Aftercare

What can I expect after my apponitment?

Complete healing process is about 6-8 weeks depending on the person. After care is very important for best results. Expect your tattoo to appear darker for the first 3-5 days. Within the first week you will experience light peeling, revealing lighter and softer pigment. You may experience slight redness, itchiness and peeling. Pigment may appear to disappear, but colour will come back.

Results vary depending on skin type, lifestyle, and the immediate and long term after care. Once healed, the vibrancy of the colour will reduce by about 30-50 percent. Patchiness or lightened areas are normal, the second touch up session is meant to perfect to tattoo. Refer to After Care info.

If you experience an allergic reaction call your doctor immediately. A reaction may visually appear as a red rash, raised skin, bumps, blisters, inflammation or bleeding. Or you may feel itching, burning or sensitivity to touch in the area. Symptoms can develop either immediately or within two months of the procedure. If you do experience a reaction, following receiving medical attention please notify IM Beauty to mutually revaluate future procedures.

Eyebrow Microblading

Typical Healing Process

For the first 3-6 days the colour may appear off as the colour intensity will be significantly brighter or darker, as well as larger and sharper than what is expected for the final outcome. Although the area will appear to be healed after 10 days, it will not be fully healed for 6-8 weeks. After 3-5 weeks the hair strokes will reappear, and the colour will have a warmer tone. Healing is dependent on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.

Cleaning and Care

  • Day 1: Gently clean your brow tattoo by dabbing with saline or distilled water on a clean cotton pad within the first 4 hours after your appointment. Do not rub. Clean your brow tattoo again before bed and apply a light coat of the ointment provided with a clean cotton swab. Ointment should never be applied over damp skin.

  • Day 2-4: Clean your brows 2-3 times a day and apply a thin layer of ointment once in the morning and once at night. Never use Polysporin or any medicated ointment. Wipe off the excess product until flaking starts, after which excess product should be blotted off with a paper towel. There should be barely any product on the skin. Too much ointment is not helpful for healing.
    If you have oily skin, you may opt for dry healing for better healing results. This involves washing the brows as instructed above for Day 1 and then allow to air dry, no ointment needed.

  • Day 5-14: Pat your brows 2-3 times a day with a cotton pad with lukewarm water and a non-fragrant non-alcoholic moisturizer (like Lubriderm or Cetaphil). If the brows feel tight and dry, reapply a light coat of the moisturizer.

Avoid the Following:

For the first 14 days:
  • • Applying makeup on the pigmented area.
  • • Applying Vaseline, Neosporin and/or any other petroleum based products
  • • Direct water on the tattoo, including the use of cleaners, soaps, and heavy creams. Wash around the area, do not directly shower the treated area, pat dry with a clean towel if needed.
  • • Activities that cause excessive sweating
  • • Swimming pools, hot tubs or other bodies of water

For the first 30 days:
  • • UV exposure including tanning beds
  • • Scratching or removing scabs or dry peeling skin
  • • Laser light therapy
  • • Exfoliants, retinol acids or AHA on the area
  • • Massages, facials, or skin treatments

Follow-up Appointment:

Typically, two sessions are required for ideal results. The first session is to build shape and symmetry, with the second session to perfect.

The touch-up visits are to be completed between a minimum of 8 weeks following the procedure and no greater than 12 weeks following the initial procedure.

Eyeliner or Lash Enhancement

Typical Healing Process

For the first few days eyelids will be puffy and swollen. To reduce swelling, you may ice them several times daily (approx. 10 min at a time) over the first 3 days. Protect the eye with a layer of plastic wrap when icing to keep the area clean.

For the first 3-6 days the colour may appear off as the colour intensity will be significantly brighter or darker, as well as larger and sharper than what is expected for the final outcome. Although the area will appear to be healed after 10 days, it will not be fully healed for 6-8 weeks. After 3-5 weeks the Eyeliner or Enhancement will reappear, and the colour will have a warmer tone. Healing is dependent on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.

Cleaning and Care

Keep the area dry. You may apply with a clean cotton swab a thin layer of ointment provided after 2-3 days.

Avoid the Following:

For the first 14 days:
  • • Do not use mascara or eye shadow
  • • Applying makeup on the pigmented area
  • • Applying Vaseline, Neosporin and/or any other petroleum based products
  • • Direct water on the tattoo, including the use of cleaners, soaps, and heavy creams. Wash around the area, do not directly shower the treated area, pat dry with a clean towel if needed.
  • • Activities that cause excessive sweating
  • • Swimming pools, hot tubs or other bodies of water

For the first 30 days:
  • • UV exposure including tanning beds
  • • Scratching or removing scabs or dry peeling skin
  • • Laser light therapy
  • • Exfoliants, retinol acids or AHA on the area
  • • Massages, facials, or skin treatments

Follow-up Appointment:

A touch up appointment is not typically required for eyeliner tattoos. If a touch up is required, the touch-up visits are to be completed between a minimum of 8 weeks following the procedure and no greater than 12 weeks following the initial procedure.

Lips

Typical Healing Process

For the first 2-3 days the lips will look very intense in colour and may become swollen post treatment. Colour and swelling depends on the individual. Scabs will peel off after about 3-5 days. Avoid peeling or picking the skin as it heals. It can look very chapped. Once the peeling completes, the colour may look quite pale, only the lip line may show a lighter colour. Be patient until the skin matures, which will take at least one month. The colour will bloom and you will see a more natural result.

Cleaning and Care

Use a clean cotton swabs to apply antibiotic ointment 3 times daily for the first 3 days.

If you have ever had cold sores, fever blisters and/or herpes on or around your lips, you must obtain a prescription for Valtrex/Zovirax from your doctor. The prescription must be started 3 days before your treatment and continued for 4 days after, or as prescribed by your doctor. Failure to take an antiviral medication will result in an outbreak, which will compromise the results of you lip procedure.

Avoid the Following:

For the first 14 days:
  • • Eating spicy or salty food during the healing process
  • • Using a straw to drink for the first 5 days
  • • Kissing and other sexual contact with the lips during the healing process
  • • Applying makeup on the pigmented area
  • • Applying Vaseline, Neosporin and/or any other petroleum based products
  • • Direct water on the tattoo, including the use of cleaners, soaps, and heavy creams. Wash around the area, do not directly shower the treated area, pat dry with a clean towel if needed.
  • • Activities that cause excessive sweating
  • • Swimming pools, hot tubs or other bodies of water

For the first 30 days:
  • • UV exposure including tanning beds
  • • Scratching or removing scabs or dry peeling skin
  • • Laser light therapy
  • • Exfoliants, retinol acids or AHA on the area
  • • Massages, facials, or skin treatments

Follow-up Appointment:

Typically, two sessions are required for ideal results. The first session is to build shape and symmetry, with the second session to perfect.

The touch-up visits are to be completed between a minimum of 8 weeks following the procedure and no greater than 12 weeks following the initial procedure.

All Tatoos - Long Term Care

  • • Cosmetic tattoos normally last 1-3 years depending on skin type, life style and aftercare.
  • • Exposure to the sun and tanning can cause fading and discolouration of the pigment. Once completely healed, always apply sunscreen SPF 50 on tattooed area.
  • • Yearly touch ups are recommended
  • • If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform your provider that you have an iron-oxide cosmetic Tattoo.
  • • If you are planning to have laser treatment, tell your specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause the pigment to turn black.