General Eyeliner Aftercare
For a quick, uneventful healing process I have had the best results by having my clients do a mixture of "dry healing" and applying a gel that I will supply. Allowing your skin to breathe will help your body heal without excess swelling, "weeping" or scabbing. The gel I give you will help soothe and protect against infection. Following these instructions to your best ability will result in optimal healing for your body and your new cosmetic tattoo!
Within minutes after your procedure the tattooed area will begin to oxidize and appear darker. This can last up to 10 days depending on your body's healing rate however will soften once the tattoo enters the next phase of the healing process. During the initial phase of healing you may experience minimal scabbing and flaking of the tattooed area - DO NOT pick at it! This is crucial! Picking at a healing tattoo will result in color loss and excess scarring. Once the area has flaked there will be a brand new layer of skin that will appear shiny or "foggy" that will make the pigment look lighter - don't panic! The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks for your skin to regenerate and exfoliate, around this time the true color of your eyeliner will be apparent. After 8 weeks touch ups and adjustments may be done.
Eyelids are quite delicate so experiencing swelling and minimal redness is common and will diminish over the first few days after your treatment. You may use a cold compress or ibuprofen to sooth or reduce swelling. Eyes may feel dry or irritated so you may use lubricating eye drops. Be sure to have sunglasses available because your eyes may be light sensitive. Try to avoid wearing contacts for 3-5 days after the procedure
I recommend gently washing the tattooed area twice a day with warm water and a small amount of mild fragrance free antibacterial soap and then patting dry with a clean disposable paper towel. I wll supply you with an aftercare gel that you will apply 2-3 times a day to protect and soothe.
DO NOT pick at your new cosmetic tattoo. This will result in color loss and excess scarring. Allow your body to naturally exfoliate itself.
AVOID getting shampoos, face cleansers or harsh soaps on the freshly tattooed area.
DO NOT WEAR EYE MAKEUP UNTIL THE TATTOO HAS COMPLETELY FLAKED. If you wear eye makeup before the area has healed and your skin is closed there is a large potential for infection.
ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE EYELASH EXTENSIONS APPLIED for at least 6 weeks after your procedure.
AVOID salty foods, they can cause excess swelling.
KEEP FINGERS AND HAIR AWAY FROM THE TATTOOED AREA.
AVOID excessive sweating 2-3 days after your procedure.
Although I will do everything to ensure a quick and easy healing process for you - it is your responsibility to follow the aftercare guidelines provided to the best of your ability. Once your skin has healed make sure to limit sun exposure - excessive sun and tanning bed use will cause premature fading and discoloration. Be sure to wear sunglasses! Any touch ups or adjustments can be done after 8 weeks of healing.
THERE ARE NO IMPLIED OR WRITTEN GUARANTEES IF YOU DO NOT TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO. PLEASE REMEMBER - EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY. HAVE PATIENCE AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.