Prior to your Appointment
It is highly recommended you book for a consultation before your procedure, especially if this is your first time. These can be done on the day before your appointment, another day prior, or a zoom call option is available if it is difficult getting to the studio. Please use the contact form on the homepage to book in.
- Make sure you are fit and well. If you are ill or taking antibiotics/steroids then you will be unable to have your treatment.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you cannot be tattooed.
- Eat a good meal at least 2 hours prior to your appointment. It is also worth bring a sugary drink or snack to have just in case.
- No alcohol 24 hours prior,
- Limit caffeine intake the day of your appointment.
IMPORTANT - Discontinue use of any skin products containing retinol, acids, AHA's/BHA's or 'active' ingredients at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment, including professional facials/peels, microdermabrasion and microneedling.
- No Aspirin based or blood thinning medication 48 hours prior, unless stated necessary by your doctor (a doctors note may be required before proceeding with treatment, please inform the studio before booking)
- No tanning, sun beds or self tanning can be used 3 weeks before or after your treatment.
- Any botox or filler treatments must be carried out 8 weeks before, or 8 weeks after your appointment.
Brows - No brow growth serums for 4 weeks before or after treatment. No tinting, Henna, or Lamination treatments 4 weeks before or 4 weeks after your appointment. No waxing for at least 3 days prior to your appointment.
Day of your treatment
You may experience tenderness, redness and/or swelling. These affects are normal in the process of healing a tattoo and are temporary.
Your tattoo will be at its darkest during this period. This is completely normal and to be expected. The colour and shape will soften as it heals.
Mild 'scabbing' will have formed and begin to shed away. DO NOT scratch, rub or pick the area, doing so will cause trauma and may cause scarring and pigment loss. Itchiness is common and normal during this stage. Colour hue will also appear lighter, even faded or 'patchy' as the skin flakes away. This is a normal part of the healing process.
Colour will become more prominent and show a true hue as the skin is regenerating. Skin may also be dry during this stage, keep it hydrated with a gentle moisturiser.
Do's and Don'ts
- No make-up, cleansers, toners and moisturisers until the tattooed area is fully healed (2-3 weeks minimum)
- Avoid swimming, hot baths, saunas and steam etc. until fully healed. Showering is fine, but be careful not to get the area too wet and away from direct spray.
- Excessive sweating will disrupt the healing process and may cause pigment loss.
- No sunbathing, sun beds or self-tanning. Sun exposure will cause pigment to fade and lines to blur. Always use SPF50 on the tattooed area, even when fully healed.
- Try to avoid sleeping directly on the area while healing. Excessive rubbing can cause pigment loss, a silk pillowcase is useful here.
- 'Active' skin care containing retinol, acids and AHA's/BHA's etc. should never be used directly on the tattooed area, even once healed. These ingredients will accelerate pigment fade.