Before You Book:
In order to have the most positive (and effective) experience, before booking your appointment, it is advisable to read through these precautions and, if necessary, talk to your family Physician.
These procedures may not be right for you if:
You are prone to keloid scarring on the head or neck. Ear piercing keloids are a good indicator that you are not a candidate.
The skin in the treatment area is compromised (sunburned, has active blemishes, styes, cold sores, psoriasis, eczema, etc) you should avoid booking until everything has returned to normal.
You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You haven't avoided Retinoids (topical vitamin A derivatives) for a week before treatment, specifically around the treatment area.
You must first consult with your family Physician first, if:
You are prone to cold sores/herpes simplex type 1 orally. You must be on prophylactic medications prior to tattooing the lip area.
You have not been off Accutane for 6 months.
If you are sick with a cold or the flu.
You have had an organ transplant.
You are Diabetic.
You are undergoing Chemotherapy.
You have a compromised immune system due to long-term illnesses.
Points of Note:
You MUST notify me prior to booking if you are covering over a previously tattooed area. Clear, crisp photos must be sent for assessment and candidacy for revision. It is not always possible to cover over old micropigmented areas, and sometimes removal methods must be attempted first.
If previous removal methods have already been executed, the pigment may not 'take' as well as on previously untreated skin. More sessions may be required (at an additional cost to you) if this is the case, as the skin may have scar tissue.
If you have ever had a cold sore before: you MUST be on a prophylactic dose of Valtrex (Valacyclovir) or Zovirax prior to having this procedure done in the lip area. No exceptions.
Recent tanning will affect colour outcome.
Individuals with thick, oily skin with large pores tend to have a softer, more powdered look after healing.
Tylenol is ok for helping pain relief pre-treatment, but you should avoid Advil (Ibuprofen), Naproxen, and Aspirin for 48 hours prior to treatment.. As well, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Botox injections should be avoided 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after treatment. If Botox is being utilized to correct significant brow asymmetry, you must be aware that tattooing the brows will result in asymmetry being present (and likely more noticeable) should you discontinue Botox usage.
You must remember that even though this procedure isn't a traditional tattoo, it still involves piercing/breaking the skin and depositing of pigments. Assuring you're a proper candidate and following all instructions, both pre and post-care, is imperative for both safety and efficacy.
Please, make sure you also review aftercare instructions. Typically, two sessions are needed for a lasting effect. Yearly touchups are recommended to maintain your look.