Healing Process, Post-treatment Care and its Impact on Makeup Longevity

Why is the permanent makeup post-treatment care so crucial? 

If you and your client want to achieve beautifully healed eyebrows without having to redo the whole procedure after a few weeks, a client should be acknowledged how to properly perform the post-treatment care. It plays a vital role in the whole process of the semi-permanent makeup. The way client takes care of it depends on the permanent makeup artist’s knowledge, experience and ability to convey the instructions properly. 

The permanent makeup procedure is the creation of a wound in which the healing process depends on a few individual and external factors that help determine the average time of healing and its efficiency. 

  • Age – as we know elderly people’s skin tends to heal longer than young people’s skin. Touch-up procedure cannot take place before the 28th day after the first procedure unless you have mature skin in which case we should lengthen this period of time to at least 6 weeks. 
  • Skin type – the Fitzpatrick 5&6 skin types are unfortunately more susceptible to scarring so when it comes to dark complexion we pigment the skin gently and lightly but it doesn’t mean that there is going to be little pigment left in the skin. Permanent makeup shouldn`t proceed on skin types with the tendency to colloids. 
  • Bandage – good air circulation allows our skin to breathe and the fresh blood to flow towards the injured area shortening further healing process. 
  • Estrogen level – estrogen has an impact on wounds and their healing process. It controls different types of genes that take part in regeneration. 
  • Diet – studies have shown that a well-balanced diet, especially high-protein products, zinc, vitamins A and C contribute to the healing process. 
  • Stress – according to some research, an unsettled immune system (stress has an immense impact) can cause a significant delay in the healing process of wounds. 
  • Diabetes – people suffering from diabetes have difficulties with wound healing. It takes much longer. 
  • Smoking cigarettes – smoking causes a delay of the wound’s healing process and in case of lips care increases the risk of complications such as infection or ruptures. 
  • Excessive physical activity – it can increase the chance of abrasion, scabs or an infection in the case of not following hygiene rules. Within the first week exercising at gyms should be avoided. 
  • Exposure to sunlight – tanning right after having the permanent makeup done can cause redness, blisters, skin inflammation which can potentially be the cause of scars and infections. Also, it can resolve the pigment, affect the pigment discoloration or the amount of remaining pigment.   
  • Medication – some kind of medication can contribute to inflammation or even make blood clots which significantly influence the healing process and the final result. If there are any doubts about the procedure when taking certain medications, it should be consulted with the doctor first. 

Proper post-treatment care ensures beautiful and semi-permanent healed makeup.

Freshly done makeup will keep losing its lymph and blood for the first 24-36 hours and it should be avoided. That’s why, for the first 3 days, you should cleanse your eyebrows with a damp cotton wool dipped in sterile water (boiled/mineral water or saline) around 3-5 times a day. Softly wipe the washed area with a tissue to leave it dry and clean. Apply the ointment always on your dry and clean tattoo (coconut oil/olive oil/vitamin A&E cream or the one recommended by your technician). If you have oily skin, not necessarily you would need to use the ointment. Never I would advise healing without ointment in case having sensitive / dry / mature / vascular skin, then it is a must. 

The area in which your semi-permanent makeup was done requires cleansing it frequently so the oozing lymph and blood aren’t trapped beneath the ointment. You have to be careful with the amount of ointment you keep applying on skin, use a really small amount of it to make a thin coat. You can wipe the excess of ointment with a tissue. Oozing lymph can cause inflammation, blisters and even infections cumulated under the excessive amount of ointment. 

Not everyone will experience scabs but if you do, then do not scratch or mechanically remove them! If scabs show up in the area where pigmentation was done, you have nothing to worry about because it’s a normal reaction of healing your wound. There is nothing wrong with the procedure. It is absolutely normal and you have nothing to worry about. In the area of freshly done pigmentation do not apply any makeup products besides the imposed ointment/cream for 7-10 days. 

Not only post-treatment advice but also a line of individual factors influence the final result as well as the longevity of semi-permanent makeup. 

To ensure a safe healing process of wound you ought to follow these few simple rules: 

  • New semi-permanent makeup areas must be protected against the sun (UV radiation) 
  • Places like swimming pools, solarium, sauna and gym should be avoided for 2 weeks after the procedure to minimize the risk of getting an infection (if you’re exposed to the sun, you must protect the place where your permanent makeup was done by putting an SPF cream on the area-not within first week) 
  • Any cosmetic or dental procedures should be postponed for 2 weeks after having SPMU. 
  • Dermal fillers or Botox injections shouldn`t be planned sooner than 6 weeks from SPMU.
  • No touching or scratching scabs on your new SMPU. 
  • Avoiding long hot showers, water and products getting to your SPMU different than recommended.