Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the touch-up visit. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns please contact Branded with Color, (952) 292-0151.
*Expect treated areas to be tender for the next few days.
*Eyeliner may or may not be puffy for a day or two. Cold, wet cotton pads, soaked in distilled water and baby oil (so the cotton doesn’t stick to tattoo) may be applied to reduce swelling. Chill pads in freezer for 4 to 5 min. and lay them over your eyes. Advil or Benadryl may also be taken if needed.
*Keep the area of pigmentation lightly moist with a product such as Vaseline, (Petroleum jelly), A & D ointment, Bacitracin, or Lanolin. When using one of these sealants don’t apply overly greasy or obvious. To apply you can use your clean finger tip for brows and lips. For eyeliner you can use a Q-Tip or micro Q-Tip. Please do not scrape the Q-Tip with sealant directly across your tattooed color, place it just above on your upper eyeliner and just below on your lower eyeliner , the heat of your own body will melt and move the sealant over your new tattoo to protect it and keep it moist until it is healed. Try not to cover your tear duct with sealant, and less is best with the eyes since the eyes can get irritated from trying to clear itself of too much goo. Apply sealant 2-3 times a day (morning, night, and once in between) for a minimum of 7 days. If a crust forms on the pigmented surface, do not force removal by scratching or abrasive washing. The pigment could be removed along with the crust. Be gentle with your tattoo and let it exfoliate its upper layer without your help. Some itching is normal. AGAIN DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly. Lips should remain sealed for 4 weeks, but they go through the exfoliating process the fastest. They will exfoliate there dark color in 3-5 days as the eyeliner and brows can take up to about 7 days. Do not expose the area that’s healing, to dirty or unsanitary conditions. Wearing glasses outdoors is a good way to protect new eyeliner from dust, etc.
*It is normal for your tattooed color to heal 30-40% lighter than how it looks when you leave my office, be patient, the end results are very natural and worth waiting for.
*After your eyeliner is tattooed , you may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition, approximately 24 hrs.
*No make-up is to be applied on or to close to new tattoo until it is healed. Old or used make-up can be loaded with bacteria which could cause infection. After eyeliner is healed it is advised to start with brand new mascara. Because you are advised not to use mascara until your new eyeliner is healed you may want to tint your eyelashes black before you have the procedure done. This will not make them longer or thicker like mascara does, but they will be nice and dark for about 4 weeks. Mary does complimentary lash tinting for her eyeliner clients! Do not use an eyelash curler for 2 weeks, and if you are using an eyelash extender product such as LiLash/brow or Latisse please discontinue until 4 weeks after your touchup session and your eyeliner or brows are complete. These products are incredible and really do work, but are so new that we don’t know how they will affect your tattooed color, so don’t take any chances! Emu oil is a wonderful skin conditioner, but do not use Emu oil as your sealant. Because it may cause your pigment color to bleed or migrate.
*Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, steam, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, skin creams, ointments or lotions other than your sealant for 1 week following your procedure.
*If you are having your lips tattooed and you are prone to cold sores, you must be on Zovorax 5 days before your procedure and 5 days after your procedure. Keep your lips moist for 4 weeks with your sealant, they will feel dry at first but, this will pass. The color will come and go as the collagen fibers come to heal the lips and the natural exfoliating process has occurred. It is normal not to see how much color was achieved until 4 weeks have passed. Avoid spicy and salty foods. Be careful to keep lips sealed when washing your face or brushing your teeth.
*You may wax or tweeze brow area before a brow tattoo to help clean up and design your brow placement, but do not resume any method of hair removal for at least 2 weeks after your new brows have been tattooed.
Long term care
*Use a good sunscreen if out in direct sun-even the lips require protection. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics just like a body tattoo.
*If you are planning a chemical peel, lazer peel, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform your physician of your cosmetic tattoo. Retin –A and Glycolic Acids can thin the epidermis and thus make it easier for the sun to fade your tattoo. Certain lazers have reported to turn your pigment black, so make sure your physician is aware of your natural looking tattoo so there are no unwanted surprises.
*If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure.
*In the unlikely event that you get an infection ,contact your health care provider.