Before and After Your Appointment


Before You Arrive


  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, fish oil, vitamin E, ibupofren, aspirin and blood thinners for at least 24 hours  prior to your procedure. Blood thinners, like Coumadin can increase bleeding during your treatment. 
  • Stop using any products that contain Retin-A, Alpha-Hydroxy acids, glycol, Acutane and all exfoliants 3 weeks prior to your appointment. If you use fillers or injections like Botox, please have them at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment. Wait at least 2 weeks for permanent makeup appointments following any kind of chemical/skin peel.
  • If you are getting permanent eyeliner applied, you will need to remove your contact lenses and wear glasses the day of your procedure. If your eyes water easily, take a Benadryl before you arrive. Stop taking Latisse at least 2 weeks before your procedure. You can apply organic castor oil instead. If you have had any eye surgery, please wait at least 6 months before having permanent eyeliner applied.
  • You should not get a permanent makeup or conventional tattoos if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Being pre-menstrual or on your period can heighten your sensitivity to pain, so consider planning your procedure around your monthly cycle.
  • If you are getting lip liner or color, we recommend that you ask your doctor to prescribe an anti-viral medication (Valtrex 1500mg) even if you have never had a cold sore.  Use for 1 week prior to and 1 week after your appointment. In addition, take 3 pills on the morning of your procedure.     
  • If you are getting areola/nipple repigmentation, we recommend wearing a dark bra and shirt, as the pigment can stain clothing.
  • Be sure to report all medications to us before your appointment.
  • If there are blemishes, cold sores, pimples or other skin irritations or imperfections around the area to be tattooed, your appointment will be cancelled and you will forfeit your deposit.
  • If you have had chemotherapy or raditation, you must wait at least 6 months or have your doctor release you for the procedure. Please be aware that having had chemo and radiation lower your immunity and you are more prone to infection. It might also make you more sensitive to pain.
  • Bring your favorite eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, or lipstick to give your artist an idea of what colors you prefer.

After Your Appointment

Do Not:

  • use Retin-A, Glycolic Acid, peroxide, or Neosporin while healing
  • pick at or scrub the tattooed areas
  • use toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide for 5 days following a lip procedure
  • dye or tweeze your eyebrows for 1 week following an eyebrow procedure
  • get a facial
  • go swimming or use a whirlpool/spa for 5 days
  • do strenuous activity that will make you sweat for 5 days

You will receive an aftercare sheet for your specific procedure detailing the use of oinments and how best to help your tattooed area heal. Please follow the post-procedure instructions to avoid loss of color or discoloration of the pigment. 

After the initial application, the color may be too dark. Within a week, it will fade and possibly even become too light or the color will disappear. Don't panic. After about 10 days, the color will start to reappear and even out. This can take up to 30 days, which is why we recommend waiting 4 to 6 weeks for your free touch-up appointment. At that appointment, we can do any necessary color correction and fill in any places where the pigment faded excessively.