Pre & Post Care

Pre & Post Care

In order for your permanent cosmetics to heal properly (and look its best) these Pre & Post Care Instructions found below are of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE! Pre-Care instructions are designed to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessing bleeding during the procedure can dilute the pigment color and lead to poor results.


  • Do not work out 24 hours before procedure.
  • Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure.
  • Discontinue Retin-A 4 weeks prior.
  • Avoid Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion or facials for 4-weeks prior procedure.
  • No Botox for 2 months prior
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure.
  • Avoid Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamins, and "Hair, Skin, Nail" supplements 48 hours prior to procedure.
  • NO alcohol or caffeine 48 hours before procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).
  • Eyebrow tweezing, waxing or tinting must be done at least 72 hours before the procedure. Electrolysis must be done no later than five days before. Do not resume any method of hair removal for at least two weeks following permanent cosmetics.
  • Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your procedure.
  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

***DO NOT wear contact lenses during eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses the following day.


Apply the after care ointment given (for the amount of days recommended by your artist) with freshly washed hands or a Q-Tip.

  • NO water, cleansers, creams/ointments, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 days. We call this dry healing .
  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring and pigment loss.
  • Avoid excessive sweating for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure/tanning for 3-4 weeks after procedure.
  • NO facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after procedure.
  • Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for 2 weeks after your procedure.
  • NO makeup or skincare products to be used on the treated area for two weeks

IMMEDIATELY AFTER: Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and should disappear within 24-48 hours. If needed, Tylenol can be taken.

4-5 hours after your procedure you will clean your brows only once with distilled or boiled water at room temperature with a cotton ball or gauze. Squeeze out the excess water from cotton ball so that they are not saturated before wiping off ointment or body fluids. You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid wetting the treated area, as it can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.

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 will appear as though the eyebrow micro strokes are gone. 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 10 days. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo. The complete healing process takes about 30-40 days, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. It is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Keep in mind that permanent eyebrows heal up to 30% softer than the initial color.


APPLY sunscreen! Sun exposure can cause fading and discoloration of permanent cosmetics.

  • Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
  • If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your brows have healed, please inform the laser technician. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
  • The regular use of Retin A/Tretinoin or other rapid skin exfoliation products on the forehead area will cause the permanent makeup to the eyebrow area to fade prematurely.
  • Glycolic Acid and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.

Every client’s skin responds differently to these treatments, and this information acts as a guideline only
***There are no implied or written guarantees if you do not follow the above pre and post care instructions!***



  • 1-2 days: Your brows are approximately 20-40% darker, bolder and more solid than your healed result. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be minimal swelling but because typically the eyebrow area does not retain much fluid, swelling will be limited. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. This is normal. Do Not scratch or pick!!!
  • 3 days: Your eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Do not scratch or pick.
  • 4-6 days: The skin is now rapidly exfoliating and will shed evenly if left alone. The color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics.
  • 45 days: Now is the time to critique your brows, the tattoo has become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis. Tiffany will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any necessary changes. A touch up is included within this timeframe to fill in any gaps and make adjustments


  • Day 1: You may experience slightly puffy to swollen eyes, heavy lids, light sensitivity and bloodshot pupils. Your eyes may feel more swollen than they appear. Please try to sleep in an elevated position to help reduce swelling at night. You may not want to use your pillow case the first two nights.
  • Day 2: Eyes will be swollen and perhaps” crusty” upon waking. The swelling will disappear from being in an upright position and increasing circulation area. Avoid heavy lifting, physical exertion and crying.
  • Day 3: Eyes will be less swollen, but still tight. The lash area will feel sore if touched.
  • Day 4: Pigment within the epidermis will begin to flake off in little stitch looking lines, although some people do not notice the exfoliation at all. Do Not scratch or pick!
  • Day 5: Blinking helps to eliminate the small pieces of pigment and epidermis which has detached. Do Not scratch or pick!
  • Day 7: All shedding should be complete. You’re safe to put your face back in the shower spray.
  • Day 45: Now is time to critique your eyeliner. The tattoo has become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.


  • Day 1: Your Lips are Approximately 50-70% darker and bolder than your healed result. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be swelling and slight pain. Ice may be used for relief from both of these. Aquaphor may be used for moisture.
  • Days 2-3: Lips may remain slightly swollen for these days. Ice and aquaphor are still the only things recommended for relief from this.
  • Days 4-7: Pigment within the epidermis of the lips will begin to flake and peel, apply the aquaphor as much as needed during this time, Do Not pick or peel the pigment, this may cause scarring and loss of pigment.
  • Day 7 – 45: The color on the lips may appear lighter on some days and darker on others. This is very normal for lips. Your body still recognizes the pigment as foreign and is trying to remove the pigment. After 45 days the color you see is permanent and may be touched up at that time. Lips will not be touched up before 45 days.
  • To achieve Bright colors on the lips, sometimes multiple services are required.

When you come in for touchups following initial procedure, we will then assess the color retention and make any necessary adjustments. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.