It was brought to my attention the other day that some ladies out there would like some information on what to expect after their semi-permanent make-up. This makes sense to me, and could make the difference as to whether or not one would go ahead with such a procedure, and when.

Before I talk about ‘after care’, I should mention that if you have an important event coming up and you suddenly think “oh I should get some cosmetic tattoo done because we’ll be eating and drinking, celebrating and so on (hey, maybe it’s your wedding day!) and I want to look great the whole time” –  it’s a good idea to plan your first cosmetic tattoo appointment at least 2-3 weeks before the special event, and several weeks before full lip procedure. Why? Your new make-up does require a healing period, and care and common sense over this time is important for the best results.

After your first session which includes a consultation, a second meeting  is made to check the finer details of the work and to look at colour depth, shape and design.  You see, a repeat of the first procedure means deeper, stronger colour and the special flicks, or tasteful wings (for eye liner) or other details you decide on, are often best done at this appointment.

Recognise that to get the desired results of Cosmetic Tattoo require time and attention to detail.

Now, here’s your after care –

Cleansing & Moisturising

Use only water to cleanse the area for the first four days. For example, no cleansers or moisturisers and no oil. Healing balm will be given to you at the completion of the treatment and other ointment or balm may be recommended. Vasoline is also ideal.


It is quite normal for the pigment to peel. this occurs during the first week. The degree of peeling may vary. Do not ‘help’ the peeling process in any way. No scratching please.


Swelling may occur on the areas which have been treated, such as eyelids and lips. Brows rarely swell.
This usually subsides with a few hours and need not interfere with your normal home/work activities. Applying ice compresses to the area will sooth it and aid swelling.

Lip Line, Lip Blend & Full Lip

Those prone to Herpes Simplex (cold sores) should take L-Lysene for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after the procedure as a preventative. Also applying Zovirax will help. Keep lips moist and avoid lipstick for the first week where possible. 

 As a remarkable booster to aid healing and general health, I’ve always endorsed ‘Vital Greens’.

Your micro-pigmentation (cosmetic tattoo) will be treated with photonic light therapy for speedy healing before you leave. 

I hope this has been a help ladies, and gentlemen too!