Immediately following the procedure, the treated area will appear brighter, darker and bolder. This is the initial healing process and it can last up to a week or a little longer. During the second week, you can expect some flaking of the skin.
It is very important not to pick or peel at the flaky skin as you need to allow the dry skin to come off naturally on its own to prevent premature pigment loss.
The flaking period varies from person to person.
Generally, all dry skin is shed by approximately the end of the second week. Once the flaky skin has fallen off, the treated area will appear softer and lighter. The complete healing process takes about four weeks at which time the true colour and density of the treated area is clearly revealed.
During the follow-up visit, adjustments can be made.
HEALING PROCESS STAGE 1: FIRST TWO WEEKS
Immediately after your procedure, the healing process begins. You may initially experience redness, skin sensitivity, and possibly some minor swelling.
The appearance of your new Semi-Permanent Makeup (SPM) will be brighter and thicker than the healed result. Usually after about
4-7 days for eyebrows, 7-10 days for eyeliner, 3 days for lips,
the area and top layer starts flaking off. When the flakes peel off during the first days, these zones will look really faint and during next 2 weeks the Permanent Makeup will look brighter.
*Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers, they may have bacteria on them and may lead to infection.
*Sleep elevated and on your back while healing for 5-7 days.
*No makeup, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools or in the ocean for 7-10 days (until the area is completely healed).
*Restrictions on physical activities including bathing, recreational water activity for 5-10 days after procedure
*Do not rub or traumatize the treated area while it is healing.
*Semi-Permanent Makeup (SPM) procedures are a two step process, results are not determined until a touch up application is completed.
During the healing process, as the tattoo flaking and shedding occurs, you may feel tempted to rub, scratch, or scrub. Please, keep calm and do not touch your new SPM. You can use anything from a cold compress (NOT frozen), to damp tea bags, to face cloths (NOT wet) or apply Lucas Papaw Ointment/Vaseline. Just be sure to only add light pressure when placing them onto the eyebrows/lips. By far, the best overall healing component is oxygen. If its tolerable, it is highly recommended that you simply let your new SPM breathe. After approximately two weeks, your eyebrows will have mostly healed during the “shedding” process. The initial “intensity” will have faded, and the desired color shade will start appearing.
HEALING PROCESS STAGE 3 : TOUCH UP PROCEDURE
Your SPM is gonna fade in one month by approx 10-60% (it depends on your skin, age, organism etc.) About 4-8 weeks after your original appointment we do “touch up” if needed.
I will go over the tattoo again to darken the pigment and fill in any areas needing correction or modification.
Some people at times have a resistant skin type where the ink doesn’t like to take. You may need more than one touch up if you are one of the few that fall into this category.
A tattoo is effectively a skin-deep flesh wound, and it will heal in much the same way. There are several physiological factors that help determine the average speed, healing time, and effectiveness of the healing process. They include:
* Age – Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal and regenerate.
* Skin Type – Scarring affects different skin types differently based on collagen production. Darker skin, for example, is susceptible to raised keloid scars, while lighter skin may have a more sunken pitted appearance.
* Circulation – Good circulation facilitates healthy fresh blood flow through the wounded area, and cuts down considerably on healing time.
* Estrogen Levels – Estrogen affects wound healing by regulating a variety of genes associated with regeneration.
* How Easily Or Severely You Swell And/Or Bruise – Although permanent eyebrows are least affected by swelling and bruising, some individuals are extremely prone which can extend the amount of time it takes to heal.
* Diet – Studies suggest that good nutrition and “power” foods ( that contain proteins, vitamins A, C, and Zinc) promote healing.
* Stress – Stress results in the deregulation of the immune system, which is proven to cause a substantial delay in wound healing.
* Diabetes – Diabetic individuals show a documented impairment in the healing of acute wounds.
* Smoking – Smoking causes a delay in wound healing and an increase in complications such as infection, rupture, leakage, and sometimes even necrosis.
* Excessive Physical Activity – Excessive exercise or activity could cause an increased risk of abrasion, and the sensitive areas to stretch making scabbing difficult.
* Exposure To Sunlight – Excessive sun exposure can cause reddening, blistering, and inflammation potentially causing infection and scarring to the already sensitive area.
* Medications – Some medications may interfere with response to inflammation, platelet function, and an ability to form clots, significantly affecting healing.