GENERAL AFTER CARE INFORMATION FOR BOTH HEALING PLANS
    (Scroll down for specific details on what TO DO following your procedure.)

  • Remember... every thing that has touched your skin during your procedure is sterile, or a one time use
    disposable product.  If you're healthy and clean - your body will know what to do to heal itself without the
    likelihood of infection. And since there is no infection initially to fight, there is no need to apply anything other
    than what is covered in your after care information below.

  • The only item you should PRE PURCHASE is a gentle skin cleanser of your choice (in the ph range of
    5.5).  
    Cerave Hydrating Foaming Cleanser is a good one or you can CLICK HERE to find more cleansers in this
    range. All other after care supplies will be provided.  We have discovered that Cetaphil is outside the
    preferred ph range, therefore we no longer recommend this as our first choice of cleansers to use while
    healing.
EYELINER TIPS:
STOP using LATISSE or
other eyelash growth
products for 3-4 weeks
before your eyeliner
should not be
reapplied for at least 2
weeks after
REMOVE LASH
EXTENSIONS at least 3-
4 days prior to an
eyeliner appointment.
Wait 2 weeks to
reapply! If you come in
with lash extensions,
we will definitely need
to reset your
appointment and you
will need to pay $100
for time lost on the
schedule.

LIP TIPS:
NEVER USE WHITENING
TOOTHPASTE FOLLOWING
ANY LIP PROCEDURES. IT
COULD BLEACH YOUR
COLOR OUT AS WELL AS
BRIGHTENING YOUR
TEETH.

Follow same
guidelines, with the
exceptions:  
DO apply
a light coat of fresh
ointment for
protection. After the
lips peel on about day
3, keep them protected
with a protective lip
balm with natural
ingredients.

Once peeled, they will
feel very tender for a
couple of weeks. This
is normal and to be
expected. You will
want to drink from a
straw the first few days
and avoid salty foods.
Sleep with your head
elevated for the first
few nights. Please use
Aquaphor for the first
two days only. Then
switch to a non-
petroleum based balm
with all natural
ingredients. You may
use grapeseed oil,
shea butter, coconut
oil, olive oil, or even
emu oil, if you can find
it.

Any sort of tugging on
loose skin could cause
a loss of color; resulting
in a splotchy tattoo.
Allow them to remain
immobile as much as
possible until they peel.
(Approx. 3 days). Avoid
exaggerated facial
expressions and don’t
pucker lips until they
peel.

Avoid stretching,
rubbing and friction;
do not eat foods that
require stretching
such as sandwiches,
apples, tacos, or
anything salty or spicy
that would cause you
to lick your lips. Cut
food into very small
pieces to pass through
the lips. Do not pick or
peel this skin, it must
come off on its own.
Why is it, that one person
will fuss over their
aftercare and do
everything possible to
achieve the best results,
and heal in less than does
nothing,  and heals in
great?

The truth is, there are too
many variables to count
and no one really knows
for sure... But each
person is different and
everyone will have
different results, to
varying degrees. Some
people will only need one
follow-up, while others
many need several.

SO, FOR TWO WEEKS
FOLLOWING YOUR
PROCEDURE, YOU WILL
NEED TO DO A FEW
THINGS TO HELP ENSURE
THAT YOUR PROCEDURE
HEALS IN, AS WELL AS
POSSIBLE.

YOU MUST PROTECT THE
AREA FROM OVER
EXPOSURE TO SUN, HEAT,
SWEAT, EXCESSIVE
MOVEMENT OR EXTREME
EXERTION!

DO NOT PICK, RUB, SCRUB
OR ATTEMPT TO ALTER
THE COLOR IN ANY WAY.

Please understand that
some people will require
more follow-up visits than
others. People with oily
skin are more prone to
heal with softer, less
defined strokes.

People with dry skin may
heal with crisper strokes
than people with oily skin.

You must be at least 18
years of age to receive a
procedure.

You may experience
discomfort or pain.

These markings are meant
to be semi-permanent, but
there is no guarantee that
the markings will not be
permanent.

There is a risk of an
allergic reaction to the
materials used on or to
the pigments that are
implanted in your skin.
These cases are rare, but
are possible. There is also
a risk of infection if you
allow the area to become
contaminated.    



ONCE HEALED, ALWAYS
WEAR SUNSCREEN SPF 50+
PLEASE BE PATIENT
WITH THIS PROCESS.
THIS IS NOT A ONE
SHOT MIRACLE,
ALTHOUGH WE WILL
TRY TO MAKE THAT  
HAPPEN FOR YOU!
 
(REMEMBER, WE DO
BETTER TOO WHEN
YOU HAVE FEWER
FOLLOW UP
SESSIONS!)  

So, until the final
settling in of color...
please be aware that
colors MAY go through
a funky phase. They
may appear cloudy or
greyish for a while.

I HAVE HAD MANY
CLIENTS CALL TO SAY
THAT THE COLOR HAS
COMPLETELY
VANISHED. But... it
mysteriously reappears
after a while. So we just
never know for sure,
what will happen, until
it happens.

The moral of this story
is, we just have to
wait..  Once everything
has settled down, we'll
make any necessary
adjustments, and wait
again. In a traditional
tattoo, variations in
color really don't matter
all that much. On your
FACE, they do. So this
is why I choose to take
things slow.
WET HEAL

 Recommended for ALL PROCEDURES when not  
compromised by the possiblity of contamination.

This plan, requires you to cleanse the tattooed area
twice daily and apply a healing ointment (provided).
DO NOT USE CAVILON!

  • This process feels more comfortable, as the
    wounds will stay moisturized and are not
    allowed to dry out.
  • Less dry and itchy!
  • Shorter, more comfortable healing schedule.
  • But there is a GREATER RISK OF
    CONTAMINATION.

    YOUR AFTER CARE KIT INCLUDES:

  • Cotton Pads moistened with distilled water
  • Healing Ointment such as Aquaphor or Tattoo
    Goo
  • Small container to keep ointment in after
    opening.
  • An alcohol pad to clean container prior to
    using.
  • Plastic Bag for contaminated material
  • Gloves to help prevent infection


FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEXT 2
WEEKS

DAY 1:
  • Immediately after procedure... WIPE
    TATTOOED AREA 3-4 x per hour until you are
    able to wash.  Put a glove on the hand that
    will hold the cotton pad. Use the pad to clean
    off the blood, lymph and plasma with a
    slightly FIRM wiping motion. If these oozing
    fluids are not removed, they will  accumulate
    on top of the skin, harden and will cause thick
    scabs later. Thick scabs will pull color out
    causing poor color retention.  When finished,
    dispose of the glove and pad in the plastic
    bag as they become contaminated. (Be
    careful not to share your fluids with the
    public!) This protocol will prevent cross-
    contamination and help prevent infection.

  • When you get home...  USE A COOL GEL
    PACK (for 10 minutes, about once per hour).  
    Use a clean paper towel to buffer the
    temperature some. The coolness will help
    reduce swelling and will also assist in
    removing the accumulating body fluids, both
    helping with color retention. Apply fresh paper
    towel at every application. NO DIRECT ICE! It's
    much too harsh, and could result in tissue
    damage if left on the skin for longer than 10-
    15 minutes. CONTINUE WIPING UNTIL YOU
    CAN CLEANSE.

  • Evening of Day 1...
  • CLEANSE with warm (not hot) soapy water
    within 2-5 hours of treatment. This is a very
    important step when done within this time
    frame as it will help draw out more the fluids
    from under the skin. This step will also help
    reduce swelling! After 4-5 hours the holes will
    seal themselves shut, rendering this step far
    less effective.
  • AIR DRY for 20 minutes.
  • APPLY HEALING OINTMENT (provided).

DAYS 2-14:
 For BROWS, SCARS & AREOLAS:
1. Cleanse the area morning and evening.
2. AIR DRY SKIN for approximately 20 minutes (so no
moisture can be trapped under the ointment).
3. Apply Healing Ointment. Use VERY CLEAN
fingertips or a fresh Q-Tip to smooth on a thin veil of
ointment. MORE IS NOT BETTER. Remember, your
skin needs oxygen in order to heal well. So ointment
application should be massaged gently into the skin
be so thin that it is BARELY noticeable.

    OINTMENT APPLICATION BASED ON YOUR SKIN:
  • EXTREMELY OILY SKIN . . . . . . .  NO ointment
    needed
  • OILY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply ONCE in
    the Morning
  • DRY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Apply 2-3 times
    per day
3. Apply the provided HEALING OINTMENT.

 For EYES: No more attention is required other than
washing twice per day and taking the protective
measures as stated above. If you apply ointment,
make sure to apply it 1/4 inch away from the lids.
EYES DO NOT LIKE OIL!

 For LIPS: Allow to air dry for 30 minutes after
washing and patting dry.  Apply Tattoo Goo as often
as you feel you need to, to relieve dryness. Avoid hot
drinks and salty  spicy foods.
Use a baby toothbrush
and NO whitening toothpaste allowed!
But only apply
a THIN SHEEN! A thick layer IS NOT BETTER! Too
much ointment will prevent oxygen from reaching the
wounded skin!  

You may notice some flaking as the dead skin cells
begin to slough off. This is normal and to be
expected. Remember, you may lose ROUGHLY 20-
70% of the initial implanted color.  DON'T WORRY.
More or less color will be added on subsequent
visits to adjust to your preferences.
(Remember, this
is a layering process, and we take things slow here
DELIBERATELY to tiptoe into perfection. Too much,
too soon can create a disaster!)

DRY HEAL

 Recommended ONLY for BROW, AREOLA &
SCARS!
 NEVER use on eyes or on lips! You may need to
take off of work to avoid contaminating these areas.

This plan recommends less contact with water, so
you only wash on Day 1 and on Day 8. But the wound
is  sealed with CAVILON BARRIER FILM TO BLOCK
OUT MOISTURE AND BACTERIA. Use care on the
days before Day 8 to avoid disturbing the tattooed
area. Wash AROUND the area and immediately pat
dry if it becomes wet.

  • When washing your face during these four
    days, gently wash around the brows. Never
    use a washcloth on your brows. Do not apply
    makeup of any kind on your brows while they
    are healing.

  • This process feels requires less care, but will
    dry out more at the tail end of the healing
    phase which may cause more itching. But the
    sealant will have served its purpose.
  • Longer healing schedule.
  • LESS RISK OF CONTAMINATION.

    YOUR AFTER CARE KIT INCLUDES:

  • Cotton Pads moistened with distilled water
  • Healing Ointment such as Aquaphor or Tattoo
    Goo
  • Small container to keep ointment in after
    opening.
  • An alcohol pad to clean container prior to
    using.
  • Plastic Bag for contaminated material
  • Gloves to help prevent infection
  • ONE SINGLE USE PACKAGE OF CAVILON


FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEXT 2
WEEKS

DAY 1:
  • Immediately after procedure... WIPE
    TATTOOED AREA 3-4 x per hour until you are
    able to wash.  Put a glove on the hand that
    will hold the cotton pad. Use the pad to clean
    off the blood, lymph and plasma with a
    slightly FIRM wiping motion. If these oozing
    fluids are not removed, they will  accumulate
    on top of the skin, harden and will cause thick
    scabs later. Thick scabs will pull color out
    causing poor color retention.  When finished,
    dispose of the glove and pad in the plastic
    bag as they become contaminated. (Be
    careful not to share your fluids with the
    public!) This protocol will prevent cross-
    contamination and help prevent infection.

  • When you get home...  USE A COOL GEL
    PACK (for 10 minutes, about once per hour).  
    Use a clean paper towel to buffer the
    temperature some. The coolness will help
    reduce swelling and will also assist in
    removing the accumulating body fluids, both
    helping with color retention. Apply fresh paper
    towel at every application. NO DIRECT ICE! It's
    much too harsh, and could result in tissue
    damage if left on the skin for longer than 10-
    15 minutes. CONTINUE WIPING UNTIL YOU
    CAN CLEANSE.

  • Evening of Day 1...
  • CLEANSE with warm (not hot) soapy water
    within 2-5 hours of treatment. This is a very
    important step when done within this time
    frame as it will help draw out more the fluids
    from under the skin. This step will also help
    reduce swelling! After 4-5 hours the holes will
    seal themselves shut, rendering this step far
    less effective.

  • AIR DRY for 20 minutes.

  • APPLY CAVILON BARRIER FILM (provided).
    Warning. This is a one time application and
    special care should be given when applying
    this ADHESIVE!  Be sure to lay on your
    back and hold a tissue over your eyes while
    someone else wipes the treated area. You
    must avoid dripping product into the eyes!  
    If contact with eye occurs, start flushing
    with an eye wash and call the number on
    the package for more details.

DAYS 5, 6 & 7: Apply Healing Ointment
(morning and night) to begin to break up the barrier
film. Use VERY CLEAN fingertips or a fresh Q-Tip to
smooth on a thin veil of ointment. MORE IS NOT
BETTER. Remember, your skin needs oxygen in
order to heal well. So ointment application should be
massaged gently into the skin be so thin that it is
BARELY noticeable.

    OINTMENT APPLICATION BASED ON YOUR SKIN:
  • EXTREMELY OILY SKIN . . . . . . .  NO ointment
    needed
  • OILY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apply ONCE in
    the Morning
  • DRY SKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Apply 2-3 times
    per day

DAYS 8+ (am)
  • Lightly wash the area using CLEAN fingers to
    gently remove the buildup of tattoo goo. Be
    very gentle.
  • Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.  
  • If you see dark patches left, DO NOT
    ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THEM.
  • Allow to air dry for 30 minutes
  • Reapply the Tattoo Goo to relieve dryness.

You will notice some flaking as the dead skin cells
begin to slough off. This is normal and to be
expected. Remember, you may lose ROUGHLY  20-
70% of the initial implanted color.  PLEASE DON'T
PANIC. More or less color will be added on
subsequent visits to adjust to your preferences.

(Remember, this is a layering process, and we take
things slow here DELIBERATELY to tiptoe into
perfection. Too much, too soon can create a
disaster!)
PLAN A
Best for people in CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS
who mostly live and work at Home or Office, etc.
This is the protocol followed by most tattoo artists
around the world.  
PLAN B
Best for people in UNCONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS
whose occupation may have them exposed to Blood
Borne Pathogens or other contaminated areas such
as in a factory. Unless of course you are taking time
off to heal. In that case, Plan A would be
recommended.
THE DAYS AFTER:
If you were happy on the day of your procedure, please don't be overly
critical on what things look like over the following week. Things will
change from day to day. Redness, swelling and/or bruising may also
occur to varying degrees. This is all normal and will subside. It should
take about the same amount of time to heal as any other scratch or cut.

ALL COLORS WILL GO THROUGH COLOR CHANGES THROUGHOUT
THE HEALING PROCESS:
 Lips change color more than any other
procedure. Like at first, you may see them as much too dark. Once
healed, they will be way too light... then they will start to gain a little color
over the next few weeks. You may also see a cloudy hue covering the
color. This happens when new skin starts covering the tattooed area,
and this hue will decrease as time goes by. Color can change even
daily, depending if you are cold, dehydrated, or while on certain
medications. This is because your lips are very vascular, producing
varying shades of blue tones.  Remember, it may take 2-3+ times
before color adheres. If you only want a tint on lips, 1-2 times may be be
enough.
Also, it's important to understand that permanent makeup is
a crutch, not an end all. So don't toss those brow pencils just yet.

SWELLING: Swelling from the procedure will only last 1-3 days, at most.
If you experience swelling beyond that point, you might keep an eye out
for an infection. If an infection occurs, please see your doctor for
treatment.

  • EYEBROWS:  Typically, the brow area seems to swell the least
    of all procedures. But it does swell enough to make the brows
    appear a bit fuller than they will look once healed. Occasionally,
    it may seem to even be non existent. But I assure you, there is
    SOME swelling, so it is best, to apply a cool pack to reduce
    swelling, and blot excess fluids off for a couple of days - for best
    color retention!

  • EYELINER: After a procedure, you will look like you've been crying
    for a few days. Expect the  swelling to subside and look pretty
    nice by the 3rd day. By the 4th and 5th day, the outer layer of skin
    will peel off. COLOR WILL COME WITH IT!  This is a normal part
    of the process, so don't worry.

  • LIPS:  Lips will swell significantly more than other procedures.
    Lips will feel swollen and may produce excess fluid for most of
    the first and second day. Remember to keep blotting it off! That
    moisture starts to dry out, swelling will subside after a couple of
    days. Then they will feel very dry and chapped. By the 3rd day,
    they will start to peel. After about 5-6 days, your lips will seem to
    have lost most of the color. Don’t panic!! This is normal and to
    be expected. You are now viewing the color through healing skin.

  • The strokes/color that initially looked bright and crisp will begin
    to soften as the the new skin starts to grow over them. It will look
    as if a gray milky substance is covering them. This is just new
    skin growing around the pigment. This milkiness will subside
    over the next few months.ITCHING MAY OCCUR DURING THE
    HEALING PROCESS. If it does, just poke a clean Q-Tip into the
    itch to help relieve it. Benedryl may help as well.

  • Some, most or all of the color may have fallen off by now. This is
    normal. Please don't be too disappointed. Just remember that if
    YOUR skin held a lot of color you'd be thankful that your brows
    aren't too dark. Depending on how much color is left, will be a
    determining factor in how much we apply on your subsequent
    visits.  

  • If you think you have NOTHING left, look more closely. I know
    there will be a great contrast from when you left the office, but for
    a TRUE comparison of color retention, please compare to a
    BEFORE photo. If you have just enough color to help guide you
    in your makeup routine, we have accomplished a large part of
    the goal.  And remember, even it it APPEARS to be totally GONE,
    the color can actually return, in time. That is not a promise, it's
    just what I have noticed after people called to say IT'S ALL
    GONE... only to find that it  reappeared in weeks to come.  

  • Whatever happens, just remember that it may take multiple
    sessions to arrive at YOUR happy place.

  • COMPLETE HEALING must take place (8-12 weeks)
    prior to adjustments being made!
RECOMMENDATIONS TO FOLLOW (PRIOR TO
AND AFTER) A PROCEDURE!

NO EXERCISE . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 days prior - 2 WEEKS post
  • Exercise increases the heart rate and expands pores, and
    produces sweat. All effects promote a loss of color retention.
    So FOR BEST RESULTS, please avoid within 1-2 days prior to
    your procedure, and for 12-14 days following your procedure. If
    you must exercise, (and I know some of you WILL), you must
    be willing to accept the fact that you are facing more work in the
    future.


NO TANNING, NO SMOKING, or SCRUBBING . . . . . . . . . . 2 MONTHS
  • Please do not tan, or smoke, for one month prior to, and for
    one month following your procedure. Both are detrimental to
    the procedure. Especially smoking as it prohibits effective
    healing!  
  • No exfoliation or hard scrubbing for 2 months because even
    though the skin is healed on the outside, it is still healing on
    the inside, so DO NOT DISTURB the healing process!  
  • AVOID OVEREXPOSURE TO SUN & WATER! From day one,
    you will need to start thinking about protecting your new tattoo.
    If you go outside, wear sunglasses and a hat to shield your
    skin from prolonged sun exposure. If the tattoo is in an area
    that will be exposed to the suns' rays (like your FACE) always
    use a sun block with a minimum SPF of 50+ (after it heals) to
    help preserve your permanent makeup.


NO DIRTY WORK & NO TOUCHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 WEEK
  • Lawn mowing, gardening, cleaning out the garage and the like
    should wait until outer healing is complete, which normally
    occurs within 4-5 days.  And try your best to keep your hands
    OFF!  You could introduce bacteria into the open area which
    could cause an infection.

  • Only touch when hands have been thoroughly washed.


NO MAKEUP, LOTIONS, SOAP, WATER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 WEEK
  • NO CHEATING ON THIS or it could result in an infection or
    loss of color. Remember, this newly applied color is a sitting
    duck until it becomes encapsulated by new skin. If disturbed
    too much, it can fall out.  If you decide to go against this advice,
    you should at least purchase brand new makeup, and use one-
    time-use disposable applicators to help avoid an infection. No
    double dipping!

  • Never use any exfoliating products during the healing process.
    No Granules, Glycolic, Hydroxy, or Fruit Acid lotions or soaps
    on the treated area. These WILL fade your permanent makeup.
    SO, THE LESS YOU DO TO IT, THE BETTER!

  • SLEEP ELEVATED or PROPPED UP. . . . . . . . . . 1 WEEK
    If you sleep ON the treated area, you WILL lose color - and, it
    will stain your nice linens. So prevention, is important here.
    You may find that a travel neck pillow comes in quite handy
    after permanent makeup on the face.

  • All other areas, you will just have to adjust your sleeping
    arrangements, as necessary, to PROTECT THE TREATED
    AREA!

  • NO "NORMAL" SHOWERING & SWIMMING . . . . . . . . 2 WEEKS
    Chlorinated and salt water, will discolor and/or totally remove
    your pigment!  

  • You SHOULD do your best to take a cool, or luke warm
    shower. NO HOT WATER.  When rinsing shampoo or
    conditioner, allow the water to flow down the back of your head,
    NOT over your face...

  • FOR SHOWERING...
    TAKE A LARGE ZIPLOCK BAGGIE. CUT THE ZIPPER PART
    OFF AND SEPARATE INTO ONE LAYER. TAPE THIS TO YOUR
    FOREHEAD, JUST ABOVE YOUR BROWS AND ALLOW IT TO
    DRAPE OVER YOUR EYES. THIS WILL BLOCK THE WATER
    FROM RUNNING OVER YOUR FACE. YOU WILL LOOK SILLY,
    BUT IT SHOULD WORK AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT
    YOU'RE DOING!  If you get a little water on it, just blot it dry with
    a fresh paper towel as soon as you can.

  • APPLY OINTMENT TO DRY TATTOO ONLY - Never apply
    ointment immediately after blotting. To do so will seal-in the
    moisture, and that is never good for a healing tattoo.      

  • USE A TRAVEL PILLOW TO AVOID FALLING ASLEEP ON
    FRESH TATTOOS TO AVOID LOSING COLOR.

  • Your eyebrows will appear much lighter when the scab initially
    comes off, as the skin heals inside you will see the color
    adjust and change over the next few weeks. If you think you
    need another appointment, then you probably do!

  • Please don’t apply your usual skin care product(s) on your
    forehead at all for 5 to 10 days.

  • Do not scrub, scratch or pick tattooed areas during the healing
    process, or you will lose color that may not be repairable.

  • Notice that tattoo inks, dyes, and pigments have NOT been
    approved by the federal food and drug administration and that
    the health consequences of using these products are
    unknown.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS!  
...At some point, you will look at your face and wonder... IS THIS NORMAL?  The answer will most likely be YES!  WHATEVER YOU'RE
EXPERIENCING, IS PROBABLY NORMAL. UNLESS YOU FEEL YOU ARE HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR AN INFECTION. IF SO, PLEASE CALL
YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY, THEN CALL US!  
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEND (CLEAR) PHOTOS TO GET OUR INPUT IF YOU FEEL THAT
SOMETHING IS NOT QUITE RIGHT!

NORMALLY, There will be a variety of things to deal with. SWELLING, FADING, PEELING AND FLAKING, KEEPING A LOT OF COLOR, LOSING A
LOT OF COLOR. WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOU, HAPPENS WITH MOST OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.

AS THINGS HEAL, THE APPEARANCE WILL START TO CHANGE. ON DAY 2, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT
EVERYTHING WILL BE OK...  BUT BE PATIENT AND DON'T FREAK OUT!  Try to remember that just one day prior, you loved it. We got your
permanent makeup to a point where you were happy. Remember? But on Day 2... it will start to darken on it's own. It's ok! It's just oxidation
occurring on the pigment that is exposed to the air, not the color underneath. In a few days (just about the time when you have become
used to the richness of the color? it will all start to flake off, and you'll be like NOOOOooooo!  THIS IS NORMAL! Those dead skin cells are
also full of color...  and will be pushed out, as the skin starts to surround the pigment. So please don't fret! Just remember this is just the
FIRST session.  If anything beyond this does worry you, it can be adjusted at the follow-up appointment.    :)
For some, it will be too light, while others will turn out just right.

IT WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE LIGHTER, RIGHT AFTER IT FIRST PEELS. THEN THE COLOR WILL START TO REAPPEAR AFTER A FEW WEEKS.
PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED.

CARDINAL RULE!  NEVER, EVER PICK, PEEL, RUB, SCRATCH OR PULL ON SKIN THAT IS FLAKING OFF. YOU SHOULD ALLOW IT TO HEAL, AND
FALL OFF NATURALLY, FOR MAXIMUM COLOR RETENTION.

REMEMBER, WE ARE DOING A CONSERVATIVE PROCEDURE AT FIRST IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOUR FACE FROM ENDING UP WITH TOO MUCH
PERMANENT MAKEUP!  WE CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT AND FRUSTRATING (FOR YOU AND ME) TO HAVE TO REMOVE
COLOR.

NEVER touch a fresh tattoo with unclean fingers or hands.  
Wash hands often throughout the week to help prevent infections.  IF YOU CONTAMINATE THE AREA, YOU NEED TO CLEANSE USING

CETAPHIL ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANSING BAR.
 Other cleansers may contain ingredients that could remove or discolor your new pigment.
INFECTIONS CAN HAPPEN!  BUT NEVER USE NEOSPORIN!
If an infection happens to occur, contact your doctor immediately and use whatever is prescribed.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE AN INFECTION OR AN ALLERGIC REACTION, YOU SHOULD NOTIFY CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY FOR
TREATMENT. THEN NOTIFY OUR OFFICE SO WE CAN FILE A REPORT WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

Dr. Victoria Zavala, may be  available, and since we have worked together for many years,
she is very familiar with permanent makeup.

To check with her, please TEXT her on her cell phone:  
713-628-4987.
Thank you!
Reports should be filed within 5 days of the occurance (or knowledge of) any infection or
allergic reaction resulting from a tattoo. Reports will be sent to:

    TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
    DIVISION FOR REGULATORY SERVICES, DRUGS & MEDICAL DEVICES GROUP MC 1987
    P.O. BOX 149347
    AUSTIN, TEXAS 78714-9347
    Fax: (512) 834-6759
    Attn: Tattoo & Body Piercing Program
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT AFFECT PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Your Own Metabolism: Your overall health, age, medical condition can affect the outcome.

Condition of Your Skin: The elasticity of the skin, excessive oiliness/dryness, uneven texture, scar tissue, can all cause different outcomes on
different people.

Medications & Supplements: Over the counter and prescribed may have a negative or positive affect on the healed result, depending on the
product

Medical Conditions: Temporary and chronic conditions can cause a loss of color. Just be aware of this and expect to have a follow up session
or two... Remember, higher expectations may require more follow up sessions.  

Chemical Exfoliants: Such as alpha hydroxy, glycolic or phenol acids, Retin-A, Retinol, fruit peels and bleaching creams should be applied
AROUND the tattooed areas, not over the areas, to prevent premature fading.

Mechanical Exfoliants:
Such as DermaPlaning and Microdermabrasion. These services do not typically come in contact with tattooed areas, but if they do, could cause
premature fading as well.  If you shave your brows, premature fading will occur.

Cosmetic Procedures: Botox, Dermal Fillers, Facial Surgery, Facial  Implants, Fat Transfers will most likely alter the appearance of tattooed
areas, requiring corrective measures. NEVER get your brows tattooed following BOTOX INJECTIONS. You should wait 4-6 months for the effects
to wear off. Brows should be tattooed in their NATURAL STATE.

Your LIFESTYLE matters:  If you SMOKE like a train,  DRINK like a fish, while you LIVE IN THE SUN, your results will probably NOT be optimal.
Even casual exposure (riding in a car) without Sun Screen/Block is bad for your skin and bad for your permanent makeup as well!  We
recommend a sunblock that has ANTIOXIDANTS to prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Nutragena with Helioplex is a good one. The
higher SPF the better!!


DETAILS ON SMOKING... Cigarettes will impede healing!
IF YOU SMOKE, your results will be compromised to some degree. So IF AT ALL
POSSIBLE, stop smoking for a couple of weeks prior to, and for a couple of weeks following the session. Or at least as long as you can hold
out.

WHY? Because the carbon monoxide that has been added to the tobacco has been proven to impede the healing process. It restricts the
oxygen content in your blood...  
Less oxygen = slower healing time! Which will allow more pigment to release, rather than heal in, which will
result in needing MORE followup visits.
You have to realize that this is a PROCESS! So please be patient. Remember, this "Art" is being placed into
YOUR SKIN! Your breathing, moving, ever changing skin, with microscopic peaks and valleys! And this skin needs to be protected all day,
every day for at least the next 7-14 days.
The amount of color you retain is in direct relation to the care given, your health, your diet, your
medications, and personal habits.
Better care = most often means faster healing!

So WHY does color sometimes not stay?  Part of it, could be due to improper care, or even improper depth of placement. Face it. None of us
can see what we are doing on a cellular level. Most EXPERIENCED ARTISTS know the parameters in order to hit that sweet spot, but everyone's
skin is SO different. There is no way to hit it, 100% right, !00% of the time. When we miss it, the color can slough off. But this is better that going
too deep. TOO DEEP CREATES BAD SCAR TISSUE. Future color has LESS of a chance of holding in scar tissue.  

During the healing time, color loss could range between 20-60%. Even if the loss is minimal, the loss of ONE stroke, at the top of the arch, could
be significant enough to cause the brows to suddenly appear to be uneven. WHY? Because the loss of just one hair stroke can drastically alter
their shape.  Ever had regrets over plucking that ONE HAIR?  We all have been there! Just know that it can be added back in.

ALSO, please be aware that your skin will itch as it heals. You may be able to control the urge to scratch while awake, but when sleeping,
you may not be aware that you are scratching. This could gouge out some color. So please be as careful, as possible.

Better to under-do, than over-do!  And LESS is usually MORE! Especially on your FACE! As one client said, "I was so disappointed when the
color faded off! Because when I left your office, I looked GREAT!  It was a great let down at first, when that color just peeled off. But as I
waited for my follow-up visit, I began to notice some color returning. Now, I am very happy that you didn't go any darker!  I understand now.
I would have been devastated if the color had been much darker..."

SO AS YOU ARE STUDYING YOUR NEW LOOK DURING THE HEALING PROCESS... Please don't judge to harshly! Things are gonna look weird!
Give it a few weeks, and then compare your "HEALED" results to what you had prior to the procedure... Never compare it to the look immediately
after picture.
Procedures may look GREAT the day of... or they may look a LOT too red and swollen, depending on the client. I'll take this
opportunity to REMIND YOU, that those who take the Arnica Montana for a week or two and follow the
PLAN AHEAD instructions, usually fare
MUCH better, and heal faster, than those who ignore the recommendations.  

AND PLEASE, remember that IT IS NORMAL to take multiple sessions for MY WORK to be considered complete.
I would rather add too little, and inch up into perfection - - - than to add TOO MUCH, and HOPE to fall backwards into perfection. The latter may
work for SOME people, but I guarantee you, it will not work for everyone. And I am about protecting everyone, as well as my reputation. So, if you
have plans on going through with this procedure WITH ME, you must be mentally prepared to accept it, IF YOUR PROCEDURE FADES TOO
MUCH! Just know, that we will adjust to a more aggressive depth and color, later... AFTER we see what happens in your skin!

In the meantime, (once healed) you just add a little bit of makeup to adjust things if you need to, until you can get back in for your follow up visit.
AT THE VERY LEAST, you should have a little more, and look a little better, than when your first came in. And this should make your morning
routine, a little bit easier!

AND EACH WILL EITHER HAVE (OR NOT HAVE) TONS OF PROOF OF THE QUALITY OF THIER WORK, in the form of ORIGINAL photos - NOT
STOCK photos!  
PHOTOS OF SOME OF MY EARLY WORK, CAN STILL BE FOUND ON MY PORTFOLIO PAGE!
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Now pick the healing plan that best suits YOU!  
Wet or Dry... your lifestyle will guide you to the best choice!
  • Complete healing might take 5 or 6 days, or it might take a couple of weeks, everyone is different. However,
    The DRY HEAL PLAN is sealed in to protect against contamination, so it may take longer for the dead skin
    cells to fully slough off.

  • Good health and taking Arnica Montana for 2 weeks prior and for at least a week after a procedure fosters
    faster healing.  When your procedure is complete we will give you the  written instructions below to follow
    and an after care kit to take home.

  • In the unlikely event that you do get an infection, call your doctor and use whatever is prescribed. Just
    be aware that NEOSPORIN will reduce the color by doing its job of extracting things from the skin! TEA
    TREE OIL OR BACITRACIN is a better choice. Then contact us for the proper form to send to the health
    department.

  • PROTECTION IS KEY! Never touch your tattoo with dirty fingers! If you allow the area to become
    contaminated, I feel it is better to dab a tiny bit of alcohol on it than to get it wet by washing again. Water
    does not evaporate quick enough. The wetter you get your healing tattoo - the deeper the scabbing. Alcohol
    also breaks down the plasma film that suffocates the skin. Do not over apply!

  • AVOID prolonged contact with water, heat, steam or sun for at least 2 weeks.

  • NEVER let shower run directly over healing tattooed area.

  • When washing your face during the healing process, gently wash around the tattooed area unless
    otherwise instructed and NEVER use a washcloth on the tattooed area while healing

  • Do not wear makeup on or around the treated area. IF YOU DO, BE SURE IT'S NEW AND USE
    DISPOSABLE APPLICATORS.

  • Sleep with a travel pillow to protect facial procedures overnight!  

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sun, heat, sweat, water.

  • Do not stretch, twist, rub, pick or scratch at the tattooed area.

  • Avoid anti-aging washes, creams, serums and granules, as they will shorten the lifespan of your tattooed
    eyebrows and may change the color. Try to avoid eyebrow area with these products.

  • ~YES~ it will itch, don't try to find a way to make it stop itching - you want the best outcome, don't you? But If
    you just can't stand it... you can barely touch the itch gently it with a Q-tip to relieve the itch. But IF POSSIBLE,
    just push through it. It's important to keep in mind that how you handle your healing tattoo the few weeks,
    will have an effect on the end results.

  • The tattooed area will appear much lighter as the skin begins to heal over. The color may even appear hazy
    and gray. This is normal and will self-adjust some over the next few weeks.  

  • We cannot predict how each person heals and some people may need a detail appointment while others
    don't. Follow-up appointments are $200 and should be done within 6 months of initial visit.

  • You will need follow up appointments to perfect the look. This may take 3+ appointment. But, after you get
    your initial look perfected, you don't want to over tattoo them. This will lead to excessive scarring over the
    years so let your eyebrows fade out until you REALLY NEED a touchup. You should be ok if they don't
    always look fresh and new... consider this is as an exchange for keeping your skins scarring at a minimum!

  • The darker the color, the longer they last as a general rule. But dark colors have a greater tendency to shift
    to a blue, gray, or green cast over the years as the body tends to absorb certain colors first. So lighter is
    usually better. Just use regular makeup to make them darker on an as needed basis. This way, they will
    look more natural when you are not wearing the rest of your makeup.

  • SHAPE IS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCERN, OVER COLOR. Color can be adjusted. You can always
    add more makeup if you have that. You will need follow up appointments to perfect the look. This may take
    3+ appointment. But, you don't want to over tattoo them. This will lead to excessive scar tissue over the
    years so let your eyebrows fade you REALLY NEED a touchup. They will not always look fresh and new, the
    darker the color, the longer they last as a general rule. But dark colors have a greater tendency to shift to a
    blue cast over the years. So lighter is usually better. Just use regular makeup to make them darker on an
    as needed basis. This way, they will look more natural when you are not wearing the rest of your makeup.

  • Products to Not Use on the tattooed area:

            No Neosporin, Vaseline or other petroleum products while the site is healing.
            No bleach or dye for one month following the tattoo procedure.
            No anti-aging washes, creams and serums on the tattooed area, ever. They will shorten the lifespan!
            NO  Benzoyl Peroxide, Pro-active Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids, bleach     
              creams, or hydroquinone, as these creams will spread in the skin and will cause rapid fading.  
            No bleach or dye on the treated area for one month following the tattoo procedure.

  • Do not expose tattooed area to sun or tanning beds without using sun block. This can cause pre-mature
    fading. Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows
    when exposed to the sun.

  • Do not tweeze, wax, thread or use any hair removal products around the eyebrow area until two weeks
    following the procedure. Within the tattooed area itself, do not tweeze, shave, wax or thread or use any hair
    removal products in brow at all. If you need to remove hairs such as grey hairs, just trim them short or dye
    them.

  • Be careful to avoid infection of the tattooed area for 15 days after the procedure:
            Always wash your hands before touching the tattooed areas
            Avoid direct contact with animals
            No gardening for a week
            No swimming pools, Jacuzzis or other bodies of water for 15 days

•        Laser procedures done within 3 inches of permanent makeup can cause fading.
  • Face peels, even mild ones, may cause permanent makeup to lighten.

  • Microdermabrasion (or any other process that removes dead cells on brow area) can cause pre-mature
    fading.

  • It takes two to make a good tattoo ... half is on the artist and the other half is on the client and the care
    given while healing. It is also important that the client be healthy- an ill or heavily medicated person
    usually can't heal a tattoo very well.  

  • IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANYTHING THAT CONCERNS YOU, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW.        

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TRUST AND PATRONAGE. WE WILL BE LOOKING
    FORWARD TO SEEING A BEAUTIFUL HEALED RESULT VERY SOON!

  • ONCE HEALED... WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY  Nutragena with Helioplex is a good
    recommendation.  The higher SPF the better!!!  30SPF+  Even though procedures are
    considered to be a permanent procedure, your color WILL eventually fade. Hair strokes will
    fade faster than a solid brow fill, as do lighter colors. Your health, as well as the age, texture,
    and tone of your skin will determine its ability to retain color.
PLEASE REFRESH YOUR BROWSER WHEN YOU REVISIT THIS SITE...
START TAKING ARNICA MONTANA 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment!
It promotes faster healing and less bruising and swelling! Available at any Nutrition Store.
2500 West Loop South, #360   
Houston, TX 77027
TEXT US at: 713.443.8999
NOTE:  American Red Cross guidelines state that you cannot donate blood for one year after receiving any tattoo work.
Artists at Permetika have
been personally trained by
Connie and will have ongoing
support as needed!
NOTE: Each artist will have
their own style, that will be
slightly different from mine...
so be sure to ask fpr photos
from each
before booking an
appointment.
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