To Choose The Right Technician
If you want extraordinary results, you must find a technician who is both an ARTIST and a highly SKILLED technician.
All technicians are not artists. A technician might understand the basic mechanics of the cosmetic or medical tattoo process, but the ability to draw and shade well with tattoo equipment, is a skill set that takes artistic talent, lots of training and many years to perfect. The finished artwork will only be as good as the artist you select. Spend time evaluating your technician and look for someone that has extensive experience creating the “effects” you are considering. If you want eyebrows that look like three dimensional, and like real eyebrows, you need to be sure your technician is an artist first. If they cannot draw eyebrows that look like real hair on paper during your consultation, they will not be able to tattoo natural looking eyebrows on your face. Skilled cosmetic and medical tattoo artists do not use stencils. All work should be customized to the individual face shape and nuances of the facial bone structure.
For Scalp Restoration work, If you want scalp artistry that looks three dimensional and natural to hide surgery scars from transplants, or to create visual density in thinning hair, then you need an artist who has a strong portfolio and advanced training in this very specialized skill set. Scalp Micro-pigmentation is one of the most complex of all the cosmetic restoration procedures for hair loss. It demands a thorough understanding of color, skin and hair growth patterns to create a completely natural look.
If you want your Permanent Cosmetics and Scalp Micro-pigmentation to look soft and natural, it’s important to find an artist who will customize each service to your tastes and lifestyle.
Permanent cosmetic artistry and Scalp Micro-pigmentation, requires years of experience to master the proper techniques. These services are semi-permanent and are designed to enhance your features or to correct an aesthetic defect. Camouflage and hair restoration, are two of the most challenging Permanent Advanced cosmetic and medical tattoo services, should only be done by artists specifically trained in these skill sets. The finished artistry will be with you for a long time. Seasoned technicians customize the color and artistry based on your skin tone and aesthetic requests. Skin is a complicated living canvas, and no two people are the same. An experienced cosmetic artist has mastered both the technical nuances of cosmetic tattooing and color theory. Lots of testimonials from happy clients is a great indicator of the artist’s ability.
Talent and expertise come with a price.
Low prices are not an indicator of value in Permanent Cosmetics, Medical Camouflage or Scalp Micro-pigmentation. On the contrary, very low or “cheap” service prices are general indicators of inexperience, lack of business or cutting corners with pigments, anesthetics and cosmetic tattoo supplies. Many technicians who offer very cheap prices purchase their pigments and needles from China. This is not in the consumer’s best interest as the FDA does not supervise the manufacturing process of imported products. Pigments and needles can be tainted – and many Chinese needle manufacturers coat their needles in lead or nickel. If you are considering a semi-permanent procedure that will be done on your face or body, discounted fees should not be the main criteria for making a decision. That bargain may not be a bargain if your finished artwork is less than beautiful or the color is wrong.
Unfortunately, many technicians today are inadequately trained, having completed only one or two short classes before tattooing. Expect that highly skilled cosmetic technicians will charge fees commensurate with their tenure, level of training and service expertise. Fees are general indicators of location, demand, quality of the service experience, and client follow-up.
Technicians, training and artistic skill vary widely.
There is no substitute for training and experience. These are key consumer considerations that should be evaluated thoroughly “prior” to scheduling any procedure. Extensive training, testimonials, strong portfolios and professional affiliations can mean the difference between great results or a poor experience. Always ask for references or review client testimonials. Check out your technicians’s web site. Arrange a consultation – or visit where they are working. Ask if they have people on-site that have had procedures completed . What is their policy for follow-up visits if needed? Is the cosmetic artist you are considering affiliated with physicians? (This is generally a great indicator of technical and artistic proficiency. Doctors rarely associate with sub-par technicians).
Not all technicians are experienced or specialize in ethnic skin.
If this is important to you, ask how much experience the artist has had with ethnic clientele, “before” you schedule a procedure. Ethnic skin is delicate and has special requirements that seasoned technicians address prior to and during a permanent cosmetic service. Tonal and textural differences in ethnic skin can affect how cosmetic pigment processes and heals. There is no substitute for experience with ethnic skin. Look for the most qualified artist that confidently addresses your questions and concerns and has a strong artistic flair. As always, portfolios with before and after photos will be a great indicator of what you can expect.
A Final Review
Take time to check out the company or the technician you are considering for your cosmetic services. Here’s the quick check-list:
- Are they an artist?
- How long have they been a technician?
- What type of training have they had?
- How many procedures have they done?
- Do they have a comprehensive portfolio?
- Testimonials or References Available?
- Are people on site that you can see close-up?
- Do they have physician affiliations?
- Do they work out of a professional, sanitary location?
- Ethnic skin specialist?
The Nouveau Clinic has been in business for 16 years specializing in Cosmetic and Medical Restoration Services for the Face and Body. Our Paramedical Tattoo Artists are highly skilled Technicians who practice cosmetic and paramedical restoration services. We are ethnic skin specialists, with advanced training in Permanent Cosmetics, Scar treatments. Medical camouflage, and Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP) Services. To date our clinic has completed over 15,000 cosmetic procedures. We are affiliated with physicians, medical spas and cosmetic clinics worldwide.