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Aftercare Instructions

These cosmetic tattoo aftercare instructions could save your money and your skin.

Proper care following your enhancement from Sara Justice Cosmetic Tattoo is necessary to achieve the best results. Please review these cosmetic tattoo aftercare instructions and refer to them as necessary. You may contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Immediately Following The Procedure

The treated area will be darker and bolder in color and more defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. It may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort. Redness and swelling are minimal.

Going Through The Initial Healing Period

There should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. You may think you have lost too much color. Be patient, your skin is still regenerating and exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength.

Instructions Specific to the Type of Treatment

Day of Procedure until Healed
  • Gently dab eyebrows 2-3 times a day with lukewarm water and a disposable paper towel or cotton round. Pat it dry.
  • Keep it out of the sun throughout the healing process.
  • Do not apply any cosmetics in this area for at least 10-14 days.
  • Refrain from using a moisturizer until day four of five – then use very little if necessary.
Day of Lip Tattoo Procedure
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Dab lips with a clean, damp cotton 2-3 times.
Day After Lip Tattoo Procedure
  • Keep lips completely dry from everything.
From the Third Day until Lips Heal
  • Continue to keep lips dry and clean.
  • Use a tiny amount of Aquaphor if needed (not more than once or twice a day).
  • Drink through a straw for the first few days.
  • Eat clean, dry foods with cutlery to avoid getting the lips dirty.
  • Avoid spicy and salty foods.
  • No kissing until the scabs are all gone.
Day of Eyeliner Tattoo Procedure
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Dab lips with a clean, damp cotton 2-3 times.
From the Second Day until Lips Heal
  • Keep dry and clean from soaps cosmetics etc..
Day of Lash Enhancement Tattoo Procedure
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Dab lips with a clean, damp cotton 2-3 times.
From the Second Day until Lips Heal
  • Keep dry and clean from soaps cosmetics etc..

What Not To Do During This Time

  • Get soap, shampoo or other cleansers on the treated area during the first five days.
  • Pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment.
  • Apply makeup to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
  • Use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum-based products while healing.
  • Bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
  • Apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
  • Use anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids.
  • Thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
  • Exercise and/or break a sweat for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
  • Enter swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
  • Soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.

Once Healed: After 4-6 Weeks

Going Back for Reassessment and Touch-ups

Most clients need more than one treatment. New procedures take at least two appointments to complete. We check how your skin has taken the color and make necessary adjustments. Older clients or those with previous cosmetic tattoos may need to come back more than once. Most of our clients’ cosmetic tattoos stay true to color as they lighten. If ever this does not happen, we have a special formula to fix the problem.

Keeping the Tattoo’s Color From Fading

Permanent eyebrows last anywhere from one to three years. How long depends on different factors affecting the procedure. Many clients get a touch up once every 12-18 months to maintain the shape and saturation of pigment. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the color soften faster. Wearing sunscreen will keep it from happening so fast. But, you should not wear it before everything is completely healed. Apply it carefully to avoid affecting the tattooed area. Skin type, lifestyle, color choice, capillary health and chemical peels are also factors.

IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the treated area. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the pigment will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.

Top Tips To Protect The Color of Your Permanent Makeup

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear large sunglasses and a hat
  • Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine
  • Keep glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products away from the tattooed area

If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.

If you deliberately violate any of our terms and conditions, including our aftercare suggestions, we will be excluded from liability and we have the right to cancel any complementary treatment in the future.

This information acts as a guideline only. Each client’s skin responds differently to these treatments.