Risks, Hazards or Complications

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Excessive Swelling or Bruising:

Some people bruise and swell more than others. Ice packs may help and the bruising and swelling typically disappears within 1-5 days.  Some people don’t bruise or swell at all.


There can be pain even after the topical anesthetic has been used. Anesthetics work better on some people then others.

Uneven Pigmentation

This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding, or many other causes.  Your follow-up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance.


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.


Topical anesthetics are used to numb the area to be tattoed. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine, and Epinephrine in a cream or gel form are typically used.  If you are allergic to any of these you must inform your technician.


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 Medical technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetics


Infection is very unusual.  The areas treated must be kept clean and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the area.  See “After Care” sheet for instructions on care.

Allergic Reactions:

There is a small possibility of an allergic reaction.  You may take a patch test to determine this.  This must be done 5-7 days prior to your service.  You may schedule this at no charge before your service.  By NOT SCHEDULING YOUR FREE PATCH TEST YOU ARE WAIVING THIS TREATMENT.