WHY HAVE PERMANENT MAKEUP DONE?
There are many reasons. Many times it can be simply a matter of convenience. It saves time in the morning when most of ladies are super busy and rushed. Some of us have light features we’d like to have enhanced. It is very beneficial for those who have lost vision to see or a steady hand to apply make up any longer with ease. It also is nice for times when we sweat or lose our makeup in water activities. And for some it can restore from side effects of chemotherapy or radiation, trauma, or a burn.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY APPOINTMENT?
At your appointment we will discuss your expectations and any concerns you might have.
There is paperwork that will need to be filled out. Items such as; a general health history form, a consent form for treatment and one for photos .
Before and After photos will be taken . This is NOT negotiable and is part of your record. You decide what permission I have to use your photos, publicly or keep them private.
After care instructions will be reviewed.
THE APPOINTMENT WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY 2-2.5 HOURS for one procedure. More time for combined procedures.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Pigment is implanted into the skin by small needles that puncture skin at a high frequency. The needles leave behind pigment using a tattooing machines or microblading hand tools. I use EverAfter Pigments and Permablend Pigments on the face. They are extremely stable and high quality so they stay true to color.
“ I also only use Ever After Pigments whose formula is based off of a 30 year old formula that has been used globally without reaction or color change. They only use the highest quality pigment and do not use any dyes, additives, or solvents. Ever After Pigments are also PH balanced and EU approved which surpasses US standards.” ~ Liz Cook tattoo.
To ensure complete take of the pigment on the face, there are always 2 appointments scheduled- 6 weeks apart. Then maintenance touch ups are done per individual needs at a lowered cost for the life of your tattoo.
I'm also a participating Harmony Microblade artist.
DOES IT FADE?
Yes, to varying degrees just like with a body art tattoo. This can be amplified by the pH of our skin and the oiliness of our face but also environmental factors like sun. Sun protection is a must! For these and other reasons, touch up applications are accepted as a common practice for facial tattoos to keep things bright and defined. It will look very dark in the beginning, then heal, peel and fade to the final result.
Also skin procedures like lasers and chemical peels and creams applied like retinols and acids (like AHA, glycolic, & salicylic) can accelerate exfoliation and fade the tattoo at a much faster rate than normal. These are always to be avoided in the tattoo area.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, cosmetic tattooing is safe. No procedure comes without risks involved however, such as allergic reaction to the ink and infection of the skin/ tissue. We will discuss the risks at the time of your appointment. Single-use disposable needles and disposable cups for pigments are used along with strict aseptic protocols for handwashing and gloves are worn at all times.
Post procedural instructions, should be followed to ensure safe healing.
CAN I GET AN MRI AFTERWARDS?
Please always check with your physician and MRI technician (especially if you have eyeliner tattoo). However, in the instances where MRI discomfort has resulted, it usually is reported as localized and temporary.
Note: the pigment formulas I use are based on body art ink formulas which contains minerals.
DOES IT HURT?
Everyone has a different pain tolerance but most patients report it very tolerable. Numbing creams and gels are used before and during the procedure. Expect pain and swelling afterwards that should resolve in 1-7 days depending on the procedure.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEW TATTOO?
Aftercare is primarily a matter of keeping the area clean and moisturized. See the aftercare instructions you are provided at your appointment.
CAN I BRING A SUPPORT PERSON TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Absolutely- adults only please. Do not bring pets. As always, encouragement and input from friends and loved ones is welcomed during your visit. However, if disrespectful, intrusive, or distracting behavior occurs during your appointment, the party will be asked to leave per artist’s discretion and return when you are ready to be picked up. You will need a driver for eyeliner procedures.
IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
You should be totally healed from any surgery or trauma to the tattooed area prior to scheduling. If you have recently had surgery or trauma, an in person consult is required to schedule so your skin/ scars can be examined.
Any medication with Isotretinoin should be stopped for at least one year. (Including but not limited to Accutane, Claravis, Sotret, Myorisan, Amnesteem, Absorica, Zenatane Accutane)
Wait 10 weeks or longer after laser resurfacing and heavy (TCA) chemical facial peels.
Please wait 4 weeks after Botox and facial/lip fillers, laser hair removal and maintentance facial peel treatments with salicylic, glycolic or lactic acids. No tretinoin or steroid creams for 4 weeks (also note these thin the skin with prolonged use and adds risk to your procedure).
Your skin must not be tan. This goes for fake tanning sprays or lotions too. This makes it difficult to look at skin undertones and tanned skin does not accept pigment well. Absolutely NO sunburns for at least 4 weeks prior. No brow tints within 4 weeks of an eyebrow procedure. No henna brows for 8 weeks prior to eyebrow tattoo.
Wait 6 weeks after chemotherapy/cytotoxic antineoplastic agents have been stopped and your counts should be back within an acceptable range per your physician to have the procedure done. If this is the case, I require a note clearing you to have the procedure from your physician.
You must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. No exceptions.
No psoriasis, blepharitis , eczema, history of herpetic or shingles outbreak in the planned tattoo area. These are contraindicated for treatment.
You do not have to stop immunosuppressive medications but know it can absolutely delay/prolong your healing and make you higher risk for infection. I may ask for a medical clearance prior to your tattoo.
Vitaligo must be stable and a note from your doctor clearing you to have tattooing is required.
If you are Diabetic, your HBA1C must be in a good range and again your condition can prolong healing and you have a higher risk of infection if you are uncontrolled.
Do not use recreational drugs or alcohol for 48 hrs prior to procedure. Alcohol thins the blood. Also , you must not smoke. Nicotine constricts your vascular system and will impede oxygen necessary to heal your tattoo. I suggest this is abstained from for 3 weeks before and after your sessions.
If you take aspirin or an NSAID for aches and pains, I would prefer you use tylenol (if you can tolerate it) as it does not thin the blood, for a few days prior to the tattoo. However, DO NOT STOP regularly prescribed blood thinning medications from your physician, (aspirin or prescriptions). The tattoo is a superficial procedure, not an invasive surgery.
Make sure you eat on the day of the procedure.
Wear a comfortable, loose fitting clothing
It is helpful to wear your makeup to the procedure and bring your usual brow, liner, lip color for color matching. Please note make up placed on top of the skin is different than ink deposited into your skin. Undertones, melanin and various other things require modification of color so it heals correctly.
If you get cold sores:
Prescription medication should be taken for 10 total days. (3 days prior to procedure and 7 days after). You must get this from your doctor! The lip tattooing will cause an outbreak!
I recommend everyone (even if you don’t remember having an outbreak before) take 1000/mg L-lysine daily for 10 days (3 days prior to and 7 days after) Important: Make sure there are no drug interactions prior to this with your current medications
If you get canker sores, you should be totally healed for at least 7 days from your last outbreak prior to your procedure. Reschedule if needed.
Eye Liner Procedures
Eyelash extensions must be removed prior to appointment and lashline must be squeaky clean when you arrive. Important: be free of any lash enhancing serums for at least two months prior to appt and do not use for at least 2 months after.
Contacts should not be worn to the procedure. Please wear glasses. If you do not have glasses, be aware contacts must be removed prior to the procedure and I advise you wear glasses only for 7 days post procedure. If you place contacts back in sooner, you risk impacting your take of pigment negatively. Ointment will be applied in the eye to minimize the risk of a corneal abrasion which can happen during this procedure. Please make the tattooer aware if you have a history of any problems with your corneas.
**A friend is recommended to take you home as it can be difficult to drive after.
Includes the primary application and one touch up session done at 6 weeks
(discounts may be provided for combined services)
MICROBLADING - $550
Blade n' Shade - $550
Machine hair strokes - $550
Powder Fill - $550
Machine Strokes/Powder Combo - $550
Eyeliner –defined line or lash enhancement
Upper OR Lower Lid - $375
Both Upper & Lower Lid - $500
Designer/Dramatic - $100 additional charge
Liner - $375
Full Lip Color - $500
Corrective (you had previous undesirable tattooing elsewhere that needs fixed)
see above - with possible additional costs ,varies per individual, could require additional sessions. Prices quoted individually.
Process of Payment – Full price paid at first appointment, which includes both sitting sessions. (Initial and secondary/ follow up 6 week application appointments.)
Cash or credit payment is accepted.
Maintenance touch ups at a reduced fee (1/3 of the initial cost) for the life of your tattoo.
If you are a cancer survivor interested in microblading through the Thrive Beauty foundation, Thrive Beauty must be contacted to see if you are a candidate and approval must be obtained before we schedule you.
Note: permanent make up is NOT covered by your health insurance no matter the reason.
***If you are receiving a breast tattoo or permanent make up for a restorative purpose such as, post-mastectomy nipple tattooing, post-breast surgery areola repigmentation, loss of brows from cancer treatments or a burn, please bring a physician prescription. Any cosmetic tattoo not prescribed by a physician will be charged sales tax. Breast reconstruction tattooing is always considered medical and not cosmetic.