Who should not have semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo procedures?
- You are under 18
- You get keloid scars
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have been on Accutane within 1 year
- You have irritation of the skin of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn on the area of procedure.
- You are on retin-A or retinols. Be off 7 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure.
- Diabetic (consult your doctor)
- Have HIV or hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
- Undergoing chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- A pacemaker or major heart problems
- Had an organ transplant
- Sick (cold, flu, etc. will affect the healing process, so please reschedule)
- You generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily
- If your old tattoo is too dark (please contact us to send a picture so we can decide whether or not we can work on your previously tattooed area)
What do I have to prepare for my appointment?
- Make sure you eat before you show up for your procedure. Most appointments take a couple of hours, and light-headedness and dizziness can occur if you have not eaten beforehand
- Do not drink alcohol or caffeine before the procedure (at least 24 hrs for alcohol)
- Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance 30 minutes before the procedure.
- If you use lash growth serums or are taking any oil supplements (fish, omega, primrose, etc.) or Vitamin E or D, please stop at least 6 weeks before your appointment. These thin your blood and can cause excessive trauma and compromise your work. You can resume two weeks after the tattooed area is healed for serums and oils.
- Any eyelash or eyebrow tinting or eyelash curling should be done at least 7 days before, or 4 weeks after the procedure. To help reduce swelling feel free to take Benadryl and hour before your procedure. It will suppress the histamines that cause swelling and make for a more comfortable recovery.
- Do not wear contact lenses during or after following the eyeliner procedure and you will be required to wear your glasses through the healing process up to 2 weeks. Remember to bring your glasses and sunglasses to your appointment. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes have healed completely. If you are on Restasis, you must be off for a minimum of 6 weeks before and 2 weeks after the eye procedure. It will affect your procedure and healing plus may cause complications due to vascular structure of the eyelid.
- Do not wear eyelash extensions for your eyeliner tattoo procedure. They must be removed prior to your visit a week before ($20 for removal). You can get them done again 6 weeks after your healing has commenced.
- If you have recently tanned this will affect the outcome of the healed colour.
- If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result. More treatments may be necessary to have the skin take the colour.
- Botox should be done 6 weeks before or 6 weeks after the procedure.
- Do not work out the day of your procedure.
- Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
- No waxing/threading/tinting 3 days before.
- Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. Over the next 2 days it will appear even darker and thicker as scabs begin to form. Let the scabs naturally flake off. It will take up to 14 days for scabbing to be over.
- You may not get the area wet or apply any kind of products (except what we provide for your aftercare) for at least 10 days after. No makeup on the area for 2 weeks.
- Bring a few pictures of your desired outcome.
What kind of pigments do you use?
We use iron oxide pigments. These pigments fade over time as your body will naturally absorb it. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for skin.
Is it painful during the procedure?
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.
Is semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo safe for pregnant or nursing women?
As a precaution, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing women.
How long do cosmetic tattooing last?
Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results CANNOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates.
Are there any risks involved with cosmetic tattooing?
For as safe as certified cosmetic tattooing is, there may be possible risks associated with the procedure as: allergic reaction 2% of the population, change of colour due to blood chemistry or medications, infection, scarring, keloids, corneal abrasions, inconsistent spreading or fanning of colour. We do everything in our power to reduce every possible risks, but some cases are beyond our control and the aftercare is the client’s responsibility and does affect the final results. As with any medical procedure, risks can occur and we expect you have make a conscious decision and are aware of these risks.
What is your sterilization and sanitization process?
- All needles and hand tools are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client.
- Implements such as gauze, cotton swabs, etc. are single-use and disposed of after each client.
- Latex-free gloves are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of after each client.
- All stations are thoroughly disinfected with Cavi wipes after each client