WHAT IS A CONTRAINDICATION?
A contraindication is a condition or factor that either renders a medical treatment inadvisable under any circumstances or increases the risks involved in carrying out a medical procedure. Absolute Contraindication: hemophilia, blood thinners on prescription. Relative Contraindications: diabetic on the needle (increased risk of infection & slow to heal), allergies, blood thinners like Aspirin or Vitamin E.
You know the state of your health better than anyone. If you have any medical issues that you feel might be a contraindication, then we suggest you get clearance from your doctor. Below are some (but not limited to) contraindications that can alter your results and/or put you in danger.
- Patients who have epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia, or heart disease of any kind should have a physician’s approval prior to any tattooing procedure.
- Pregnant or nursing. Although there is no medical evidence that tattooing would have any effect on an unborn child, we don't know for sure. So we suggest you are on the side of caution and come back after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.
- Under 18 years of age.
- On Accutane, Retin A. Topical steroids thin the skin. Depending on the stage your skin is at, it may be too fragile to undergo the procedure. You should get clearance from your doctor before considering permanent make-up. You must be off Retin A or Retinols 7 days prior to appointment and avoid or around the area for 30 days after. If used before 30 days, it can cause the pigments to fade prematurely.
- On prescription-strength medication or treatments that affect the dermal layer of the skin can affect the permanent make-up.
- On anticoagulants (blood thinners). Long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and some herbs reduce clotting time resulting in increased bleeding and bruising, which will affect the implantation of pigment as well as increase the healing time.
- Diabetic. If you are insulin-dependent, you are not a candidate for permanent make-up. Healing could be compromised and take longer than average. Otherwise, if your doctor feels your condition is under control you may request a letter stating that you are able to undergo cosmetic tattooing.
- Glaucoma. You may not have eyeliner. Increased intraocular pressure combined with pressure placed on the eye to apply eyeliner could be damaging. It is important to have this condition under control and/or refer to your physician for further consent to the application of eyeliner.
- Have any other heart conditions. Uncontrolled high blood pressure and poor general health would be a special concern, you will need to see your physician and discuss the procedure to gain pre-approval.
- Herpes Simplex. People who get fever blisters and/or cold sores may experience an outbreak after procedures. It's imperative that you discuss the procedure with your physician before the procedure and receive proper instructions on how to prevent an outbreak post-procedure. Most physicians will offer a prescription for Zovirax or Valtrex to take prior to and after the procedure.
- Keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Persons with tendencies for this type of scarring have the same risk with tattoos also. The risk is mainly in the torso area, however, we may decide to do a patch test to ensure that you do not scar in this manner.
- If there are any blemishes, pimples, active cold sores, irritation of the skin of any kind, moles, or other skin imperfections in or around the area of the procedure, we will NOT be able to do the procedure until the blemish or area of concern is gone or the mole is removed and healed.