PRE & POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS

READ THOROUGHLY! ​It is essential that you follow these instructions after your Lip Tattoo Session.

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Your lips cannot be dry for the appointment. We advise exfoliating your lips 3 days before your appointment remove any dry skin. You can use a lip scrub or create your own by using salt or sugar mixed in coconut oil or honey . For the week leading up to the appointment you must moisturize your lips as much as possible (we recommend using Aquaphor multiple times per day).

COLD SORES

Cold sores are a risk of lip blush tattoos!!!

If you have had a cold sore in the past, we advise that you call your doctor for an anti-viral medication, prior to any lip procedure as a preventative Examples of antiviral medications: Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex.

***You must inform them of your decision to have permanent cosmetics applied to your lips and they will need to call your prescription in for you to pick up at your pharmacy.

Failure to follow aftercare instructions may result in loss of discoloration of pigment.

PRE-CARE FOR LIPS:

  • Begin your Anti-Viral medication 2 days prior to procedure ( if you’ve had cold sores in the past )
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure.
  • NO​ alcohol, caffeine or stimulants 24 hours before procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).
  • Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen ​24 hours​ before procedure.
  • Avoid​ Fish Oil, Primrose Oil, Prenatal Vitamins for a minimum of 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • Discontinue​ Retin-A, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) at least 6 weeks prior.
  • Must wait a minimum 4 weeks after lip fillers and 4 weeks after touch-up.
  • Wait six months after the lip implant and get written clearance from your surgeon.
  • Please Note:​ You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle​.

POST CARE FOR LIPS:

*Immediately following the procedure, lips may feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. Complete your antiviral medication to prevent an outbreak.

  • Apply ointment on lips several times a day. This should be done for at least 10 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/press onto skin, do not rub it in.
  • On Day 2: No soaps, cleansing creams, or chemicals on lips. Wash your face carefully avoiding the lip area for 5 days.
  • Avoid moisture to the lips such as hot soups and hot coffee for 7 days. Drink everything through a straw until lips completely peel.
  • Itching is normtal, DO NOT PICK!
    DO NOT stretch the lips. Avoid biting into large sandwiches, etc. Cut food into tiny bites.
  • 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!
  • 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 underwater swimming and batching for a minimum of 4 weeks to avoid bacterial infection.
  • 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/whiten 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 or tanning beds for 4 weeks. This is new skin and will sunburn easily and direct sun prematurely may also cause scarring and alter pigment color.
  • You may wear lipstick, lipgloss, and chapstick after 5 days, make sure the tube of lip product is new.
  • 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 (10 days minimum).
  • No kissing, rubbing or friction on your newly tattooed lips until after 7 days or you may lose pigment.
  • Lips may be dry for 3 to 6 months depending on the body reaction.

WHAT TO EXPECT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

The color will look bold like lipstick immediately after. Your lips will look slightly larger than normal as if you may have had lip filler injection. This will only last a day or two. The size of your lips will shrink back to normal and the color will significantly fade up to 50% within the first 3 days. You will lose color on the inside of your lips first , the edges last.A crust that forms will start to flake away revealing a lighter and more natural color.
In many cases the client wishes to go darker on their touch-up appointment. It is always best to air on the side of caution on the first procedure. It is easy to add more color, but not to remove it.