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Before and Aftercare


To increase comfort during your cosmetic tattooing experience the use of a topical anaesthetic is recommended.

Your comfort is our top priority! We recommend ordering the below medical-grade Anaesthetic, to ensure you’ll be totally comfortable throughout the entire treatment. With this, you’ll only feel a minor vibration in the area.

We work strictly within the legal compliance, so are unable to supply you with medical-grade pharmaceuticals however, we’ve made it super easy for you to arrange.

We recommend the below Pharmacy for the purchase of a topical anaesthetic formulation suitable for numbing your area(s) of treatment. The Pharmacist will assess your suitability for the use of anaesthetic and assist with your purchase.

Instructions will be included in your order.


  1. Keperra Compounding Pharmacy by clicking this link checklist
  2. Password is kcp2018
  1. When in the compound pharmacy link where the clinic name section is, please type IDesire Brows and clinic suburb, West Pennant Hills
  2. Products will be sent and safely stored at our studio.

*Please avoid purchasing numbing products from your local pharmacy, their products are generally half the strength of what we recommend.

Do not order more for your touch-up, as this formulation provides enough product for both treatments.

Treatment preparation

  • Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours prior to treatment.
  • Some medications may cause adverse effects, please call for further advice if you are currently taking any medication. A Doctor’s approval may be required before proceeding
  • Cease intake of fish oil supplements 1 week before treatment.
  • Take consideration of any upcoming social events or workout commitments for the week following your treatment.
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to conceive please call for further advice.
  • If the area you would like treated has an existing cosmetic tattoo, please call for further advice.
  • Protect the area from sun exposure 2 weeks prior to treatment.

Brow preparation

  • Have your brows waxed/tidied a week before treatment.
  • Do not wax or tint the brows within 3 days of treatment. No tinting until 4 weeks after.
  • Gently exfoliate the area for up to 3 days prior, ensure the skin is well nourished.
  • Do not use any brow-enhancing serums for at least 30 days before treatment
    Do come in with an open mind about the different techniques: after a thorough consultation, your artist will advise the most suitable option.
  • You will be advised not to wet your brows for 5 days following treatment, I recommend washing your hair the night before.

Brow aftercare

  • Gently clean the area with a damp cotton tip, prior to applying Aftercare products.
  • Dab the area with a clean tissue if necessary, to ensure the area is dry.
    Using another clean cotton tip, apply a very thin layer of Aftercare product to the area and allow it to dry.
  • Remove any excess product with the other end of your cotton tip.
    Do this before showering rather than after, so that the product can assist with protecting your healing Brows from water.
  • Do not saturate the area with water during healing, until the final scabs naturally fall off (1-2 weeks).
  • Avoid cleansers on or near the area during healing, once healed be cautious of exposing the area to intensive fading treatments such as chemical peels, micro-needling, retinol, and cosmeceutical grade products.
  • Once healing, minor patchiness in color may be present. This is normal and will be adjusted accordingly at the touch-up. I recommend wearing brow products to blend these areas until then.
  • Return for a touch-up at 4-8 weeks
  • Where did the color go? During the healing process, the tattooed area will become darker and minor scabbing will develop as new collagen-rich skin forms underneath. This new skin temporarily makes the pigment appear faded and dull. Within a week or two, the new skin will settle, and the color will return.
  • Protect and nourish this new skin as directed and the color will return within a few weeks.

Recommended aftercare products

  • Bepanthen: Antiseptic Cream (Purchase from Pharmacy)
  • Australian Colour Technologies (Professional In Store Purchase only)

Immediately after treatment

  • Do not touch the tattooed area with your fingers.
  • Gym/Exercise: The following activities should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment: cardio workout, excessive sweating, sauna, hot spa, and spray tanning.
  • For 2 weeks following treatment: avoid chlorinated and saltwater pools, high UV exposure, sun beds, and infra-red-light exposure.
  • Color will appear darker than desired for 5-7 days.
  • Avoid spray tanning the area until healed.
  • No water, soap, or cleansers on the treated area for 5 days.
  • Avoid makeup on the treated area until healed.
  • Do not pick the flaking skin or formed scabs.
  • It is recommended that you return for a perfection visit 4-8 weeks after your treatment, for any necessary adjustments.
  • Excessive exposure to the sun over time will cause fading, wear SPF where possible.
  • Certain chemicals in cleansers and moisturizers will accelerate fading and may discolor the tattoo: AHAs, BHAs, benzoyl peroxide, bleaching agents, and chemical peels must be kept away from the area.
  • Expected healing time: 5-8 days.
  • Try not to make any major social plans for the day/night of your treatment as the area can be a little red & sensitive after treatment.

Pre-Treatment Considerations

Existing cosmetic tattoos

May be considered correctional work and requires a ‘consultation only’ appointment first. Please DO NOT book the full treatment unless you have consulted one of our team regarding your existing cosmetic tattoos.


We do not tattoo during breastfeeding, please inquire if you’d like more information.


We do not tattoo during pregnancy.

Chemical peels

It is recommended not to undergo any chemical peels within 2-4 weeks of either side of a cosmetic tattoo treatment.

Skin care products

Cosmeceutical products containing the following ingredients should be avoided on the area for at least 5 days before treatment and 2 weeks after. NB Future use may accelerate fading of cosmetic tattoos:

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Glycolic, lactic acid), Vitamin C, Benzoyl Peroxide, Vitamin A, and Alcohol greater than 6%


Muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers: To ensure even distribution of any cosmetic injectable, minimise bruising, and a successful result, treatment should not be performed under two weeks before or after.

Eczema/ Dermatitis

Muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers: To ensure even distribution of any cosmetic injectable, minimise bruising, and a successful result, treatment should not be performed under two weeks before or after.

Accutane within the past 12 months.


Such as latex, rubber, medications, numbing agents, Phenylalanine (PPE): Please advise your cosmetic tattooist for further advice.


the area should be avoided a minimum of 4 weeks before treatment and must be completely avoided on any area that contains cosmetic tattoo pigment. Advise your laser/IPL therapist before undergoing treatments.

LED (Light Emitting Diode)

Assists with healing and may be beneficial after a treatment.

Facial surgery

Doctor’s permission must be sought before going ahead with a treatment after any recent facial surgery.

Topical Vitamin A

Retin-A, Tretinoin Preparations, Hydroquinone, Skin bleaching agents: may increase hypersensitivity, and the risk of scarring if used within 5 days of treatment.


avoid for at least 24 hrs before the procedure to avoid excessive bleeding.


Avoid the following for a week before treatment: Fish, primrose, krill oil, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba.


If you are taking any of the following medications, please consult your cosmetic tattooist before booking:

Warfarin, Heparin, Aspirin, Opioid medication (Endone), Prednisone, Roaccutane (within 8-12 months), Antibiotics.


Due to possible slower healing, please contact your cosmetic tattooist for consultation before booking.

Cold sores

Treatment should not be conducted when active cold sores are present. The stimulation of cosmetic tattoos may increase the risk of future breakouts.

Radiation / Chemotherapy

To ensure your safety and comfort a doctor’s permission must be sought before we can proceed with any cosmetic tattoo treatments. Please call us for more information.

Exercise / Gym

After treatment, you will be advised to avoid the following for at least 2 weeks

chlorinated/saltwater pools, high UV exposure, Sun beds, and Infra-red-light exposure.

The following activities should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment: Cardio workout, excessive sweating, sauna, hot spa, spray tanning.

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