What should I do at home after the micropigmentation procedure?

You will be sent home the same day. You should expect swelling in the treated region. Your doctor or specialist will instruct you on how often you should ice the area and what type of ointment you can apply to the area.

If you are having the procedure performed in your eye region, you should plan to have someone drive you to the office and home again.

You may experience tearing, which is normal. The pigmentation typically will appear darker in the weeks following the procedure, but will fade over time.

Follow your doctor's instructions on what to avoid (such as peroxide) or sunlight. Either of these can damage your new look.

Contact your doctor immediately if:

  • You experience excessive swelling.
  • You develop a fever or rash.
  • The area feels excessively hot or burns.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/15/2016.


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