Cosmetic Tattooing procedures are multi-session processes. It is recommended to come back for at least one touch-up session before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-ups need to be completed between 4 and 12 weeks after the initial procedure or they will not be considered "free."
During the 5 days of healing, be prepared for the color intensity to be significantly sharper and darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for your tattooing to look lighter, based on how quickly the outer layer of skin exfoliates.
While tattooed colors may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Your skin will vary, depending on exposure to heat, cold, sun, and circulatory changes. Cosmetic Tattooing procedures are affected by the canvas they're performed on, your skin.
Use a mild soap and non-oily moisturizer for several days prior to your appointment, and eat well before the appointment.
Do NOT take aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, or other blood-thinning medications, fish oil, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen (Advil), unless medically necessary, for two weeks prior to your appointment and two days afterward.
Do NOT take any pain killers or tranquilizers or Benedryl prior to your appointment. Use Tylenol if you need pain relief.
Note that pain and tenderness while on your menstrual cycle is heightened. I recommend scheduling any procedure completely away from that week!
Avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 2 days before your appointment & the day of the procedure. This will minimize any bleeding or swelling during and after the procedure.
You have to be off Accutane for 1 year.
Any tweezing or waxing or tinting should be done at least 3 days prior to your appointment. Do not resume any form of hair removal for at least ten days, tinting may be done 30 days after the procedure.
Avoid having Cosmetic Tattooing done within months of an important life event, such as a wedding. Procedures may take longer than expected to be complete under some circumstances.
Do NOT have a tan/sunburn on your face prior to your appointment. The tan will exfoliate, taking color with it as it fades & will also heal the pigment darker than expected. If you show up to your appointment with a tan or sunburn, you will be required to reschedule and your deposit will be forfeited.
No exercise or exertion OF ANY KIND should be done the day of your appointment and for 72 hours afterward.
Karey does not work on pregnant or nursing women.
Use a pillow case, or place an old t-shirt on your pillow, that you don't mind getting stained during your five days of healing.
Do not panic. You will lighten!
Do not exercise for 72 hours after the procedure. Sweating will prematurely fade or blur the pigment, and may even cause it not to take at all.
No direct sun or tanning beds for 30 days after the procedure.
No spas, swimming pools, whirlpools, or ocean swimming for at least 14 days. No hot tubs for 72 hours, even if you do not 'go under.'
Avoid direct shower spray on the treated area after the procedure.
No makeup, lotions, pencil, or powder on the treated area for the five days of healing.
Ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied for 10 minutes per hour as necessary to reduce swelling or discomfort. Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen the morning after procedures.
Wash your hands before touching your brows. If you feel uncomfortably itchy during the 5 days of healing, SWIPE or DAB a small amount of Vaseline (or a plain white lotion) into the skin, do not RUB it in.
Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area. If you have an itchy area, tap your finger on the spot & it should subside.
Hair strokes will appear crisp and bold at first, but WILL soften up in appearance as the skin heals. The area will shed, taking some color with it. This is normal. Clients with darker skin, please know that the hair strokes WILL NOT appear as defined or as dark as lighter skin types due to the skin color already being naturally darker.
Red heads, blonds & fair skin types will experience more swelling, redness, and fading than darker skin types.
Additional Notes, PLEASE READ:
Cosmetic tattooing, aka permanent makeup, is NOT "permanent" in terms of lasting FOREVER! It is called "permanent makeup" because the pigment molecules will still be in your skin, even though the pigment will fade over time and may even seem to disappear. Most clients will need a color refresher every 1.5 to 3 years.
You are not a good candidate for hair stroke brows if you have severely oily skin. Your results may appear more powdered instead of the look of hair strokes. This doesn't mean you can't have them done, but be knowledgeable about the outcome.
With dark skin types, cosmetic tattooing will not appear as bold as with lighter skin types. It will look more solid or powdered.
Smoking WILL cause the pigment to fade prematurely and topical numbing agents will not last as long.
It is recommended to apply a little Vaseline to the treated area prior to swimming, even after healed, to prevent the chlorine water (or salt water) from penetrating the area.
Use a good sunscreen daily on your brows. Sun exposure will cause your cosmetic tattooing to fade.
If your skin is sun-damaged, thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry/oily, or if you have large pores, the result will not be as defined as it would be without those things. Lifestyle, medications, metabolism, facial surgery, and age, all contribute to color fading.
If you are planning a chemical peel, an MRI, or other medical procedures, please inform your physician of your tattooed brows.
If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you wait one year after any tattooing procedure in unregulated states - check if restrictions apply to you.
Healing is specific to each client. Your cosmetic tattooing will need a color boost every 1.5-3 years to maintain its fresh, natural appearance. Due to the build up of scar tissue, touch-ups will not be done any sooner than that. If you fade more than you like, use topical makeup over the treated area to create the look you desire.
If you are in the sun a lot, have oily skin, use anti-aging creams, Retin-A/retinol products, acidic cleansers, regular chemical peels, or exercise frequently, your permanent makeup will fade sooner than if you didn't do or use those things.. The better you take care of the treated area and follow the aftercare instructions, the longer it will last.
As we age, our skin changes. Hair stroke brows will eventually look more powdered.
No two sides of the face are the same. Symmetry is my goal, and I'm a perfectionist, but nothing is PERFECT.
If you have had your original cosmetic tattooing done by me, and you choose to go elsewhere for touch-ups, I may or may not do any future tattooing on you. The decision will be determined case by case. Sometimes clients move out of the area, or I'm not available when needed, and you may need/want to go to someone else. Those situations are understandable, and we will figure something out.