PRE-PROCEDURE TIPS

 
Just a heads up... A busy practice has its rewards.

However, it also presents some challenges for our type of industry. Our work requires us to wear gloves and our assistant is often helping us give our clients undivided attention, so we can't always answer the phone. If you call our office, our voice message greeting will instruct you to come read this website where you can access almost every bit of information you can imagine...

So if we're busy, we have created a few platforms in which to communicate more efficiently! Try the following features to get general information on pricing, directions, or help with booking an appointment. Both sources have similar information and explain what you need to DO/STOP/START consuming or doing before, during and after a procedure. Just type in your questions and get your answers fast!

1.  The FAQs PAGE:

2. The VIRTUAL CHAT FEATURE:  >>>

This feature will help you find the

information that you're looking for, FAST!  Even faster than making a phone call!

3. CONTACT US:  

If you don't find your answers here, and still need to talk to someone, we ask that you request a call back by clicking on the  "CONTACT US" on the lower right side of this page.  We will contact you back at our first opportunity.


 

NOTE:  When learning information that pertains to YOU, it would be helpful to take notes and set a reminder on your phone or calendar to read back over the recommendations a few days prior to your procedure to review the instructions on how to prepare for you upcoming procedure.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you!

THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT.

 

  • PLEASE HELP US KEEP THINGS LOW STRESS! 

  • (REMEMBER - NO CAFFEINE TODAY). 

  • IF YOU HAVEN'T STARTED TAKING ARNICA MONTANA (pill form, not cream) start now.

  • The first appointment of the day starts at 10:00 am. There is a 30-minute window in which to complete paperwork and ask any final questions as we start the numbing process. No need to arrive early. 

  • Your arrival time is not always your START time. If numbing is required, your specialist will start your first procedure approximately 30-45 minutes later to allow for sufficient numbing.

  • First sessions (in cosmetic tattooing) normally finish up between noon & 1 pm, depending on the complexity of the case.

  • 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.

  • If you have a tight schedule and need to leave on time, your best option is to book your procedure at the top of the day. We will wrap it up on time. This 10 am spot is the only spot we feel safe in saying will start ON TIME, barring any unforeseen incidents.  Appointments set at noon or later may be held up due to a variety of reasons. 

  • If you have to wait, we ask for your patience while we take good care of the client in the chair.

  • Avoid a TIME CRISIS on your end, by allowing a 3-4 hour window of time to complete your appointment. 

  • Do not plan anything right after your appointment just in case we are running behind.

  • Make a backup plan in case you have lunch or dinner plans.

  • Have someone scheduled as backup to pick up your kids. 

  • Don't plan any first dates - on the day of your procedure.  : )

 FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS:
  • Schedule Follow up #1 and #2 at twelve (12 ) week intervals, following the date of your initial procedure. This keep the application dates on track.   

  • 2-3 Weeks prior to your follow-up, check your permanent makeup. If you feel that everything is ok, and you'd rather wait a while, (or if something else comes up) you may reset your appointment. You may change, your date up to one (1) week prior to the date of your next visit. If you need to postpone, just search your emails for "Permetika" to find your most recent confirmation email. You will find a link there to reset your appointment.

 

3 DAYS PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT  

Discontinue use of the following products but NEVER discontinue PRESCRIBED medication without first consulting with your physician.  NON PRESCRIBED products that should be eliminated prior to any invasive procedure are as follows:  

  • All Blood Thinners (consult a physician before discontinuing any prescriptions!)

  • Alcohol - Because it thins the blood, and causes more bleeding.

  • Caffeine - Because it increases the heart rate, causing more bleeding.  

  • Aspirin or any Aspirin based products, including Baby Aspirin

  • Ibuprofen

  • Motrin

  • Advil

  • Aleve

  • Naproxen

  • Fish

  • Fish Oils 

  • Green Tea Extract, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba as well as Cayenne Pepper supplements.

  • Vitamin E (Internal Capsules and External topicals as well.) 

  • ANY facial oils. EXCESSIVE CREAMS AND OILS PLUMP UP THE SKIN making it difficult to implant pigment and also can cause less color retention.

  • Exercise increases the heart rate, expands pores, and produces sweat. This can cause a loss of color retention. So FOR BEST RESULTS, please avoid any exercise within 1-2 days prior to your procedure and for 12-14 days following your procedure. If you must exercise, (and I know some of you WILL), you must be willing to accept the fact that your color may fade and a follow-up session may be necessary.

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  • If you've had any type of joint replacement, and are required to pre-medicate prior to routine dental procedures, the same applies with us. So ask your doctor if you are well enough for a procedure and ask for the usual prescription.


 

Photos 

  • Mandatory Before and After photos will be taken for your client file.

  • Your consent form will give you the opportunity to accept or decline the use of your photos on our website, in marketing & training material. 

  • We can make your photos "private" but you must request that we make your photos CONFIDENTIAL.   

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Start of Procedure

  • During the numbing process, just relax. Being nervous is expected but a real waste of energy! 

  • Once the procedure is started, additional topical will be applied to help control discomfort.

  • Almost every client agrees that the procedures are much more tolerable than originally anticipated.

  • Again, relax! You're in good hands!

 

Afternoon Appointments may run late 

We do respect your time and we know it's frustrating to have to wait. But some cases are more difficult and time-consuming than others, so just be prepared to wait until we are finished making the client before you are happy. We cannot fully anticipate, nor guarantee, when the procedure prior to yours will be finished, as there are numerous things to consider.  


Pain, Anxiety & Medications

Pain is relative and totally different from client to client. Some feel more than others, but the sensation ranges from a plucking feeling, vibration, scratching, but it's rarely unbearable. We prep our client's brows with topical numbing cream throughout the entire process to dull the discomfort. If you have low pain tolerance, it's best if you apply numbing cream for 30-60 minutes beforehand.

  • BY TEXAS STATE LAW, a cosmetic tattoo studio is only allowed to administer Lidocaine at 4% or less without a Medical Director, however, stronger topical applications may be available to you over the counter or online.

  • You may also ask your physician to prescribe a stronger topical that you can apply prior to your procedure.

  • DO NOT RISK APPLYING TO EYELIDS! If the numbing cream reaches the eyes it will burn and could cause a corneal abrasion if it is not flushed properly and immediately.

  • NEVER take sleeping pills prior to your procedure! ​They will NOT help you "relax"!  While you might become sleepy, you could also become combative...  and start swatting me away from your face in your sleep. Trust me on this. It happened!  In the best interest of the client, I actually had to terminate the procedure and drive her home. TRUE STORY!

  • IF YOU TAKE ANYTHING FOR ANXIETY, YOU MUST BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU OR ARRANGE FOR TRANSPORTATION HOME.

 

Brow Procedures 

  • Generally produce minimal pain to no pain.

  • After the first session, the color will be too light. 

  • Once healed, we will know more about how YOUR skin reacts to the treatment and can make adjustments at the follow-up session.

  • This is for your protection. Please embrace it!

 

Eyeliner Procedures

  • REMOVE LASH EXTENSION at least 3 days prior to eyeliner procedures.  If you fail to do this, we will have to reset your appointment and you will have to pay a new booking fee.

  • REMOVE CONTACT LENSES prior to your appointment.  Don't forget to bring a lens container. Do not reapply them for about 48 hours after an eye procedure.

  • ​Bring prescription glasses with you to the session. You will need to wear them home after any eyeliner procedure.

  • Eyeliner normally causes more mental anxiety than true "pain". The tickling is far more annoying than "painful". 

  • For that reason, you may want to consider taking Antihistamines such as Benadryl before the procedure as it may reduce swelling and help you relax.

  • You may also ask your physician to prescribe Xanax - but you must arrange for transportation. If we feel that your judgment, balance, or speech is compromised in any way, we will cease the treatment and you will have to reschedule your appointment. The fees will be forfeited.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is normally sufficient to control any discomfort or occasional pain due to the procedures.  

  • Do not dye or perm eyelashes for 7 days prior to the appointment - refrain for another month following an eyeliner procedure.

  • Do not use an eyelash curler for about 2 weeks after an eyeliner procedure.

  • Eye surgeries??? Be sure to consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent eyeliner procedure.

Lip Procedures

Are the most sensitive of all procedures, pain-wise.

  • Most people are able to tolerate the initial pain. I assure you, I will give you a break as soon as you tell me to and will apply a more numbing gel to help alleviate the pain when I resume treatment.

  • Following the procedure, lips will sting a bit and feel sunburned for 12-24 hours.

  • Then feel super chapped for the duration of the initial healing process.  

  • Once they peel, they will feel really tender, like baby skin.

  • Continue to keep moisturized.

  • If you have ever had (even one) fever blister or cold sore, you should consult your physician a few weeks in advance and get a prescription for an antiviral medication to start taking a few days before, during, and for a few days following your lip procedure. If you fail to do this, you risk an outbreak, which will most likely remove most or all your implanted color! 

  • LIPS ALMOST ALWAYS TAKE 2-3+ SESSIONS FOR COMPLETE COLOR. This is a highly active area and the color is easily lost on some people. 

 

Sanitation, Sterilization & Safety

From the moment we start setting up the work area,  to break-down, you will observe our strict attention to sanitation and guidelines throughout the duration of your service. ONLY DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS ARE USED FOR YOUR PROCEDURE. ALL NEEDLES ARE PRE-STERILIZED, ONE TIME USE FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING! 

After each procedure, surfaces are wiped down with a virucidal/germicidal agents and draped with plastic barriers.  Disposable gloves are worn and changed any time we need to leave our work area or handle a device or product that's not on the work tray. Following each procedure, disposable parts are inserted into properly labeled containers for proper disposal. All waste is wrapped up in the plastic and properly disposed of. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS THAT YOU COULD NOT FIND AN ANSWER TO, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US BY LEAVING US A MESSAGE ON THE CONTACT US BUTTON. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING!

Thank you for your interest in learning! 

Connie & The Team

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