PRE-PROCEDURE & AFTERCARE
Eyelash Extensions Aftercare Guide
Thank you for choosing Kat Eyes Eyelash Extensions!
Enjoy your beautiful new Eyelash Extensions with little need to adjust your lifestyle. Proper care and maintenance of your new lashes will ensure beautiful and long-lasting results!
During the first 24 hours
It takes 24 hours for the adhesive to cure (dry) thoroughly and yield a strong, durable bond. During this time, the adhesive bond is vulnerable to moisture, steam, excessive heat, cosmetic ingredients coming into contact with the adhesive bond, and friction from rubbing and cleansing.
The following activities will result in a weaker bond, premature eyelash extension loss and/or irritation, and therefore should be avoided during the first 24 hours:
- Showering or wetting your eyelashes
- Exposure to heat, steam, sauna, and friction
- Application of eye and eyelash cosmetics
- Sleeping on side or stomach
- Receiving chemical treatments, such as eyelash tinting or perming
- Receiving irritating eye-area treatments, such as strong chemical peels, skin-resurfacing procedures, eyebrow waxing or laser treatments
After the first 48 hours
After the first 48 hours, although the adhesive has fully cured, persistent exposure to moisture, steam, heat, incompatible cosmetics, and friction from rubbing and cleansing may impact the durability of the adhesive bond.
The following activities will weaken the adhesive bond and result in premature eyelash extension loss, and therefore should be avoided:
- Excessive exposure to heat, steam, sauna and friction
- Use of oil-based eye care products on or near your eyelash extensions, such as eye creams, eye serums, Vaseline and cleansers.
- Use waterproof cosmetic products on or near the lashes, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner
- Excessive mascara application
- Use of mechanical curlers
- Picking or pulling on your eyelashes
- Excessively rubbing your eyes
Proper care and maintenance
- Cleanse your eyelashes and your eyelids daily to maintain healthy and beautiful lashes and lash follicles. Use Kat Brown Klean to gently cleanse, remove eye makeup and mascara.
- Groom your eyelashes daily using an eyelash wand to style your eyelash extensions into place.
- Use Kat Eyes Eyeliner and Mascara, developed specifically to be compatible with Kat Eyes Eyelash Extensions. Although mascara is not necessary, Kat Eyes Mascara can be used sparingly on the tips of your eyelash extensions only, to achieve an even more dramatic look. You may also use Kat Eyes Mascara on your lower lashes.
PRE- AND POST-CARE INSTRUCTIONS
When scheduling an appointment date for a permanent makeup procedure, keep in mind the healing time of the procedure. You will need a few days afterward without social plans or strenuous activity. You will not look your best (swelling, oozing, & looks like wet paint) so plan activities around the house. Plan a shopping trip ahead of time for items you will need: ointments, straws, napkins for blotting, Q-tips, OTC pain reliever, prescriptions, a good book or movies. Get ahead on your dirty work - no lawn mowing or chores that will get dirt/bacteria on the healing area. Do not have a procedure right before going on vacation because 1) you need healing time – you will not look like you had a makeover at the mall, 2) you may not be able to avoid sun, wind, or other items listed in post-care instructions, 3) if you had a question or permanent makeup problem it would be best to be near your permanent makeup artist and local physician. Do not wear your good clothes for the procedure because pigment might splatter on them. Pigment washes out of most clothes, but not your favorite ones. Wear something comfortable.
The brow area numbs easily and the procedure doesn't take long. Permanent eyeliner procedures benefit most from relaxation because some people cannot control the squeeze & flinch protective reflexes for the eyes and might cause an error or injury.
Patients on prescription medications should check with their doctor regarding interactions, especially those on heart meds or blood thinners. Some medications and herbs can increase swelling and bleeding. Never discontinue a medication your doctor has recommended for you without consulting him or her.
Antihistamines like Benedryl taken before the procedure may reduce swelling and help you relax. Benedryl also helps eyes not be so watery during eyeliner procedures. Watery eyes can dilute the pigment that is being implanted. Permanent eyebrow swelling is mild and barely noticeable. Permanent eyeliner swelling is moderate.
- Do not take Ibuprofen or blood thinner for 3 days prior
- Do not wear contact lens during the procedure or for 24 hrs after.
- Bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive.
- Do not dye or perm lashes for 2 days prior.
- Do not use eyelash curler the day of the procedure.
- If you have had any type of eye surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent eyeliner procedure. Most physicians are giving a 2 month ok after cataract, lasik and blepharoplasty.
- Do not take Ibuprofen or blood thinner for 3 days prior
- Do not tweeze, wax, or dye brows for 2 days prior.
- Electrolysis should not be done for a week prior.
GENERAL PERMANENT MAKEUP POST-PROCEDURE AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Cold packs have not shown to make a noticeable difference in reducing permanent makeup swelling, but they feel good on the skin and are a comfort measure. Cooling a skin wound is beneficial; freezing it is not. Using refrigerator temperature cold packs is safer for damaged dermis than freezer temperature cold packs. The traumatized tissue is already in a delicate condition and can get frost damage. Slight cooling of the skin a few times after a permanent makeup procedure can be done by applying wet tea bags, cloths, or gel compresses that were placed in the refrigerator (not freezer) in a ziplock bag. If you like to use bags of frozen peas, place a wet washcloth between your skin and the bag. Clients that leave it alone and let nature take its course heal better than the ones that frantically try to help the process. Cold packs are contraindicated for anyone with poor skin circulation, Raynaud’s, cold allergy/ cold urticaria, and other skin/ vascular/ blood disorders that react to cold temperatures.
Inappropriate/overuse use of ice packs on fragile facial skin may cause cryotherapy complications. The freezing can cause ice crystals to form in the skin cells and damage them. Additional swelling can rush in after removal of the ice pack as skin warms. In short, your efforts to reduce swelling with repeat freeze-warm cycles can have the opposite effect and increase swelling. The ice pack initiates primary constriction of blood vessels, then in response, vessels dilate and the area swells (reactive hyperemia of skin microcirculation). Oxygen is needed to heal wounds. Prolonged application of extreme cold reduces the blood flow that brings oxygen to the skin cells and may cause wound hypoxia and acidosis. A certain amount of skin perfusion pressure (SPP) is needed to maintain transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcPO2) for healing. Hypothermia increases risk of infection by reducing tissue oxygenation in hypoperfused tissues. Oxidative killing by neutrophils is a defense against pathogens, and rate of bacterial killing depends on sufficient tissue oxygenation.
- A permanent makeup procedure is the equivalent of a skin-deep wound - like a scratch you might get around the house. Expect it to ooze a little, scab a little, and heal in a similar time frame.
- May cool the skin a few times after permanent makeup procedure with cold pack (or wet and chill chamomile tea bags) for 10 min. every couple of hours the first day. Don’t overdo it. May switch to warm moist pack (or tea bags) after the second day.
- Keep moist with healing ointment at all times while outer healing occurs (7-10 days)
- Notify permanent makeup artist or physician at first sign of allergic reaction or infection. If you suspect a problem is developing, the first thing to do is switch the type of ointment you are using. The ointment is often causing the problem. An occasional slight healing itch is normal. Constant intense itching, abnormal thick yellow discharge, yellow crust, hot burning pain, lumps, bumps and blisters are not normal.
- Avoid strenuous activity for 2 days. Increased blood pressure and dilated blood vessels increases swelling and oozing. Also, sweat running into a wound stings.
- No Scrubbing. Do not rub, wipe, or scratch area. Use patting motions only.
- Keep area clean. Blot or rinse off oozing. Soap/cleansers may be used as long as they are not alcohol based and do not have anti-aging acids or acne acids in it. Some cleansing chemicals might burn or bleach. If you wouldn’t use a product on any other type of injury, don’t use it on the healing permanent makeup. Rinse and pat dry.
- Do not expose the area to full pressure of the shower. You don’t want the water to beat on it, but water will not erase the tattoo despite the myths being told. Not keeping it clean sets it up for infection. Germs love the extra warmth generated by inflamed tissue, and they like the moistness provided by the oozing and ointment. Germs will be breeding in it. Clean it and keep ointment on it. Scabs that dry out take longer to heal off.
- Do not smash your face in a pillow while sleeping, especially the first couple of days. The skin is drilled full of holes and can tear or kink. The compressed tissue does not get adequate flow of blood and oxygen. The dependent side swells more, can ooze more, and have more color loss.
- Do not peel or pick at crust, this could cause pigment loss, scarring, and delayed healing.
- Do not expose to sun or tanning bed while outer healing progresses. Use of sunblock after healing is completed will help prevent premature fading.
- Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water for 2 weeks.
- Avoid environments that would cause dirt or germs to contact area while healing.
- Do not apply topical cosmetics over area while healing.
- Ibuprofen or your favorite pain reliever may be used to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Final healed result is at about 2 months. If a touchup is needed, it is not done any sooner than 2 months after the first procedure. Performing a touchup too early could cause scarring. Some colors (especially eyebrow colors) take that long or longer to see how they are going to settle in and look. Free touchup period is with 3 months.
- Many anti-aging products and services containing acids, lighteners, and exfoliates cause premature fading of pigment. Avoid pigmented area. Stay about 1/4 inch away from permanent makeup.
- Do not use laser hair removal or foto-facial too close to pigmented area to avoid an accidental hit. Most laser operators know how protect a permanent makeup tattoo from the light by placing a tongue blade perpendicular/ 90° right angle against the edge of the brow or lip.
Specifics For EYELINER
- Do not wear contact lenses during the procedure or for 24 hours after.
- Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be light sensitive or even dilated immediately after. The sunglasses are also handy for hiding puffy eyes.
- Do not dye, perm, or use eyelash curler for 2 weeks.
- Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete (7-10 days). Most clients are returning to work in 2 days and are non-compliant about this, so at least begin with a new tube of mascara due to risk of bacterial presence in used tubes. Stay a little farther out on the lashes, not too close to the liner. Remove with vaseline or baby oil without rubbing it into the liner.
- Eyes will be swollen for a few days. Eyes may feel dry or irritated. Lubricating refresher drops may be used.
Specifics For EYEBROWS
- Do not dye, wax, tweeze or use electrolysis for 2 weeks in the cosmetic tattoo area. You can tweeze outside / around the permanent makeup.
- It can take a little time for the eyebrow tattoo to soften up, and to see how the color is going to do. After the skin is healed over you can put brow powder on it to mask it while waiting. Many women buy eyeshadow to use as brow powder because there are more tones available. Just make sure it is matte and doesn’t have sparkles in it
Chemical Peel Pre and Post-Care
- Absolutely do not go to a tanning salon for at least 3 weeks before or after a treatment.
- Discontinue use of Retin-A, Renova, Differin or any derivative of Vitamin A for 5 days before and after your treatment.
- Most patients who undergo these treatments have minimal redness for 1-12 hours. Due to the nature of these treatments, you may experience light flaking for a couple of days. Your skin may feel tight and dry. Apply moisturizer as frequently as needed.
- Unless recommended by your technician, do not apply topical medications, AHA or BHA products to the area for 5-7 days after your treatment, as they may be irritating.
- It is recommended that you do not apply makeup the day of your treatment. It is ideal to allow the skin to stabilize and rest overnight. Makeup can be applied if necessary.
- Follow your appropriate home care regimen as directed by your technician. Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat for at least 7 days (getting overheated internally can cause hyperpigmentation). Always use sunscreen/sunblock for your protection. Do not pick or pull at any loose skin, as this can cause hyperpigmentation or scarring.
- Do not have electrolysis, use chemical depilatories or wax the treated area for at least 7 days.
For the next 2 days:
- Do not apply ice or ice water to the treated areas. Vinegar soaks may be used if needed.
- Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use a steam room, Jacuzzi, or sauna.
- Do not go swimming.
- Do not participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
- Do not use a Buff-Puff or other means of mechanical exfoliation.
- Do not direct a hair dryer onto treated areas.