Considerations for Tattooing Treatments

Before your treatment

If you suffer allergies or sensitivity reactions it is advisable to take anti-histamines before your treatment.   icon1Eye-liner tattooing: Lash-enhancing serum can thicken the skin along the lash line and make it more difficult for the pigment to be implanted into the area; cease application at least 2 weeks before your treatment.   icon1Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before the procedure to avoid any unnecessary bleeding.   icon1Injectables: Areas that have been treated with dermal fillers (such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane) make it difficult for pigment to stay implanted in the skin; avoid cosmetic tattooing in these areas (commonly the lip line).   icon1Lip tattooing: If you have a history of suffering cold sores (Herpes Simplex Virus) it is important you take the advised precautions to avoid an outbreak. At least 4 days before your treatment see your doctor and request a prescription for preventative medication (Acyclovir or Zovirax), Zovirax cream from the chemist also helps.  

After Care

  • There is no pain following your treatment. You may already have or should purchase the recommended aftercare cream which is Protat or Bepanthen, do not use any other aftercare on your new tattoo as it may cause an adverse reaction or fading.
  • No Soap or cleansers on the treated area for 5 days
  • Avoid Make-up on the treated area for 5 days
  • The area where the tattoo has been applied must be kept moist for successful healing without scabbing. No picking the tattooed area.
  • At first the colour may look lighter or darker than desired; the true colour will be seen at 4 weeks. It is recommended that you return for a complimentary perfection visit 4 weeks after your treatment, for any necessary touch-ups or colour enhancements.
  • Wear sunscreen or block out (after the first week)
  • Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and colour change.
  • Certain chemicals in cleansers and moisturisers could interfere with the bonding process; any Glycolic Acid or Peels must be kept completely away from the tattoo, it could lighten or change the colour.
 

image3Eyebrows

  • There may be slight tenderness and temporary redness where the tattoo was applied.
  • Immediately after and for the next 24 hours continue to wipe the eyebrows with a damp cotton tip. They may weep, this is normal. Wipe firmly to remove the fluid to avoid crusting or scabbing.
  • Keep a fine smear of Bepanthen over the eyebrow area, with a cotton bud re-apply the cream 4 times per day for 5 days.
  • Never touch the healing area with your fingers
 

image2Eyeliner

  • The eye area will feel like windburn
  • Rest your eyes after the treatment
  • It is not necessary to apply any aftercare cream unless you are sensitive or have prolonged swelling.
  • Do not use mascara, eye makeup or makeup remover for 5 days.
 

image1Lips

  • The lips will be very dry, it is important to keep the new tattoo moist, as directed.
  • If you have a history of suffering cold sores (Herpes Simplex Virus) take the advised precautions to avoid an outbreak. At least 4 days before your treatment see your doctor and request a prescription for preventative medication (Acyclovir or Zovirax), Zovirax cream from the chemist also helps.
  • Your lips will most likely be swollen for the next few days, use a cold pack for 5 minutes every few hours to reduce the swelling.
  • The colour will appear darker and more dramatic at first however this will fade by about 40% around 4-6 weeks after your treatment.
  • Avoid wearing lipstick for up to 5 days.
  • If you undergo electrolysis, laser, or any permanent hair removal methods it should be completed at least a week before coming in to have your lips tattooed.
 

Medications

To prevent excessive or unnecessary bleeding the following supplements and medication should be avoidedfor 1 week before your appointment.   Do not stop taking prescribed medication without consulting your doctor  
  • High intake of; Vitamin C, Garlic, Ginger,
  • High intake of; Fish oil, Flaxseed oil, Primrose oil
  • Warfarin
  • Aspirin
  • Nurofen, Ibprofin
  • Indoid
  • Voltarin
 

Corrective Camouflage Considerations

The scars should be white in colour and smooth. It’s not possible to lighten dark scars (through tattooing) and, keloid scars should not be tattooed over as it may result in more keloiding.
Scars must be completely healed, at least 12 months old and the colour should be stable (not pink)
If the scar has dark edges it is possible that the tattooing will increase the hyper pigmentation and create a darker border.
It is important to have realistic expectations; a perfect colour match is not always perfectly achieved; corrective camouflage improves the appearance of scars to make it less noticeable.
Where the existing scar tissue has been camouflaged, the pigment in the tattoo will never tan, it is important to decide which skin you would like to match, your winter skin or your summer skin?
None of the following can be treated: dark circles under the eyes, camouflage of age spots and freckles, port wine birthmarks, spider veins; alternative conventional treatment methods should be considered
 
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