CTM Aftercare Instructions



AVOID for 2 weeks: NO soap, cleansers, swimming, sun, saunas, makeup and excessive sweating.

  • No scratching or picking, just tap the area if itchy, as you don’t want to scratch pigment away.
  • No facials, Botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks



  • Apply sunblock daily. Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and colour change.
  • Avoid Glycolic Acid or Peels if you want to keep your tattoo. Anything with active ingredients will lighten the colour with continuous use. Check moisturisers and cleansers as they can also fade tattoo colour if they contain Vitamins or AHA’s.


  • Dry Healing brings out the best results. If advised by the tattooist, put aftercare ointments provided 1-2 times a day or just when needed.
  • Brows should heal within 3-5 days.


  • Avoid spicy foods, lipsticks, gloss, hot drinks, red wine, kissing or citrus drinks for 5 days.
  • Use a cold pack if required. Cover so it doesn’t freeze the lips
  • Your lips will be very dry. It’s important to keep them moist with CTM aftercare. If you have dry pieces of skin do not pull or pick at them let the lips exfoliate naturally.
  • You still may get a cold sore after the tattoo even if you have never in the past as the virus may be living dormant in your system. If so take over the counter Famvir, a prescription from your Dr. of Valtrex or L-lysine. Also can alternate application with your aftercare cream and Zovirax.
  • Continue to constantly hydrate the lips to prepare for your 2nd procedure.


The eye area will feel like windburn, avoid rubbing your eyes. Eyeliner usually heals within about 3 days. The thickness will shrink and it won’t be as dark once healed. Remember any adjustments in thickness and colour will be made at your second appointment.

  • NO mascara or eye make-up for 7 days.
  • Ice or use eye drops if necessary.
  • No wearing contact lenses for 3 days.
  • Use aftercare cream if sore, otherwise, not to worry.


  • Due to slight swelling your tattoo may not look symmetrical after the procedure – not to worry, this will settle once the swelling goes down.
  • Colours will appear darker/brighter and more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. Colours will lighten and soften in 3- 5 days.
  • When the pigment settles, clients often think the colour is lost or has lightened too much, please be patient, as you can’t judge the true colour til week 4. Colour will continue to come and go based on the stages of exfoliation and healing.
  • It is completely normal to lose up to 50% of the colour in the first session, please don’t worry, that is why we have a perfecting session.
  • You cannot donate blood for 6 months following any cosmetic tattoo procedure.
  • Change your pillowcase to avoid any contact with dust or bacteria.


TOUCH UPS – MUST be booked between 4-8 weeks

  • Touch up cannot be done until the skin has finished healing which is 4 weeks.
  • Any adjustments to colour and shape are made on your second visit, please be patient.
  • It is essential that you book in for your perfecting session 4- 8 weeks after your first initial consultation. Failure to book in will result in an overall impact on our ability to guarantee the longevity of your tattoo and will take the technician longer to complete.
  • Tattooing is a two-step procedure, to perfect your new tattoo you will need your perfecting session.


*** If left any longer than 4-8 weeks ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY.


ONGOING TOUCH UPS: Take into consideration that everyone’s skin takes tattoo pigment differently. Lifestyle will also be a contributing factor, hence people will need touch-ups at different stages.


Hair stroke: 8-14 months Powder Brow: 1-2 years Lips & Eyeliner: 2-3 years. Touch-ups are charged at $150 hour and can usually complete in 1-2 hours


We are here for you and urge you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We truly want all of our clients happy and rest assured they will have the best outcome. Even though we discuss the aftercare and provide the sheet – its still good to hear it. xxx