1. Does it hurt?
A: Normally, the client does not feel very much pain. Each case is different though and depending on your particular surgery there may be some small amount of sensation but it usually is minimal or mildly uncomfortable.
B. Please DO NOT BRING OR USE A TOPICAL ANESTHESIA OR NUMBING CRÈME! If any of these products have been applied, we will not be able to perform your procedure.
2. How long do I have to wait after surgery to have the procedure done?
A: We require a minimum of 5 months to pass after the date of your final surgery and/or nipple reconstruction.
3. I had nipple reconstruction... can I still get tattooed?
A: Yes, although there are occasions when the pigment does not take well on the reconstructed nipple. The reconstructed nipple as well as the area around it can still be tattooed, but follow up visits may be needed to ensure adequate pigment retention in that area.
4. How long does the procedure take?
A: It typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours. This includes layout and pigment mixing. The actual tattoo time is about 15-30 minutes for each side. Unilateral clients can take slightly longer due to increased time mixing pigment and trying to match the color of the existing areola.
B. Bring a Bra or Camisole to wear after your procedure to help hold the bandages in place.
5. How long does it take for the tattoo area to heal?
A: Healing times can vary... usually it takes 7-10 days. Some slight scabbing or skin flaking will occur but this is normal. A thin coat of antibacterial ointment should be applied several times a day during the healing process. A small non-stick pad will be required for the first few days to avoid sticking to clothing. Washing the area once a day and thin coats of ointment are normally all that is required to get a good, well healed result in 7-10 days.
6. How long will the tattoo last?
A: The tattoo will last a lifetime. Some slight fading may occur over many years time, but will be minimal. Normally we try to tattoo the area lighter rather than darker, so it's possible that a touch up visit may be required... remembering that we can always darken the area but we can not lighten it prior to completion. Thus, lighter is always better than darker.
7. Do you use sterile needles and equipment?
A: YES! All of our needles are single use and sterile. All equipment that touches the skin is sterilized in an autoclave that is checked and spore tested regularly. Ink is poured into disposable caps that are not reused and all surfaces are cover with a protective film to avoid cross contamination. We go above and beyond industry standards to insure your safety and ours.
8. Do you have private rooms where the procedure is done?
A: YES, each room is private. Whatever your idea of an old school tattoo shop might be this is not it. We have been in business for more than 20 years and have a professional environment with some of the best trained tattoo artists in the world. We have won many international awards for our creative and innovative tattoos. We are the world's leading authority in this type of tattooing.
B. You can bring as many people with you as you like, however only one additional person can be in the room with you during your procedure.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE REGARDING THIS TYPE OF TATTOOING. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ANSWER THEM AND MAKE YOUR VISIT COMFORTABLE AND THE RESULTS GREAT!