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AFTERCARE

 

Aftercare is crucial and by following the proper recommendations, it will ensure that you have the best possible healed results/outcome. I always recommend a touch-up after your initial procedure, which I call the "Perfecting Session". This is to correct any problem areas that may not have healed well, darken any areas that the client may want darker and to simply perfect that area! I always rather stay modest during the initial session and then I can go darker/bolder during the Perfecting Session, if my client wishes. 

You may have your Perfecting Session 4-10 weeks after your initial procedure. The recommended time to have your Perfecting Session after your initial procedure will be based upon the client's skin type, age and what procedure they received. 

My work is not considered complete until I have competed the initial session AND the Perfecting Session. 

There are two main types of healing: Dry Healing and Wet Healing

Dry Healing is a healing method that does not involve any aftercare product/healing ointment. There are some artists who advise this method along with not washing the treated area and keeping the area completely dry for 10-14 days after the procedure.

Wet Healing is an opposite method, which involves applying an aftercare product/healing ointment after washing the treated area. The healing ointment is applied in a very thin layer.

Some artists advise against washing the treated area and keeping the area completely dry for 10-14 days after the procedure, while still applying the healing ointment.

Which method is the best? Most artists have different opinions on what is the best, but I prefer the Wet Healing Method. This is considered to be the best universal standard for wound care. Washing the treated area in addition to using the proper aftercare product/healing ointment prevents excess bacteria buildup, helps the cells regenerate in the surrounding tissue and helps promote the production of collagen- which is essential for proper healing. 

This healing method involves gently washing the treated area twice a day (morning and night) with a gentle, unscented facial cleanser, like Cetaphil. When washing the treated area and applying aftercare product/healing ointment, you only want to touch the treated area with clean fingers. After washing,  you will apply a very thin layer of aftercare product/healing ointment. Do not saturate the treated area with ointment, as this may suffocate the skin, resulting in delayed/improper healing. Avoid products with fragrance, as they may irritate the skin. You also want to avoid products with petroleum, as this may clog the pores/alter the healing process. 

The following applies to all of the procedures, unless stated otherwise.

  • After the procedure: Blot any excess lymph fluid with a clean gauze/paper towel.

  • For the first 7 days: Gently wash the treated area twice a day (morning and night) with a gentle, unscented cleanser. Pat the treated area dry with a clean paper towel and allow the area to air dry for a few minutes. After the area is dry, gently apply a very thin layer of ointment over the treated area with clean fingers or a clean cotton swab.

 

  • Avoid wearing makeup on the treated area for at least 10 days after the procedure.

  • Avoid excess sweating/hot saunas/hot baths for at least one week after the procedure.

  • Avoid picking, scratching and peeling the treated area, as this may cause scarring.

  • Avoid being directly exposed to the sun, salon tanning and UV/UVA rays for at least 4 weeks after the procedure, as this may cause a shift in color or premature fading.

  • Avoid face creams containing Retin-A and Glycolic Acid for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.

  • Avoid facials, Botox, fillers, chemical treatments and Microdermabrasion for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days after the procedure. *Make sure to sleep on a clean pillowcase, as any debris that gets into the treated area could cause an infection.

  • Drink water! At the cellular level, drinking water is great, as it flushes the system and hydrates the body. Staying hydrated may assist in a better skin texture, which may help the healing process.

  • *This applies to those who had an eyebrow procedure* Eyebrow tinting should not be done for at least 4 weeks after your procedure.

Long-term Aftercare- This is once your procedure has fully healed.

  • Sunscreen will be your best friend! Make sure to apply sunscreen over the treated to prevent fading and discoloration. 

  • Rinse the treated area with water after coming into contact with chlorine.

  • Be advised that the regular use of Retin-A/Tretinoin will cause the pigments to fade quicker.

  • If you are having laser resurfacing/laser hair removal, make sure to inform the Laser Technician of your procedure(s), as the laser may discolor/fade the treated area.

  • Stay up to date with your touch-up's to keep your procedures looking fresh and beautiful!

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