Realistic Expectations

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The more you understand our process, the happier you'll be!

When you book an appointment at PERMÉTIKA, it is with the understanding that you have read, understand & AGREE with our conservative approach as described below:

 

  • Cosmetic Tattooing IS NOT for everyone. If you are a perfectionist that is not thrilled with a 75-90% improvement in your looks, you may not be the best candidate for us. If you happen to have body dysmorphia, there's a strong possibility that no one will be able to perform to your expectations.  Even the most beautiful of people are not perfect!  So if we try to push it to 100% perfection, we may end up with an unrealistic result.  Since our reputation is built upon performing a look that appears natural to the naked eye, we are not willing to take that chance. 

  • Cosmetic Tattooing is NOT an exact science. Neither you nor I can control how much color the skin retains... and each client's experience is different from person to person! For this reason, we CHOOSE to add just enough color on your first visit to form a baseline of HOW YOUR SKIN RETAINS PIGMENT. Then we have the information we need to better gauge how much to use on subsequent visits.  Yes, we realize that you may be disappointed if your initial procedure does not produce the results you were hoping for, but we assure you, this approach could prevent a disaster and SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run. We would hate to have to send you to the laser clinic and go through months & months of laser tattoo removal!  Again, if you're not ok with this process, then we may not be the company for you. You might instead, try to find another artist who will accommodate more color during the first session. To me, it's not a risk that I am willing to take.  

  • For these reasons, we only provide CONSERVATIVE PROCEDURES with the intention of looking as natural as possible! Our conservative approach is applied for YOUR PROTECTION!!  

We know that there is a lot of information to take in here! 

We hope you take the time to educate yourself. This entire website was designed with your protection in mind and to help you form realistic expectations about your experience. 

 

By the time you arrive for your appointment, hopefully, you will have read the information on this site and you realize that each person will have a unique experience.

 

This same information will also be shared on our consent forms, just to make sure you understand potential outcomes and solutions. These steps help us form an alliance in understanding and to avoid future misunderstandings!

IF YOU DO NOT ALSO AGREE WITH OUR CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, THEN WE MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT ARTISTIC TEAM FOR YOU. 

Realistic Expectations = Happy Clients! 

When you book an appointment at PERMÉTIKA, it is with the understanding that you have read, understand & AGREE with our conservative approach as described below:

 

  • Cosmetic Tattooing IS NOT for everyone. If you are a perfectionist that is not thrilled with a 75-90% improvement in your looks, you may not be the best candidate for us. If you happen to have body dysmorphia, there's a strong possibility that no one will be able to perform to your expectations.  Even the most beautiful of people are not perfect!  So if we try to push it to 100% perfection, we may end up with an unrealistic result.  Since our reputation is built upon performing a look that appears natural to the naked eye, we are not willing to take that chance. 

  • Cosmetic Tattooing is NOT an exact science. Neither you nor I can control how much color the skin retains... and each client's experience is different from person to person! For this reason, we CHOOSE to add just enough color on your first visit to form a baseline of HOW YOUR SKIN RETAINS PIGMENT. Then we have the information we need to better gauge how much to use on subsequent visits.  Yes, we realize that you may be disappointed if your initial procedure does not produce the results you were hoping for, but we assure you, this approach could prevent a disaster and SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run. We would hate to have to send you to the laser clinic and go through months & months of laser tattoo removal!  Again, if you're not ok with this process, then we may not be the company for you. You might instead, try to find another artist who will accommodate more color during the first session. To me, it's not a risk that I am willing to take.  

  • For these reasons, we only provide CONSERVATIVE PROCEDURES with the intention of looking as natural as possible! Our conservative approach is applied for YOUR PROTECTION!!  

  • There is a lot of information to take in here!  It is meant to help you form realistic expectations about the experience you may have and the 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. These steps help us form an alliance in understanding and to avoid future misunderstandings!

IF YOU DO NOT ALSO AGREE WITH OUR CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, THEN WE ARE NOT THE RIGHT ARTISTS FOR YOU. 


 

Here's why we adopted such an approach... When I was first trained in Permanent Cosmetics, (2002) we were encouraged to apply 30-50% MORE color than we think you'll end up needing. The logic behing this is because the skin naturally sloughs off some of the colors during the healing process.  The problem with this equation is that MOST clients will lose a lot of pigment, while a smaller percentage will hold almost all of the color.  The difficult part is that we will never know (in advance) who loses 

NOW WHAT? This ratio suddenly becomes very problematic for this small group of people.  Since 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 people will need follow-up visits to adjust if the color heals patchy or uneven. 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. 

Neither you nor I can control how much color the skin retains... and for this reason, we CHOOSE to add just enough color on your first visit to form a baseline of HOW YOUR SKIN RETAINS PIGMENT. Then we have the information we need to better gauge how much to use on subsequent visits.

You may be disappointed if your initial procedure does not produce the best results, but this approach will SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run since you have the chances of having to visit a laser clinic and go through months & months of laser tattoo removal!  If you're not ok with this process, then we may not be the company for you. You might instead, try to find another artist who will accommodate more color during the first session. To me, it's not a risk that I am willing to take.  

 

So, yes... a conservative approach could mean that you may end up needing more follow-up visits.  

So please plan on having your first follow-up visit(s) within 12 weeks of your initial procedure.  This will give us the chance to get things caught up to meet your (our) high expectations!

THE MORE YOU LEARN ABOUT OUR UNIQUE PROCESS, THE BETTER!

SESSION #1:   

This is where we lay the foundation. This first pass is done on the conservative side (deliberately) so that NO ONE ends up with a color that is too dark.   Please remember, that we are applying artwork into LIVING SKIN.  Skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created by trying to remove what it may perceive as a threat. (ie: this foreign body called:  Pigment). SO... WE MUST FIGHT BACK... with proper aftercare to retain as much of the color as possible,  

Please remember, session #1 is just the start. When you leave our office, we will have performed a procedure that looks beautiful on that day.  We will document the session by taking photos and we will do everything within our ability to make you happy. YOU have to remember that if it looks good on that day, the PROBABILITY of the work ending up TOO LIGHT is the most likely outcome. We do this because SKIN IS UNPREDICTABLE!!  We think, that 50% too light - is 100% better than 10% too dark!   We can always add more during subsequent sessions to build into the look you want. If you don't also agree, 

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 have been down this road for YEARS!  We will do everything possible to create amazing results. 

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.

FOLLOW-UP VISITS ARE NOT FREE. 

Prices will vary depending on the artist chosen. 

The reason we charge for follow-up visits is because it takes more time to apply the next layer of art - than it does to just fill in a few missing strokes. Followup visits may be quick or they may take as long as the initial procedure - or more! The time it takes depends on how well the initial color healed in and how much more depth and dimension needs to be created to make it look as realistic as possible.  

 

We do expect that your permanent cosmetics will improve your look, even if light... however there still may be points that we will need to adjust after healing is complete. You may have lost some strokes that created the shape... this will affect the look of the brow.

 

The color may need to be adjusted as well. This is just the nature of permanent cosmetics, regardless of who does it.   Especially since our first session is done on the more conservative, 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 or gray brows!  We must first see how the color heals in the skin... then we go darker - later if it's safe to do so. 

A successful outcome relies on a complex combination of factors: 

  • THE ARTIST'S IDEA OF BEAUTY, AS COMPARED TO YOURS

  • THE ARTIST'S KNOWLEDGE & SKILL LEVEL

  • YOUR HEALTH, SUPPLEMENTS & MEDICATION IN YOUR SYSTEM

  • YOUR PARTICULAR SKIN TYPE

  • YOUR YOUR SKIN'S BIOLOGY & OVERALL HEALING PROCESS

  • YOUR LIFESTYLE & PERSONAL HABITS

  • PROPER AFTERCARE 

 

By understanding the dynamics at play, you will be better equipped to understand that there is more to consider than JUST the artists' skill level. How YOU care for your skin factors in. Your LIFESTYLE factors in... For these reasons, Cosmetic Tattooing requires a bit more thought and preparation - than a haircut. Sometimes, we have hiccups, but we know what to do to counteract them. Most of the time, our procedures are spot on in color and shape! 

CURIOUS ABOUT THE TERMS:   PERMANENT vs SEMI-PERMANENT? 

ALL COSMETIC TATTOOING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PERMANENT (including Microblading)  because it DOES NOT wash off, nor does it completely vanish after a certain amount of time.

 

The term "semi-permanent" became popular when Microblading first appeared on the scene...  I think some of the newer artists wanted to distance themselves from the traditional form of tattooing to instill a sense of trust in the public eye, by saying that microblading was new, and not permanent. However, this turned out to be false. The fact is that (when performed correctly) microblading can be quite beautiful, but in the wrong hands, can still prove to be disastrous, requiring months and months of laser removal treatments!

 

Microblading is different in that it requires a handtool (not a machine), but it is used to apply the same kind of pigment used by traditional tattoo artists who use machines. One tool is not better than the other. IT'S ALL IN THE HANDS OF THE ARTIST PERFORMING THE PROCEDURE.  (Give Rembrandt a crayon and watch the magic. Give an non-artist the best tools around, and watch the creation of a mess begin!)

 

 I can perform work with a machine that in many cases, looks as good, if not better than microblading. How "permanent" it becomes fully depends on the DEPTH of placement of that pigment, into the skin... and that depth is determined strictly by the skill of the artist who is performing the work. Each artist has a different eye for placement and detail - as well as touch! The TOUCH determines the depth... the depth determines how long the color stays in the skin! But longer is not prettier!

 

At Permetika, we create shallow strokes because we WANT it to fade before it has a chance to turn ugly! When the skin becomes too saturated in color, it starts looking unnatural - or almost fake looking. And to what degree it fades, also depends on each client's skin and lifestyle. This is why we apply pigment using a very conservative approach. This helps to form a baseline to show us how each person's skin holds the color. Then we add more color during subsequent sessions (follow-ups) as needed, to come closer to your preferred look. It's better to not overdo it at first...

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 follow-up to catch the color up in the areas that didn't take well on round one. Also, 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 wipe them enough?  (IF UNSEALED)

  • Did you shower too long?

  • Did you protect them from the sun?

  • Are you on medications?

  • Did you remember to take Arnica before and after your procedure?

 

This list can go on and on. And for this reason, I do hope this helps you to better understand why I require follow-up visits! 

 

Just a reminder... This information is posted on my website in multiple 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 follow-up session.

  • Your aftercare paperwork is another reminder that follow-up sessions are needed. 

FOLLOW-UP VISITS ARE NOT FREE. 

Prices will vary depending on the artist chosen.  SEE PRICING PAGE

We charge for follow-up visits because our follow-ups are actually the next layer of art. WE ARE NOT JUST FILLING IN MISSING STROKES. We are adding to the dimensional process and Followup visits may be quick or they may take as long as the initial procedure, depending on how well the color healed in.  

 

While we do expect your permanent cosmetics to be better than what you started with,  there still may be points that will need to be adjusted, once healing is complete.

 

You may lose some strokes which will affect the shape. The color may need to be adjusted as well. This is just the nature of permanent cosmetics, regardless of who does it.   Especially since our first session is done on the more conservative, 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 we go darker - later. 

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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?  To find out - CLICK HERE

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 PRODUCTS

  • 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 affect muscular activity of the forehead and should be considered when doing a brow treatment because toxins restrict the movement of the muscles in the forehead, which may create more or less symmetry in brow shape! 

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...