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Permanent Makeup Care Instructions

Proper care following your procedure is important and required to achieve optimum results. Keep in mind that some intensity of color will be lost, and/or the color may heal unevenly. This is normal for some procedures, especially after the initial application. This is the reason for the follow up appointment, to fill in any light areas, to go a little darker or thicker if desired, and to adjust shape or color if needed. Please read and follow the directions provided.
  1. Wash your hands before touching any treated area.
  2. Cool packs (not frozen) may be used to help reduce swelling. Dampen paper towels or cotton pads with water and place in the fridge for 30 minutes…cool area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Cooling the area is most beneficial the first 24 hours. Sleeping slightly elevated may also help in the reduction of swelling.
  3. Blotting your procedure: We have created a wound and all wounds weep body fluids (some will weep more and for a longer period than others). Blotting off these fluids and excess pigment is critical to a good result and optimum color retention. If these fluids are allowed to remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment which will result in light spots and unevenness of color. Dampen a paper towel with water and blot your new procedure every 15 minutes upon leaving the Vitality Ink Studio. Continue until weeping has subsided. Blot for the following three days 4 to 6 times throughout the day depending on the amount of weeping. If you have eyebrow hair, please make sure you are getting beyond the hair and actually blotting the tattooed skin. Same for eyeliner beyond the lashes.
  4. Washing your procedure: Use a mild cleanser on and around the procedure area. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliates. Dial Soap is a good choice. Use a very light touch cleansing your procedure once or twice a day. Make sure you rinse off all cleanser leaving no residue then pat dry. Wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after getting the procedure wet. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
  5. Showering: Do not take an exceptionally hot shower and keep bathroom doors open so as to NOT cause a steam effect. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you do your “other shower stuff” first. At the very end of your shower wash your hair and rinse back away from your face. Wash your face either avoiding the procedure area or over procedure area with a very light touch. Do not let the shower spray hit you directly in the face. Following these shower instructions, your face/procedure will be getting wet at the very end of the shower.
  6. Ointment: ONLY USE THE HEALING BALM I PROVIDE FOR YOU…NOTHING ELSE!!! Always blot off the prior ointment and area before applying a new layer of ointment…this applies to all areas. DO NOT use Peroxide or Neosporin on ANY areas! ALLERGIC REACTION IS EXTREMELY RARE BUT POSSIBLE. IF YOU NOTICE ANY BUMPS OR RASH OR THINK YOU MAY BE HAVING A REACTION…STOP USING OINTMENT IMMEDIATELY, CLEANSE AREA AND CALL THE STUDIO.
  7. Absolutely NO pet grooming, gardening, dusting, mud wrestling or anything that causes dust, dirt and dander for a minimum of 72 hours. Waiting 5 full days is best. Wearing glasses outdoors is a good way to protect healing eyeliner.
  8. NO EXERCISING FOR 10 DAYS…NO EXCEPTIONS. DO NOT DO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES SWEAT IN THE AREA OF THE PROCEDURE OR YOUR FACE TO HEAT UP AND TURN RED. ABSOLUTELY NO LAKE ACTIVITIES. DO NOT GO TO THE LAKE OR BEACH. NO HORSEBACK RIDING, NO CAMPING OR RIDING ATVS. NO NOTHING OF THIS SORT. DON’T’ DO IT! STAY OUT OF THE SUN! KEEP IT PROTECTED AND KEEP IT CLEAN! TLC FOR YOUR NEW PROCEDURE.
  9. During your healing process DO NOT expose your new procedures to chemicals, hot tubs, saunas, direct shower spray, hot water, saltwater, chlorinated pools, lakes, or ponds FOR AT LEAST 5 DAYS! Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided indefinitely…both are counter-productive to the cosmetic procedure your color will fade more quickly or change!
  10. Absolutely NO topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 5 days. Topical makeup can be bacterial and your new procedures(s) need adequate time to heal to avoid irritation and/or infection. You may apply your makeup around the new procedure area but avoid applying ON the healing areas.
  11. NO FACIALS TREATMENTS FOR TWO FULL WEEKS! DO NOT use any Retin-A or Glycolic Acids while healing!
  12. Some tenderness, puffiness (even bruising), redness, and itching is quite normal for the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as this could result in your color healing uneven, as well as the risk of scarring and infection
  13. Lastly…relax. Don’t worry about a thing. It’s just a tattoo that will lighten, soften and heal in a matter of days. Do exactly as I have advised you to do OR what not to do and all heals well.
  • Brew a very strong cup of CAFFEINATED tea and chill well. Apply cotton pads/gauze pads soaked in the cold tea to the eyes or use ice packs (15 minutes on/ 15 minutes off) to minimize swelling the day of and the day after the procedure.
  • You must use NEW mascara to avoid contamination.
  • Sleep with your head slightly elevated.
  • Clean fingers are a must before touching eyes; try not to use q-tips. Wash around the eye area trying not to get the eye wet. Pat dry if you do.
  • NO hot steamy showers, NO sauna, NO swimming for at least 7 days. Avoid the direct shower pressure on the eyes. DO NOT RUB OR PICK THE TREATED AREA. Scratch above or below if you must.
  • NO hot steamy showers, NO sauna, NO swimming for at least 7 days. Avoid the direct shower pressure on the eyes. DO NOT RUB OR PICK THE TREATED AREA. Scratch above or below if you must.
  • NO eye makeup for 72 hours after your eyeliner procedure, please use a new mascara.
  • DO NOT USE an eyelash curler for 2 weeks as this instrument pulls the eyelashes and the tissue containing the eyeliner pigment that surrounds the lashes. You must allow the eyeliner to heal before stressing the tissue in this area.
  • NO contact lenses for 5 full days
  • NO ointment for the first 48-72 hours, after which you apply a very light coat of ointment once in the morning and once in the evening for the following 3 to 5 days. Eyes are very sensitive to ointment so use sparingly. Try to keep the ointment contained to the eyeliner above and below the lashes, not in the eye itself. If you feel any discomfort IN the eye itself, this is not normal and you should immediately see an eye doctor and contact me as well. Although it is important to use ointment, using it excessively can starve the skin of air and can result in pigment loss during the healing period so please use sparingly, just enough to moisten.
What To Expect

  • Day 1 You will have anywhere from slight to heavy swelling. This depends on the amount of histamines in each client’s body. You may have bruising. You may appear as though you have been crying or have allergies. The eyeliner will appear thicker and darker than what it will heal up to be. No contact lenses for 5 days. No Visine.
  • Day 2 The morning of day 2 is most likely when the swelling will peak. Plan to use your cool packs! The darker and thicker appearance lingers, and the area will feel tight and tender.
  • Day 3-4 Less swelling. The eye tissue still feels tight and somewhat drawn. The peeling process begins. Start ointment in 48-72 hours. Some feeling of pinching and itching is quite normal, the ointment will help relieve this feeling.
  • Day 5-7 Dark outer color continues to flake off and you will see a softer, thinner eyeliner. Color may look grayish or ashy until the color clarifies. You can go back to wearing your contact lenses on day 5.

**Note. Wait 8 weeks before applying eyelashes or eyelash extensions, as well as using Latisse or any other like products. Latisse and other similar products have been documented to lighten the tattooed color on some occasions.

  • Expect slight swelling, thickness and/or redness for 1-2 days following the procedure.
  • Do not apply ointment for the first 24 to 48 hours…until all weeping has stopped. Apply a thin, light coat of ointment 3 or 4 times a day for the remaining of the healing process (5-7 days).
  • DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH THE TREATED AREA.
  • You may apply makeup 10 days post treatment if you need to fill in some areas.
  • You may apply makeup 10 days post treatment if you need to fill in some areas.
  • No tweezing, waxing or dyeing the eyebrows for 10 full days BEFORE AND AFTER procedure.
What To Expect

  • Day 1-3 Your eyebrows are about 15 to 20% darker then what they will heal to be. They will also appear thicker than what we drew on. This is due to oxidation and swelling. Don’t be concerned with the darker, thicker appearance, this is part of the healing process. You may also have redness that will subside within the first 48 hours. Start ointment after 24 hours to 48 hours. Don’t forget to blot off excess fluids.
  • Day 4 The peeling begins. The dark outer color will start peeling off revealing the softer lighter color. Keep moist but don’t over do.
  • Day 5-8 Dark outer color finishes peeling off. The color is lighter and softer, and the brows themselves are a little thinner. The color may have a grayish or ashy tone for a few days until the color clarifies. It could appear that you are missing color and have light areas at this time due to layers of dry skin over the new pigment. Give your eyebrows 3 full weeks to heal and for color to fully bloom. Use ointment no longer than 10 days.
  • Expect moderate swelling, usually 1-2 days following the procedure. Applying ICE for the first 24 hours is most important.
  • You may start using your balm immediately following the procedure and continue for 7-14 days, apply several times a day, then switch to a NEW Chapstick or lipstick with SPF of 15 or greater, as the sun tends to fade lip color quickly.
  • After the procedure, the lips may appear to have too much color. You may add makeup to soften the color after 5 days of procedure
  • After the procedure, the lips may appear to have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker. Two or three applications may be required to achieve the desired results. It is not uncommon to lose up to 70% of the color on the first application.
  • If using an antiviral medication, continue as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Smoking will fade lip color!
  • The first 3-5 days drink through a straw, avoid salty, spicy, or oily foods until exfoliation ends.
  • Use a natural toothpaste such as Toms of Maine or Classic Crest. DO NOT use toothpaste with bleach, peroxides, chemicals, and abrasives. These agents are not good for healing color.
What To Expect

  • Day 1-2 Swelling, tender, heavy thick and bright lipstick appearance. You may experience discomfort in the lips.
  • Day 3 Less swelling, pigment appears as a thick texture…crusty. Peeling process may begin on this day.
  • Day 4 Peeling begins or continues from the 3rd day. The pigment may peel all or most of the way by this day. The lips have gone without moisture directly on the lip tissue so they will feel very chapped. Keep moist with ointment at all times.
  • Day 5 Very chapped lips. You are almost finished with the first chapping state (there are two during the healing process).
  • Day 6 You will begin to see a soft version of the color start to appear. Day 7 Lip color may or may not disappear. They may appear to be “frosty”. This is the second chapping process. There may appear to be a grayish or whitish haze over the lips. This may continue for up to 13 days.
  • Day 14 Color starts to really bloom from within more and more each day. The lips are starting to re-hydrate allowing the color to show.
  • Day 30 The healing process is primarily complete. The color you see now can be considered your permanent lip color. Lips may remain dry for up to 2 months, use a good lip balm and sunscreen and they will soon return to normal. If a touch up is needed, 8 weeks of healing is required.

** Some may not experience a prolonged frosting stage and will see lots of color by the 7th day. Note…you may see changes in your lip color based on your body’s temperature. When your body is colder you may see less color. When your body is warmer you may see more color, brighter and more vibrant.

  • Keep the area away from water for 24 hours.
  • Keep moist with A&D ointment or Aquaphor for 3 to 5 days.
  • No vigorous exercise for 24 hours as it can raise your blood pressure and cause more swelling.
  • Do not lift, change or remove the protective Tegaderm sterile covering on your new tattoo for 3-4 DAYS.
  • You may perform all your usual activities (including shower and exercise) while the tattoo is covered with Tegaderm. Be sure not to bump or rub your new tattoo excessively, or do anything that will scrape or peel the covering off. However, do not bathe or swim until your tattoo is fully healed.
  • After 3-4 days, remove the Tegaderm by carefully peeling it off of your skin. Do not quickly tear it off, as this can cause skin irritation. The easiest way to soften the adhesive is to stand in a hot shower for several minutes and remove the covering in the shower.
  • After removing the covering, rinse the tattoo thoroughly with warm water and wash, then rinse several times using antibacterial soap and warm water. Gently work any excess material off the surface of your skin using the palm of your hand while doing so do not use any wash-cloths, sponges or brushes.
  • After patting your tattoo with a clean towel, the skin should be shiny and dry. For the next 7-10 days, apply a thin layer of ointment when it feels tight, dry, or itchy. Otherwise, let it air out and heal naturally. You might notice a few layers of flaky skin peeling, this is completely normal.
  • Wash your scalp with a non-abrasive, gentle shampoo the week prior to your procedure. If experiencing breakouts on your scalp, please inform us so that we can help resolve this issue prior to your procedure.
  • After washing the scalp, moisturize the skin with some form of skin moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Doing so will allow the ink to be properly absorbed.
  • Refrain from sun tanning to avoid burning and peeling of the skin.
  • Focus on relaxing and get a good night’s rest before your procedure. Eat a hearty meal before your procedure. If you are extremely sensitive to pain, seek medical advice prior to the procedure.
  • You may bring a clean hat or scarf to loosely cover your head after the treatment if so desired.
  • Hair Piece – Please do not wear a hairpiece at least 5-7 days prior to your scheduled procedure. As wearing a hairpiece may limit oxygen flow to the scalp and the ink may not be fully absorbed into the follicle
  • Hair Length – Please contact your artist prior to the procedure to discuss proper hair length the day of the scheduled procedure.
  • Hair Preparation – Please do not use a razor on your scalp within 24 hours of the scheduled procedure. It is critical that we see all native hair in order to properly blend the hair follicles.
Post Care Instructions

  • For 7 days following application of SMP: Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers, they may have bacteria on them and create an infection.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment 3-5 times daily until the procedure area has healed. Always use a clean cotton swab and not your fingertips.
  • No make-up, sun, soap, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools or in the recreational bodies of water, contact with animals, gardening for 7-10 days, (until area is completely healed) post-procedure and after all touch-ups.
  • Before bathing, gently apply a light coating of Vaseline on the procedure area using a clean cotton swab. Continue this regime until the procedure area has completely healed.
  • Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing (pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue).
  • Use a “total sun block” after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color.
  • Do not use products that contain AHA’s on the procedure area. Example: Glycolic, Lactic Acids. Always check your product labeling or it will fade your pigment color.
  • If you are a blood donor, you may not give blood for 1 year following your Permanent Make-up application (per Red Cross).
  • Touch-up visits should be scheduled between 30-45 days post-procedure. All Permanent Make-up procedures are a two-step process. Results are not determined until the touch-up application is completed.
  • If you have any questions or concerns please notify your technician immediately.
  • If you experience any itching, swelling, blistering or any other complications post-procure, stop using the product and call your technician immediately. You may be allergic to the after care product you are using!

FAILURE TO FOLLOW POST-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN LOSS OR DISCOLORATION OF PIGMENT. We cannot guarantee color retention for any length of time.
Complications are extremely rare and almost all of the time…my work heals awesome!

THE KNOWN POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS FROM MICROPIGMENTATION ARE: redness; swelling; puffiness; bruising; dry patches; tenderness. It is normal to lose approximately 1/3 of color during the healing process. After the initial procedure the color may be a shade too dark and in 6 days it will appear too light but after 10 days the color will show more, appearing softer when completely healed. This happens because the color will come from the dermal layer of the skin to the epidermal layer of skin.

All procedures are conducted in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood borne pathogens standards. Once you leave my facility it is important to follow aftercare instructions to avoid complications. Tenderness to the area is expected. This is a wound that must heal. Complications are extremely rare, however, if you observe any conditions that are not consistent with the healing agenda descriptions above, such as any sign of infection, pus, red streaks stemming from the treated area, eyeball irritation, or abnormal discharge or conditions, contact your doctor for treatment and advise me as soon as possible at 978-657-8772. Thank you for choosing me as your cosmetic tattoo artist. I look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with you!

It is critical to follow all aftercare instructions to prevent complications, scarring and to achieve optimum results. Please read carefully.

  1. KEEP AREA CLEAN and open to the air. Do not cover with a Band-Aid or anything else, leave open to air. Air/oxygen provides good and faster healing. You should not be touching the area at all but if you find yourself needing to please make sure your hands are exceptionally clean.
  2. CLEAN BY BLOTTING AREA with saline 3 to 4 times a day using a paper towel or gauze. NO ICE.
  3. DO NOT SOAK the treated area in water. You can shower as normal but keep the area out of the shower spray the best you can and do not let the area stay wet for more than a few minutes. It is best to keep it dry but if you do get it wet gently pat dry.
  4. NO BATHING, SWIMMING, SAUNAS, HOT TUBS, TANNING, OR EXERCISE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  5. DO NOT disrupt the scabbing process (i.e. no picking, scratching, etc.) All scabbing needs to fall off naturally. If you force or pick a scab off you will disrupt the process and possibly cause scarring. It is critical to keep the scabs on as long as possible to achieve optimum results.
  6. TREAT AREA WITH TLC. DO NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL THAT COULD CAUSE ISSUES OR PROBLEMS TO THE TREATED AREA.
  7. ONCE ALL SCABBING HAS NATURALLY FALLEN OFF, apply one drop Vitamin E Oil 3 to 4 times throughout the day for a minimum of 4 weeks, or until the next lightning session. DO NOT start applying the Vitamin E oil UNTIL all scabbing has naturally and completely fallen off. It is our goal to keep the area as dry as possible until all scabs have naturally fallen off.
  8. LIPS please drink all liquids with a straw until all scabbing has naturally fallen off. Brush with Toms of Maine or Classic Crest (no whitening, no peroxide tubes of toothpaste. Cut food into small bites….no biting into a sandwich. Try to keep mouth expressions to a minimum.
  • It is important to the process and integrity of the skin that 8 full weeks of healing take place before another lightening session can be done. No exceptions.
  • Lightening and/or removing unwanted pigment is a long process and patience is required. This is true whether you are choosing a lightening product service or laser. Please be patient and give the process a fair chance to work. Expect visibly and wanted results in 2 to 5 sessions. How many sessions needed will depend on how saturated the pigment is, how deep it was implanted, and how much needs to be removed for the desired result. In many cases, only a percentage of the pigment needs to be lightened/removed and then we can continue the correction process by color correcting or color shifting. In those cases where we have pigment misplaced or in an unwanted area, color correcting will not be an option, and removing as much of the pigment as possible will be our ultimate goal.
  • Results cannot be foreseen, predicted or guaranteed.
  • If you have any questions or concerns please call us. If at any time you have any green or yellow puss in the area of the removal, or any concerns at all during the healing process please call us at (978) 657-8772.

Cryotherapy Pre & Post Procedure Instructions

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a standard treatment of extreme cold (liquid nitrogen) for small epidermal lesions, because it allows for removal without the need for anesthesia, with no broken skin or bleeding, and with a tolerable amount of pain. For this reason, no numbing is required. These lesions can include:

Treatable lesions can be:
  • Benign (not cancerous)
  • Precancerous, such as actinic keratosis. These are scaly patches on your skin that could become cancer in the future.
  • Superficial skin cancer (skin cancer that’s on the surface of your skin).
  • Warts
  • Hyperpigmentation Spots
  • Skin Tags/ Moles
Cryotherapy also aims to save the area around the lesions and to reduce the scarring as much as possible. Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, is the second most common in-office procedure for the removal of skin lesions.

Pre-Care Instructions:

You don’t have to do anything to prepare for cryotherapy but you may need to remove makeup, lotion, or powder before your procedure. It all depends on the area we will be treating.

Post Care Instructions:
  • The treated area will become red soon after your procedure. It also may blister and swell. If this happens, don’t break open the blister.
  • You may also see clear drainage in the treated area. This is normal.
  • The treated area will heal in about 7 to 10 days.
  • Starting the day after your procedure, wash the treated area gently with fragrance-free soap and water daily.
  • Leave the treated area uncovered when possible. If you have any drainage, you can cover the area with a bandage.
  • If the treated area develops a crust, you can apply Scalpa Rehab on site until the crust falls off.
  • If you have any bleeding, press firmly on the area with a clean gauze pad for 15 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, repeat this step.
  • Don’t use scented soap, makeup, or lotion on the treated area until it has healed. This will usually be at least 10 days after your procedure.
  • You may lose some hair on the treated area. This depends on how deep the freezing went. The hair loss may be permanent.
  • Area scab will fall off on it’s own.
  • Once the treated area has healed, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to the area to protect it from scarring. Avoid exposure to direct sun.
  • You may have discoloration (pinkness, redness, or lighter or darker skin) at the treated area for up to 1 year after your procedure.
Call your practitioner if the following occurs:
  • A temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher
  • Chills
  • Any of the following symptoms at or around the treated area: o Redness or swelling that extends to areas of untreated skin o Increasing pain or discomfort in the treated area o Skin in the treated area that’s hot or hard to the touch o Increasing oozing, or drainage (yellow or green) from the treated area o A bad smell o Bleeding that doesn’t stop after applying pressure
  • Any questions or concerns
  • Any problems you didn’t expect
After Treatment Evaluation:

For deep-rooted warts, skin tags and moles, a second procedure may be performed two weeks later. For hyperpigmentation and freckles, if the dark melanin remains after treatment showing no sign of improvement, a second application can be performed only if signs of melanin separation are visual. If the area appears darker or untouched do not proceed to a second application.

TCA Cross For Acne Scars Pre & Post Care

TCA is an abbreviation for trichloroacetic acid, which is typically used in low concentration (20–35%) for chemical peels, but the purpose of Acne Scars we will be using 100% strength. The TCA CROSS procedure involves depositing very small amounts of the acid directly into the ice pick scar. As a result, a local inflammatory reaction takes place which leads to the formation of new collagen. The objective is to improve the appearance of the scar by increasing collagen inside the scar and reduce shadows that cast over scar depressions.

Recovery Time after TCA CROSS:

This is a minimally invasive procedure, with little to no downtime. You may return directly to your normal activities following your treatment. You may experience scabbing, and in rare cases, blistering or swelling for 7-10 days after the procedure.

Pre-care Instructions:
  • Avoid tanning and direct sun exposure for 2 weeks prior to each session.
  • Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater every day for the duration of sessions.
  • Discontinue any use of any products containing alpha hydroxyl acids such as glycolic and lactic acids, and prescription retinoid, 2-3 days prior to treatment.
  • Treatment areas must be free of any open lesions, or skin infections.
  • CONTRAINDICATIONS: Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Post-care Instructions:
  • The frosting inside and around the scar can last up to 12 hours
  • The surrounding tissue may appear red and sensitive for 24-48 hours
  • After 2-3 days, a small scab will appear. It’s important to let this scab fall off naturally which can take up to 3-7 days.
  • Discomfort is rare but in the case of pain you can take over the counter Tylenol.
  • Wash your skin as you would normally do, and you are free to wear makeup if desired
  • Avoid becoming overheated, perspiring excessively, using hot tubs, hot showers, or saunas for a few days after treatment as this can promote blistering.
  • Wear sunscreen at all times when outdoors to avoid hyperpigmentation.
  • During the healing process, avoid picking, scrubbing, or exfoliating sensitive or peeling skin as this may result in irritation and increase the risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring.
  • Remember that most scars require 3 to 6 sessions for optimum improvement, so make sure to schedule your next appointment at 2-8 week intervals over a 6-month period.