WHAT IS LIP BLUSHING?
It is a lip tattoo that enhances and defines your lips. It can help enhance and even out natural color, or add color if you are lacking any pigment. Your lips will look darker and more like lipstick on the first day, and soften as they heal to become a subtle, natural looking lip tint. Apply a little gloss or balm and your lips are perfectly kissable!
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Results will always vary from person to person, after your initial session and the touch up, your results should last between 2-5 years. Additional touch ups may be required depending on the person and look desired. Permanent makeup ink is not the same as body art ink, and by design it does not last as long as body art ink.
LIP BLUSH SEMI-PERMANENT MAKEUP
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT TO EXPECT?
There will be moderate swelling, redness and bruising for the first 1-3 hrs.
Apply a Ziploc bag filled with water and ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. ( if needed)
During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own.
Expect the color to eventually lighten by up to 40% once the healing process is complete.
Color may appear uneven at different stages of healing. Be patient. This is a process that does not yield immediate results.
DOES LIP BLUSHING HURT?
Pain levels vary from person to person. Strong medical grade topical anesthetic cream is used before and during your procedure to keep you as pain free as possible.
WILL YOU STILL HAVE TO WEAR LIPSTICK? AND CAN OTHER COLORS STILL LOOK THE SAME ON TOP?
This is up to the look each individual is trying to achieve. The colors I tattoo with are natural and intended to look very natural. We can certainly enhance your natural color or add color if your lacking, or add a specific tint that your looking for, but it remains soft and natural. That way when you do decide to change it up and want to wear lipstick it will still look great over top, and can cover you tattoo with whatever color we decide to use.
CAN LIP BLUSHING BE DONE ON ANYONE/ EVERYONE?
lip blushing is not for everyone. please read the contraindications carefully. if any of the following apply to you, this procedure is not recommended...
If you have previous cosmetic tattooing, send an email (before booking!!) with a picture or book a 15 minute consultation before booking your appointment.
You are a smoker (pigment may not retain properly, colors may distort). ...If you have a history of MRSA
You have psoriasis in the treatment area.
You have an auto-immune disease.
You have thyroid/graves disease (medication may cause pigment to not retain properly). ...You have anemia (pigment may not retain properly).
You have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.
You are currently undergoing chemotherapy.
You are pregnant or nursing. (You cannot have this service. No exceptions.)
You have Diabetes type 1 or 2 (due to slow healing and infection, color may or may not retain well).
If you are under a doctor’s care and have questions at ALL about being able to have this procedure, it is your responsibility to meet with your doctor and get written approval.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS, BEFORE THE LIP BLUSH TREATMENT, YOU MUST:
Lip tattooing CAN cause outbreaks, which can result in loss of pigment. We ask that our clients take their prescribed anti-viral medication starting 3 days prior to their appointment and after the procedure to prevent outbreak. You can still have lip blushing done!!! We just want to ensure you get the best results possible. Consult with your doctor for any additional questions. If you have an outbreak, or any other type of scratch/acne we ask that you reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.
How Do I Prepare For My Lip Blushing Session???
Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E, niacin, or drink excessive alcohol at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
No laser or electrolysis on or around the treatment area one week prior to procedure.
It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your booking fee. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
Do not take any prescription blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
No Botox or fillers in the procedure area less than one week prior.
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
Bring in your favorite lip color if you have a specific color your wanting to achieve
Discontinue any vitamin A skin care products (Retin-A, retinols) close to the enhancement area at least two weeks prior to your procedure.
Do not have any chemical peels, dermabrasions, mesotherapy, or any other intense treatments which will cause faster skin cell rejuvenating and cause skin irritation 3-4 weeks before procedure.
It’s important to wait until your lips are properly healed (after your 8 week touch up appointment) before making a final judgement about them. This treatment is a two-step process requiring patience (with some clients needing a second touch up) to get the full desired look which won’t be achieved until after your 6-7 week touch up. At your touch up appointment, we can make any changes you want - a lot of clients go bolder as they have had time to adjust to their new lips and feel more confident with the process.
During the first 1-2 days, you may experience: swelling, bruising, dryness, tingling and tenderness. This is a fresh tattoo on a delicate area of skin that needs time to close up and heal. During the following few days, dryness and tenderness may continue as well as some tightness. Your lips may feel like they need to crack when you move your mouth. This is normal and your skin healing.
If your lips are kept clean and moisturize then only a thin film (not a scab) will appear. The film will start peeling off by itself around day 2-3 and may not exfoliate evenly. During this time, your lips may feel tight, cracked, chapped and itchy as the flakes are coming away. Leave the film alone; picking will cause irritation, can lead to scars and will lift colour from the treated area resulting in unevenness and blank spots. Let the area heal naturally for best results and keep your lips moisturised at all times to help soothe and heal them. The colour implanted will fade by 50-60% during the first healing process. Whilst the film is peeling, it may seem as though the treatment hasn't worked well. The colour may look weak or it may seem as though the ink has disappeared. Why? Lip tattoos are not as deep as a 'normal' tattoo - your new healing skin is covering the ink and when your skin and the ink start to settle (between weeks 2-4), you'll notice that your lip tattoo 'starts coming back'. It didn't disappear in the first place; it was just harder to see through a thicker layer of healing skin. If the colour is still weak/patchy at weeks 5-6, don't worry! This is a delicate tattoo to heal, and is why we do 2 sessions.
Healing is specific to each client and it’s important to realise that you’ll need a colour boost every 24 months to maintain the vibrancy of your lip tattoo. When you leave the appointment, your lip tattoo will be intact and I’ll do my best to help you heal properly. Your lifestyle choices, age, genetics, and skin type will contribute to the retention of your lip tattoo. If you regularly bite your lips, use lip exfoliator, use sunbeds, sunbathe, don't use sun protection, smoke, use anti-aging products (on your lips), or get your lips filled after having your lips tattooed, your lip tattoo WILL fade faster and you’ll need more regular touch ups.
Permanent makeup is an art, not a science. Your results will vary and using lip liner, lip gloss or lipstick may still be needed, especially when wearing heavy coverage makeup. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical and whilst trying to obtain perfect symmetry is my goal, nothing is guaranteed or 100% perfect.
• Follow the aftercare properly to allow your lips to heal as well as they should.
Do not eat for at least 1 hr after the procedure. Rinse Lip after every meal, keep absolutely clean.
• Keep your lips as clean and dry, but moisturised, as you can for the first 5-10 days.
Too much lymph fluid, water, sweat & oil will result in scabs instead of a film. Scabs will result in patchy brows.
• Keep your lips moisturised with cream (provided) or other lip balm for the whole healing process
• Use an icepack (wrapped in something clean) or take ibuprofen if your lips feel swollen and there is bruising present.
• You may want to drink with a straw and use a spoon to introduce food into the mouth. Avoid salty, sour food or spicy food if your lips feel tender for the first few days.
• Touch, bite or scratch your lips – touching or picking could cause irritation, infection & loss of pigment.
• Exercise for at least 2-5 days after your treatment due to sweating. Gentle exercise is okay after the first few days.
• Put lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, cleansers, lotions etc. on or close to your lips for 1-2 weeks to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Use saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs or swimming pools for 1 week due to sweating, risk of getting your lips wet & hygiene.
• Have facials or other face beauty treatments done for 1 week to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Have lip fillers or use sunbeds, chemical peels or any strong face treatment for 4 weeks as your skin will not be healed enough.
• Use anti-aging creams, chemical peels, acids or retinols on or close to your lips ever!
These products strip the skin / change your skin and the chemicals in them will react and affect with the pigment / retention.
After Care, Cleaning Immediately right after treatment to day 2
With your lip blush complete we want to prevent a build-up of lymph fluid on your lips. Lymph build up on the lips looks like little yellow / white bubbles which can also be mistaken for small cold sores. To prevent this from happening use a wipe whenever you feel your lips need cleansing and then dab dry (probably 4-5 times a day). Then apply cream ( provided) throughout the day as often as needed. Apply a thin layer of Cream, less is more. A little bit goes a long way.
From Day 2 until the film lifted
Your lips should have a thin film on top of them by now and will be feeling pretty tight and possibly sore (this won’t last long). The film indicates that the skin underneath is healing. At this point, you no longer need to clean your lips unless you want to give them a wipe after eating / drinking, but you will want to keep your lips moisturised with the cream ( provided) / other lip balm throughout the day.
After the film has lifted
Your lips may stay dry for a few weeks but keeping them moisturised will reduce the feeling of them being tight / chapped / itchy / cracked. Although your lips may feel healed, lipsticks tend to dry your lips out, so if you must wear something on them, a tinted gloss would be the better option. It’s not uncommon to have a ‘second peel’ with lips so just keep your lips hydrated. Your lips will look lighter than when freshly done. Do not panic – you have healing skin over your lips which is thicker than normal skin. You should see some colour pop back through around week 4 once your healing skin has settled. You can return to your usual face washing / make up routine but you still need to be careful with your lips. Although your skin will look healed, it is still recovering under the surface and you need to be gentle for the full 6 weeks. Your skin will be fragile and may still be a bit tender, so don't exfoliate or use anything harsh that may damage your regenerating skin.
• When cleaning, make sure you are cleansing firmly enough so that you are actually cleaning your lips, but not too hard that you’re hurting yourself, irritating the tattoo or pulling the peel off.
• If you're getting closer to day 10 and still have a lot of flakes left, you probably haven't been cleaning firmly enough or keeping them moisturised enough and you'll need to cleanse and moisturise more to assist the film coming away.