Things to Know & Things to Ask

How does the process work?

For those that have never had a tattoo, let’s briefly discuss how pigment (color) is placed into the skin. Pigment is implanted into the skin between the epidermis and the dermis, using the same tattoo equipment for traditional body art tattoos. After the procedure new skin heals over the newly pigmented area I spend a lot of time listening to my clients, no matter if it is for eyeliner or areola repigmentation.

Together you and I will decide on the best color for your skin undertone. Location and size of your new nipple/areolas will be measured and discussed in great detail taking into account each client’s body and personal choices.

What can I expect at my First Procedure?

After your one on one consultation, you can expect to fill out a brief health form as well as consent forms. Pictures will be taken, pre and post procedure (no faces of course!), measurements, drawings and a color analysis will be completed, again all with your approval every step of the way. Today, tattooing is considered a noninvasive procedure however, if needed a topical anesthetic may be applied due to any discomfort during the tattooing procedure that may occur. However, with this being said, please do not come for your procedure pre numbed. This may alter and affect the design and how well the pigment is accepted into the body. Depending on the procedure requested, topical anesthetics are not really necessary. The procedure may take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on the procedure requested. Immediately after the procedure is completed, the pigment will appear very bright and sharp in color. The color will soften after 7-10 days.

Aftercare instructions will be provided and any questions you have for me will be discussed in detail before you leave. I will be more than glad to give you my personal cell number as well. We will schedule a six week follow up appointment together for a “touchup.” Loss of some pigment can be expected during the healing process, but this appointment will be much shorter in time as it is just to add any additional details. The second session also assures that the color and shape of your new areola and nipple blend to your skin’s natural complexion.

What should I know about my Tattoo Artist?

It is no secret (or maybe it is!) that some tattooists in the permanent cosmetic industry have no previous training in tattooing healthy skin, much less “stressed” skin, or even an art background what so ever. Some are known as Techs, Medical Tattooists, or Para Medical Tattooist. Regardless of their title, know your tattoo artist. Working on live skin is imperative to understanding the body’s healing process and getting the best results when discussing tattooing. I understand and can speak to my clients about pigment retention and what can be expected with the healing process once the tattoo procedure has been completed. I am very proud of my art background and I want my clients to know they are in competent hands (literally!) when it comes to safe tattoo practices and pigment recommendations.

In today’s permanent cosmetic world, there is really no need for an auto clave or injections to pre numb clients. These are typically excuses for additional fees that are passed on to the client. Manufacturing of tubes and needles are now much more cost effective. Stronger numbing agents are more readily available in today’s market as well. I use only disposable, or single use needles and tubes for my clients. Pigments are another topic that should be discussed. The pigments I use are specially formulated for use on delicate skin and have been manufactured safely for the last 20 years. The machine I use is handmade per order and is considered one of the best in today’s permanent cosmetic industry.

The NeoTat is a rotary machine, but with the power of a coil machine. My clients can expect the same quality work as traditional tattoo machines but with the added bonus of smoothness and quietness which allows my clients to relax and enjoy their tattoo experience. With this being said, know your tattoo artist. Areola complex tattooing is delicate work so invest time searching for the best work! It doesn’t matter if the tattooist has been tattooing for 5 or 15 years if the work looks subpar. Just because someone has been tattooing for a very long time, or charges a lot more than their competition, does not mean that their work is the best. Sadly, I have had clients who have come to me for corrections due to either poor work standards or just an overall poor tattoo experience. Bad work is bad work regardless! Look for a tattooist that is a lifelong student, always searching for new ways to give their clients the best results and someone who ultimately LOVES what they do.