Before Care Instructions
You should allow at least 3 hours for your initial procedure. If you remove facial hair around your lips by tweezing, shaving, threading, or waxing, that should be done a few days before your appointment. Electrolysis or laser hair removal should be completed 5 to 7 days before. Taking an anti-viral medication is recommended, especially if you have a history of Chicken Pox or cold sores. You should also wear and bring your favorite color lipstick or lip pencil for color matching. Additional preparation guidelines will be given to you when you schedule your procedure appointment.
If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. Permanent makeup artists have noticed poor color retention in lips that have received collagen injections within the previous 6 months, longer for restylane. It may be best not to have lip filler injections and permanent lip color within the same year. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to mature about 6 months before tattooing on top of it.
- If you're prone to cold sores / fever blisters/ herpes simplex, or shingles make sure you're taking medication to prevent them. The stimulation from the needle can bring out cold sores and that can really ruin the procedure and make the healing process much worse.
We recommend all our clients to use a prophylactic oral antiviral medication before the procedure when working on the area around the mouth whether the patient knows of a positive history or not, since many people are asymptomatic. Using the antiviral medication 2-4 days before and 4-5 days after the procedure, can help control the viral outbreak. You must consult your physician to obtain and take the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks. Follow your physician’s instructions.
- Do Not tan or come with a sunburned face.
- Do Not consume Alcohol or Caffeine on the day of the procedure.
- Do Not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure.
What to expect during and after the procedures?
You will fill out forms including a medical history that Permanent makeup artist will review. Permanent makeup artist will evaluate the shape of your face and lips including their symmetry and fullness. Permanent makeup artist will discuss techniques and colors with you. After the best design and color have been determined, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb your lips. The final pattern will then be drawn and approved by you as the template Permanent makeup artist will follow during your procedure. Permanent makeup artist will continue to apply anesthetics during the process to keep you comfortable. Before and after photos will also be taken for your confidential file with your colors recorded for future references.
Your lips will be temporarily swollen right after your procedure. They will be tender and may have some minor bruising in some places that will go away in a few days. Your lip color will definitely be brighter and darker than what you want. It will lighten a lot after your lips peel (about 3 to 6 days post procedure). The color will continue to soften and stabilize over the next several weeks.
- You may need a follow-up to adjust shape or add color to areas that healed lighter from tissue swelling or bleeding during the tattooing process.
- If yor lips heal lighter than you want, they can be darkened with a second application at a follow-up visit (“touch-up”).
- Ideally, your second visit should be completed between 4 to 8 weeks post procedure.
Do not worry if the first days after tattooing the effect is too bright, this is normal and occurs in all cases. In the same way as puffiness, the first 1-2 days after drawing lines. Even in the cosmetology room, immediately after the tattoo, you will be given a special composition, and then a wound healing cream. On the second day, a thin crust appears on the lips, which lasts from 2 to 5 days. Then it gradually disappears, and a gray film appears, which will eventually come down.