Recommended Reading

To gain understanding, you should read the pages on the REQUIRED READING MATERIAL on the drop down menu above. 
  • BE PREPARED TO TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ OF THE THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO YOU...
  • SET REMINDERS ON YOUR PHONE TO START TAKING ARNICA MONTANA, ALERT YOU TO UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS
  • AND WHEN TO START MONITORING YOUR INTAKE OF BLOOD THINNERS, DIET, ETC.
  • To help you along, I designed this website to help maximize your experience, and to try avoid circumstances that could sabotage it as well . . .  
 
Keep in mind throughout the learning process that while we do we do have a great track record, YOUR comprehension and cooperation also plays a large role  in your overall happiness.  And remember that . . .
 
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS are paramount!     PERFECTION does not exist!   Artistic talent is subject to interpretation! And the levels of application are as varied as the numbers of people who want it...  What appears to be "just enough" for one person, may be barely noticeable by another.  The same principle applies to flaws.  Artistic abilities are as unique as there are artists... and we carry a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY to identify the particular needs of every client and relay and merge our vision, then execute our  grand performance!
 
So then . . .  we execute that Grand Performance, but the art in now - in your SKIN!  Skin that is moving and churning on a microscopic scale and is going to be fighting to remove what we just put in.  Add to that, all the various levels of self care going on. Some people follow all the rules while others will break out the peroxide to scrub out thier new color. DO DO THAT! Most likely, what you're seeing is inflammation more than color!
 
So... If you move into freak out mode, just remember how it looked when it was first done. Take a breath... calm down... let it heal... and we will take the next steps at your followup session.

Why you should read prior to an Appointment

 
When a client books an appointment at PERMETIKA, it is with the understanding that you have READ, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE  with the information that I have shared throughout this website. This information is meant to help you in forming  realistic expectations, foster a great relationship and to avoid  any potential misunderstandings in the future.  By the time you are seated in my chair, we will have shared this information with you , in advance and on multiple levels. WHY is this so important?
 
For starters, learn if you're a good CANDIDATE or not.
  • Make sure your idea of pretty is the same as mine. 
  • So let's PLAN OUT YOUR SESSION -  TIMING GUIDELINES.
  • Know what to do to CARE FOR YOUR NEW PROCEDURE.
  • Understand that potential (not common)  RISKS that are inherent with any procedure, performed by ANY artist, even me!  
  • Why? There is a possibility that your skin may not respond favorably to the art placed in it.
  • Therefore, we cannot entirely predict an exact outcome, nor do we have ultimate control over your skin's reactions, should there be any reaction at all. 
  • EACH PROCEDURE IS AN EXPERIMENT! Therefore we vow to proceed cautiously.
  • IN TURN, WE EXPECT . . . that you consider yourself a well informed client who understands that your procedure will NOT stay as it was initially implanted and agree with a conservative approach and are willing and ABLE to commit to more sessions as needed  TO BUILD TOWARD YOUR ULTIMATE GOALS, instead of risking too much color retention.
  • REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS are paramount! PERFECT does not exist ! Artistic preferences are subject to interpretation, but we will do our best to be on the same page with you! 
  • Because the more you know, the better prepared you'll be. 
  • People often ask if they really need to plan...  Some just assume that it's not that important.  We feel it's best to do everything you can, to achieve optimal results. People who have had body art know that some tattoos heal well while others need followups.
  • This is even more true with Permanent Cosmetics. Our pigment is not applied as deep in the skin as a body tattoo, so we need to fight to keep what color we can!  
  • So we hope you will take the time to learn about our process and spend a couple of weeks preparing for your procedure by starting & stopping certain products, eat well and start taking the Arnica Montana as recommended, if able.  
  • We feel that these steps will HELP secure a MORE successful procedure than if you don't prepare at all.  However, because all skin is different, we cannot guarantee a perfect outcome, as the art we apply is in YOUR SKIN, and skin is UNPREDICTABLE.  
  • The worst case scenario would be that most of your color doesn't take.  If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less!
  • IN EXTREMELY RARE CASES, the color could go too dark, even though we do perform conservatively. If this happens, we will need to assess the situation in person. 
 

About 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, so when color is applied lightly, some people will end up with color that is patchy and much too light.  If your first session looses a lot of color, it may appear patchy, uneven, or with unnatural looking hues. Please consider this normal and just be sure to book your followup appointment, as this is not a mistake on our part as we cannot control what your skin retains. We will catch it up on your followup visit. Until then, please apply makeup to balance out the color. 
 
Please remember, that missing color stems from the fact that I am putting art into your SKIN. And 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 what it perceives as a threat,  (this foreign body called:  Pigment) back out of your system. AND WE MUST FIGHT BACK... to retain as much of the color, as possible and we do this with proper application & proper aftercare. 
 

Sessions  #2 and 3+

Followup sessions are required to balance the color and add more strokes to the missing spots.... 
Followup visits are not included in the price of the procedure.  
Follow up sessions range from $200 -$500, depending on the procedure and artist chosen.
 
The more you know, the more prepared you'll be.  I'm a seasoned artist . . . This means that I know, that in spite of experience, things can sometimes can still go sideways on occasion.  HOWEVER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A DISASTER HAPPENING IF YOU CHOOSE US TO DO YOUR WORK!  The trick is knowing what adjustments are necessary to get things back on track... and I do! 
 
In most cases, the worst case scenario is that the color didn't hold well. If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less! In a few cases, the color held too much. For this reason, I work very conservatively!
 
Please remember, that we re placing art into a BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM WHERE NOTHING IS EVER CERTAIN!  Your skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created. SO IT FIGHTS THE PROCESS... by trying to push out - what it perceives as a threat,  (ie: the pigment).  SO WE MUST FIGHT BACK... to retain as much of the color, as possible and we do this with proper application & proper aftercare. 
 
MY GOAL, FOR YOUR FACE . . .  is for your permanent makeup to enhance your look - while remaining UNDETECTABLE as a tattoo!  This requires a conservative start, so you should "expect" the initial outcome to be too light, but with more definition than before.  All initial "brow" procedures are applied with a LESS IS MORE APPROACH.  
 
EVERY  TIME, the battle ends up 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 they get too hot?
  • Did you sufficiently protect them from sun?
  • Are you on meds?
  • Did you remember to take Arnica Montana?
 
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. 
 
I use a few colors to start and do so sparingly. Once healed, we assess and adjust according to your personal preferences and how well the color healed in your skin. I start light, because there are few things more hideous that brows that are too thick or too dark.  
 
  • People often ask if they really need to plan...  Some just assume that it's not that important.  We feel it's best to do everything you can to achieve optimal results.
  • People who have had body art know that some tattoos heal well while others need followups. This is even more true with Permanent Cosmetics. Our pigment is not applied as deep in the skin as a body tattoo, so we need to fight to keep what color we can!  
  • So we hope you will take the time to learn about our process and spend a couple of weeks preparing for your procedure by starting & stopping certain products, eat well and eliminate blood thinners (unless prescribed, then consult with your physician). 
  • Start taking the Arnica Montana as recommended, if able.  
  • We feel that these steps will HELP secure a MORE successful procedure than if you don't prepare at all.  However, because all skin is different, we cannot guarantee a perfect outcome, as the art we apply is in YOUR SKIN, and skin is UNPREDICTABLE.   The worst case scenario would be that most of your color doesn't take.  If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less!
  • IN EXTREMELY RARE CASES, the color could go too dark, even though we do perform conservatively. If this happens, we will need to assess the situation in person. 
 
So when you schedule an appointment at PERMETIKA, it is with the understanding that you have READ , UNDERSTAND AND AGREE  with they way I perform the application. The information that I have shared throughout this website is meant to help you  form realistic expectations, foster a great relationship and to avoid misunderstandings in the future.   By the time you arrive for your appointment, we will have shared this information with you , in advance and on multiple levels. 
 
The success of each procedure, depends on a variety of factors such as the natural talent and skill level of the artist, the client's health, what medications they are taking, lifestyle & personal habits, and if the client fully cooperated by following the guidelines such as taking ARNICA MONTANA for two weeks prior to the appointment and by following proper care following each procedure. 
 
How fast one heals also plays a huge roll. The faster you heal, the better the color retention. The longer it takes to heal, the more time there is to lose the color.   So please be patient with the process and schedule your followup visit for best results!
 
The information on this page is an abbreviated form of this entire website. This page gives you the bird's eye view at a glance. Please continue reading for more detail and thank you in advance, for understanding and for taking the time to read, learn and apply the principals found on this site. We want the best for you!