All permanent cosmetic procedures are multi-session processes, as this is a building process. You are required to come back for a touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up visits are scheduled at 4 week intervals or longer.
Be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
For the next 3-5 days, you will experience some peeling and dryness as the procedure area is healing. This is normal. A great deal of pigment will fade, approximately 50-80%. Again, this is normal. Apply the ointment provided for 3 to 5 days until all peeling has stopped and the surface of the procedure area is smooth. Only a small amount of ointment needs to be applied. It does not need to appear greasy. Using too much ointment may result in irritation or infection.
Treat area gently. Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection. Cotton tipped applicators may be used to gently cleanse the eye area.
No eye makeup is to be applied for 7 days after the procedure. After any eyeliner procedure, start with a new mascara tube. It is recommended not to use an eyelash curler for the first two weeks following the procedure. If you tan, wait 10-14 days before going in the sun or a tanning bed. Do not expose your healing skin to hot tubs, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments or lotions other than what you have been instructed for 10-14 days following your procedure. ALWAYS use sun screen, as it is not only important for even pigmentation when healing, but also helps to prolong the life of your procedure. Cold packs on the eyes following your procedure helps to keep swelling down, and provides comfort during the healing process.
IF YOU HAVE JUST HAD A LIP PROCEDURE DONE, PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY:
Repeat steps above. If you have been advised to take a cold sore preventative such as Valtrex or Zovirax, be sure to follow the instructions explicitly to prevent outbreaks. Your skin has become “hot” or irritated in which the herpes virus lies dormant and can case outbreaks, so taking the anti-viral prescription is very important.
As do eyebrows and eyeliner, the lips will also fade about 60-80% and will peel as they heal. Once the lips have completely peeled they may appear to look extremely light. DON’T PANIC! The color of the lips will slowly return with a few weeks. We will then do your 4-week follow-up visit.
After a lip procedure, keep your lips moist at all times. DO NOT apply cold packs to lips. Avoid heat, and spicy, salty food. If using herpes medication, continue as prescribed.
And most importantly: BE PATIENT, and follow instructions! The color of your lips may appear darker or lighter depending on the clothes you are wearing, if you are sick, or if you have been tanning. Use a good sunscreen daily.