There will be a little tenderness and possibly redness. You may also experience a white halo surrounding the area from the anesthetic that was used. It should subside within an hour or so.
Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers. They may have bacteria on them and create an infection. Always use a clean cotton swab or q-tip.
Apply a very, very thin coat of Bacitracin (if not allergic) or Vaseline ointment 2-3 times daily when needed for 7-10 days. If using Bacitracin, discontinue after the first 48 hours and switch to Vaseline for remaining days. If slight crust appears on the pigmented surface, do not force removal by picking or scratching. (You will remove pigment if you pick at it).
The procedure may have some peeling on or around the third day. This is a normal part of the healing process. DO NOT PICK! Picking can result in scarring and loss of color.
Do not apply makeup over healing areas. No tinting of brows. Avoid sun, saunas, and swimming (including chlorinated pools or Jacuzzis, the ocean, or recreational bodies of water), contact with animals or gardening for 7-10 days after the procedure.
Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing.
Use broad spectrum sunblock after area has healed to slow fading.
Do not use products containing AHA’s on or near pigmented areas including glycolic acid.
Avoid products containing Aloe Vera or vitamin E during the healing time.
Do not donate blood for one year after the procedure, per the Red Cross.
Follow up appointments should be scheduled between 4 to 6 weeks after the initial procedure. New procedures are a two step process and final results are sometimes not determined until the follow up visit is completed. Do not judge your procedure while it is in the healing process as it may require a follow up.
If you experience excessive itching, swelling, blistering, or other complications post procedure, stop using the aftercare product and call your physician and technician immediately. You may be allergic to the aftercare product.
If you have excessive redness, swelling or tenderness or any red streaks going from the procedure area to the heart, elevated temperature, or excessive drainage contact your physician and your technician as the area may be infected.