Cosmetic tattoos take between 6-8 weeks to fully heal. At this time you may receive your touch-up if any color has faded, or if you would simply like to add more definition to your tattoo.
After the topical anesthetic wears off you may feel some tenderness on and around the tattooed area. You may also experience slight swelling and redness the day of your procedure; this is normal and typically fades within 24-48 hours. At this point you may take Tylenol if you feel any pain, but avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen as it can cause blood thinning.
The tattooed area will appear darker and bolder immediately after the procedure, but will soften and fade as your skin heals in the coming days and weeks. This is 100% normal.
Using the cleanser provided, gently clean off the area 4-5 hours after the procedure. Begin using the provided cleanser morning and night for 10 days. Pat dry with a clean paper towel and air dry the tattooed area.
Apply a small amount of the provided healing balm using a clean Q-Tip 3 times a day (after each wash and once in the middle of the day).
It is important that for 10 days following your procedure you keep your tattoo dry between washes. NO soaking or use of other cleansers, lotions and ointments. Avoid heavy sweating for 10-14 days.
On day 10 you may begin washing your face as normal, however I recommend using mild and unscented soap to wash your brows. Exfoliating products for acne or anti-aging will cause brows to prematurely fade.
DO NOT apply makeup to the tattooed area for 10-14 days following the procedure.
DO NOT pick and scratch at your tattoo as it heals. Let your skin naturally exfoliate and flake off.
It is also important that you avoid extreme sun exposure, swimming and/or soaking the tattooed area in pools, Jacuzzis or the ocean while your tattoo heals.
If you plan on receiving chemical peels, laser treatments or an MRI in the weeks following your tattoo, please inform your technician or doctor that you have been tattooed with iron oxide pigments, as these may cause irritation, burning and discoloration of your tattoo.
Once your tattoo is fully healed you can begin applying sunscreen to the area to help retain pigment color.
It is extremely important that you follow our aftercare instructions.