Possible Risks, Hazards, and Complications
Possible Risks, Hazards, and Complications
Pain: There can be pain even after the topical anesthetic has been used. Anesthetics work better on some people than others.
Infection: Infection is very unusual. The areas treated must be kept clean an only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas. See “After Care” sheet for instructions on care.
Uneven Pigmentation: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding or many other causes. Your follow up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance.
Asymmetry: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry but our faces are not symmetrical so adjustments may be needed during the follow up session to correct any unevenness.
Excessive Swelling or Bruising: Some people bruise and swell more than others. Ice packs may help and the bruising and swelling typically disappears with 1-5 days. Some people don’t bruise or swell at all.
Eye Exposure: There is small risk of eye injury when an eyeliner procedure is performed. To avoid corneal abrasion, Celluvisc, a thick eye drop is used to protect the eye prior to the procedure. Eye drops are used to cleanse and flush the eye after the procedure is complete.
Anesthesia: Topical anesthetics are used to numb the area to be tattooed. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine in a cream or gel form are typically used. If you are allergic to any of these please inform me now.
MRI: Because pigments used in permanent cosmetic procedures contain inert oxides, a low level magnet may be required if you need to be scanned by an MRI machine. You must inform your technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetics.
Fever Blisters: If you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, (herpes simplex), there is a high probability that you will get them. It is advised that you call your doctor for a prescription antiviral to help prevent this form occurring.
Allergic Reaction: There is a small possibility of an allergic reaction. You may take a 5-7 days patch test to determine this.
After care is very important for producing a beautiful and lasting result.
Keep the area clean by washing with freshly washed hands and a mild soap. Do not use a washcloth or sponge to remove soap. Simply splash with water. Do not use cleansing creams, acne cleansers or astringents. Use a mild, natural soap.
Apply the aftercare balm with freshly washed hands or a Q-tip. If the balm is too stiff to use simply warm it up in a glass of warm water or on your finger. Use the balm very sparingly. Too little is better than too much. Blot off excess with a clean tissue. Never touch the procedure area without washing your hands immediately before.
Do not scrub, rub or pick at the epithelial crust that forms. Allow it to flake off by itself. If it is removed before it is ready the pigment underneath it can be pulled out.
Do not use any makeup near the procedure area including mascara for eyeliner procedures for at least 7 days. Purchase new mascara and makeup if possible to avoid contamination or bacterial infection.
Always use a sun block after the procedure area is healed to protect from sun fading.
Swelling, itching, scabbing, light bruising and dry tightness. Ice packs are a nice relief for swelling and bruising. Aftercare calm is nice for scabbing and tightness.
Too dark and slightly uneven appearance. After 2-7 days the darkness will fade and once swelling dissipates unevenness usually disappears. If they are too dark or still a bit uneven after 4 weeks then we will make adjustments during the touch up appointment.
Color change or color loss. As the procedure area heals the color will lighten and sometimes seem to disappear. This can all be addressed during the touch up appointment and is why the touch up necessary. The procedure area has to be completely healed before we can address any concerns. This takes at least four weeks.
Needing a touch up months or years later. A color boost may be needed 1 to 5 years after the initial procedure depending on your skin, medications and sun exposure. We recommend a touch up 6-8 weeks after the first session (included in today’s price) and every few years to keep them looking fresh and beautiful. Touch up sessions after 90 days will be $100 or current touch up rate at time of touch up.
Failure to follow after care instructions may result in infections, pigment loss or discoloration.
Permanent Cosmetics by Irina Falevich