Micropigmentation (semi-permanent makeup) procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to healing and fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different and the final look can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is ideal approximately 6-8 weeks after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result.
Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or
swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
Eyeliner Aftercare Tips
• After your procedure, prepare for what I call a “dry heal.”
• Before bed every night, use the antiseptic wipes to gently cleanse the tattoo until you run out of wipes (there is no need to wash off wipe solution).
• Apply cold packs as necessary to prevent or reduce swelling. (Place cold pack in new, sanitary plastic baggy.)
• When the area starts to flake, leave it. Do not pick, peel, rub or pull on the skin.
• Avoid sweating such as from vigorous exercise for at least 48 hours.
• For at least one week post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):
o Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area(s).
o Do not get wet at all.
o Do not scrub or pick treated areas.
o Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.
o Avoid exposing the area excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools (hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers.
o Do not use mascara, eyeshadow or serums.
• Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds for one to two months.
• Contact lenses should not be worn until the swelling subsides or liner is mostly healed. (New contact lenses are best to start with as old used ones could harbor a lot of bacteria.)
• Do not use any eyelash tinting or other coloration for at least two weeks after the procedure.
• Do not use eyelash curlers during the healing process. (Sanitize them for when it’s time to use.)
• Use ONLY NEW unopened mascara, in order to avoid contamination and infection.
• Apply mascara only to the tips of the eyelashes at first.
• Avoid Retin-A, moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on all micropigmented areas. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
• Avoid tanning beds, sun, chlorine spas and pools, soap and chemicals (including skin cleansers, makeup removers and alpha hydroxy acid creams) near the treated area until healed.
• Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it looking fresh. Periodic touch ups will ensure longer lasting results.
Eyeliner Micropigmentation Healing Schedule
If you’ve never had micropigmentation before, there are a lot of unknowns. One of the most common questions I’m asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect.
Temporary side effects from micropigmentation include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches and tenderness.
You should expect to lose approximately 1/3 of the initial color during the healing process. I have selected the optimal pigments for you with this in mind. In approximately six days it may appear too light. After about 10 days, the color will show more. It will appear softer when completely healed.
DAY 1: The eyes will be a bit swollen and sore, like you have been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look. For the first 3-4 days, the color is darker than it will appear when healed.
DAY 2: The eyelids are swollen for a few hours after waking up, still with heavier makeup look. The eyes will be swollen and sore but will get better throughout the day. In the evening, use antiseptic wipe.
DAY 3: Swelling decreases but is not gone entirely. There is a tight feeling. The top layers of skin begin to lift away. The soreness will become less as the treated area begins to exfoliate. A rough texture appears on the skin.
DAY 4: There is a pinching feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. When the eyeliner area begins to exfoliate, do not pick at it! It will flake off with the movement of the eye.
DAY 5: Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color. The pigmented area begins to shrink and soften in size and color over the next few days. Exfoliation completes. The color will appear a bit “frosty,” but will clarify in a few days.
DAY 6: The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.
DAY 10: The final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THAT FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE POST-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OR DISCOLORATION OF PIGMENT RESULTING IN A NEED FOR MORE FREQUENT TOUCHUPS.