Let's Talk About How to Take Care of Those New Lippies!!!
Lip Blush Tattoo - Aftercare and Healing Plan
This information is to assist with your lip blush tattoo post care. The aftercare information as well as a healing plan should help you understand what is happening during your healing process and important steps to ensure correct healing.
♦Your aftercare is essential to your healing result and can make or break your design. If these rules are not followed with precision, there is a large possibility of infection, blurred design and/or heavily faded results. Please adhere to these rules strictly for the next 10 days.
♦You have invested a lot of hard-earned money into this treatment we strongly advise that you follow these recommendations.
♦Your “Healing Time” will vary from around 7 to 14 days. You will know when your lip is healed as it will be soft and smooth to touch and feel like normal skin with absolutely no flaking or dryness.
♦Until your lip reaches this “soft and smooth” stage – it has not healed, and you must continue to follow your aftercare instructions until then.
♦Not everyone will experience flaking during their healing time….so “how do you know your lips have healed?”
♦If you are 7 to 14 days into your healing phase, and there are no signs of any dryness or flaking at all then you are probably healed, and you can therefore stop following the aftercare steps.
- When you get home, you will want to wipe your tattoo every hour with a wet cotton round or wet wipes and pat the area dry to ensure no fluids sit and form scabs. Fluids will leak from the tattoo to form scabs and you DO NOT want these fluids to sit on your tattoo and form these scabs.
- Moisturize with the provided ointment as needed just enough to hydrate your skin.
Less cream applied more often, is best – excessive amounts will not give the best results. In fact, too much of any cream can produce a poor result and unevenness in the final color as they cannot breathe.
- Do not use anything other than the aftercare provided for healing!
Moisture: Lips will tend to be very dry. Keep them moist
- Some peeling may occur. DO NOT PEEL OFF! Do not wipe your lips with a napkin while eating, blot instead.
- Drink through a straw. Depending on the type of procedure either lip blushing or lipstick look, Lips have a tendency to fade after the first procedure.
- No smoking right after lip procedure.
♦Your lips may feel swollen and sore at this stage so treat with care. If you have swelling, an ice bag (Wrap an ice pack or a Ziplock of ice in a towel) could be applied for the first few hours, alternating ten minutes on, ten minutes off.
During the healing time of 7 to 14 days:
• DO NOT GET THE LIP EXCESSIVELY WET -It will make the scabs soggy and easier to fall off prematurely. Remember, you want to keep the scabs on for as long as you can, let them fall off naturally.
• DO NOT EXERCISE OR GET HOT AND SWEATY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE – YOUR RESULTS WILL BLUR.
• DO NOT PICK OR RUB YOUR LIP IF IT IS PEELING – THIS WILL CAUSE PATCHY LIPS
• DO NOT USE ANY MAKEUP OVER OR NEAR THE LIPS ESPECIALLY LIPSTICK.
• DO NOT HAVE ANY FACIAL TREATMENTS FOR 2 WEEKS
• DO NOT GO INTO THE DIRECT SUNLIGHT FOR 2 WEEKS
• DO NOT DO ANY WATERSPORTS
• DO NOT APPLY ANY TANNING LOTIONS/RETINOLS/CREAMS near the lips, other than aftercare provided.
• DO NOT SLEEP ON YOUR FACE TO AVOID LIFTING YOUR SCABS PREMATURELY & SLEEP ON A CLEAN PILLOWCASE TO AVOID INFECTION
What to expect in the next 10 days:
To reassure you and to help any questions you may have after your appointment, here is a day-to-day breakdown of what you may experience during your healing time.
Your lips will be swollen and may be uneven. Due to the nature of the treatment, and alternating sides during our session, the lips will be at different stages when we finish. Don’t worry, this will subside quickly.
Please do not listen to feedback from your partners, friends or relatives at this time. They have not sat with you in the room and do not understand the process. The color will be dark/bright today, as we are looking directly into an open “wound” at the color inside. Your lips will be tender to the touch.
♦Days 2 - 3
On days 2 and 3 the color can look solid, bold and very dark. If you didn’t experience swelling on the 1st Day, you may wake up with some on the 2nd day. This is because our lymphatic system slows overnight and can cause “puffiness” in the mouth. This is all part of the healing process. Be patient your lips will start to slowly go down.
♥Days 4 - 7
We are now into the middle of the healing phase. During this time the design can feel tight and sometimes a light scab can start to form. You must not pick at the scab, continue to gently apply your cream to the area, without disturbing the flaking.
Sometimes, when the color is falling off, the lip underneath can appear very light in color – some clients can even think the color has disappeared. During this time the skin is repairing and the layers of skin healing over the lip underneath making it appear dull or even grey looking.
The color needs time to settle and you will find that the “richness” of the color will bloom back by the time we see you at your perfecting session.
♦Days 7 - 10
By this time most of the flaking (if any) will be finished. The lip should have lightened anywhere from 10-60% overall and the skin should feel soft and smooth. You may now feel your lip is too light and notice some gaps, this is normal. Each person is different, and each skin will retain pigment in different ways.
We can address all of this at the perfecting session and adjust, where required. If you are healed, you can now stop using your cream and you are able to wet the lip and start exercising again.
NOTE – When your lip is healed be careful not to cover them when applying your makeup. You will find that this considerably dulls the design and can make it look grey. To avoid this, apply your makeup as normal and then use a cotton tip, with a tiny blob of moisturizer, and wipe over each lip, to reveal the “richness” of the color.
Be careful to avoid getting any retinols, Vitamin A, exfoliants including AHA Acids (glycolic and Lactic), BHA Acids (Salicylic), peels, scrubs, and keep lightening products including pigments controllers, away from the lips at all times. This will extend the longevity of the color.
YOU WILL WAIT 6-8 WEEKS until we see you at your perfecting session, for good reason.
It takes this length of time for the skin to not only heal, but for the color to settle and reveal its true shade and final shape. At the perfecting session, we can address shape and color alterations to suit.
In my experience, by the time I see you next, your lip will have settled, and the color and shape will have softened.
Until then, do not worry and let the process take its journey, as they will change dramatically, over the coming few weeks.
If you have any issues that have not been addressed above, please contact me and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
♦To avoid pigment fade for as long as possible, protect your makeup from the sun or UV rays and use a good sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF30.
♦If you are planning an MRI scan, chemical peel or any other similar procedures, please inform your practitioner that you have had permanent cosmetics.
♦If you are planning injections such as Fillers remember it can alter the shape of your lips, eyes and eyebrows.
♦Laser treatments can affect and change the shade of your lips, eyes or brow semi-permanent makeup, always advice the laser technician you are wearing permanent cosmetics and they can act accordingly.
♦This treatment does fade after 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Touch-ups are necessary to maintain the longevity and overall beauty of your tattoo. If you have oily skin, an iron deficiency, or a very strong immune system, your pigment will not last as long and will not heal as crisp as others.
♥NOW ENJOY YOUR NEW LIPS!! ♥
For those of you that didn't get the Valtrex or prescription medication to prevent a cold sore outbreak and and had an outbreak, get Abreva and start the medicine right away!
Abreva contains the only FDA-approved nonprescription cold sore medicine to shorten healing time.
Please keep in mind that if you are at this step, cold sores could greatly impact the look of your healed new lips.
We hope you find this information all you need to continue on your permanent makeup journey. However if you still have any questions please don't hesitate to call text or email!