LIP BLUSH 

ABOUT LIP BLUSH

Lip Blush tattooing is a cosmetic enhancement which adds a flush of color, corrects asymmetry, and gives definition and life back to the lips. This treatment delivers a natural lip tint or watercolor effect once fully healed and gives the illusion of fullness by redefining lip borders. This service is a two-step process and typically lasts 2-3 years. Pigment shade is customized for each client and may be color matched to resemble your favorite lipstick or lipgloss. 

*This is not a lip filler service, nor are injections performed. This service implants pigment onto the top layer of the lips for a lip tint effect or a natural flush of color to the lips. 

Please read the following to determine if you are a candidate for lip blush.

You are NOT a candidate for lip blush if you are:

        -Pregnant

        -Breastfeeding

        -Active Smoker 

        -Have cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy / radiation

        -Using steroid medication such as Cortisone, Accutane, Retin-A or Renova (must be avoided 2 months prior to booking).

        -Open wounds on or around lips

        -Extremely aged or wrinkled skin

        -Bacterial / viral infection or cold / flu symptoms 

        -Had a recent chemical peel

        -Prone to hypertrophic scarring or keloids

 

*Filler and Botox in and around the lips must be avoided at least 4 weeks prior to booking. 

*If you have recently had the COVID vaccine, please wait at least 4 weeks to book your appointment. 

 

COLD SORES

Cold sores are a risk of lip blush tattoo ONLY if you have had them in the past or if the virus lies dormant in your body. If you have had a cold sore in the past, we advise the client to take an anti-viral medication prior to any lip blush procedure as a preventative measure, as implanting pigment into the lips will typically stimulate a cold sore outbreak. Lip Blush cannot GIVE you HSV-1 but it can cause enough stress on your system to cause the dormant virus to awaken. Anti-viral medication must be prescribed by your doctor and must be taken 4 days before, the day of your procedure, and 4 days following your procedure if you have Herpes Simplex I or have ever been exposed to the virus.

48 HOURS BEFORE:

Avoid all blood thinners including coffee, tea, soda, caffeine, alcohol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Advil, fish oil, smoking, etc.

Optional: Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have a low pain tolerance.

 

AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Your lips will likely remain noticeably swollen for 2-3 days after your appointment and take 7 full days to heal. During this time your lips will feel very dry, lightly peel, and appear patchy before the final color fully emerges at 4 weeks. This color will appear to be about 40% lighter than on the day of your appointment. 

 

Immediately after your appointment:

  • Ice the lips for 10 minute intervals for the first 24 hours.

  • Gently blot the lips with cold water and a clean damp cotton round each hour on the day of your appointment. This will aid in the prevention of heavy scabbing.

Days 1-3: Do not eat spicy, acidic, oily or greasy foods. Do not overly stretch your lips. (Cut large food into smaller bites).

Days 1-7: Gently wash your lips twice a day- once in the morning and once at night with the soap provided. Do not vigorously scrub, but wipe gently in one direction, rinse, and pat dry.

  • KEEP LIPS MOISTURIZED AT ALL TIMES for at least 14 days. Apply ointment with clean fingers or fresh q-tip to avoid bacteria transfer. Gently dab/press into the skin rather than rubbing. (You may use the ointment provided, Aquaphor lip repair, or A&D ointment, but avoid vaseline).

  • Avoid wetting the lips other than your morning and nightly cleanse.

  • DO NOT PICK, PEEL OR PULL on the shedding skin, but allow lips to naturally exfoliate and shed on their own.

  • Do not expose your lips to sweat, direct sunlight, or tanning beds. New skin will be prone to sunburn which can cause damage, scarring, and premature fading.

  • Drink liquids through a straw until your lips are no longer peeling.

  • Avoid kissing and touching the lips for 3-5 days or until peeling is complete.

 

Lip blush is not complete after the first session. A second session appointment is required approximately 6-8 weeks after your first initial application to ensure longevity and best results.

 

Although rare, infection is possible if aftercare is not handled correctly and with caution. If you see signs of infection, such as persistent or increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage or oozing, please contact your doctor immediately.

 

You may resume wearing lipstick, lipliner and lip gloss once lips are fully healed at day 7. 

 

HEALING SCHEDULE AND EXPECTATIONS: 

You should expect to lose approximately 40% of the initial color during the healing process. In approximately 3 days, your lips will appear lighter. After about 2 weeks, the color will gradually resurface. Lips will appear as a soft, natural tint once they have completely healed. Keep the lips clean to avoid infection. 

DAY 1

Lips are darker and more intense immediately after procedure than expected healed results. During the next few hours, lips will continue to appear darker. All clients will have moderate to severe temporary swelling and tightness immediately after after the procedure. Lips with filler with have even more pronounced temporary swelling.

Continue to gently wash the lips twice per day and keep the lips moisturized at all times during days 1-14. 

DAY 2

Swelling will subside. Lips will feel slightly tender and tight. Lips will feel very dry. Keep them moisturized. 

DAY 3

Shedding begins. Lips will begin to lighten in color. Continue to follow aftercare instructions and resist to urge to pick at peeling skin.

DAY 4-6

Lips will continue to lighten and shed. 

DAY 5-7

Shedding should be complete. Continue to keep lips moisturized even though healing is complete.

WEEK 2-4

The color will appear to lighten and darken day by day. The true color will surface at the one month mark. Your lips will heal in three stages: too dark - too light - just right. This takes one month to occur from start to finish. 

 

*For those who have a thin, white border around their lips, it may appear darker (similar to lip liner), but will fade once healing is complete and can be balanced at second session. 

Second session lip blush may be scheduled between 6-8 weeks after initial appointment.