The Answers You Need, For the Questions You Have.
After scheduling an appointment, a before/after care file will emailed shortly!
Does It Hurt?
Following the before care is CRUCIAL for this experience. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Most don't feel much of any pain, but please also remember THIS IS A TATTOO AFTER-ALL. A topical anesthetic is applied before any procedure to ensure a pain free experience.
At Inked & Blinked your comfort is a top priority.
It is best to refrain from any alcoholic beverages and pain relievers 24 hours before your procedure.
How Long Will My Procedure Take?
Each procedure varies in time. Eyebrows can take anywhere from 1 to a little over 2 hours.
Eyeliner can take anywhere from 1.5 to a little over 2 hours, depending on shape.
Lips are over 2 hours.
How Should I Prepare For My Procedure?
For those with previous cosmetic work on the treated area- Please understand the condition of your skin has been compromised, even if the area “has faded'' there is still some trauma left behind. Especially those with eyebrows that have been tattooed previously with the manual/hand method. This restricts available options for new shaping, coloring, etc. Considerations WILL be made based on the pre-existing work!
Following before care is crucial for best results, as my canvas (you) need to be prepped. Since PMU is not one size fits all. During your initial procedure I go more conservatively with color choice, thickness, as well as modify the ink to your individual skin type. Once healed, we can always add darker shades, thickness and dimension if needed 8-12 weeks later. This process is to prevent abnormalities years later.
With that being said, If needed there is an OPTIONAL 8-12 week $55 follow up appointment.
Be prepared for your procedure to be a bit darker, thicker and bolder (varies) for the first 5-7 days. It will take a little time for this transition to pass, based on how quickly your outer layer exfoliates.
My work is only as good as the canvas I work on. Results will vary depending on your individual skin. If your skin is sun damaged, thick in texture, excessively dry, it will not be the same as somebody with balanced skin, and does not heal with maximum results. Some medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to retention.
Most individuals will swell for the first 1 ½ days after a procedure, I recommend avoiding any special social plans for a few days.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding, I WILL NOT WORK ON YOU.
Refrain from use of any alcoholic beverages, aspirin, ibuprofen, and caffeine of any kind for at least 24 hours prior to any procedure. No prescribed medication should be discontinued without contacting your doctor
No Tweezing, waxing or threading should be done 48 hours prior to a brow procedure. Do not resume hair removal methods for 2 weeks.
Hold off from using any eyebrow growth serums for 3-4 weeks before and after any eye or brow procedure.
NO EYELASH EXTENSIONS if having upper lid eyeliner done.
Do not wear your contact lenses during or immediately after any eyeliner procedure. Bring your glasses and refrain from contacts for at least 2 weeks.
Refrain from using any lash growth serums for at least 1 month before appointment. (Latisse, Lashboost, etc)
If you’ve EVER HAD a single cold sore/fever blisters/herpes simplex virus, you will be REQUIRED to contact a physician to obtain a proper antiviral to prevent an outbreak. Antiviral needs to be taken 2 days prior and 2 days after the procedure. We don’t want to wake up the sleeping beast.
Having sun damaged lips creates scar tissue on the surface, making the tattoo incredibly difficult to saturate and heal evenly. If your lips are too damaged, we may need to cancel the appointment if your lips are not a candidate.
If your lips are currently very wrinkly, I recommend getting filler a few weeks before appointment.
Be sure to bring a few of your favorite everyday wear lipsticks! Be sure to Exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub 24 hours and 1 hour before appointment. Keep lips moisturized with a balm 24-48 hours prior to appointment, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep lips hydrated.
Results are BEST when lips are hydrated at appointment.
I Already Have Permanent Makeup and I Want to Correct the Color and Shape, Can You Help?
Yes! Colors and shapes can be redone or enhanced!
Colors that have healed to a orange,blue,purple tone or even are too light or dark is also correctable. A corrective pigment color is applied over the existing tattoo.
One of the most important parts in permanent makeup is color theory. Everyone has different undertones to their skin. It's crucial that the right color is applied.
Will I Swell?
The amount of Swelling varies is normal and expected for all procedures. Don't feel like you need to hide from the public, it will only look like you are wearing makeup aftercall! Ice packs protected with a clean cloth may be applied to reduce swelling.
Swelling typically goes down between 24-48 hours.
Best advised to avoid a social event the day of!
How Long Will My Makeup Last?
There is not an exact time frame, considering everyone's skin is different. Your face sees the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of these things cause minimal fading. Sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin and makeup. The sun is an enemy to any tattoo. In order to keep your permanent makeup looking fresh and it's best, be mindful of retin-a products on any treated area.
Maintenance visits can vary anywhere from 1-5 years.
What Should I Look For In A Permanent Artist?
Choosing a permanent cosmetic professional can be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself. Since this procedure is permanent, you need to make sure you see someone very skilled and not to mention LICENSED in tattooing. The only place you should ever receive permanent makeup, which is a tattoo, is in a tattoo shop or suite.
Before receiving any procedure, ask the individual for their license and blood borne pathogen info.
Shop for skill and personality, not price. Sanitary environment, communication, great before and after photos, and professionalism are very important to a permanent makeup procedure.
Most normal activities can be resumed right away. I ask my clients to use best judgment during your healing time. Each procedure has specific aftercare along with a day by day healing schedule. any moisture can fade your healing color. Swimming should be on hold for at least a week, pool chemicals will erode your healing color as well. Outdoors activities such as gardening or golf can be resumed as long as your treatment area remains clean, dry, and out of the sun. For best results do not expose your procedure to any unnecessary wear. There can be minimal scabbing. Eyeliner and brow procedures tend to scab more than lips. DO NOT pick any flaking skin.... this will result in a loss of color or minor scarring.
1. Once or Twice a day cleanse the treated area w/ cleanser and water to remove lymph fluid. Apply a tiny bit of ointment. Repeat for 7-12 days. Too much moisture creates scabbing.
2. Peeling and itching of the skin is normal to experience. Skin underneath peeling will appear lighter and faded. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH THE TREATED AREA, Or you will risk the color to not heal evenly and risking scarring or infection.
3. EYELINER- Only cleanse every other day. Still Apply a little ointment once or twice everyday. NO MAKEUP is to be applied to the TREATED AREA for at least 12 DAYS! After any eyeliner procedure, use a new mascara bottle. NO EYELASH CURLERS for 2 WEEKS!
4. Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, or pool water for 14 DAYS.
5. AVOID skin creams, Retin A, bleaching creams, Acid peels, or any AHA acids used directly on the treated areas, or it will change the color of your permanent makeup.
6. After a lip procedure, keep your lips moisturized at all times. Avoid spicy foods or heat. If using herpes medication continue as prescribed. Drink ALL LIQUIDS through a straw for 3 days following the procedure. Do not use bleaching products.
I have previous work done, can you still go over it?
Most of the time the answer will be yes. There are some cases where I cannot go over an area with excessive saturation, without a round or two of removal.
If you have any questions please contact me!