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Realistic Expectations

Realistic Expectations

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

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...

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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... 

  • 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.

* IMPORTANT  INFORMATION ABOUT ALLERGY TESTING: 

IF you have very sensitive or reactive skin and want an ALLERGY SKIN TEST, you will need to schedule a consultation (at least a week in advance) to come to get the free test. If you're from out of town, we can mail you one.  (Btw... Since 2002, I have never had a client present a true allergic reaction to any of the procedures I've done. But I just consider that lucky because there are some people who can become allergic to foreign matter.  It's just extremely rare.)

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS...

You may not be a good candidate for treatment at this time until the condition is resolved or your doctor clears you for treatment. If unsure about anything, you may ask your physician or our medical director about your particular situation:  DR. VICTORIA ZAVALA 713-628-4987.​

  • If you are PREGNANT, HARVESTING EGGS, OR TRYING TO GET PREGNANT, you are not a candidate for permanent makeup at this time. Although there has been no scientific proof or any medical evidence that tattooing would have any effect on an unborn child, we don't know for sure. So, we err on the side of caution. You must wait until after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.

  • If you are BREASTFEEDING an infant, you must pump and dump to make sure to protect the baby's breast milk.

  • For FLASHBACK SKIN TIGHTENING or FLASHBACK SKIN CORRECTOR TREATMENTS - You may not be the best candidate if you answer yes to the following questions:

    • Have you ever been diagnosed with Steven Johnson Syndrome? If so, 

    • Have you ever had an allergic response (or any bad reaction) to a medication or other substance which caused a severe rash or condition such as Steven Johnson syndrome? Please bring this topic up for discussion prior to any treatment here at Permetika and ask for a test spot to be performe..

    • Are you an extremely slow healer?  

    • Do you have darker skin? People with more melanin may experience more hyperpigmentation issues. Please request a skin test prior to booking!

  • If you are  UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, by state law, we cannot apply any form of tattooing. 

  • Have uncontrolled DIABETES.

  • Are undergoing any form of treatment for CANCER.

  • Have SKIN ERUPTIONS in the immediate area of treatment.

  • Have a COLD, FEVER, OR ANY CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS.

  • If you have had SHINGLES, please provide a clearance letter from your doctor in order to proceed with any PMU Procedure.

  • If you are undergoing ACTIVE CHEMO, you are not a candidate. Procedures should be completed and healed by the time chemo is administered. 

 

  • If you are INSULIN DEPENDENT, you are also not a candidate for permanent makeup. ​

 

  • If you are ON ACCUTANE, you are not a candidate until you've been off the medication for at least one year. Multiple sessions are to be expected as the skin is thinner than normal skin.

  • Applying RETINOL, RETINOIDS, or any ANTI-AGING products, you should refrain from PMU for a month prior to or a month following a procedure. 

  • If you have GLAUCOMA, you are not a candidate for the eyeliner procedure.

  • Have you ever had a bad reaction (or allergic response) to any medication which caused a rash or condition such as Steven Johnson Syndrome? 

  • If you are a person that has the tendency to develop KEYLOID or HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING keep in mind that you have the same potential risk with tattooing.  We have never witnessed any keloid-type scarring occur on the face, but it's always a possibility, so a patch test may be in order. 

 

  • If you have had a RECENT EYE SURGERY you need to wait at least 6 months before you can be a candidate for the eyeliner procedure.

 

  • People who get FEVER BLISTERS or COLD SORES  are prone to an outbreak after lip procedures. Please consult with your doctor prior to having any lip procedure done as there are medications that can be taken before and after as an aid to prevent an outbreak post-procedure. However, this cannot be guaranteed and you make likely to lose pigment in the areas that the blister(s) or sore(s) occur. 

 

  • SCARS from surgery or an injury MUST HAVE BEEN HEALED FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR prior to scar camouflage. BEST results come from scars that are LIGHTER than the surrounding skin. We cannot work on scars that are red, purple, or brown with cosmetic tattooing. Darker scars are better treated with Laser, Radio Frequency, Skin Resurfacing, etc. For more info on treating darker or hyperpigmented scars, contact Dr. Victoria Zavala at 713-628-4987.

  • If you have an “active” auto-immune disorder, check with your doctor to see if you are a candidate or just possibly need to wait until you are in remission.

  • You will need to wait 1 month after a Permanent Lip Procedure to get BOTOX around the mouth.

  • Dermal Lip Fillers increase the chance of color migration (color traveling under the skin).

  • People with anxiety disorders (such as trichotillomania) or who are prone to picking, should think twice about having a procedure. If you pick at the skin, we can tell. If you pick at the skin, your results will look blotchy. If you have pulled your brows or lashes out repeatedly, the skin underneath is affected to a degree, that may cause a moderate to complete loss of color retention.  With that said, if you have NO BROWS AT ALL, some people feel that even a little bit of lingering color is enough to help when applying makeup - at least you don't have to TOTALLY recreate the wheel, every single day.... just some food for thought.  

  •  IN MOST CASES, OLD PERMANENT MAKEUP SHOULD BE REDUCED, PRIOR TO HAVING A NEW PROCEDURE.   TOTAL REMOVAL IS ONLY NECESSARY IN EXTREME CASES.  IF YOU HAVE OLD, FADED, POORLY SHAPED, ODDLY COLORED PERMANENT MAKEUP, YOU MUST SEND PHOTOS TO 713-443-8999 TO BE CONSIDERED AS A POTENTIAL CLIENT, PRIOR TO BOOKING!  IF YOU SHOW UP WITH PERMANENT MAKEUP THAT WE CANNOT REPAIR, WE HAVE NO CHOICE OTHER THAN TO RESET YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A FUTURE DATE AFTER THE PMU HAS BEEN REMOVED. YOUR BOOKING FEE WILL BE FORFEITED & YOU WILL NEED TO PAY A NEW BOOKING FEE TO SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT.  SO PLEASE THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS & THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING! 

  • SOME COLOR ISSUES CAN BE COLOR CORRECTED, BUT LET US BE THE JUDGE OF THAT.  IF WE CAN WORK WITH YOU WE WILL!  IF WE DO DECIDE TO WORK WITH YOU, YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR MORE PROCEDURES THAN NORMAL. AND YOU MUST BE MENTALLY PREPARED TO HANDLE THE INTERIM CHANGES AS YOUR PERMANENT MAKEUP IS BEING CORRECTED.  WE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE, BUT IT DOES TAKE TIME IF YOU ARE READY TO TAKE ON THIS COMMITMENT. 

 

  • IF YOU ALREADY KNOW YOU HAVE REALLY BAD WORK, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL - AS IT IS NO LONGER LEGAL IN THE STATE OF TEXAS FOR TATTOO ARTISTS TO REMOVE COLOR.  UNFORTUNATELY WILL NOT BE WILLING TO ADOPT THAT WORK. AS SOON AS WE PUT A MARK ON IT, IT'S NOW OUR PROBLEM. AND WHEN THE RISK OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFIT TO EITHER OF US, WE ARE VERY SORRY, BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM WORK ON YOU, SINCE THE RISK OF YOU NOT BEING SATISFIED IS FAR TOO GREAT.  KEEP IN MIND, THAT THE MORE TRAUMA THAT IS CAUSED TO THE SKIN OVER TIME, THE GREATER THE CHANCE OF POOR COLOR RETENTION. SOME THINGS WE CAN HELP, BUT WE CANNOT CONTROL EVERY OUTCOME, AND GUARANTEES OF SUCCESS CANNOT BE MADE.

BOTOX, DYSPORT or XEOMIN, FILLER USERS... 

  • Please know that any of these treatments could change the symmetry of your brows.   Example: If you get your brows tattooed right after an injection, the muscular structure of your face will change over the next week and could adversely affect the symmetry of your brow placement. This can be corrected on subsequent sessions, but it's better to coordinate your beauty treatments accordingly as follows: 

  • So IDEALLY, we should plan your permanent brow procedure when they are in their "MOST NORMAL"  state.  We "can" do a permanent makeup procedure at any time. However, once it wears off, your brows may change position a little. This is easily adjusted at the follow-up sessions.

  • If you normally have Botox once a year for the Holidays,  then the best time to do a brow procedure would be at some point in the summer to give time for the Botox to fully wear off.​

  • If you do Botox every 4 months, the best time to do a permanent brow procedure is 2 months prior to your next Botox appointment. 

  • IF YOU ARE NOT OUR ORIGINAL CLIENT YOU MUST BOOK A NEW PROCEDURE TO PROCEED WITH ANY KIND OF WORK.  

DO NOT BOOK A FOLLOW-UP.  You are required to book a NEW procedure, pay the booking fee plus any corrective fees that may be necessary.  But first, you should TEXT us your photos to 713-443-8999. We will let you know if the area is workable.  If not, we will recommend that you get a removal session(s) prior to getting new work.

CHECK OUT THESE QUICK LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO PLAN FOR AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW PROCEDURE! 

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TIMING :  
PLANNING YOUR  PROCEDURE!

WHY IS OUR WORK  DIFFERENT?

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!!  

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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 A 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. 

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?

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