Client Safety Information is important to you. Your procedure shouldn't be dangerous. At Celtic Queen we practice and follow all OSHA safety guidelines for proper sterilization, housekeeping and personal protective equipment. The State of Utah does not require Cosmetic Tattooists (or body artists) to take and pass a blood borne pathogen course. At Celtic Queen, we feel it is absolutely imperative for the safety of our clients and ourselves to stay current with all new information and technology. We take this course and receive certification every year.
HOUSEKEEPING; At Celtic Queen, our work areas is as clean as your Doctor's Office. Your artist's work area should be as clean as your Doctor's Office. There shouldn't be any used needles, gloves, ink pots, trash, etc..., in the area. If your artist uses washable cloth items (we don't) such as head bands or towels, they need to be in a marked closed container, indicating they have been exposed to body fluids.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - PPE'S; At Celtic Queen, we always wear personal protective equipment to ensure your safety and our own. Personal Protective Equipment protects you and your artist from catching possible communicable diseases during your procedure. Your Artist's station needs to be a sterile environment comparable to a Doctors' Office. All permanent items at the station such as the floor, beds or tables, chairs, trays, lamps, etc... should be made of nonporous materials which can be sterilized after each procedure. Artists should conduct your procedure with sterile, one time use PPE'S such as one time use gloves, and barrier shields on all equipment or items in the sterile work area. Some examples of barrier shields are; disposable one time use cord and machine covers which should be placed on all machines used in your cosmetic tattoo. Sterile, one time use, absorbent barrier covers placed on surfaces such as beds, chairs, tables or trays. The use of PPE'S, disposable, one time use equipment such as needles, supplies, and proper sterilization technics insures you do not leave the area with an unwanted communicable disease.
YOU SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF ANY ARTIST WHO DOE NOT UTILIZE PROPER STERILIZATION TECHNICS; Some of these dangerous technics are; Covering the "bed" you are receiving your procedure on in "pillows, sheets, blankets, or any type of cloth material". While this may make it seem more "Spa" like, any and all cloth items in your sterile area will be contaminated with spores and infected fluids. Unless your artist changes all of the sheets, blankets, pillows, etc... EVERY TIME they perform a new procedure, they are exposing you to communicable diseases. Walk to the nearest exit and find a new artist.
CROSS CONTAMINATING; All items at your artists station such as ink, wipes, gloves, paper towels, Q-tips, etc... should be disposed of after each treatment. If you see full sized bottles of ink, a full sized package of wipes, a large container of Q-tips, etc... in the artists sterile work area and they are not covered in barrier film, YOUR ARTIST IS CROSS CONTAMINATING YOU DURING YOUR PROCEDURE. They are exposing you to communicable diseases. Run, don't walk, to the nearest exit and find yourself a new artist.
USING INK MADE IN CHINA; I cannot begin to state the numerous issues ink made in China has and is causing in this country. If your artist does not know where the ink they are using is made, or if they let you see the bottle and you read it is made in China, RUN, RUN, RUN, to the exit and find an artist who actually cares about you and their craft. Your Artist should know where the ink they are permanently putting into your skin is made, what ingredients it contains, and the process used to make it. At Celtic Queen we only use ink made in America.
Pre and Post Instructions for Permanent Cosmetics
While natural skin tones vary when the skin is cold or warm, tan or untanned, or whether your circulation is good or poor, tattooed cosmetic pigments are permanent and do not change color. During the tattooing process pigment has to be placed under the epidermis layer of your skin to be permanent. The color of your skin is determined by the amount of melanin which is produced by melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. The color of your skin will affect the tattooed colors being placed under it. All clients may receive a patch test prior to any procedure if they so choose.
I will not perform any Permanent Cosmetics procedures on anyone who is pregnant or nursing. Please schedule your appointment after these beautiful life events. If you are having lips or brows done, please bring your favorite pencils. Utah state law requires that you eat something within the 2 hour time frame prior to your Permanent Cosmetic appointment. Do not wear any Makeup the day of your appointment. If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, i.e. tweezing or waxing, the removal should be done at least 3 days prior to your procedure. Electrolysis should not be done within 7 days of the procedure. Avoid any hair removal methods for at least 14 days following the procedure. It is important to not have a sunburn prior to and after any procedures. This includes the use of tanning beds. Please refrain from having eyelashes or eyebrows tinted at least 1 week prior to your procedure. You may resume eyelash or eyebrow tinting 14 days after your permanent eyebrow or eyeliner procedure. EYELASH EXTENSIONS MUST BE REMOVED 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF RECIVING EYELINER. For all eyeliner procedures, you must be off all lash growing products such as Latisse, Revitalash etc… for 7 days. If you wear contact lenses and are having eyeliner done, do not wear your lenses to your appointment and do not reinsert them until 3 days after your procedure. Contact Lenses should be new! Immediately following an eyeliner procedure your eyes may also be sensitive and watery. If you have had any type of eye surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having any permanent eyeliner procedure. If you are having Lip Liner or Full lips done and have had previous problems with cold sores, fever blisters, or mouth ulcers, permanent cosmetic procedures can reawaken these types of conditions. To help prevent or minimize an outbreak we strongly recommend you contact your physician for an antiviral medication prior to your procedure. If you are not able to get a prescription, you can also purchase Abreva or L-Lysine. Prescribed medication must be taken prior to the procedure for the amount of time indicated by your doctor. No procedures can be done if you have an active break out. I cannot do lip color on those who have had any dermal fillers within the last year. If you choose, a patch test can be performed during your initial consultation appointment. Please notify me of negative results prior to your appointment. Patients on prescription medications should check with their doctor regarding interactions, especially those on heart medications or blood thinners. Some medications and herbs can increase swelling and bleeding. Never discontinue a medication your doctor has recommended for you without consulting him or her. If you are required to take antibiotic medication prior to seeing your dentist, you will need to check with your Physician prior to having your procedure done. They may have you take a course of antibiotic for your procedure. You have to be off of Accutane for one year, prior to all procedures. You have to be off Retin A or Renova for 7 days, prior to a procedure. Try to avoid Vitamin E and Niacin for 1 week prior to all procedures unless medically necessary. With the permission of your Physician, discontinue use of blood thinners at least 1 week prior to your procedure including Aspirin, and Ibuprofen. Avoid any alcohol consumption for 48 hours prior to your procedure. Finally, since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell or redden slightly, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day as your procedure. I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please call or make a note so I can discuss them when you arrive for your appointment.
Post Procedure Instructions:
Following your Permanent Cosmetic Procedure: You may apply ice in a sterile/clean dressing to the treated area for 20 minutes. Ice helps reduce swelling and aids in healing. For 7 days following application of permanent cosmetics: Sleeping slightly elevated can reduce any residual swelling. You may soil your pillowcase with some residual pigment, so think about using an old, clean case. In the morning if eyes are stuck together, use a wet Q-tip to gently separate. DO NOT rub, pick or peel. Keep the area clean and use only the aftercare given for 3 to 4 days. Only a small amount is needed. Do not (smother) occlude the area, it needs to breath to heal. Apply as needed to ensure scabbing does not occur. Use a fresh Q-tip for every application and do not let your new Permanent Cosmetics become dry in the first 72 hours. Do not use Neosporin on healing areas. Do not rub or pick at the epithelial crust, allow it to flake off on its own. Some pigment may drop out or look like it is flaking off. Everyone’s skin is different. Some people lose more color then others. This is normal and means that the color will need to be adjusted on the follow up visit. Absolutely no scrubbing, gently cleanse the area with a mild antibacterial soap. You may rinse with water and lightly pat the area dry. Do not expose treated area to full pressure of the water in the shower. No Sauna or Steam room. Do not soak treated area in bath or hot tub. Do not swim in fresh, salt or chlorinated pool water. Do not use mascara, or creams around eye area, or eyelash curler for 3 days post procedure. When you resume use new mascara. It is advised to use new lipstick after all lip treatments. Redness, swelling, tenderness, dryness are all common post treatment side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. Avoid oily, salty, acidic foods and alcohol while lips are healing. Lips have a tenancy to fade up to 60% and color can hide for a 6-week period before resurfacing. If you are a blood donor, you cannot donate for 1 year following your procedure. (Per American Red Cross) Use sterile bandages and dressings when necessary. It is imperative that you do not expose your cosmetic tattoo treatment site to direct sunlight, use tanning booths, use self-tanning products, or any products which increase melanin production in the skin. Do not use products containing Salicylic Acid, Beta/Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Benzoyl Peroxide, Accutane, Retin-A, Retinols/Retinoid, Hydroquinone, or other similar prescription or over the counter products during this process. I recommend the use of a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with SPF30 or higher containing both physical (100% mineral filter) and chemical active ingredients on your treatment site after it is healed (typically 2 weeks) and to continue to use it after your treatment series. If you are contemplating other cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic surgery, laser peels, laser hair removal, Botox, fillers, or implant surgery or other potential altering procedure, please be advised that such procedures may adversely affect or alter your permanent cosmetics. It is your responsibility to check with your physician or other treating clinician when contemplating these procedures. Celtic Queen Permanent Cosmetics, LLC will not be responsible for changes to your cosmetic tattoo which may occur due to any of the above mentioned type of procedures. Failure to follow post treatment instructions may cause loss of pigment, discoloration or infection. Remember, colors appear brighter and more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. As the healing progresses, color will soften. A touch-up procedure may or may not be necessary. Final results cannot be determined until healing is complete. Touch-up procedures should be made within 60 days following the procedure. Additional fees may apply for touch-ups after 60 days.