How much does it cost?

See my Pricing page for all the details!

Does it hurt?

It’s very important to me that I minimize your pain as much as possible, so every care is taken to insure your comfort. You are numbed prior to your procedure using the best topical anesthetics available, and numbing ointments are applied regularly throughout your treatment.

I recommend you avoid caffeine and sugar for 24 hours prior to your appointment to help quiet your nerves, and Tylenol (not Ibuprofen as that encourages bleeding) a half-hour beforehand is a great idea.

If you’re concerned about pain, or you feel anxious about your procedure, you might want to consider 10mg of Valium and/or 10mg of Percocet. Ask your doctor for a prescription.

How long does it last?

The pigment is placed on the surface of the skin’s dermal layer and allowed to sink lower into the dermis, making the procedure permanent for some people, while many people will require yearly touch-ups to maintain the look they desire.

How long does it take to heal?

Because SofTap® is so gentle, less trauma is generated in the skin and less inflammatory process is developed, which is reflected in a faster healing process and more pigment retention.
In addition, if you faithfully use the post treatment ointment (Recover-All) your healing process will be sped up. Recover-All traps color into the skin and begins the healing process immediately.

Will it look fake?

With SofTap® you truly get the most natural look in permanent cosmetics. I can create fine and feathered hair strokes to full, complete coverage. Anything you want can be achieved, with the best possible results.

What should I do before my appointment?

  1. Prior to your appointment, please avoid the following:
  • Soda/energy drinks. Soda thins the blood, causes bleeding, excessive swelling, hyper-sensitivity, and slows proper healing.
  • Alcohol
  • Fish Oil
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Exercise or Massage
  • Exfoliation and anti-aging or acne treatments on the area.
  1. If you are on medication or under a doctor’s care for any reason, please let us know prior to your treatment. We may require a doctor’s release.
  2. If you are currently pregnant, you will not be eligible for procedures of any kind until post-pregnancy.
  3. For Lips: If you have ever had a cold sore, call your doctor for a prescription to avoid cold sores and blistering. You’ll need to take the medication for 3-7 days prior to your lip treatment and 7-10 days afterward. *note: some lips need an additional 2-3 touch-ups.

How should I care the treated area after my appointment?

Redness and swelling is normal and will last for approximately 24-48 hours.

Drink lots of water—this will help with swelling and healing.

Apply recommended products (RecoverAll/LipProtekt) every 2-3 hours, keeping the area moist at all times until flaking occurs.

Avoid water exposure, sun exposure, exfoliants, makeup and touching with fingertips for 5-7 days until area flakes.

Do not pick or scratch the area—you’ll pull the color out.

Permanent Cosmetics, Tattooing and the Truth

“Who’d have guessed it?” exclaim many of the thousands of women who have had their eyebrows, eyeliner or other permanent makeup done in the past 15 years.   “Who would have ever thought I would have a tattoo! This is the best thing I have ever done for myself.   I wish I’d been aware of the available of this service sooner!”   Thanks to the art of cosmetic tattooing, many women in all stages of life and even some men are having their eyebrows, eyeliner and lips colored permanently, and loving it!

When did permanent cosmetics become popular? While some form of cosmetic tattooing is traced back thousands of years ago, it really came into its own as an industry in the late l970’s.   At that time, various tattoo artists around the country began offering cosmetic tattooing (also referred to as permanent cosmetics, permanent makeup and micropigmentation,) and reconstructive pigmentation. Soon after, medical personnel, aestheticians, electrologists, and cosmetologists became interested in performing these procedures.

Although advancements have been made since the 1980’s, training programs were established throughout the country and the industry has grown rapidly since then.   Tattooing, whether it is for decorating the body (traditional body art) or applying permanent cosmetics to replace the deficiencies of topically applied makeup, should be considered thoughtfully before going forward.

How safe is cosmetic tattooing? Very safe; according to the Center for Disease Control as there has not been any incidence of HIV attributable to tattooing nor has there been any increase of Hepatitis B in recent years. When the tattoo or permanent cosmetic work is performed under professional conditions, there is limited risk for disease transmission. If the technician is using an autoclave on their instruments or single use pre-sterilized needles and machine accessories, and works in a clean environment, the chances of developing any type of communicable disease are remote, if not impossible.

What about allergic reactions?  The chances of developing an allergic reaction to pigments are extremely remote.  SPCP supplier members and trainer members are required to sell and teach with pigment formulations that only contain color additives from the FDA’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetics listings.

How safe is permanent cosmetics with MRI? In regard to MRI and people who have permanent cosmetics, according to Dr. Frank Shellock, an authority on this subject, only a few people have reported minor problems around the eye area and no problems around the lip or brow area.

Choosing the right technician for you is an important decision to make when deciding to have a permanent cosmetic procedure performed.  Your first concern should be to find a credentialed technician who follows proper OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard practices and who works in a professional environment. Next, decide by appearance and conversation if this is a person you wish to work with. Do pictures of their work make you feel comfortable? Do they offer the type of permanent cosmetics you desire?  When permanent makeup (or permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing) is performed properly, it should appear natural and as good as or better than topically applied makeup.

Today, hundreds of thousands of women and men have chosen to have permanent make up procedures performed. Very often people have exclaimed, “This is the best thing I have ever done for myself!”

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