Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare

Aftercare is often tailored to the client based on procedure and skin type. You can find Plasma Skin Tightening aftercare HERE. If you did not receive your specific aftercare instructions, please call/text or email - (805) 836-5800 Carly@TheIllustratedLady.com

 

*MICROBLADING ONLY*

IMMEDIATELY AFTER:
 
  • DRY HEALING RECOMMENDED! NO water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 DAYS!
  • 3 DAYS after the procedure, wash your hands thoroughly, clean the area with warm, sterile water and q-tip or cotton pad/gauze. Pat dry with a disposable papertowel, cotton pad or gauze.
  • Avoid heavy sweating for the first 10 days, avoid facials, botox, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
 
 
 
ONCE HEALED:
  • 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.