Cosmetic tattooing is a procedure that takes time, money, and commitment, but one that many people have chosen to undergo for a variety of reasons. Some people choose cosmetic tattooing to cover up hair loss or skin conditions, while others may want to make their morning makeup routine quicker and easier. Whatever your reasons are for considering cosmetic tattooing, here is more information about the pre- and post-procedure cosmetic tattooing care instructions that could make your experience much better.
There are a few things you should prepare for before going in for your cosmetic tattooing procedure. Plan your cosmetic tattooing appointment for a period of time that gives you time to heal from your procedure. Wherever you are tattooing will be tender and may swell and be sensitive to light; you aren’t going to want to be in direct sunlight, sweating, or attending very many social engagements in the days immediately following your cosmetic tattooing procedure. Gathering a few aftercare products like straws, pain relievers, ointments, and books or movies can also minimize the time you’ll spend running around after your appointment and maximize your healing time.
Some cosmetic procedures, such as those done around the lips and eyes, may require a small amount of numbing or relaxation. If you are taking any prescription medication or antibiotics, check with your physician to make sure there won’t be any adverse reactions with your medication. Also if you are prone to fever blisters, let your doctor know, as a prescription may need to be taken before and after a lip procedure.
There are specific pre-procedure care instructions for the different places you may be considering getting a cosmetic tattoo. For eyeliner, it is advised to not wear contact lenses during the procedure or for 24 hours afterwards. If you have had Lasik or other eye surgeries, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to undergo cosmetic tattooing. Also no waterproof mascara should be worn 1 week prior to the procedure, regular mascara is fine. Do not wear eyelash extensions/false eyelashes 1 week prior or 30 days after the procedure as well. Your eyes may be light sensitive after the procedure, so bring a pair of sunglasses to wear home. If you are getting your eyebrows tattooed, do not tweeze, wax, or dye them for two days prior to your procedure.
It is very important to refrain from taking anything that could unnecessarily thin the blood one week prior to any permanent makeup procedure such as aspirin, ibuprofen, alcohol, and fish oil. It is also recommend not to have any caffiene the day of the procedure. If prescription medications are being taken, please do not discontinue these. If you have questions or concerns about medications interfering with the cosmetic tattoo, please contact your health care provider.
After your cosmetic tattooing procedure, there are a few tips for safe and speedy healing. Cold compresses can ease some of the discomfort and swelling you may experience after the procedure, but don’t necessarily speed up the healing process. Your cosmetic tattoo will need to be kept clean; applying a healing ointment can be very beneficial. Look for ointments such as Vitamin E oils or other natural oils and moisturizers that do not contain petroleum. Bringing a pair of sunglasses is recommended for the ride home.
Avoid strenuous activity for about two days after your procedure, as sweat and increased blood pressure can cause your tattoo to swell and ooze.
Keep the area of your cosmetic tattoo clean and use a blotting motion (rather than scrubbing or wiping) to put ointment on the area. Your tattoo may scab slightly, but try to avoid picking at or bothering the area. Just like any other injury, avoid chemicals that could irritate your cosmetic tattoo until it has completely healed. Cosmetic tattoo artists recommend avoiding direct sunlight (and wearing sunscreen as a precaution), strenuous activity, swimming, steam rooms, hot tubs, soaking in bathtubs, and otherwise aggravating your cosmetic tattoo. We recommend you stay away from places such as health clubs and airports/airplanes the first 24 hours because of the high levels of bacteria. Also no makeup should be worn on the tattooed area 1 week after your treatment. If mascara is to be worn, it should be a new tube.
Taking care of your skin before and after your cosmetic tattooing procedure is of the utmost importance. For more information on caring for your cosmetic tattoo, talk to your doctor or contact Dermillusion – your Minnesota and Arizona experts in cosmetic tattooing!