It is important for you to read aftercare instructions. Please ready carefully!
DAY 1: Relax! Eyelids may be puffy for a few days. Itching is also common. THIS IS NORMAL.
Makeup remover pads dipped in ice water can feel very soothing apply for 10 minutes on then off for 20 minutes. Repeat process for the first 1 to 4 hours. The ice is used to reduce swelling and provide comfort. After the first 24 hours the use of ice is no longer beneficial.
Sleeping slightly elevated can help reduce any residual swelling and puffiness of the eyes. Also do not use your best pillowcases for the first two night. A satin pillowcase is a great option instead of a cotton pillowcase.
Since your procedure is facial i would not use your best pillowcases for the first 7 nights. I recommend you sleep on a satin pillowcase for seven nights. This will minimize the loss of pigmentation caused by rubbing against a cotton, textured pillowcase as you sleep.
DAY 1-3: Swelling, sticky and or crusty residue sometimes occurs the following morning after your procedure. In the morning if eyes are stuck together, use a wet Q-tip or clean warm wet cloth and gently separate. Do NOT rub, peel or pick! Keep area clean and use aquaphor (provided) or other ointment given sparingly. Do not let eyeliner become dry in the first 72 hours.
Do NOT wear contact lenses within 48 hours following eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition.
DAY 1-14: For the first 3-14 days post-treatment, the colour intensity will be significantly more dramatic (brighter or darker), as well as larger and sharper and more defined than what is expected for your final outcome. Although the area will appear healed after 10-14 days, it will not be fully healed for 4-6 weeks (up to 8 weeks for lips). The speed of your result will be based on how the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
Shedding your color and outer epidermal skin is normal during the first week or two (3 to 14 days) following treatment. Flaking, scabs falling off is normal old skin is shedding off as new skin cells are regenerating. At the end of 4 weeks, your procedure should be healed.
1: Apply ointment (aquaphor or other ointment given) once in the morning A.M., once mid day and once in the evening P.M. for 1 to 10 days. Too much ointment tends to run into the eyes and can blur your vision. If you are sensitive to ointment or you cannot keep it out of your eyes, do not use.
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. NEVER put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
One procedure cannot guarantee desired outcome. In some cases, we need to see how our clients' skin works with the pigment and review the healing process after the first procedure. A required touch-up visit is to be scheduled no sooner than 4 weeks and no greater than 8 weeks after your initial procedure. In more complex cases (including removal, colour correction, camouflage, scar tissue, or iron disorders/deficiencies) an extra charge may apply on touch-ups.
2: NO soap, shampoo, cleansers on tattoo for 7-14 days. Avoid direct shower spray on procedure area for 7-14 days. Soap and cleansers are designed to remove any foreign substances. Obviously, this is detrimental to the bonding process required for the pigment to become permanent.
3: Limit your showers to 5-8 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair and let shampoo run down your back, not your face. Pat area dry if needed.
All cleansing should be done with a clean Q-tip dipped in cool water and gently dabbed on the treated area. Do not rub the area in any way.
4: Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun light, hot weather for 7 to 14 days, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, salt water or chlorinated pools.
5: Try to avoid crying or exercise for the first 7-14 days. Sweat is made of saline and removes the pigment that we have just implanted into your skin.
6: Do not expose your healing skin to skin creams, ointments or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for the first 7-14 days following your procedure.
7: Do not expose your healing skin to eyelash growth serums such as Latisse, LashXS etc... Wait 2 weeks to begin using again.
8: Do not wear makeup directly on procedure area for the first 7-14 days. This rule applies also to non-allergic makeup, as it may contain chemicals that interfere with the bonding process. If or whenever you do begin using cosmetics again, invest in a new mascara to support your new look. This will eliminate the possibility of bacteria breeding in an old container.
9: Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands. Do not touch procedure area with dirty hands, after all it is a opened wound. Sunglasses add protection.
10: Any eyelash or eyebrow tinting or eyelash curling/extensions should be done after two weeks from procedure date.
11: Eyes heal very well. However very rarely the possibility of secondary infection like conjunctivitis can occur. You may rinse with sterile saline eyewash and seek medical attention for an antibiotic steroid eye drop. Although very rare, if you believe medical attention is necessary please notify Laura Sutherland at Ink Haven Studio and seek medical attention should you experience any of the following symptoms: redness around your eyes, drainage or pain that becomes increasingly worse.
WHAT TO AVOID DURING HEALING PROCESS
No makeup on the Eyes for 7-14 days
No Scratching or picking the Eyes/Eyeliner
No long hot showers for 7-14 days, limit to 5-8 minutes
No use of acid or manual exfoliants
No use of any topicals other than healing ointment
No sweating or tears for 7-14 days
No swimming or sauna for 7-14 days
No UV exposure or tanning 7-14 days
No acne products or hydroxy acids
No retinol products, retin A etc near eyes for 4 weeks
No laser light therapy for 4 weeks near eye area
No facials for 30 days
No eyelash extensions or lash extension products for 2 weeks.
No botox around eye area for 4 weeks
No contact lenses for 2 to 3 days
AFTER YOU HAVE HEALED
FOR NEW CLIENTS YOU WILL NEED TO SCHEDULE YOUR REQUIRED 6 TO 8 WEEK TOUCH UP FOR THE PERFECTING STAGE. YOU MAY WANT TO VISIT US ANNUALLY TO KEEP COST OF EYELINER MAINTENANCE DOWN. WE ACCEPT ANNUAL APPOINTMENTS BETWEEN 12-16 MONTHS FROM ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT AT DISCOUNTED RATE. ANYTHING AFTER THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FULL PRICE.