Care to be taken after micropigmentation: How to avoid complications?


Did you just do micropigmentation? Great! Now is the time to take good care of your skin to ensure a beautiful and long-lasting result. It can be hard to know where to start, but don't worry. I'll show you the care you should take after micropigmentation and how to avoid complications and get the perfect result!

Micropigmentation is a semi-permanent make-up technique that consists of applying pigments to the skin, with the aim of improving the appearance of eyebrows, lips, eyes or any other area that you want to correct.

This procedure, like any other aesthetic procedure, although considered safe, is not completely risk-free. Therefore, after micropigmentation, it is essential to follow all the care indicated by the professional, ensuring proper healing, durability and quality of the result.


What care to take after micropigmentation?

Know that each case is different. However, there are general care that everyone should take after undergoing a procedure such as micropigmentation. Among the most common care are:

  • Avoid getting the pigmented area wet, at least for the first 24 hours after the procedure. This includes baths, swimming pools, saunas or any activity that makes you sweat and wets the pigmented area.
  • Apply healing or moisturizing cream to the pigmented area, according to the instructions provided by the professional who performed the micropigmentation. The cream will help keep the area hydrated, fight itchiness and speed up the healing process.
  • Avoid scratching or touching the pigmented area too much. Scratching can remove pigment, impair healing, and even cause infections.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure on the pigmented area. Always use a sunscreen with a high protection factor and avoid direct sun exposure during the first two weeks after the procedure.
  • Do not apply any kind of make-up under the pigmented area until healing is complete.
  • Do not scratch, pull or shave the pigmented area during the healing process (link para o artigo das fases da micropigmentaĆ§Ć£o). This can cause loss of pigmentation and bring complications to healing.
  • Schedule the touch-up for 30 days after the procedure, to ensure that the pigment has set properly and to achieve a perfect and long-lasting result.


How to prolong the result of micropigmentation?

Some micropigmentation jobs can last up to 2 years, depending on the area where the procedure was performed and the client's skin type. Even so, there are precautions you can take to help keep the pigmented area healthy and prolong the duration of the result, such as:

  1. Avoid using products with glycolic acid or salicylic acid, retinol and benzoyl peroxide on the newly pigmented area. Products with these chemicals in their composition can fade the pigment.
  2. Do not exfoliate the pigmented area during the healing process. This can impair healing and strip your skin of pigment.
  3. Avoid wearing clothes or accessories that could come into contact with the pigmented area and consequently cause irritation.
  4. Avoid sun exposure and do not have tanning sessions until the pigmented area is completely healed. Sunlight can damage your skin, fade pigment, and lead to other complications during healing. Therefore, apply sunscreen with a high protection factor whenever you go out in the sun.
  5. Keep the pigmented area well hydrated. You can use a fragrance-free moisturizing cream or a healing ointment, as instructed by the professional who performed the procedure.


How to avoid complications associated with micropigmentation?

As we have already seen, although micropigmentation is considered a safe procedure, there may be complications, such as infections, allergies, scars or premature disappearance of the pigment.

Here are some tips for you to successfully avoid possible complications associated with micropigmentation:

  • Choose an experienced and qualified professional to perform the procedure. Don't know where to look, take note of my tips.
  • Always let the professional know about any medical conditions you have, such as allergies, skin conditions, or what medications you are taking. In this way, the professional will be able to perform the procedure in complete safety, helping to avoid related complications.
  • Follow all the professional's indications about the care to be taken after the procedure.
  • Avoid scratching or rubbing the pigmented area, as this can cause infections or damage the skin.
  • Avoid exposing the pigmented area to direct sunlight. The sun can fade the pigment and cause skin damage.
  • Do not use products that contain acids or other ingredients that could irritate the pigmented area.
  • Avoid activities that make you sweat, such as strenuous exercise or wearing tight clothing.
  • Never try to remove the pigment yourself, you will be causing damage to the skin and could be left with permanent scars. If the result is not what you expected, contact the professional and find a solution with someone who knows best.

By following these tips, you will be able to avoid complications associated with micropigmentation and you will have the best possible results!

Very important! If you have any questions about the care to be taken after the procedure or notice any irregularities, changes in the color or appearance of the pigmented area and unusual inflammation, contact the professional who performed the procedure.


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