Pre-Treatment Care for PMU

Pre-Care before your PMU appointment:

  • No coffee, alcohol, caffienne, or energizing drinks 48 hours before procedure

  • Do not take Asprin, Niacin, Vitamin E , or Ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure

  • Avoid Fish Oil, and prenatal vitamins 2 weeks prior to procedure

  • Avoid sun and tanning on your face 2 weeks prior to procedure

  • Discontinue Retin-A, Chemical, Laser Peel, and any chemical exfoliant or "brightening" skincare at least 6 weeks prior (once your brows have healed, you must avoid use of these products on forehead area procedure to prevent premature fading)

  • Botox and filler on the forehead, temple, and eye area should be avoided 2 months prior to procedure for those who do not regularly receive injectables

  • Avoid the following herbs and spices 48 hours before procedure: ginger, cinnamon, garlic, black, and cayenne pepper

  • No brow waxing, tinting, or threading 1 week prior

  • Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days

  • Please note: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle

Pre-existing conditions that interfere with Semi-Permanent Make Up Tattoo to consider:

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding (treatment is possible, though anesthetic will not be possible)

  • On keloids or if you have tendency to keloid, birthmarks, or moles

  • Diabetic

  • Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctors note is required)

  • Circulatory disorders (doctors note is required)

  • Any bleeding disorders (doctors note is required)

  • you're taking blood thinning medication

  • Currently on Auccutane or other strong retinoids (must wait 6 months after treatment ends)

  • If any skin diseases symptoms or irritation appears on the area.

  • You've recently had Botox or Disport treatment (must wait 2 months)

  • Old PMU

  • You have a broken capillary in the eyebrows area

  • If you have a sunburn

  • After waxing (must wait 3 days)

  • After chemical peels (must wait 2 weeks)

After Care for PMU

Days 1-7: Keep them dry and clean.

Avoid getting your brows wet for the first week! That means avoid your brows in the shower as well! Avoid steam, make up around the brows, swimming, and sauna for 7 days. Getting them wet can cause pre-mature fading and discoloration. Keep the area clean, treat it like an open wound.

Days 1-7: Moisturize

Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area daily for the first week. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin an delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. Throughout the rest of the month, keep applying ointment as needed. The goal is to have your skin flake off naturally, rather than allowing it to form into large scabs.

What is to be avoided: During the first 7 days all the creams (except for protective one). All make up (including foundation) in the eyebrow area. Avoid workouts that involve a lot of sweating, sauna, facial massage, and steaming (inhalation). 

In the next 30 days avoid: Sunbathing, Solarium, Light Therapy, Chemical Peels, Fruit Acids, Microdermabrasion, products with Glycolic Acid, and creams that contain regeneration factors. Always avoid laser treatments over the treated area (Fraxel, Laser, IPL) because they can destroy the pigments and cause burns. Use of antibiotics and hormone therapy can lead to faster pigment fading. Always protect the eyebrows from the sun with SPFs (NOT during the first 7 days).

Remember: Do not pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring. Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment.

Important Reminders:

  • Use a fresh pillowcase

  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks

  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for 1 week

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors

  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the next 10 days

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days

  • Avoid swimming, lakes, oceans, and hot tubs for the first 10 days

  • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area

  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area

Important note about showering: Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair for the first week.

Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine, you will have much better results with your semi-permanent procedure.