EVERY CLIENT’S SKIN RESPONDS DIFFERENTLY TO THESE TREATMENTS, AND THIS INFORMATION ACTS AS A GUIDELINE ONLY.
- Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place.
- The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
- Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and will disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases it may last around the eye area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
- Keep the tattooed area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel as needed.
- You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first day as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilise in the dermis.
- A few days later and ONLY if necessary, you may begin to lightly moisturize as the area begins to dry out. Be sure to only use a small amount of gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer such as Lubriderm, Cetaphil or coconut oil to avoid excessive scabbing. Apply using a disposable cotton swab. The goal is to have your skin flake off naturally, rather than form into large scabs.
- DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
- DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment no sooner than 6 weeks later.
- Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
- Glycolic acid and face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment
- If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.