Erika always takes much time in designing the lip shape and choosing the appropriate color. Lips are numbed, and the session is typically a two-hour appointment. Mature lips require more outlining and contouring and the desired results may be more like a lipstick effect. Younger lips may just desire light coloring like a blushed lip sometimes referred to Aquarelle lip giving it a watercolor effect more sheer then the lipstick application. Erika is trained in many different lip tattoo techniques, so she can personalize your result. Complimentary consultations for lips are always recommended before procedure to make sure you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.
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.
Post Care Instructions For Lips
Please note: Proper care following your procedure is required to achieve optimum results. If the aftercare instructions are not followed correctly, an unpredictable amount of color may be lost. Please follow the directions below as specified by your technician.
- 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.