Permanent Cosmetics and Laser Tattoo Removal

Permanent Makeup Aftercare

Cosmetic tattooing allows to modify eyebrow and lip shape, change their colour or make it brighter. But permanent makeup is not only a popular beauty treatment, it is also a cosmetic procedure involving skin penetration.

Performed by an experienced artist, a procedure takes only 1 or 1.5 hour as per the area of operation, while the aftercare treatment may take from 1 to 2 weeks. The time of healing varies with every person and depends on individual metabolic rate and wound healing speed, as well as on how closely a client follows the aftercare instructions.

The below article tackles such issues as permanent makeup post-treatment effects and restrictions. It also provides the necessary aftercare instructions required to keep permanent cosmetics intact and impressive for many years.

What happens to the skin after permanent makeup have been applied?

Immediately after the procedure, the applied permanent makeup looks very bright, the contours are well defined. Small amounts of watery serosanguineous drainage containing both blood and serous fluid appear on the punctured area, which is a natural protective response of the body during the wound healing process. The fluid dries up forming tiny scabs on the skin. This is why the pigment appear dark at this stage. 

However, as the layers of skin start to slough off, the upper bright shades become lighter. They cover the pigment so that it may appear that the colour is faded or gone, but it is not so. 

The scabs remain on the wounded area for about 2 or 3 days, after which they slough off and the underlying pigment is revealed. It is very important to let the scabs slough off naturally without scrubbing or scratching it. Then, you will be able to see the resulting colour and shape of your permanent makeup. The colour and shape will stay for 2-5 years, however a touch-up may be required in some cases.

Post Treatment Restrictions

During the process of skin regeneration, one should refrain from visiting swimming pools, saunas, solariums and try to avoid getting hit by direct sunlight. After washing the face with warm boiled water, it is recommended to wipe it very carefully as if sponging it with a paper towel.

As mentioned above, the scabs should not be by any means soaked, scratched or scrubbed. Under the scabs, the pigment is gradually absorbed and evenly spread in the upper skin layers. So, it is of utmost importance not to interfere with the process on this early stage. Otherwise, not yet absorbed pigment particles may be accidentally removed leaving a bare space in the tint or an uneven contour.

Aftercare Instructions

Bare spaces and uneven contour formed in the result of healing process can be easily corrected during the follow-up procedure, which necessarily takes place in about 1 or 2 months after the first treatment. This is what the follow up procedure is actually for. However, the treated area should not be scratched or rubbed anyway. In case of minor discomfort, painkiller might be helpful, it will prevent unvoluntary scrubbing or scratching the tattooed skin with hands.

Meanwhile, a thin layer of Bepanthen ointment or any other panthenol containing agent may be applied to the damaged skin surface to protect the affected area from possible micro-fissures and speed up the regeneration process.

Permanent eyeliner makeup procedure may not only produce scabs, but also cause a considerable swelling, which may be relieved by an antihistamine.