MASTER ARTIST, TINA DAVIES ADVICE ABOUT PREPARATION & AFTERCARE
“Small Details Make a BIG Difference”
What to do Before & After your Permanent Makeup Procedure
“If you’ve ever hired a professional painter they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep”. Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer. Well, permanent makeup is very similar. You will get much better results when you properly prep. It all starts with a good canvas! The procedure area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure.”
- You will want to start a lip scrub once a day for 3 days before your procedure so that your lips are prepped and don’t have a rough texture, which will prevent proper pigment saturation and a poor healed result.
- VERY IMPORTANT: If you have a history of cold sores you’ll need to start taking an anti-viral prescription (Valacyclovir, Denavir (penciclovir), Valtrex or acyclovir (Zovirax)), at least a week BEFORE your proposed procedure.
- Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face/skin
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to treatment
- Do not work out the day of the procedure
- Do not have botox 3 weeks prior
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor colour deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee or any caffeine before your procedure
- Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
Now that you know what NOT to do, it’s time to share my secret recipe for amazing PMU results! I love a good acronym so here’s one to help you out, just think of A – W – M which stands for Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!
To make sure your lips heal properly and avoid any complications, you need to follow a lip blush aftercare routine for a few days after the procedure. Here’s what you have to do.
Some general rules for the first 7-10 days, or until the peeling is over:
- Don’t touch your lips or pick at the scabs or skin that starts peeling off. Picking can cause scarring or loss of colour.
- Don’t get the lips soaking wet – no long hot showers, no swimming, no excessive sweating (this includes saunas and steam baths). Refrain from working out.
- Don’t get toothpaste on your lips.
- Don’t put any makeup or care products (including sunscreen) on the area beside the prescribed aftercare ointment.
- Don’t eat spicy or very salty foods – they’ll sting.
- Don’t drink anything too hot – it’ll trigger swelling.
- Don’t drink alcohol – it will burn and dry out your lips further.
- Don’t expose your lips to the sunlight. No tanning in the sun or in tanning beds for 3-4 weeks.
- Don’t sleep on your face.
- Use fresh pillow.
- Don’t get teeth whitening.
- No facials, botox, chemical treatments, or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
HERE IS A UNIVERSAL WET HEALING ROUTINE WRITTEN BY THE POPULAR PMU HUB ABOUT PREPARATION & AFTERCARE
Lip Blush Aftercare Routine – Day by Day
Your freshly tattooed lips are swollen and the color is quite intense.
You need to start your lip blush aftercare routine as soon as half an hour or so after the treatment. The skin starts oozing lymph and you need to blot it off frequently to prevent a thick scab from forming.
Blot the area with a cotton pad dampened with sterile water every 30 minutes, or as often as your artist advises. Apply a thin layer of the aftercare ointment prescribed by your artist.
Refrain from eating for a few hours. Drink through a straw.
If you experience intense swelling, an ice pack may help. If you experience any pain, check with your artist if you can take an Ibuprofen.
The swelling should subside by day 2, and your lips will start peeling.
The peeling will last for about 7 days, and once the scabby film falls off, the lip tattoo aftercare is over. For most people, it’s day 10 after the procedure, but if they’re still peeling at this point, keep it up until it stops.
Clean your lips after every meal – at least once a day – with a mild alcohol-free soap approved by your artist and warm water. Do not rub and be very gentle. Make it quick and dry the lips by tapping them with a cotton pad or a clean towel.
Apply the prescribed ointment after every cleaning, and whenever you feel your lips are getting tight and dry. Keeping them covered with a layer of aftercare cream prevents heavy scabbing, and protects the area from external contamination.
Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine you will have much better results with your microblading procedure. Don’t forget your new favourite acronym: AWM – Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!
Important note about showering:
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face, or procedure area, should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
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