Recommended Reading

NOTE:  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED YOUR PROCEDURE . . . Please be sure to return to this page to submit  your CLIENT DATA, MEDICAL HISTORY AND HEALTH DECLARATION prior to the day of your appointment. 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!  We truly appreciate you for taking the time to pre-educate yourself on OUR UNIQUE STYLE  because REMOVAL is painful, time-consuming, expensive, and completely avoidable with the Permetika Approach.

Most permanent makeup artists are trained to apply a little extra color in anticipation of color loss that happens throughout the healing process. The problem with this approach is that SOME people tend to hold almost all of the color... then you have an UNHAPPY CLIENT walking around.  On the other hand, by just taking the procedure to the point of BEAUTIFUL, you can walk out looking normal! The downside of this approach only happens when the color does not stay, as expected. But MOST people fall somewhere in the middle.  So wouldn't you agree that of the two options, the latter conservative approach is the safest way to go?

 

Please remember this...  Your skin is a biological system that is designed to rid itself of foreign matter.  We are putting foreing matter in the form of "art" into your "skin", so your body is going to do it's best to take it out.  HELP PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR THE PROCEDURE BY TAKING ARNICA MONTANA PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.  Read the links on this page (and/or) in the footer section of this website for more detailed information like how to know if you're a GOOD CANDIDATE,  learning how to PLAN AHEADPRE-PROCEDURE TIPS, what to do for AFTER CARE.

Please remember that following our guidelines does not guarantee 100% success. Bottom line, your own body has the final word on how much color with stay and how true the color heals. However, there are things we can do to help encourage better color retention. Every client will have a different outcome. Just remember that shape and color can be adjusted on subsequent sessions AFTER we see how the initial session has healed in. Then we will be able to tell what color and shape adjustments to make later. 


IMPORTANT REMINDER:   BY BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT WITH PERMETIKA, YOU UNDERSTAND (& AGREE) THAT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST, WE START WITH A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, WHICH MAY MEAN INITIAL RESULTS COULD BE TOO LIGHT. ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE DURING SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS UNTIL YOUR DESIRED RESULTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED.  Read how to set REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS with yourself

Next . . .   HERE ARE 3 SHORT FORMS TO FILL OUT  & 1 TEN MINUTE SCREENING TO SCHEDULE: 
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS are paramount!   
PERFECTION does not exist! 
ARTISTIC TALENT is subject to interpretation!

ADVANCE NOTICE TO CLIENTS: 

When you schedule an appointment at PERMETIKA, it is with the understanding that you have READ, UNDERSTAND, AND AGREE  with the processes described on the links outlined in the footer section below.

 

We sometimes see clients who for whatever reason, did not read over this website. They have certain expectations that cannot be met. While we strive for perfection, all cosmetic procedures come with inherent risks as we are dealing with a biological sytem that is not entirely predictable from person to person.  So please take some time to research!

 

Our techniques are different from the mainstream and are DESIGNED to protect you. Learn why we are different and we think you will UNDERSTAND and AGREE with our philosophy that LESS IS BEST. 

 

This means your healed results after the first visit, MAY end up too light.  There is also a chance that your color could be close to perfect... We just never know!  This is why we opt for a layering approach to applying NEW ART (where needed - on subsequent sessions).  This will help move you closer to beautiful, natural-looking work at a safer pace than overdoing it upfront. You will NEVER end up with SUPERHERO BROWS by Permetika!

IF YOU ARE NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH THIS APPROACH, WE KINDLY ASK YOU NOT TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH US. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR UNDERSTANDING!

PLEASE NOTE:  The following bullets will help in planning your procedure: Just know, that we want the BEST outcome for you, which makes everything better for us as well!  So the more you know, the better prepared you'll be to understand our process.  

  • PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT, BE SURE TO READ THE PLAN AHEADPRE/POST CARE PAGES. and please be sure to read OUR POLICIES PAGE.  IF YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE WITH OUR PROCESSES, WE WELCOME YOU AS OUR CLIENT & FRIEND!

  • If you want an allergy skin test, you must schedule it a minimum of 3-5 days prior to your appointment to allow time for any potential reaction to occur. This step may help circumvent a potential allergic reaction, but is not a guarantee that a future reaction will not occur.  In all the years that we've been in business, we have not had one client present a problem. However, we know it's possible since there are documented cases of allergic reactions, they are just extremely rare. If you have very sensitive skin or suffer from allergic skin reactions, we welcome you for a complimentary test. 

  • As you read, make notes and set reminders on your phone to let you know when to stop and start taking certain products... Like, stop consuming caffeine, blood thinners, vitamin E, fish, fish oils - a minimum of a day or two prior to your procedure.

  • ARNICA MONTANA! Arnica Montana (pill form, not cream) is available on Amazon, at Whole Foods Market, or most nutrition stores. 30 c is a good strength. Take as directed on the bottle for 1-2 weeks prior to your procedure and for a week or two following your procedure. This supplement helps prepare the skin for less bruising, less swelling and it helps speed healing. It really works!​

  • BOOKING FEES OF 50% ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON OUR CALENDAR. The remaining balance is not due until the day of your appointment. BOOKING FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, however, if you have an emergency and cannot show up, please call us and we will do our best to accommodate you and get you set up on a better day.

  • A 5 DAY NOTICE is required to change your appointment date. This is necessary as a courtesy to other clients who need time to prepare.

  • NO-SHOW APPOINTMENTS WILL FORFEIT THE BOOKING FEE. To rebook, you will need to schedule a new visit with a new booking fee.

  • IF HAVING AN EYELINER PROCEDURE: DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS TO YOUR SESSION!

REMOVE LASH EXTENSIONS A FEW DAYS PRIOR TO EYELINER!

  • FOR ALL LIP PROCEDURES:  IF YOU ARE PRONE TO FEVER BLISTERS, START TAKING YOUR ANTI-VIRAL MEDICATION PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT!

  • IF YOU HAVE OLD PERMANENT MAKEUP:  You may or may not be a candidate. Please TEXT CLEAR PHOTOS to us at 713-443-8999, in advance to allow us to evaluate the color and condition of the skin. (Please use even lighting when taking pics.) 

  • PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

ABOUT CONSULTATIONS:

  • CONSULTATIONS - ARE NOT MANDATORY: 

    • FOR THE MORE TRADITIONAL TATTOOING SUCH AS BROWS, EYELINER, AND LIP PROCEDURES, I AM MORE COMFORTABLE SAYING THAT THE ONLY REASON YOU WOULD NEED TO COME IN ADVANCE, IS IF YOU WANT AN ALLERGY SKIN TEST.

 

  • MANDATORY CONSULTATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR:  SCARS, STRETCH MARKS & HAIR SIMULATION PROCEDURES AS THERE ARE MULTIPLE TREATMENTS THAT NEED TO BE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO BOOKING SUCH A PROCEDURE.

 

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:  OPTIMAL RESULTS TAKE TIME DUE TO THE ENORMOUS DIFFERENCES IN CLIENT BIOLOGY AND PERSONAL HABITS. SOME TREATMENTS JUST TAKE BETTER ON SOME CLIENTS, AS WELL AS CERTAIN BODY PARTS MAY TAKE (THE SAME PROCEDURE) BETTER IN SOME AREAS, THAN IN OTHERS. 

WHILE I AM CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE DEVASTATING OR POOR RESULTS HERE AT PERMETIKA, I CANNOT GUARANTEE PERFECTION. HOWEVER, WITH MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS, WE CAN MOVE CLOSER TO PERFECTION, AND AVOID POTENTIAL MISHAPS WITH A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH.

 

The information shared throughout this website is meant to help you form realistic expectations about the procedure(s) that you're interested in. You should understand that pigment IN the skin, looks different than makeup ON the skin. We do our best to make it look as natural as possible and build toward your desired results. This requires a conservative start, (to protect those who hold more pigment than others. This means that MOST of you will most likely need multiple procedures. 

We hope this (and other) understanding will help to foster a great relationship where we can build on future ideas together. 

 

In order to gain specific understanding of your procedure, you should (at least) read the pages outlined on this page.  Keep in mind throughout the learning process that while we do have a great track record, YOUR comprehension and cooperation also play a large role in your overall happiness. 

By the time you arrive for your appointment, you should know some things (in advance)!

There is a lot to remember, so please: 

  • READ OVER ALL PAGES UNDER THE "RECOMMENDED READING" TAB ON THE MENU.

  • TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ OF THE THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO YOU.

  • SET REMINDERS ON YOUR PHONE TO START TAKING ARNICA MONTANA.

  • SET REMINDERS TO ALERT YOU TO UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS

  • SET REMINDERS TO START MONITORING YOUR INTAKE OF BLOOD THINNERS, DIET, ETC.

 

Results are as varied as the numbers of people who want permanent makeup...  What appears to be "just enough" for one person, may be barely noticeable to 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!

 

If (at any stage of your healing process)  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. 

 

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 artwork 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 loses 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 follow-up 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 follow-up 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+

Follow-up sessions are required to balance the color and add more strokes to the missing spots.... 

Follow-up 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 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 are inserting 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.  

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, 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 wipe them enough?

  • Did you shower too long?

  • Did they get too hot?

  • Did you sufficiently protect them from the 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 follow-up 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 follow-up session.

  • Your aftercare paperwork is another reminder that follow-up 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 than 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 follow-ups. 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 the 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 role. 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 follow-up visit for the 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 principles found on this site. We want the best for you!