There are some very important things you should be aware of, and a few steps you should take prior to your cosmetic tattoo appointment. Please read the below carefully to reduce the chances of any hiccups during your appointment.
For all Cosmetic Tattoo / Microblading Appointments
On the day of your appointment there are a number of things that should be avoided:
- Do not drink coffee, alcohol or energizing drinks on the day of treatment. Consuming these will increase the amount of bleeding you do when we break the skin during the tattoo process. Bleeding throughout the cosmetic tattoo process makes it difficult for your artist to see what they are doing, and also reduces the quality of pigment implantation and therefore your overall tattoo. It’s hard to implant pigment when you’re bleeding it out!
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen or other blood thinning medications hours before treatment. If you are taking prescription blood thinners and/or Aspirin, please consult with your doctor before discontinuing use for this treatment. These medications also increase bleeding, however you cannot stop taking them without your doctor’s approval.
- Do not take omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment. Fish oils can also increase bleeding.
- Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment. Tanning prior to your appointment makes pigment color selection difficult and can often end in undesirable results.
- Do not have a chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments to the procedure area for at least 2 weeks before treatment. These treatments thin/change the skin and chance the working surface for tattooing purposes.
- Wear your makeup as you normal. No matter what the procedure is, seeing how you normally apply your eyebrows, eyeliner and/or lip-liner helps ensure you get results that you are most comfortable with. Makeup will be removed before the tattoo process starts.
For Eyebrow Tattoo / Microblading Procedures
- Botox injections of the forehead and brow area should be avoided for at least 3 weeks prior to treatment and for 2-3 weeks after.
- Use of brow growth serums should be avoided at least 4-6 weeks prior to the appointment. Growth serum use may cause extensive bleeding and bruising of the brow area during the brow procedure.
For Lip Tattoo Procedures
At least a week prior to your appointment:
- You MUST contact your physician and request an antiviral prescription prior to this appointment if you have ever experienced a cold sore or fever blister (even if it was just once a long, long time ago). Tattooing the lips guarantees a Herpes Simplex 1 outbreak, if you are a carrier of this virus. Preemptive measures should be taken to reduce the chances of this happening. Many clients will ask their doctor for prescriptions to cover both the initial appointment and the touch-up appointment (that is booked no sooner than 6 weeks after the 1st).
For Eyeliner Tattoo Procedures
On the day of your appointment please:
- Make sure you do not have Eyelash Extensions applied. Eyeliner cannot be tattooed onto people wearing eyelash extensions.
- Use of lash growth serums should be avoided at least 4-6 weeks prior to the appointment. Growth serum use may cause extensive bleeding and bruising of the eyelid area after the eyeliner tattoo procedure.
- Remove contact lenses (if worn) and come prepared to wear glasses home. Some client’s find it easiest to have someone else drive for them after the appointment.
- Bring sunglasses. While not common, some client’s experience light sensitiveness for 24-48 hours after the eyeliner procedures. Having sunglasses on hand is helpful just in case.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please get in touch with Chrystal directly.