1. Change your pillow case and use a clean towel to protect the first few nights during healing
2. Wash your face with antibacterial soap as soon as you get home being careful not to touch your tattoo with your hands. At this step do not be concerned with the water touching your tattoo when you rinse the soap as it will not be that much. The ointment placed before you leave the clinic will serve to protect them. To help reduce swelling and stop any bleeding that could lead to scabs, within 1 hour, using only slight pressure, apply an ice treatment to procedure area. Do not put ice directly on site. A Bag of crushed ice or A bag of frozen peas works best on the face. Place a paper towel between the bag and the skin. Do this 5-15 minutes on and off for an hour. If swelling is evident, do ice treatment again the next day morning and night.
3. Apply a THIN film of Aquaphor, in between each 15 minute round of the ice using only slight pressure. Pull the paper towel away and check for progress. Reapply thin layer or Aquaphor and continue for another 15 minutes up to 1 hour. Apply Aquaphor before bed and before you get into the shower for the next three days being careful not to get them wet. Reapply Aquaphor before bedtime the first two nights. On day 4-10 moisturize with grape seed oil(THIN layer) 2-3 Xs per day as needed to improve the over drying of skin and to help reduce itching sensation during the day. After 10 days, you can use your face moisturizer or sunscreen as needed to help your skin return to its normal state.
4. Protect yourself from sunlight until tattoo is healed, at least 10 days. Absolutely no makeup should be applied to the treated area for at least 10 days.
5. No getting your tattoo directly wet for 10 days post procedure: no water, pool, ocean, Jacuzzi, sauna, hot tub, sun (heat)30 days before & 30 days after, sweating (of any kind), yoga, swimming, or gym/exercise for 10 days. No tanning, tanning beds, retinols/anti-aging creams for 30 days before the procedure and for 30 days after. If you work out regularly, your results will heal more to a powdered look due to the sweating and oils the body produces when it gets heated/sweaty. showers are fine but get in and out and try to keep as dry as possible.
6. Do not rub, pick, or scratch the treated area while it is healing. Uneven/loss of color and/or infection could occur. Do Not use any lotions with alpha hydroxyl or retinol A in it. Do Not use antibacterial ointments.
7. Extreme sun and exposure over the years can and will fade your tattoo. This can be minimized by using a strong sunscreen, at least SP25 (Yes, even in the fall/winter). No tanning 30 days prior to procedure or after procedure.
8. Start washing your eyebrows again gently on day 11 but do not scrub aggressively.
9. Your tattoo should heal in 2 weeks. Consult a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: redness at site, green/yellow discharge (foul smelling) and/or fever.