5. TIMING GUIDELINES 

AS YOU READ OVER THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, IT MAY HELP TO SET REMINDERS IN YOUR PHONE OF THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO YOU.

GUIDELINES TO HELP PLAN YOUR COSMETIC TATTOOING PROCEDURE:

There are things to consider before booking a procedure. The outline below will guide you as far as what you need to DO/STOP/START consuming or doing before, during and after a procedure. 

1 YEAR PRIOR TO PROCEDURE 

  • YOU MUST HAVE BEEN OFF OF ACCUTANE FOR AT LEAST A YEAR TO ALLOW THE SKIN TO RETURN TO NORMAL. Skin on accutane is far to delicate to treat. Don't risk it... wait. 

  • ALL SURGICAL SCARS MUST BE HEALED FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR PRIOR TO SCAR CAMOUFLAGE WORK.

2 MONTHS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE 

  • STOP using Retina-A or any other retinoid products on the area(s) to be treated. 

  • START eating healthy now. Green leafy vegetables help build up Vitamin K levels in your blood.  Your body uses Vitamin K to help blood to clot. Thinner blood, causes more bleeding. Bleeding causes less color retention. 

4 WEEKS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE:   

  • Do not tan for at least a month prior to your procedure. We need to see your natural skin tone.

 

  • Do not smoke for one month prior to, and one month following your procedure.

Cigarettes contain carbon monoxide, which restricts oxygen levels in the blood. The wounds need oxygen to heal, so smoking prohibits effective healing.

  • LATISSE OR LASH SERUM USERS: 

Stop using this product for a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to your eyeliner procedure. This also applies to touch up and or follow up procedures.  You may resume application 2-3 weeks after the procedure has fully healed.

  • LASH EXTENSIONS:  

Please REMOVE your lashes at least 3 days prior to your appointment, and do not reapply for at least 3 weeks after to allow for complete healing. 

  • LIP PROCEDURES:  

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!

  • ALLERGY SKIN TESTS: SHOULD BE DONE 3-7 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT IF WANTED.      If you didn't  have one during a consultation, you may schedule a quick ten-minute slot on any day that shows an availability.  Appointment MUST be set at least one week prior to your appointment.  This 10-minute time-slot is free of charge, but time is limited. If we are busy, we hope you'll excuse us as we may need to get back to work.

 

 If you have questions, we would like to invite you to join us for the next scheduled  CONSULTATION meeting.  If you do not schedule your test, we assume you don't want one and will be required to sign a waiver on the day of your appointment. If you do not proceed with your appointment we can set a new date for the procedure, but you will be required to pay a new booking fee.  '

7-10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE ​ stop using retinol products. Products with "Retinol thins the skin and could cause more bleeding and the skin will look very red for a while after if you don't stop.

START TAKING ARNICA MONTANA ABOUT A WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE!  Eating well and taking the appropriate supplements will prepare you for better results that not doing anything at all. However, even if you do everything right, it does not guarantee great results over someone who did nothing to prepare... but I feel it will at least make a marginal difference FOR YOU. 

 

2-3 DAYS PRIOR... If you drink alcohol, take aspirin, or use any other blood thinners, it may cause more bleeding - which could  push out pigment, causing less color retention

DAY OF THE PROCEDURE   ​ (REMEMBER - NO CAFFEINE TODAY).

  • There is no need to arrive early.  

  • The first appointment of the day starts at 10:00 am with numbing and paperwork.

  • The artist or technician will start your procedure around 10:30. 

  • First sessions normally finish up between noon & 1pm, depending on the complexity of the case.

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 state so, in advance, on the consent form and request your pictures be taken with a CONFIDENTIAL SIGN to prevent an accidental post.

ADVANCE NOTICE: 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 happy. We cannot fully anticipate, nor guarantee, when the procedure prior to yours will be finished, as there are numerous things to consider such as:  

 

  • For starters, most clients are nervous and need more reassurance before we start. So no one is rushed into the chair, unless they WANT to be rushed.   

  • Some people need more numbing time throughout the procedure.  

  • Others may have new questions that need to be addressed.

  • Some procedures just take longer than others to perfect if we have trouble getting the skin to take the color.  

  • Occasionally, I will see something in the after shots - and we will have to go back to make the adjustments, then retake the pictures.  

 

  • PLEASE REMEMBER. . .  This is not an oil change AND REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE!  This is a very personal service. We can't kick someone out of the chair when the timer goes off. WHAT IF YOU were in the middle of asking important questions, or sharing a personal moment? Would you want to be shushed so we can get to the next person?  If you are that person - we recommend that you set your appointment @ 10am.  This way, everyone will leave satisfied and happy with the outcome. So we ask for your patience and understanding in advance! Thank You!

 

 

IDEAS TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE STRESS OF WAITING

  • Bring something to read.

  • Get caught up on emails or work.

  • Do not bring guests with you who are in a hurry to leave.

  • Go visit Jamba Juice or Starbucks (for a decaf or snack) .

  • Take a stroll through the Container Store to kill some time. We'll text you when we are ready for you! Today is not the day to be rushed. If you chill, we can chill! And we do our best work, chilled - not on the grill!  ; )

 

MORE TIPS FOR A BETTER DAY:

  • Make a back up plan for someone to pick up your kids in case your appointment is running behind. 

  • Don't plan a big event right after your appointment. You might be all red. (and you might not be).

  • No first dates this week.  

  • No job interviews this week.

  • If you do start to feel impatient, it's ok to ask where I am in the procedure, but we hope you won't make the evil eye at the wonderful people who work here because believe me, they try really hard to keep me on track.  : )

  • If your schedule is very tight, and you're unable to flow with us here, it would be best for you to set your appointment at a 10am spot, then we can stop your appointment, on time. 

WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT TO BRING:  

Wear something comfortable, that you don't mind getting stained. Pigment generally does not splash on clients, but occasional accidents may happen, and we cannot be responsible for ruining your clothes if we ask you in advance, not to wear your best clothes to your appointment.  You might also bring a pair of socks and a sweater if you get cold easily. But we also have sheets and blankets in case you need them.  Some days, IT'S REALLY COLD in our office, Some days its warm. So, layer your clothing to suit your comfort level. Also for your own comfort, you may bring:  

  • light blanket  

  • travel pillow or neck pillow  - you will need to use this anyway for the next two weeks to prevent sleeping on the tattoo.

  • headphones 

  • Sun Glasses or Eye Glasses  (if you're doing an eyeliner procedure).


PAYMENT OF SERVICES:

A Booking Fee of  $200-$400 (shown upon booking) is required to reserve your spot on our calendar.  For your convenience, you may pay the balance at that time if you choose to, or you may pay it on the day of your procedure. The balance is always refundable should you be unable to keep your appointment.

 

The Booking Fee is refundable as long as a week's notice of cancellation is given. A week notice is required due to the amount of prep time required for each procedure.  If sufficient notice is not given, the booking fee is forfeited. THIS POLICY APPLIES, NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON IS FOR CANCELLING OR NO-SHOWING FOR AN APPOINTMENT.  Thank you in advance for understanding.

 


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.  AND ALL NEEDLES ARE PRE-STERILIZED, ONE TIME USE FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING! 

 

After each client, surfaces are sprayed 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. 

ONE LAST THING... BUSINESS IS BOOMING!

That has it's rewards, however it also presents some challenges. LOT'S OF PHONE CALLS, LOT'S OF WORK!  Sometimes even more than we can handle in one day.  

 

We find that most people just want general information on pricing, directions or booking an appointment.  Also, since we can only help one person at a time, most of the calls end up going to voice mail anyway... So now, we are happy to introduce an incredible feature that will help everyone find the information, FAST!  Even faster than making a phone call.  

 

You may search our FAQ section.

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 BUTTON. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING!

Thank you for your interest in learning! 

Connie & The Team

  • 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. 

  • DISCONTINUE the use of the following products at least 48 hours to ONE WEEK prior to any invasive procedure:  NEVER discontinue PRESCRIBED medication without first consulting with your physician.

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

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

  • Caffeine - Because it increases the heartrate, 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 and External topicals) 

  • 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 follow up session may be necessary.

  • 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.


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 as needed to help control discomfort.

  • Although every person's pain tolerance is different, almost every client agrees that the procedures are much more tolerable than originally anticipated.

  • You're in good hands!

 


PAIN, ANXIETY AND MEDICATIONS:

  • BY TEXAS STATE LAW, our facility is only allowed to administer Lidocaine at 4% or less.

  • However, stronger topical applications may be available 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! 

  • 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.

PAIN THRESHOLD:​

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 clients brows with topical numbing cream throughout the entire process to dull the discomfort. If you have a low pain tolerance, she says it's best if you apply numbing cream for 30 minutes, up to an hour beforehand.

BROW PROCEDURES:  
  • Generally produce minimal pain to no pain.
  • After first session, 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 followup session.
  • This is for your protection. Please embrace it!

 

EYELINER PROCEDURES: 

  • Normally cause 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 judgement, 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.  

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

  • Do not wear contact lenses on the day of your procedure. If you do, you must bring a lens container and remove them, PRIOR to your appointment.  Do not reapply them for about 48 hours after an eye procedure.

  • Bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive.

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

  • Do not use 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.

  • Have all lash extensions removed 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.

LIP PROCEDURES:  

  • Are the most sensitive of all procedures, painwise.

  • 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 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 active area and color is easily lost on some people.