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Permanent Makeup - General Aftercare

For 7 –10 days after application of permanent cosmetics,

follow ALL Aftercare Instructions for maximum results : 

  • Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers as they may have bacteria on them and create an infection.   

  • The procedure area may be red, swollen or have a discharge of lymph (clear fluid) and blood for at least 12+ hours post procedure. This is normal.  You may apply ice for 10 minutes ‘on’ and 10 minutes ‘off’ the area to reduce swelling. Put saran wrap on procedure area to keep area clean and dry from ice pack.

  • Apply petroleum 2-4 times daily until the procedure area has healed. Always use a clean cotton swab and not your fingertips. We suggest petroleum jelly as it is non-reactive in most clients. Dab off excess product with a tissue.  Overuse of your healing product will not let the area heal properly.  Always check for allergies to all products.  

  • GENTLY use a warm, damp paper towel or cotton round with provided cleanser to pat away the excess lymph and blood from the procedure area before you go to bed and upon rising in the morning.  never wipe, only dab/pat/blot.

  • Before bathing, gently apply a light coating of petroleum on the procedure area using a clean cotton swab. Do your best to avoid getting area wet. Continue  this regime until the procedure area has completely healed. The steam may express the pigment color.  

  • Sleep on a clean pillowcase (satin is recommended) and clean sheets. Unclean pillowcases and sheets may have bacteria on them and can create an infection.

  • Stay away from pets and any activity that could cause bacteria to come in contact with the procedure area.  

  • Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.  

  • No make-up, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, steam, exercise, Hot Yoga, Jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools or in the ocean, gardening, animals by the procedure area for 10 days or until completely healed.  

  • Aloe Vera and Carmex can pull the color out of some clients  procedure area, so we suggest that they do not use  these products while they are healing.

  • Sometimes ‘Natural’ products compromise the integrity of the pigment color.    

  • Do not use ANY products that contain AHA’s, Vitamin A, Retinol A or similar lightening and peeling products on the procedure area. (Example Glycolic, Lactic Acids. Check your product labeling) It will fade your  pigment color. Read  the ingredients on the back of any bottle of product that you will using. Tell your technician what you are using.    

  • If you have ANY concerns or experience excess itching, swelling, blistering, infection, redness, drainage, tenderness in the procedure  area, red streaks going from the procedure area towards your heart, elevated body temperature or any other complications post-procedure, stop applying any products and notify your technician or physician immediately.  You may be allergic to the  after care product you are using.  

  • Remember all procedures must HEAL, PEEL, and FADE! Clients color will look MUCH darker for up to the first 10 days as the procedure has blood and lymph in it. After the area peels, the color will be softer.      

  • If you are a blood donor, you may not give blood for 1 year following your PMU application (per Red Cross).   

  • Follow-up color refresher session should be scheduled 6 weeks post procedure. All new procedures are a two step process.  Results cannot be determined until follow-up is completed.  

  • Use a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15+ after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color.  

Eyeliner   Aftercare  

  • Do not use mascara for 7 days post procedure. When you do resume the use of mascara, purchase a new tube, the old tube may have bacteria in it. This includes all  other eye makeup.  

  • Do not use your  eyelash curler for a few days pre and post procedure. Clean your eyelash curler with alcohol prior to reusing it to destroy any bacteria on it.  

  • Do not wear your contacts for 24 hours post procedure, wear glasses. If eyes are irritated do not use contacts until your eyes feel better.  

  • Sleep on 2 pillows or in an elevated or propped-up position. This will help to alleviate swelling.  

  • Do not rub, scratch or irritate your eyes.  Use an eyewash if eyes itch.  

  • If you need to touch your eyes -  GENTLY use a clean cotton swab!  

  • Touching your eyes with your fingers, unclean cotton swabs, old makeup or other products, may result in an eye infection, corneal abrasion or pink eye.     

*This is a 100% procedure plan.  We as technicians do our 50%. Now, you must do your 50% and follow  proper ‘After Care’ directions for good results!  Failure to follow the above advice will result in less than desired results.

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