Aftercare for Eyeliner

Day 1, as soon as you get home, wash the treated area with neutral soap (Cetaphil or baby shampoo, for example). I recommend using sterile gauze or cotton swabs to dab clean and to dry. No scrubbing, rubbing, wiping, or scratching. Remove all lymph and previously applied ointment. When lymph secretion is left on the skin it will form a crust and not allow for breathing and healing. Please make sure skin is completely dry, and then apply a very thin layer or ointment provided by technician. For applying the ointment, I recommend using a clean Q-Tip. This layer of ointment should be so thin that it just moisturizes and allows area to breathe. Repeat this procedure every hour or so until bed. When going to bed, use a clean pillowcase.

Day 2, in the morning if your eyes are stuck together, use a wet Q-tip to gently separate. Do not rub, peel, or pick.

Day 3 -10, you should wash and apply ointment 2-4 times a day until completely healed. Everyone’s healing time is different, but you will know when there are no visible scabs. During the first 7-10 days, avoid workouts that involve a lot of sweating, sauna, facial massage. DO NOT pick any scabs or dry areas that may form. It may cause you to lose the pigment and damage your skin. Fading and loss of pigment is normal, and some flaking may occur. Often the pigment will fade and then reappear as it resurfaces. Any pigment loss will be recovered at 4-6 week touch up appointment.

Next 30 days, things to avoid: sunbathing, solarium, light therapies, chemical peelings, fruit acids, microdermabrasion, creams that contain regeneration factors. Always avoid laser treatments over the treated area during healing process (fraxel laser, IPL), because they can destroy the pigment and cause burns. Use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to faster pigment fading as well. Wear UV protected sunglasses if you plan to be in the sun for prolonged period. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure MRI scan please inform the technician of your permanent cosmetics. The use of Retin-A / Tretinoin of any other rapid skin exfoliation products on the eye area will cause the permanent makeup to fade prematurely. The use of chemical peels can also cause it to fade prematurely.

The Healing Process

Day 1-3

  • Eyes will feel sore and heaving. You may also experience redness and bloodshot eyes.
  • Swelling occurs up to 3 days after the procedure, especially in the morning.
  • The eyeliner will start to form scabs and they may look dark and thick.

Day 4-5

  • Swelling should be reduced, and eyes begin to feel normal again.
  • Flaking & crusting of the eyeliner may occur, and scabs peel off in random pieces and look patchy
  • The skin around the eyes may feel dry and itchy. Do not scratch or rub!
  • The aras without the scabs may appear lighting in color.

Day 6-14

  • Scabs continue to peel away, and some scabs are hanging or dried out on the eyelashes.
  • 70-100% of scabs should fall off during this time.
  • Color will look very light and the shape may look thinner.
  • Some areas may have lost more color compared to other areas.

Day 14-28

  • Color gradually darkens as the skin is completely healed.

Please remember that like any cosmetic procedure, this is a process. Do not expect immediate results and please be patient. It will be a few weeks before you can fully appreciate the final results.

Immediately after the procedure, the eyelids will be slightly swollen. Because of the swelling, the eyeliner will appear much thicker, and the shape can be distorted. The color will also appear to be extremely dark, even when soft colors are used. In 2-3 days, the liner will be reduced to the desired thickness and will be more even as the swelling goes down. The final result of the first treatment will be visible after 3-4 weeks when the pigment has stabilized and resurfaced in the skin.

Usually the exfoliation (peeling) process occurs about 4-5 days and will be complete at about 7-14 days. At that point, the contrast between the initial intense color and the new lighter color may be such that you may be disappointed. Do not worry. It is normal, and you will receive a second pigment application between 4-6 weeks. At that time shape and color can be adjusted to your liking. However, if you decide to go with a thicker liner during your touch-up session an additional paid session may be required to achieve desired results.

Following the procedure, you can expect any of the following: mild to moderate swelling, redness, bruising, and bloodshot eyes. If the swelling persists beyond 48 hours or becomes worse, or if the eyes become inflamed (red, itchy, watery, etc.) please seek medical attention. Please call us if this happens. This is a very rare occurrence, but it can develop in patients with extremely sensitive eyes.

Remember, place nothing on the treated area except your gentle soap to wash and aftercare ointment until fully healed (2 weeks). This means no creams, makeup, or water aside from recommended cleansing periods.