mixed with your lip pigment.
Stage 2: 24 to 72 hours after application the pigment will oxidize and get darker. This is temporary. Chapping
will start to occur. Follow your provided after care instructions and use your after-careare products religiously.
Stage 3: From 7 to 10 days the darker look and chapping will occur. After approximately 7 to 10 days it may
appear you lost most or all of the pigment. Do not be alarmed. This is normal. It’s the “fog over" stage. You did
shed 50-80% of the pigment but it may appear you lost it all. The new skin that is growing over the tattoo is
not transparent yet.
Stage 4: At around 2-3 weeks post procedure, the pigment begins to bloom as the overlay newly healed skin
becomes more transparent. The pigment blooms from within. You can now see your pigment coming back.
Stage 5: After 4-5 weeks, you can now see a nice, healed result. It is a dilute version of your original pigment.
selection. An accurate assessment of pigment retention, tone and shade can be made now. You can safety do a
touch up at this time. Depending on the healed results, we can tweak the shape and color if need be. We can
tone, warm up or cool down the shade if desired.
Pigment Retention 101
ALL PIGMENT FADES! Typically, 1 to 3 year touch up is needed on all procedures. Some clients fade sooner and others can go years between touch ups. Selecting a darker color, more pigment packing and better after care helps! Makeup removers, skin care products and the sun all contribute to fading.
Hair strokes and light powdery application of pigment do not implant a lot of pigment particles, so these looks fade the fastest. Hair strokes pretty much blend out and become almost nonexistent in a matter of months in most people. This is why a combination brow or a solid fill is best for clients who want a more fade resistant eyebrow.
Why does one client heal in a few days, have perfect pigment retention and go years before needing a touch up when another client takes weeks to heal, fade dramatically and need 6-12 month touch ups when using the exact same pigment, artist and equipment? Well, individuals are truly unique in body chemistry, genetics and lifestyle. Also, our skin is an organ. It is our largest organ that is influenced by a vast array of chemical and hormonal factors. Our skin many times is an indication of what is off balance in other parts of our body. It glows in health and dulls in illness. It is our first line of defense from invaders.
In some extreme cases, some clients have pigment retention issues or pigment failure. Reasons for this failure or extreme fading vary from client to client. There may be a single contributing factor or many. Here are the most common:
Most common reason for immediate rejection during healing is the area dried out. Rolling over in our sleep and wiping the healing ointment off is the number one reason the tails dry out and peel off.
Pre-existing tattoo or microblading that was done too deep and any tattoo removal especially laser will cause tissue damage. This makes future applications of micropigment not hold as well as virgin skin. Microblading causes a great deal more tissue damage and scar tissue than any other cosmetic tattoo method. Usually a client has experienced substantial scabbing after an aggressive permanent cosmetic treatment which is an indication of tissue damage. The treatment area may have a sheen or shine to it. Waxy eyebrow pencil won't adhere to the area well and tends to slip off. Pre-existing tattoo will never result is a virgin skin hair simulation look.
Hormonal imbalances and thyroid disorders tend to cause pigment break down. The immune system will attack and destroy pigment.
In situations where a client has a lot of health issues and is on a lot of medications, this will cause more fading of pigment due to slower than normal wound healing. Delayed healing may be due to failure of one or several steps in the healing process, caused by metabolic, cardiovascular, infectious, immunological or drug-related disorders. The principal drugs that can slow wound healing are cytotoxic antineoplastic and immunosuppressive agents, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and anticoagulants.
Smokers and clients on oxygen or who have circulatory issues experience slower healing, especially of the skin. The skin being the largest human organ needs oxygen to regenerate. Depriving the skin of its ideal oxygen and circulation can contribute to pigment failure.
UVA, UVB and IR rays will cause fading very quickly. It is important to use a good SPF 50 with infrared protection every day even if you don't sun bathe.
Retin A, retinol, topical vitamin C, AHA'S, BHA'S, salicylic acids, chemical peels and any overly ascetic or alkaline skin care product will rapidly fade out permanent cosmetics. Products containing these ingredients should be avoided for at least 30 days after any application of cosmetic tattoo. Keep in mind that even after 30 days, they will still speed up pigment fading.
Not strictly following the after care instructions for the healing process will absolutely cause pigment failure .
Iron deficiency during an illness, anemia and pregnancy can cause the body to crave iron. The pigment is iron oxide and an iron starved body will gobble up the pigment leading to little or no visible pigment.
Heavy bleeders bleed out a lot of pigment during the application and fade out faster. Those who are heavy drinkers or on blood thinners are at a higher risk of being bleeders during a procedure.
For lip procedures, cold sores are a big culprit to poor pigment retention. Even if you are on an anti-viral medication and don't have a break out during the healing process , the past break out areas have tissue damage and are likely to reject pigment.
Being ill or having major medical problems in general leads to pigment failure. Those who do not consider themselves a healthy individual and have serious illnesses typically have multiple health issues. These issues along with various medications cause pigment retention issues. Even though many times they heal well, they may notice that they consistently fade out fast. An example of this are clients who got permanent makeup 20 years ago when they were much more healthy. It lasted for years. When they started to have health issues, no matter where they went, the pigment wouldn't last. One client in her late 20’s who was the ideal of health got very ill with a serious viral infection and was hospitalized. Her pigment was 1 year healed and still beautiful when she got ill. After a 12 day hospitalization and 3 months of being extremely sick, her pigment was almost non existent. When you have major or chronic illnesses, your body is working in overtime to deal with the illness.
Skin types effect pigment . Oily skin doesn't hold pigment as well as normal to dry skin. Those who have oily skin and/or large pores should opt for combo, ombre or traditional solid fill brows because hair simulation will typically fade very quickly. Thinner skin post menopause will effect pigment retention.
After Care Extra Care
For the client who has issues with pigment retention, stepping up the after care is necessary. Additionally more touch ups may be required. Additional touch ups are not included in the initial application package or single application services and will be an additional charge.
Follow the general guidelines and after care instructions you were initially instructed to do.
Increase ointment from 7 days to 14 days.
For eyebrows , use plastic wrap at night for 7 nights to avoid wiping off ointment in your sleep on pillow or sheets.
For eyebrows, use the SPF with IR protection starting at day 15 and discontinue healing ointment.
Do not use Retinoids, Retinol and Retin A any longer on the forehead if you have an eyebrow procedure. The use of these ingredients will fade you out even after you are healed.
Make sure to keep the ointment on very thick. Do not rub it in like lotion. It should be visibly thick.
Avoid chemical peels, laser resurfacing, facials and microdermabrasion treatments for 90 days.
Zero sun exposure or sweating for 7 days post procedure.
Some clients just can not avoid fading due to multiple factors. This is something that can't be resolved. The client will require more touch ups and will have to accept this fact. The convenience of cosmetic tattoo AKA permanent makeup is still available to these clients. They have to do more maintenance and adhere to a more involved approach to after care to achieve their desired results.
No one permanent makeup technician can guarantee a set timeline of fading or control it. We can give rough estimates based on the average client. We cannot dictate pigment retention , healing and pigment fading factors that are beyond our control. Technicians can control where and how pigment is implanted but not how well your skin retains it. Your body and how you heal is up to your chemistry, environmental factors and your lifestyle.