Here are some very important things to be aware of, following your procedure.
Possible risks, hazards or complications
• Pain / Discomfort: There could be some mild, moderate or severe pain or discomfort (depending on your pain threshold) after the procedure, even after the topical anesthetic has been used. This is, because YOU just got a tattoo!!! Anesthetics work better on some people than others. You should avoid any unnecessary touching, pressing, scratching, rubbing or direct water contact with treated areas.
• Infection: The risk of infection is very small to non existing. The areas treated must be kept clean and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas if necessary. See the “After Care” sheet you will receive following your procedure, for specific instructions on care.
• Cleaning/Washing & Exposure: THERE IS A 10-DAY DRY-HEALING PHASE!!! During this time, do not engage in strenuous physical activity or spend prolonged time out in the sun. (this includes visits to the pool or beach, etc.). Keep the Eyebrows and Eyeliner DRY DRY DRY! After the 10 day DRY HEALING phase, keep the area clean by washing with freshly washed hands and a mild soap. Do not use cleansing creams, acne cleansers or astringents. Use a mild, natural soap. Always use a sun-block or sun-screen, after the procedure area is healed to protect from fading.
- Clients who insist on engaging in strenuous physical activity (like working out at a gym), or remaining outside more than necessary (sun-exposure, water-exposure) will experience significantly diminished pigment-retention, and the longevity of your procedure could be significantly reduced or impaired.
• Make-Up: Please refrain from wearing ANY make-up in the treated areas, including mascara, on treated areas 10 full days, following the procedure.
• Uneven Pigmentation: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding, or a number of other causes. Your follow-up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance. As the skin heals, there may be areas which will require some “touch-up” work during subsequent visit(s).
• Asymmetry: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry, however, please keep in mind that human faces are not symmetrical, and consequently adjustments may be necessary, during the follow-up session for any corrective “touch-ups”. (Never Forget: “eyebrows are sisters, not twins!”)
• Excessive Swelling or Bruising: Some clients may experience more bruising and/or swelling then others. If you bruise easily or heal slowly, I highly recommend taking ARNICA, a natural herb widely available at drug stores and organic food stores, for at least 7 days before and after the procedure.
• Eye Exposure: There is a small risk of eye injury when an eyeliner procedure is performed. I administer CELLUVISC, by Allergan, a thick gel-like eye drop, used to protect the eye(s) prior to the procedure. After the procedure is complete, regular saline eye drops are used to rinse out the eye(s). Normal and expected effects of healing are: Swelling, bruising, tenderness, discomfort, itching, stinging, localized pain, inflammation, puffy, red eyes, mild reactions, blurry vision. Corneal Scratches or Abrasion is ALWAYS SELF INFLICTED due to rubbing of the eye after the procedure (which is a form of tattoo).
AGAIN: I NEVER touch the actual eyeballs with the tattoo needle; I go in between the lashes and slightly above the lashes. I never touch the wet zone. I rinse constantly to avoid any type of damage to the eye itself. ANY TYPE of SCRATCHES or ABRASION are SELF -INFLICTED due to prematurely rubbing or itching or pressing down the eyeball AFTER the procedure ( usually on the way home, or at home, as the numbing wears off).
• Anesthesia: Topical anesthetic creams are used to numb the area to be treated, containing a mixture of Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine. If you are allergic to any of these, please let me know.
• MRI: Because some pigments used in permanent cosmetic procedures can contain inert oxides, a low-level magnet may be required if you need to be scanned by an MRI machine. You must inform your technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetic procedures you have had.
• Fever Blisters / Cold Sores / Herpes Simplex: If you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, (herpes simplex), there is a high probability that you will get them after having your lips tattooed. Before any procedure can be performed, you must call your doctor for a prescription anti-viral to help prevent this from occurring. I will need to see proof that you are taking or have recently completed taking the anti-viral.
• Allergic Reaction: There is a small possibility of an allergic reaction. I may give you a prick-test, in-office, to determine this.
No Corrective work will be done, under any circumstances, before at least 4 weeks have elapsed since the initial procedure.
If you have an genuine medical EMERGENCY, please notify your primary care physician, or seek emergency medical attention. This office is NOT responsible for any cost or fees associated with outside medical care.
Video Transcript: – Hi, my name is Daniela, and I’m a European Master Artist. Today, I would like to explain to you the aftercare procedure of permanent makeup. After you have your eyebrows and your eyeliner done, there is a 10 day dry healing face. You cannot put on makeup during that time. You cannot sweat excessively. You cannot take a shower with water blasting into your face. You have to keep it as dry as possible. Many clients when they leave are concerned about this, but so far everybody has mastered. There’s always a way. This is an investment, and we do not want to ruin the permanent makeup that you have just gotten by taking a dive in the ocean. The lips heal flaky, and they’re very dry for a few days. I will give you an ointment that has to be applied. Everybody that walks out of here will get written instructions, and they know exactly how to care for the permanent makeup so there’s a successful outcome.