Permanent Make Up aftercare is essential to proper healing and favorable end results. During the PMU process very fine needles will be breaking the skin and inserting the color pigment. This will leave the skin tender, possibly swollen and will produce some scabbing. It is important to follow aftercare instructions as closely as possible to avoid further damage to the skin, risk of infection and loss of color.
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After any PMU procedure you will experience some swelling, irritation, and potentially bruising.
It is extremely important not to pick, scrub, or otherwise exfoliate the area. Doing so can pull out some of the pigment and cause scarring.
Do not over saturate the area. Leave your PMU clean and dry, lightly moisturizing if needed. If the area is too saturated it can cause thick scabbing, and the moist, sticky environment is prone to catching and trapping dirt, germs and bacteria which can lead to infection.
Do not over clean- a gentle cleanser without colors or fragrances, or a clean q-tip with plain cold water, blot or air dry.
Do not use traditional makeup, powders, or lotions with colors or fragrance until the scabs are off and the procedure has healed.
Do not get a facial, wax the area, use facial scrubs, chemical peels, fillers, or lasers until the procedure has completely healed. **Some facial lasers and other facial procedures can cause the pigments to react, please let your technician know that you have had a PMU procedure before getting those services.
Leave the area as clean and dry as possible. If the area feels too dry, tight, or itchy you can lightly moisturize it, as needed. Wash your hands before applying a small amount of grape seed oil (supplied at appointment) and gently rub in a thin layer, blot off excess.
Apply a cold compress at least 3-4 times after your procedure. Do not wear eye makeup until you are completely healed. You can expect more swelling in the AM; use a clean, cold compress. Eyedrops can be used to sooth any irritation in the eye. DO NOT rub your eyes, scabs or pigment in the eye can cause irritation or abrasions. Rinse with cool water or an eye wash. You should wait 24 hours before using contacts.
Your lips will feel dry and chapped. Clean lips with a q-tip and cold water. At the time of your appt you will be given a bottle of grapeseed oil with liquid numbing in it. Apply a small drop as often as needed to sooth your lips. LOTS of ice to sooth and keep inflammation down. Do this for the first 1-3 days. On the 3rd or 4th day when the lips begin to scab a little, switch to the AfterInked ointment in your aftercare package. Be sure to blot of excess and do not allow the lips to become wet or “mushy”. Try to keep the lips as clean as possible and use a straw for drinking. Avoid contact with acidic foods or beverages, spicy foods, all surfaces and body fluids until the scabs are gone. Avoid smoking.
It is difficult to not talk, drink or eat while the procedure heals, so do so carefully and avoid over stretching the mouth, which can cause the scabs to rip or bleed. Moisturizing will help remedy this.
Although rare, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the PMU pigment. Usually this will result in a reaction much like a bug bite or bee sting. You may also experience excessive scabbing which will result in some color loss. Most people experiencing an allergic reaction are able to have a touch up procedure without any further reaction. Likewise, those who have had multiple procedures without a reaction can develop one. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction you can take an over the counter antihistamine like Benadryl. If the reaction persists or worsens, seek medical attention.