Swelling After Eyeliner Embroidery – What You Should Do

Getting eyeliner embroidery is probably a dream come true for you and I’m sure getting your makeup done will be effortless as you have perfect eyebrows that will frame the features. That said since it’s a mildly invasive procedure there’s bound to be a chance of swelling in the treated area but rest assured, it’s common and it’s all part of the aftereffects that will go away in a matter of weeks. Here’s what you should do if you have one.

What To Do With Swelling After Eyeliner Embroidery

As the treatment involves the insertion of needles into the skin, swelling that develops after the treatment is to be expected as it’s a common, normal body reaction against the trauma. The skin alerts with the ‘invasion’ from the needles and triggers healing processes such as delivering white blood cells (in lymph fluid) to the area to reduce the damage and ‘cushions’ the skin while it heals itself, draining the lymph fluid away to detoxify. 

The degree of the swelling (either in size or pain) differs and this is the point that you need to watch out for. This is especially the case if you develop severe swelling at certain or even all of the treated areas. That said, even if you get massive swelling that up to a point it hinders the ability to fully open the eyes, that’s still considered normal and will subside in a couple of days. 

The cause for concern is when the swelling you have doesn’t get smaller as the day goes; it lasts longer than 3 days, or it comes with other symptoms such as puss, itchiness, or even fever that it’s best for you to contact your esthetician for advice, pronto. 

Is There A Possibility That I Can Avoid Swelling From Happening?

Likely not since swelling is a normal body reaction against trauma so you can’t avoid it altogether (although we wish for the same!). So the next best alternative is to minimize and reduce the swelling as much as you can and allow your body to heal quickly. 

Start by keeping the treated area dry for the first 48 hours, by applying the aftercare cream diligently as directed by your esthetician. That said, a thin layer will do and overapplying will not make any difference to improve the swelling.

It’s advisable for you to sleep in a flat position with your head slightly elevated to ensure the eye area is not in close contact with fabrics (from pillows, bedsheets, or blankets), allowing the eyes to heal nicely. It’s also a good idea to do a regular cold compress routine to further minimize the swelling. You can place an eye mask (with gels inside) in the fridge and press gently at the affected area. Keep in mind that the temperature should be pleasantly cool to avoid aggravating the fragile, treated area. You can also use a cold metal spoon wrapped in cloth for the same effect, as the concave shape of the spoon fits well with the shape of the eye.


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