Frequently Asked Questions
- Lips appear more defined without surgery or fillers
- Restores color to lips that have become pale
- Corrects blurred lip lines
- Eliminates the daily use of pencils to outline, fill-in, or reshaping lip borders
Of all permanent makeup procedures, the permanent lip enhancement procedure is the most sensitive. A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. If you are on your menstrual cycle you will be a bit more sensitive towards the pain.
Pre-care instructions MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessing bleeding and sensitivity during the procedure will dilute and expel the pigment color and lead to poor results.
If you are a frequent smoker or “sun worshipper” the topical anesthetics used during the treatment may not last as long and also can lead to poor retention and poor lasting results.
You MUST understand that if you have EVER had chicken pox, a fever blister, or a cold sore, you MUST take Valtrex, Zovirax, Famvir or other anti-viral pre and post procedure to help prevent the outbreak of cold sores. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.
***You must contact a doctor for a prescription of an antiviral medication (Valtrex) to prevent a herpes outbreak. Start taking medication 3 days prior and continue for 3 days post procedure. If you are unsure, you can go on the prescription, there is no harm in it.
Caffeine, alcohol, and medications that act as blood-thinners should avoided 48 hours prior to your appointment. These can cause excessive bleeding during the tattooing procedure and will reduce the amount of pigment absorption.
It is highly recommended that you avoid the sun and tanning beds for 2 weeks before and after your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule your appointment. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
You must wait 4 months after getting lip fillers, it is possible to have poor color retention in lips that have had collagen injections within 4 months, and within a year of Restylane. There is the risk of pigment migration along the lip line if you have had Restylane. If you plan on getting lip fillers after your procedure, you must wait at least 6 weeks.
A numbing agent will be placed on your lips for 20 minutes to pre-numb. During this time, the artist will go through a full consultation, and discuss how certain colours will best complement your lips. Next, she will pencil in the lip shape, and the procedure will begin after agreement on the lip shape.
*Please note that We DO NOT go outside of your lip shape to keep it the most natural looking. We only do the most natural technique for lips. We will follow your natural lip shape and will only go outside of your lips slightly if it needs to be corrected for symmetry.
The lip color will look quite dark, like lipstick. And your lips will look slightly larger than normal due to swelling, and look as though you may have had a slight lip filler injection. The degree of this varies from person to person. The size of your lips will shrink back to normal and the color will significantly fade up to 70% within the first 5 days.
We provide very specific post-care instructions after your procedure. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a good healing process and to achieve the best results. The most essential aftercare is to keep the treated area dry from water but kept moist (with ointment provided in a very thin coat). DO NOT rub, pick or stretch your lips (or the color will peel off). And avoid moisture to the lips such as hot soup or drinks for 5 days, drink everything through a straw until lips completely peel. We recommend to not eat spicy and a healthier diet while healing.
Right after the procedure your lips normally feel dry, chapped, tight and tender to the touch. Your lips will feel better with each day. Expect moderate swelling, usually 1-3 days following the procedure. While healing, scabs will make the lips feel thick, and the tattoo will look spotty, this is due to oxidation of the pigment and the redness of the skin. The lip color will fade up to 70% after the first 5 days.
A touchup appointment will be approximately 8-12 weeks after your first initial appointment, and is necessary in order to achieve that richness of color, symmetry, and density in the shape
Color can last up to 3 years. Please note that final results cannot be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touchup session and make any changes.
Touch-up appointments are optional. If you do not maintain, the color will lighten over time. Fading greatly depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, broken capillaries, and iron deficiency. We suggest that if you want to maintain your lips so that they always look their best, plan on scheduling a touch up once a year for best results.
Smokers, “sun worshippers”, or anyone with skin that is in a state of distress may have less desirable results. Sun exposure will make the color fade faster. A lip balm with SPF applied daily on tattooed area is needed to help keep color true.
If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area. If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.
For precautionary reasons, we do not perform any services on pregnant or nursing clients.