After the procedure, you may experience redness, swelling or tenderness at the pigmented site, but generally these are minimal effects. You may want to apply a cool compress to the site or take an over the counter painkiller. The pigmented site is always covered with an ointment containing an antibiotic. We prefer the use of bacitracin zinc, available at most pharmacies. Occasionally we cover the area with a cotton guaze dressing. For the best results, following the specific aftercare directions we give you will help it heal best. It is best to not disturb the site by scrubbing and washing the site more than recommended. Applying the topical antibiotic for five to seven days will be the best way to ensure normal healing and retention of the implanted pigments. Of course, for any eye procedure, it is necessary to avoid applying cosmetics on the site and forgo contact lenses for one week. We will provide any specific instructions particular to you at the time of your procedure. For the long term, avoiding sun and wearing sun block daily can help protect against fading. For the best results, it is imperative to wear an approved sun product on a daily basis. Failure to do so may result in fading. We carry various sun protection products in our office that can help your results last longer and protect your skin.
Risks versus Benefits of Micro-Pigmentation
Micro-pigmentation is a relatively simple, safe and comfortable procedure. However, with any invasive procedure, there is a possibility of complications including but not limited to, infection, swelling, bruising, rash, tenderness and allergy to the pigment or topical used during the procedure. Although we have performed many procedures successfully, we may not be able to recommend it to you. If you have had radiation treatments or previous scarring or need further surgery we suggest delaying micro-pigmentation. Please advise us thoroughly about your health history and any medications you are taking.
The most common misconception about micro-pigmentation is that it is permanent. It is permanent in the respect that it will not wash off like cosmetics. But it cannot be considered permanent because pigments eventually fade and may even disappear. Fading can occur within a year while some people experience no fading even after five or more years. Fading is more common in the eyebrow area, and the nipple areola complex. Pigments generally are retained on the lid margin as eye enhancement for years longer. The oiliness of your skin may contribute to loss of pigments or if you do not comply to use a daily SPF over the treated area. When fading occurs, most people choose to have a touch up of the pigmentation. This will incur an additional charge.
Colors of pigments placed within the skin can and do look different from one person to another. This is because each individual’s body chemistry is unique and their skin tone/color differs, as well as how this may affect fading. It is possible that colors will appear different than anticipated by you. We will make every effort to help you select the best shade and color that will be the most attractive.
For all micro-pigmentation procedures, you will need to refrain from taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medicines as well as alcohol prior to the appointment. For procedures involving the eyes, make-up and contact lenses should not be worn the day of your appointment. You may need to arrange for transportation that day. We will provide any instructions specific to you if warranted.