Permanent cosmetics involves the application of pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. Commonly treated areas include the brows, eyeliner, lips, and areola.
The treatment is done in two stages; the first application provides the desired coloration with a second treatment scheduled in one to two months after to touch-up the treated area.
Following are the post-care instructions for permanent cosmetics:
Although rare, infection is a risk associated with this procedure. If an infection is suspected and the pigmented area becomes more painful, and/or you develop a fever soon after your procedure, please call our office at: (517) 267-2497
- You may experience redness, swelling, and/or bruising immediately following your procedure. This should subside within 24-48 hours. Bruising can be intensified by certain medications.
- Apply a lubricating product (vitamin E) to the pigmented area 1-2 times per day for 5-7 days. Increase the application of moisture as needed if the area becomes uncomfortable or itchy. Keeping the area moist can aid in color retention.
- Keep the area clean. Shower as usual. Gently cleanse the area with a mild soap, unless otherwise directed.
- Expect flaking of the skin – with flaking of the pigment as well. This is completely normal and part of the healing process. Color and overall appearance will soften with time. It may take several days for the flaking to subside.
- Avoid rubbing, picking, or scratching following your procedure. Do not pull or pick off flaking skin.
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, chlorinated pools, hot tubs, and lakes for 4-6 weeks post treatment. Even after healed, repeated or prolonged exposure to sun or chemicals will cause fading.
- Avoid the use of exfoliating/lightening products near the pigmented area as it can cause colors to fade more quickly.
- Avoid makeup (including waterproof mascara) on the pigmented area for 5-7 days following your procedure. *Especially mascara – the tubes tend to harbor bacteria, and a new tube is recommended.