Realistic Expectations

A SUCCESSFUL PROCEDURE IS A COMBINATION OF ARTISTIC SKILL, PROPER AFTERCARE AND EXCELLENT HEALING.  Understanding that YOUR HEALTH, YOUR SKIN TYPE, YOUR LIFESTYLE & HABITS matter just as much at the skill level of the artist.  Therefore, Cosmetic Tattooing requires a bit more thought and preparation than a haircut does.

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More about Realistic Expectations:

Skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created. SO NATURALLY, IT WILL FIGHT THE PROCESS... by trying to push out, what it perceives as a threat back (ie:pigment).   

 

In turn, we must try and trick the system into retaining as much of the color, as possible. We do this with proper application & proper aftercare.

 

EVERY TIME, the battle ends with partial color retention, for everyone. Only a few lucky clients heal with near perfect results. The others heal with various stages of patchiness, and the only remedy is a followup to catch the color up in the areas that didn't take well on round one. Also, since it is impossible to prove or disprove how well it was cared for... For example: 

  • Did you fall asleep on one brow?

  • Did you rub or pick it too much?

  • Did you ice them well enough? 

  • Did you wiped them enough?

  • Did you shower too long?

  • Did you protect them from sun?

  • Are you on meds?

  • Did you remember to take Arnica?

 

This list can go on and on. And for this reason, I do hope this helps you to better understand why I require followup visits. Just a reminder to all...  This information is posted on my website in various places to make sure, that most people see it:

  • I also send a reminder (upon booking) to refresh your memory about planning and caring for your procedure. 

  • I send another reminder when your appointment is near.   

  • Our consent form, also recaps much of this information, prior to your procedure. 

  • During your procedure, I continue to verbally explain that you will need a minimum of at least one followup session.

  • Your aftercare paperwork is another reminder that followup sessions are needed. 

Realistic Expectations = Happy Clients 

When a client books an appointment at PERMÉTIKA, it is with the ADVANCE understanding that you have read, understand & AGREE with our conservative approach. 

 

You MUST understand that a conservative approach is applied for a good reason... YOUR PROTECTION!!  It is NOT to extract more money out of you. 

 

Here's why I do what I do... When I was first trained in Permanent Cosmetics, (2002) we were encouraged to apply 30-50% MORE color than we think you'll need - since the skin naturally sloughs off some of the color during the healing process. While this equation works great for "most" clients, a small percentage of clients will hold almost all of the color.  NOW WHAT? This ratio suddenly becomes very problematic for this group.  So it is very important to understand (in advance) that each person heals and holds color differently. The shape may also shift once healed.  Almost no one experiences absolute perfection, especially after just one visit.  Therefore, most clients WILL need follow up visits to adjust if the color heals patchy or uneven. Neither you, nor I can control how much color the skin retains. Now, if I knew which category each client would fit into, I could better manage the color saturation to suit each person. However, it's impossible to know what to expect until a trial run is done. The facts are only in - once your first session has FULLY healed for a full 8-12 weeks. During these weeks, the color continues to change and the full effect is not complete until fully healed. 

 

So, yes... a conservative approach could mean that you may end up needing more follow up visits, however it may also save lots of time and money at a laser tattoo removal clinic!  If you're not ok with this process, the time to make that decision is before booking with me. You might instead, try to find another artist who will accommodate more color on the first session. To me, it's not a risk that I am willing to take.  So please plan on booking your follow up visit(s) so that we can get things caught up to meet your expectations during subsequent visits.

I know there is a lot of information to take in here, but it is meant to help you form realistic expectations about various potential outcomes.  ​By the time you arrive for your appointment, hopefully, you will have read the information on this site. This same information will also be reflected on our consent form when signing in. This step will help us foster a great relationship and to avoid misunderstandings in the future. 

FOLLOW UP VISITS ARE NOT FREE. 

Prices range from $200-$300, depending on the artist chosen.  We do expect your permanent cosmetics to be better than what you started with, but there will be points that you will want to adjust. This is the nature of permanent cosmetics IN THE SKIN.  Especially when the first round is done on the light side.  We do this to protect you. I would rather them be 50% too light than 1% too dark. If you know you want darker brows, we still should be conservative at first so you don't end up with blue brows!  We must first see how the color heals in the skin... then go darker - later. 

WHEN YOU LEARN ABOUT THIS PROCESS, IT'S EASIER TO UNDERSTAND THE GUIDELINES.  
SESSION #1:   This is where I lay the foundation. This first pass is done deliberately on the conservative side so that NO ONE ends up with color that is too dark.   Please remember, we are putting art work into your SKIN. Some people have stronger immune systems than others - so some will shed more color than others.   
 
Skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created. SO IT FIGHTS... by trying to PUSH OUT what it may perceive as a threat, (ie: this foreign body called:  Pigment). SO... WE MUST FIGHT BACK... to retain as much of the color as possible, with a proper application & proper aftercare. 
SESSION #2:  This is the session where we get to balance out the work and add more dimension for even more realistic looking work. 
Just know that we are professionals who will do everything possible to create amazing results, and that our clients are happy when they walk out the door.  It is the client's responsibility to understand that our process may not be like others in our field since we take a lighter approach at the beginning.
PLEASE REMEMBER . . .​

Every person's skin will have a different reaction to a procedure. The following information is to be considered a general guide that holds true for MOST people. 

First, are you a good candidate?

If you are under a doctor's care, or just not sure, you should ask your physician if there are any contraindications to getting a procedure done.  

 

TIPS ABOUT BROWS
  • Stop using any products that are designed to then out the skin. Avoid Products like (Vitamin A, glycolic acids, exfoliation) on the brow area 2 weeks prior to your appointment. 

  • BOTOX, DYSPORT & XEOMIN and Dermal Fillers that affect muscular activity of the forehead should be considered when doing a brow treatment. 

RULE OF THUMB:
  • If you do botox, dysport or xeomin REGULARLY, your brow appointment should be scheduled mid way between your injections.

  • If you ONLY do injections one time per year, or less... you should WAIT to have your brows done until all traces of the toxins have left your body.

  • DO NOT consume alcohol, caffeine or take any blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, Niacin, fish oil 48 hours before your procedure, as taking these things could cause excessive bleeding and may affect your results).

  • If you have a specific idea of how your want your brows to look, you try to apply them to the BEST of your ability - or you can bring in some samples of brows that you like. Try to find photos of people who have a similar facial features as you do... 

  • If your appointment falls during or around your menstrual cycle, you may experience hypersensitivity and possibly more bleeding than normal. So try to schedule accordingly.

  • We will not tattoo over any blemishes, sores in the brow area as color will not hold there..

  • Moles need to be avoided as well as disturbing those cells could cause things to turn cancerous. See your dermatologist for removal if possible prior to any brow procedure. It will require a few months of healing before brow work can be applied to the area. Ask your dermatologist when it's safe for perform the procedure.

We are professionals. We know the joys AND the pitfalls of permanent makeup. We see it on-line every day. We also know that there is a very fine line between "just enough" and "whoa, TOO MUCH"!  The challenge is... this line is different for every client.

 

So, we have a policy to apply the first round of color CONSERVATIVELY, using the lightest touch possible and still get the color in the skin. We do our educated best, to apply your procedure in such a way that it does not heal in TOO DARK, and to avoid creating strange unnatural colors in your skin.

 

This can mean  that it turns out TOO LIGHT.  If the color loss is excessive, you may have only some wounded skin to show for the next couple of months. This skin will appear pinkish-red, just like a scratch. As the weeks go by, the redness will diminish. Then NEXT session, we will know to add more color. This is an extreme scenario that is rare, but certainly possible!     

 

ALL PROCEDURES REQUIRE MULTIPLE VISITS...  

I cannot stress this enough! Your health, your habits, your lifestyle, the condition of your skin, ALL play a huge roll in the amount of color that is retained after the skin has fully healed. 

PRE AND POST CARE

Cosmetic Tattooing normally requires at least 2 weeks to Prepare & 2 weeks to Care! (More planning information can be found on the PLAN AHEAD Page.)

Beautiful brows are the most important feature on the face.

They instantly set the tone of the face.  Good brows  bring an immediate, positive impact to any face - but poorly shaped or colored brow can wreck even the most beautiful of features.

You should never request brows that are MIRROR IMAGES of each other.  You want them to be similar, not exact. It actually takes more skill to make them look REAL, rather than "perfect" and perfect never looks great!  

 

NATURAL looking brows have spaces

between the strokes. Some people embrace the look while others feel the negative spaces should all be filled in. But that negative space is what makes the brows look believable, not stamped on!  You have to resist the urge to fill every open spot! But the open spots should not create an obvious gap either. They should flow like a soft river.
 

  • We always aim to create REALISTIC looking brows here ...  When brows are TOO perfectly marked off and measured, the brows can take on an unrealistic strokes. We want them to be super sexy and exciting,

  • But RIGID, MECHANICALLY PLACED BROWS MIGHT MAKE THE SUPERHERO IN YOU PROUD, but your friends aren't buyin it!  You don't want your brows to walk in before you do. hat's important, is the fine artistic detail, that will bring your face to life!


Microblading has definitely taken the world by storm. These soft, realistic looking strokes help to create the illusion of beautiful full brows by replacing a few missing strokes or simulating an entire brow! This is an awesome service for people suffering from any kind of brow hair loss. These strokes look so real, they even fool the clients using a 10x magnifying mirror!


Whether you call it BROW MICROBLADING, MICRO STROKING, 3D BROWS, FEATHERED BROWS, etc... all of these techniques try to duplicate the appearance of very natural looking brows.

Microblading delicately deposits pigment into the superficial layer of the dermis.
We use a hand tool with an extremely fine grouping of needles, much like a 
calligraphy pen. Our unique technique does not look like the cookie cutter style 
of perfectly traced lines. Our strokes fool even the most discriminating eye. 


THIS LOOKS LIKE YOUR OWN HAIR!

Even though we use a numbing agent of 4% Lidocaine, there may be some discomfort associated with the procedure. This discomfort normally rates on a scale from 0-4 out of 10, pain level. Everyone is different, but we do our best to maintain your comfort level through distraction techniques and breaks if you need them.Microblading rarely produces serious complications

Microblading is NOT semi-permanent as many people claim. It is A TATTOO.

It can fade off in a couple of months if not placed deeply enough in the skin - or - it could become your permanent nightmare. IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE SKILL OF THE ARTIST. I wish the terms "permanent" and "semi-permanent" didn't exist. Both are misleading.  We call it permanent because it does not wash off. We call it semi-permanent, because it fades. But if someone tells you that it lasts only 18 months, that is also misleading. There is no magic date that your new brows are programmed to disappear.


THE TRANSFER OF BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENIC ORGANISMS SUCH AS HIV & HEPATITIS

are some associated risks that come along with tattooing of the skin. All it takes is for an artist to 

 
ALLERGIC REACTIONS  

to the pigments and or ointments are RARE, but are a possibility. We do offer Allergy Skin Test at least one week prior to your appointment.

 
IS YOUR TECHNICIAN WORKING IN A LICENSED FACILITY OR UNDER A MEDICAL DIRECTORSHIP?

It is essential to check that the technicians carry the appropriate licenses. IF YOUR ARTIST IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE, THEY ARE OPERATING ILLEGALLY! 

LET'S TALK ABOUT "TRUST" FOR A MINUTE!

It's a major factor, isn't it? You must have total faith in someone who is about to put an indelible mark on your face or skin. Here, we are committed to providing our clients with exceptional art work while following strict aseptic guidelines to keep you beautiful AND safe! Remember, the BEST deal is the one that leads to your ultimate satisfaction.

Today's Microblading Frenzy is like a MODERN DAY GOLD RUSH- WITH NO SHERIFF IN TOWN!

You've witnessed it! They seem to be on every corner of the UNIVERSE, don't they?  Why did this happen and how did everyone become an expert overnight? For starters, this field has the potential to become very lucrative and I totally understand if a person wants to better themselves - as long as they have the raw talent and skill to back it up. What I have a problem with is the easy access into this field - where ANYONE can join in regardless of talent.  Plus, the free advertising through social media is right at our fingertips - so if a person is better at marketing - than they are applying a tattoo ON YOUR FACE - well - that is a big problem. 

 

But what MOST new people are not counting on is - that contrary to popular consensus - this is NOT a get rich quick scheme! It actually does take a certain level of artistic skill to master the craft of getting pigment to stay in the skin and make it look - good!  Not an easy thing to do for many. So most are doing it for the money, not for the passion of doing it.  And what most CLIENTS are counting on - is for the person they pick - to actually know what they are doing. Dangerous combo  - since there are NO LAWS in State of Texas governing the artistic side of cosmetic tattooing. The ONLY requirements are - that you must PURCHASE a license from the State, and you must follow the the guidelines set in place by the Health Department. THAT'S IT! Once that license is in your hot little hands, you can hang your shingle and call yourself a guru! So clients, YOU will need to control the fate of your face, and your health.  And this also applies to those of you seeking training. It's best to do your research too. There are a few good trainers out there. It's up to you guys to FIND them.

 

In Texas, we don't even HAVE to take a class to learn the basics.  (Crazy, I know!)  Because of this, there is a lot of misinformation flying around.  Most people don't know what they are talking about... they are just regurgitating thoughts from other sources. Poor clients don't know what's going on either. They believe the hype that microblading is a SEMI permanent procedure that will fade in 12-18 months.. THE TRUTH IS, it's NOT TRUE!  Is it possible to fade that fast? YES! Is it likely? NO! It totally depends on the color chosen and depth of placement in the skin. I really don't like the terms SEMI-PERMANENT, nor PERMANENT when referring to cosmetic tattooing because BOTH terms are misleading, at best. Semi gives clients a false sense of security thinking it will fade soon. In reality, the horrible work will never fade without intervention. The term Permanent" leads clients to think they will look great, forever. This is also a fallacy. Just like the paint on your car or house, the pigments will fade over time. How fast it fades depends on so many factors that will be explained throughout this site.

 

And what happens when the number of techs in town - far out number the ability of the state to monitor their actions.  Can you say UH-OH!??  Most technicians will take a course, but most courses are only 1-3 days in length. Some of the more reputable trainers will offer on-line portals in which to learn and the artists must achieve certain levels of proficiency prior to certification. In my opinion, this is still not enough time to prepare you for a career that opens your skin!

 

My next beef?  Predatory Trainers!   

Once they realize. that it's really hard work and that it takes a lot of time and dedication to master your craft and generate a great following  - they turn around to gaze in the eyes of the hoards of people who all want to do the same - So the turn back around, and offer training themselves! WHILE they are still babies themselves in the field - they prey on others who are also desperate to jump on the train! Suddenly it's a frenzy any way you look at it. It's pretty nervy actually to feel that confident. Then you have those who are downright narcissists that have only been at it a few months, and start training...  I'd hate to have that reputation follow ME around. It will eventually catch up to them.

My story on training is this... 

I was a working artist for 12-13 years, before the thought ever occured to me that I might want to train. Then in 2015, the thing that pushed me into the ring, was finding this AMAZING facility, here  in the heart of Houston. It was perfect for training and I couldn't pass it up!  I was VERY sure that I would be rolling out my first class within a few months - tops! The problem with that picture is Dominique Sachse was my second client in the new office. After her visit, my life changed forever. I no longer had ANY of the available time that I did have - to work on my training material. Then longer I work on it, the more intrinsic it became. The more I added, the more I thought of to add...  so now 3 years later - OMG - I STILL haven't launched my course. But I don't let that pressure cause me to move prematurely. I am much more concerned with putting out a great product - than hopping on the crazy  train! Now with the experience of building a curriculum - I'm very suspicious of others who can roll a class out in the blink of an eye. I can almost guarantee you they did not create their own material from start to finish. HOW COULD THEY KNOW ANYTHING WITHOUT TAKING IF FROM ANOTHER SOURCE?  They certainly are not drawing from their own tree of knowledge.

 

Honestly, it's common knowledge among the veterans in this field, that no one should be training until you've mastered your craft... and have encountered just about every strange case known to man. This normally equates to about 4-5 years... possibly 3 if you're highly artistic and very intelligent.  I'm beginning to  think that training could/should even be pushed into the last 5-10 years of your career, after your learned it all - and before you exit the scene.

 

I am NOT saying, that all new techs are bad. There will be some who will have natural talent. Others who have learned color theory in art or who are in fields where they already know sterile techniques and those who understand skin and muscle anatomy from an alternate field... But there are some who will flat out FOOL YOU!  SO IF YOU ARE SHOPPING AROUND, GREAT! We understand that and it's good to know what's out there before making a final choice. But if you are basing your choices on price alone, you might find yourself in a bit of trouble. We just want to caution to do your own research until you can't anymore.  Don't fall for a few great pics, slick marketing and a smooth sales pitch, only. Find someone with a great reputation who you sense truly cares for you and the end result... At the end of the day, THE BEST DEAL is the one that leaves you happy!

I KNOW THIS IS A LOT OF INFORMATION TO TAKE IN, I JUST WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AND KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WALKING IN TO AND I HOPE THIS INFORMATION HELPS YOU WHEN CONSIDERING WHICH FORK IN THE ROAD TO TAKE...
 
CONSULTATION MEETINGS:

Are held once per month in order to answer any final questions prior to your appointment and become more acquainted with us! If you choose not to attend, we will assume that you  understand and agree to all of our our recommendations for planning, aftercare and healing protocols...Most the important information is found on this website. 

NOTE: TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT...

Please set a reminder on your phone or calendar to read back over the recommendations on this site as there are things you will need to start doing and stop doing. If you have any organ, knee or hip replacement that requires you to premeditate with an antibiotic, you will need to do that as well prior to cosmetic tattooing. Other antibiotics are not recommended within a week prior to or after a procedure as they can work against the retention of color.  

APPOINTMENT TIMES:   

Having realistic expectations ALSO applies to your appointment time! Creating a "PERMANENT MARK" on someone's face is a complex and personal thing that cannot be rushed.  Some people require more time and focus than others... this is just the way it is. Just know that we are committed to providing THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE for everyone. Whoever is in the chair is ROYALTY until we are finished.