Cosmetic Tattoo Pre & After Care


Small Details Make a BIG Difference to your results!

What to do Before & After your Permanent Makeup Procedure

The following is tried and tested. Please follow the advice to avoid disappointment.

To help you get the best results possible from your PMU procedure I’ve outlined my lessons learned and provided a formula that will help to ensure you get the best results possible.

The Prep:

Preparation for Permanent Make Up is like priming for a work of art, be it on a canvas or on your face!

You will get much better results when you properly prep. It all starts with a good base to work with! The procedure area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure.

  • Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the 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 or Laser 2 weeks prior

  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)

  • Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure.

  • Advise your technician of any medications when booking in, you may require a Dr clearance!

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)

AMW = Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!

The day of the treatment: Absorb

In the first 24 hours of your treatment, gently blot the area with the Phi Wipes provided to absorb/remove any excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph which will turn into a scab if not removed.

Days 1-7: Wash

Wash with extreme care daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don't worry...THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)

Gently wash your procedure area each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena. With a very light touch, use a very clean cotton pad to gently cleanse the affected area. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.

Days 1-7: Moisturize

Apply a rice grain amount of Phi Balm ointment supplied to you with a cotton ear bud and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.

✨ DID YOU KNOW? Phi Balm can be used anywhere on the body including eyebrows, eyes, lips, areola, scar tissue, etc. The directions for use are the exact same for all skin types.

AWM should have you covered, but here are some extra tips to help with a smooth and easy recovery:

Important Reminders

  • Use a fresh pillowcase

  • Let any light scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of colour

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after treatment

  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors along with SPF sunblock provided.

  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days

  • Avoid swimming, beach, hot tubs for the first 10 days

  • Avoid topical makeup including non-supplied sunscreen on the area

  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area

Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine you will have much better results with your Cosmetic Tattoo procedure. Don’t forget your new favourite acronym: AWM - Absorb, Wash, Moisturise!

Important note about showering:

Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam for the first week. 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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