Cosmetic Lip Tattoo
What is Permanent Make Up?
It is a form of cosmetic tattoo that uses precise techniques to implant pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. Usually for enhancing or correcting certain features that alternatively would be done with regular makeup products.
Other terms : Permanent cosmetics, Cosmetic tattoo, Derma-pigmentation & Micro-pigmentation.
How Permanent is it?
Permanent refers to something being stable without significant change This technically means a Permanent Make Up procedure would be something everlasting. That being said, longevity of the procedure can vary from individuals depending on many factors including a persons lifestyle, health, exposure to environment and type / brand of pigment used.
What Is A Lip Tattoo?
A lip tattoo is a professional procedure that involves inserting color pigments into your lips with small tattooing needles. This may come in the form of tattoo art in your lip area or perhaps permanent makeup as an aesthetic procedure called cosmetic tattooing.
How Permanent Is It?
It will highly depend on how light or deep of a pressure the technician implants the. Going too deep may push pigment further into the skin or even cause long time damage. Going too light will result in higher loss of color retention and changes pigment does not deposit at all. Generally we advise clients anywhere from 1 year to 3 years.
How Often Is A Touch Up Needed?
Lip color requires frequent touch-ups compared to other permanent makeup procedures due to the fact that the lips are very vascular and the body metabolizes the lip color at a rapid rate compared to other body parts which are not as vascularized. We recommend touch ups every 1-2 years.
What Factors Will Affect How My Lips Look?
Excessive bleeding during a lip tattoo procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Caffeine, alcohol, certain food or drink, and certain medications or vitamins may act as stimulants and/or blood-thinners. They should avoided for a minimum 48 hours prior to your appointment.
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your lip tattoo, and may also change the color appearance of the pigment.
Lifestyle: smokers, "sun worshippers", or anyone with skin that is in a state of distress may have less desirable results.
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 pay a rescheduling fee. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
What Should I Know About My Longterm Care?
Touch-up appointments are optional. If you do not maintain, the color will lighten over time. Fading greatly depends on your skin type and tone, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, and your overall health. We suggest that if you want to maintain your lips so that they always look their best plan on scheduling a touch up every 1-2 years for best results.
If you are receiving an MRI , please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.
If you are planning to have laser treatments, you must cover your lip tattoo with 20% Zinc Oxide to avoid premature fading of your tattoo.
If you are applying acidic or brightening skincare (AHA’s, retinol, peels, glycolics, salicylic acid, etc.) please first cover your lip tattoo with vaseline to avoid premature pigment fading.
What Are The Benefits Of Permanent Cosmetics For Lips?
- Lips appear more defined without surgery or fillers
- Restores color to lips that have become pale
- Corrects Blurred lip lines
- Camoflauges scars and hypopigmentation
- Kiss-proof and smudge-proof color
- Make lips appear fuller and larger
- May eliminates the daily use of pencils to outline, fill-in, or reshaping lip borders
- Saves time and money!
Can I Still Get This Procedure Done After Lip Fillers?
A minimum of 6 months post-filler is required before your Blush Lip appointment. It is recommended that you have the permanent lip enhancement first and then the lip filler injection once lips are healed.
How Will My Lips Look Immediately After?
Your lips will look swollen and slightly larger than normal and look as though you may have had a slight lip filler injection. The degree of this varies from person to person. The pigment and lip color will look darker initially, like a bold lipstick. The size of your lips will shrink back to normal and the color will significantly fade up to 50% within the first 4 days. You will lose color on the inside of your lips first, the edges last. Right after the procedure lips normally feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. Similar to how a sunburn feels.
How Long Is The Healing Process?
Expect moderate swelling up to three days following the procedure. Scabbing may make the lips feel thick. Lip pigment color may fade up to 50% after the first few days. While healing you lip color will look spotty. This is due to oxidation of the pigment and the regeneration of the skin. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired lip results. Your Touch Up Session must be scheduled within 12 weeks after your first initial appointment and is necessary in order to achieve that richness of color, achieve symmetry, and density in the shape.
- Under the age of 18 years old.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Colour retention is unpredictable.
- On any medications that are blood thinners like Advil, Accutane, Retin-A, Retin-A, Vitamin A. Stop 6 weeks prior to procedure.
- Skin diseases like psoriasis, ingrown hairs, dermatitis, undiagnosed rashes and blisters on or around the area.
- If you are prone to keloid scarring there may be a higher chance you may get it after the procedure
- Clients who have a bleeding disorder, heart condition or have pacemaker, autoimmune disorder, and shingles cannot have this procedure done.
- Certain medications may cause issues during procedure, please consult you physician prior and disclose that information before booking appointment.
- Disclose any allergies to technician before booking procedure as some ingredients may be in the pigments or numbing agents used.
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation can cause skin to become darker and discoloured. (Common with Fitzpatrick 6 skin types)
- 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 48 hours before procedure.
- Discontinue Retin-A, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) at least 6 weeks prior
- Must wait a minimum 6 months after lip fillers and 6 weeks after touch-up. It is possible to have poor color retention in lips that have had injections within 6-12.
- Wait six months after lip implant and get written clearance from your surgeon.
Please Note: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
*Immediately following the procedure, lips may feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch.
- Apply ointment on lips. 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.
- Itching is normal, DO NOT PICK!
- No soaps, cleansing creams, or chemicals on lips. Wash your face carefully avoiding the lip area for 10 days.
- Avoid moisture to the lips such as hot soups and hot coffee for 10 days. Drink everything through a straw until lips completely peel.
- 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 bathing 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, lip gloss, and chap stick after 10 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 10 days or you may lose pigment.
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