- What can I do at home to have healthier skin?
Skin Protocol – 4 Steps to Younger Acting Skin. Click here to view.
- What do I need to do prior to facials, peels or any treatment?
Two to three days prior to any treatment, stop any exfoliants, especially any form of Retin-A. That will reduce sensitivity greatly.
- Do I need to fill out any medical forms?
Yes you will need a list of medications being taken. List any allergies you may have. Be very honest when filling out patient information. It is crucial to know if you bleed easy, bruise easy, diabetic, allergies etc.
- How much do you charge for permanent cosmetics?
Too low is hiding the fact of experience and expanded training, which is costly. Anything below $350.00, up to $1500.00, depending on local, should be a starting point. Ask to see Certifications, photos, how clean, organized and OSHA compliant. Also Blood Borne Pathegen Certification, Hepatitis inoculation. A Masters Certification is huge. It consists of not only a written exam, like SPCP, but includes a practical exam showing you can do the work or you don’t pass, such as AIIC. There are individuals that price shop and live to regret it. “You get what you pay for”.
- Does health insurance cover areola and nipple tattoo?
The Womens’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, requires insurance to cover post mastectomy reconstruction, including areola/nipple tattooing. Insurance will often reimburse some of the cost of procedures done by a medical tattoo artist.
- Is there anything I need to avoid before my permanent makeup appointment?
Yes. Prior to your permanent makeup appointment, avoid alcohol and aspirin for at least 2 – 7 days before appointment. And any supplements such as Vit E, same as you would prior to surgery. If you are taking blood thinners, you will need a written okay from your physician.
- Why have a permanent makeup or tattoo artist do the 3D areola/nipple rather than my doctor?
Some doctors do the tattoo work. However, while they are trained to surgically create breasts, most are not trained in tattoo procedures, color theory and how to create a 3 dimensional illusion on a 2 dimensional surface. A permanent makeup artist/tattoo artist most likely has an art background, training and experience.
- What is the difference between an Esthetician and a Medical Esthetician?
Working under the direction of a physician and continued extensive training.