Lip Blushing Pre & Post Care
What is Lip Blush?
Lip Blush creates a soft and subtle blush of color defining the shape and giving the appearance of plump and flushed lips. Lip color is customized to each client based on natural lip color, undertone and skin tone.
How does Lip Blush work?
A rotary device is used to deposit and layer pigments within the lips to create a soft and natural blush tone.
Does Lip Blush hurt?
Discomfort is minimal and a numbing cream is used to insure a painless procedure. This may vary depending on the individuals pain tolerance.
How long does Lip Blush take?
There are several stages which include; numbing, outlining the lips, and the actual process of Tattooing. This usually takes roughly 2-3 hours.
What colors are available for Lip Blush?
A wide range of tones in the pink, coral, and red families are available to create a customized shade. This will be determined in the beginning of your session.
Is there downtime for Lip Blush?
The healing process for Lip Blush takes approximately 3-4 days. In that time you may experience some swelling, redness, bruising, dryness and texture until the lips naturally exfoliate themselves. Aquaphor or a provided barrier cream is to be applied during the healing process.
How will I know if I need a touch up?
The best results generally come from a two step process. Touch ups allow us to analyse how the color regenerates beneath the skin and add in areas that may have healed incorrectly. Healed results are unique to each client and we do our best to create a consistent experience. Touch ups are beneficial for layering the pigment for more saturation and must be completed within 8 weeks from the original session for the reduced price-point to be honoured.
How long does Lip Blush last?
Approximately 2-3 years after you’ve received your touch up. Skin type and lifestyle can effect the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo - we can not guarantee specific results.
Can Lip Blushing be done on anyone?
Lip blushing is NOT for everyone. Please read the contraindications carefully. If any of the following apply to you, this procedure is not recommended...
- 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.
- If you are prone to cold sores.
** Please note.... even if none of the above apply, lip blushing cannot be guaranteed. This is a cosmetic tattooing procedure, the skin can be unpredictable, it is up to your skin to retain the pigment. Generally, results are successful, however, due to skin type, healing or bleeding during procedure, some results can differ*
How do I prepare for my Lip Blushing Treatment?
BEFORE YOUR LIP BLUSHING TREATMENT: (PRE CARE)
- Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E, niacin, or drink excessive alcohol at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
- Do not take any prescription blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
- Discontinue any vitamin A skin care products (Retin-A, retinols) close to the enhancement area at least two weeks prior to your procedure. **I recommend NOT using these products over or around the tattooed area after you receive your cosmetic tattoo. It could cause fading and distortion of color.**
- Discontinue use of AHA/BHA (chemical exfoliation) skin care products close to the area to be tattooed at least one week prior to your procedure.
- No laser or electrolysis on or around the treatment area one week prior to procedure.
- Must wait 4 months after lip fillers and 6 weeks after touch-up. It is possible to have poor color retention in lips that have had collagen injections within 4 months, and within a year of Restylane. There is the risk of pigment migration along the lip line if you have had Restylane.
- Plan trips or events a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. Due to unwanted elements Limit the amount of caffeine you consume the morning of your appointment.
- 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.
- If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this 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.
- Bring in your favorite lip color if you have a specific color your wanting to achieve
- Clients who have experienced a cold sore in or around the mouth MUST take Valtrex at least 3 days prior and 3 days after receiving this treatment. Failure to follow these instructions can risk an outbreak that can affect the healing process.
- If you are experiencing any blemishes, acne, or skin irritations leading up to your procedure please contact us. Failure to communicate any of these may result in a cancellation or rescheduling of your appointment. All deposits are nonrefundable.
- Wait six months after a lip implant
- Avoid the following herbs and spices 48 hours before procedure: ginger, cinnamon, garlic, black and cayenne pepper.
- Please Note: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
- If you don’t take into account these instructions and we need to cancel your appointment day, you will be charged a late cancellation fee of $100
What happens after my Lip Blushing Treatment? (POST CARE)
During healing, the lip pigments used will revert back to their original state, which is a powder. Lip tattooing does not replace makeup. In fact, it is advised to wear some type of lip-gloss to enrich the color tattooed. Lips will vary in color on a daily basis and change color during the day. This depends on if we are hot or cold. Even if we are well hydrated or not.
Right after the procedure lips normally feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. Lips will feel better with each day. Should anything occur that has not been addressed, please call immediately.**
• Take antiviral medication (Valtrex) 2 days post procedure, on the day of and 2 days after to prevent an outbreak.
• Apply supplied ointment on lips several times a day. This should be done for at least 14 days post treatment. Do not allow lips to become dry. This may interfere with healed color. During the day if lips feel dry, apply a light layer of ointment. Make sure to dab on skin, do not rub in.
• Itching is normal, DO NOT PICK!
• No soaps, cleansing creams, or chemicals on lips. Wash your face carefully avoiding the lip area for 7 days.
• Avoid moisture to the lips such as Hot Soup, Hot Cocoa, or Hot Coffee for 5 days. Drink everything through a straw until lips completely peel. DO NOT stretch the lips.
• Avoid water on the new pigmented areas as much as possible, the First 7 days. (when showering, washing face, etc. have ointment on the pigmented area to protect lips from water). Do not stand in front of shower head when showering.
• Avoid facials, swimming and or hot tubs for at least five days.
• Before brushing your teeth, seal lips with ointment first. Put cotton balls in gum areas so toothbrush will not rub against the lips. No whitening toothpaste (during the healing process). Use a small amount of toothpaste. Take a straw with you to the bathroom to retrieve water to swish with. Do not bleach your teeth while your lips are healing (about 2 weeks).
• You may apply an ice pack (which must be protected with a wet barrier film of paper toweling, towel or cloth) for 10-minute intervals for the first 48 hours. Ice may be applied every hour or so, if desired. Do not put ice directly on area.
• Do not expose the lips to direct sunlight (tanning or tanning bed) for 4 weeks. This is new skin and will sunburn easily and direct sun prematurely may also cause scarring. Use a lip gloss with sunblock of at least 30 SPF to protect the lips when outdoors.
• Chapstick may be used on the lips after the 2nd week.
• You may wear lipstick after the first week, make sure the tube of lipstick is new.
• Do not bite into greasy, oily, salty or spicy foods, rather cut them up and place them into your mouth.
• While eating, do not constantly wipe your lips with a napkin or keep licking your lips at this will impede the healing process. DO NOT PICK dry healing tissue or you WILL remove the pigment color!
• Sleeping slightly elevated will help prevent swelling. It’s recommended to sleep on your back on a satin pillow case. If the pillowcase is not satin, you may also wrap your pillowcase at night and replace with a fresh wrap in the morning. This keeps pigment from sticking to the pillowcase at night.
• No smoking while lips are healing! (Approximately two weeks)
• No kissing, rubbing or friction on your newly tinted lips until the area is totally healed or else you will lose tinting (about 2 weeks).
• Avoid Retin-A, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) near lips to prevent premature fading.
• Lips may be dry for 3 to 5 months depending on the body reaction.
• Color can last up to 3 years
Expect moderate swelling, usually one to three days following the procedure. Scabs will make the lips feel thick. Lips will fade up to 50% after the first 5 days. While healing, the tattoo will look spotty. This is due to oxidation of the pigment and the redness of the skin. Two or three permanent makeup applications may be required to achieve the desired results.
The following Pre and Post-Care for lips will affect how quickly or slowly you heal. Mature age, poor diet, stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, age, general health, sleep/fatigue. The more fatigued you are the lower your immune system is and infection is more likely to occur. Please get plenty of rest and drink lots of water to hydrate prior to procedure.
**Please be patient. Cosmetic tattooing is a multiple-step appointment process with a healing time of approximately 6 weeks in between touch up appointments.
TANNING WILL LIGHTEN ANY PIGMENTED AREA OVER TIME, SO USE A SUNBLOCK 30+ WHEN TANNING. It is best to fully cover your cosmetic tattoo with a hat once you have healed to avoid premature fading. FAILURE TO FOLLOW PRE OR POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE LOSS OF PIGMENT, DISCOLORATION OR INFECTION.