Lip procedures are some of the most design intensive and technically difficult treatments to perform. The lips are tactile organs, with very thin skin that is constantly being exfoliated by natural processes. This exfoliation makes it difficult for color to remain true after the procedure. Color needs to be implanted beneath these skin layers, deep in the dermis, for it to remain there. As a result your perfect lips are more likely to be achieved after two or three treatments, instead of the usual one.
Generally lip procedures cost more than eyeliner or eyebrows because more labor is involved. Lips need to be shaped perfectly, outlined precisely, and filled in using many different tools and techniques. Lips can either be lined, soft filled, or have a solid effect. Topical anesthetic is used to numb the outside of the lip, and an oral anesthetic is used for the inside.
Due to unknown Herpes Simplex I virus (cold sore/fever blister on the outer edge of mouth), a breakout of lesions may occur around the area of application. Taking an anti-viral medication is recommended before procedure.
Typically treatments are completed within two hours, however time varies depending on the extent of design and skin type. Erika will customize the right look and pigment choice for you and make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Please call 831.426.4321 or book online for your complimentary consultation.
Precautions Before Treatment
- Must not be pregnant or nursing.
- Do not work out after the procedure.
- Do not tan or have sunburned face.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Omega Oils or IBUprofen 3 days before procedure.
- No alcohol or sedatives on the day of the procedure.
- No waxing or tinting 3 days before.
- Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
Post Treatment Instructions For Lips
- Lips will feel swollen and dry after the procedure. The duration of overall dryness varies between clients. Minimize dryness as much as possible by using you A&D or Aquaphor post treatment ointment 7-10 days post procedure. Ice may be used for comfort please use in a clean plastic bag. First 48-72 hours keep lips clean, always wash your hands when touching lips, this time is most important to avoid infection. First 48 hours blot blood plasma if needed with clean tissues to avoid build up of crusting. While healing the pigment color will change, in the first week the lips will heal giving a “Milky” appearance while the tissue is healing. Remember this is a process, after the lips are completely healed no sooner then 30 days we can judge the color/outcome. It can take up to 90 days to see all of the pigment particles implanted..
- Apply A & D or Aquaphor to your lips whenever they feel with a clean cotton swab. NOT with your fingers, this may cause a secondary infection. Using straws to drink is recommended for the first few days after procedure.
- For just the first 72 hours following your procedure, we strongly advise you to only brush your teeth with non-whitening, & gentle toothpaste. Strong toothpaste may irritate your lips and interfere with the healing process.
- . Do not use any beauty or facial creams, or lipsticks on your lips, for the first 10 days.
- Be gentle with your lips for the next few days, they will be prone to dryness and swelling (due to some natural formation of collagen after the procedure), and may crack easily. We suggest that extra care be taken while eating, drinking, kissing, during the healing process to prevent any damage to your lips. Acidic, oily, salty foods and alcohol may sting to consume until your lips are fully healed—avoid them if you can. You may drink all liquids through a straw during the first 72 hours.
- Avoid swimming pools and tanning beds for two weeks after the procedure.
- If you have ever broken out with a cold sore at any time in your life, you carry a herpes virus, which can sometimes manifest itself in the form of a fever blister. Fever blisters may occur on the lips following lip procedures in individuals prone to this problem. In order to prevent this, you should obtain a anti-viral medication and take as prescribed by your doctor. L-Lysine, an over the counter amino acid, has also been taken in order to help avoid this outbreak, but always check with your physician. Please continue all medications prescribed to avoid an out break.
- Lip color retention varies widely between clients. Factors such as genetics, sun exposure/damage, lip tissue health, scar tissue, fever blisters, and implants may impact color retention. Be sure to schedule your lip touch up 90 days following your procedure to maximize color retention.
Please call us if any of the following symptoms occur:
- Excessive swelling that moves outside of the procedure’s area.
- Inflammation, itchiness, or irritation of the tissue around the procedure’s area after 72 hours.
- Oozing of yellowish secretion or sharp pain in the procedure’s area.
- Due to exposure to environmental bacteria during the healing period, there is always a high risk of infection to the procedure site.