Procedure Info

What is Cosmetic Tattooing?

Cosmetic Tattooing, or Permanent Makeup, is a form of tattooing that implants pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.  The pigment implantation may be done with a variety of tools or machines.  Even though some advertise cosmetic tattooing as semi-permanent, this is a permanent tattoo.  However, since the pigment is not implanted quite as deeply into the dermis as a traditional tattoo, it will fade over time.  This is a good thing, because as we age and trends change, our features and preferences will change.  Your cosmetic tattoo may be adjusted at touch up procedures to accommodate your changing preferences and features. Microblading is also a form of Cosmetic Tattooing.

Who is a good candidate for Cosmetic Tattooing?

If you would like to wake up in the morning with your eyebrows, eyeliner, or lip color already applied, then you are a good candidate for cosmetic tattooing.  It can save you time getting ready, and keep you looking the way you like while preforming various activities such as exercising, swimming, etc. There are a few conditions that may make a person ineligible for cosmetic tattooing. See below.

Who may not be a good candidate for Cosmetic Tattooing?

If you are pregnant or nursing, you will need to wait until you have given birth and are done nursing to have any form of tattooing.

If you suffer from skin disorders such as Shingles, Rosacia, Eczema, and Psoriasis, you must wait until your condition has calmed down.  I cannot preform Cosmetic Tattooing if you have an active breakout.  You may need be pre-medicated and receive medical clearance from your doctor. A client may also not have an active acne breakout in the area to be tattooed.  I will need to wait until your skin has cleared prior to tattooing the desired area. If you have taken Accutane, there is a waiting period of one year after the completion of the treatment before tattooing can be preformed.

There are a variety of other conditions such as organ and joint replacements, autoimmune disorders, eye conditions such as Glaucoma or Grave’s Disease, insulin dependent diabetics, people undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation, those that suffer from seizures, and those that regularly take steroids or blood thinners, will ALL require medical clearance from their physician.  This is not a complete list.  Most people are eligible for Cosmetic Tattooing with medical clearance from their physician, and possibly pre-medication, as well.  Please call or email with any questions.

Pre-procedure Instructions

Weeks Prior to Procedure:

Avoid Retinolds, Glycolic Acids, and other anti-aging products on the procedure area for 2 weeks prior to the procedure.  Avoid any chemical peels or laser treatments for 8 weeks prior.

Avoid suntanning on procedure area for 4 weeks prior. We cannot tattoo sunburned skin.

If you get fillers such as Juvedrem, Restalyne, etc., in the desired procedure area, there is a three month waiting period before we can tattoo that area.  Botox requires a 24 hour waiting period.

For Eyeliner tattoos, you cannot have Eyelash Extensions on at the procedure time.  Stop using Latisse 2 weeks prior to the procedure.

For Lip procedures, if you get cold sores of fever blisters, EVEN ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, you will be required to obtain a prescription from you physician for Valtrex to possibly prevent any outbreaks.  Many physicians will prescribe 12 capsules of 500mg of Valtrex to be taken twice daily for two days prior to the procedure, and for four days after.  Make sure to ask your doctor for 24 capsules total, to avoid 2 co-pays.  This way you will have enough medication to take at your 6 – 8 week touch up visit.  You will also need to obtain medication for any future touch up visits, so remember to refill your script when you schedule your touch ups in the future.

Supplements such as Fish Oil and Vitamin E act as blood thinners.  It is best to avoid taking these supplements 1 week prior, if possible.

Day prior / Day of  Procedure:

Avoid excessive caffeine the day of the procedure.

Stop taking blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin, Aleve, etc. for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.  48 hours or more is best.

It is best you arrive with no makeup on procedure area, and have a few photos of how you like to wear your makeup.  We will draw on the makeup design of the area to be tattooed, and agree on the design, prior to tattooing.

Bring your favorite makeup or pencils for the procedure that you would like to provide for color matching.

It is best to come to your appointment with clean hair, as all Cosmetic Tattooing procedures will have some period afterwards where they will need to be kept dry.

It is advisable not to make social plans for a few days after the procedure, as it will look dark and possibly swollen at first.  Wait at least 2 weeks to attend large social events to avoid any uncomfortable situations.