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All About LIPS

Here you will find all of the information you need to know both before and after your Lip Blush treatment. 

Please read this information fully - Pre-treatment care and aftercare play a big part in the healed results you will receive and the longevity of your treatment. 

Its a long read... But its worth it for best results!

Contraindications for treatment 

 

There are certain things which will restrict when or if you can have a lip tattoo done. Please read the information below and get in touch if you need any advice.​

You may NOT have a cosmetic lip tattoo done:
​• If you are a haemophiliac.
​• If you are under 18 years old.
​• If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
​• If you are prone to or have hypo/hyper pigmentation (If pigmentation has been stable for a number of years we may consider treatment).
​• If you have a problem with healing or have a tendency to keloid scar.
​• If you have an active skin irritation / coldsore / sunburn or flare up of eczema / rosacea / acne in the area to be tattooed.
​• ​If you are taking any blood thinning substances - Medications, Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin E supplements.​
​• If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure which is not under control - (A doctors note may still be required).
​• ​If you're unable to take a break from sweaty, wet or high impact exercise for up to 14 days.

 

You must wait:
​• 4 weeks - if you've had lip filler, Botox, a chemical peel or intense skin treatment around your lips.
​• 1 year - if you've been prescribed Accutane, Isotretinoin, or other strong retinoids.
​• Until healed - if you currently have chapped lips, a coldsore or any open wound on your lips.
​• Until medically cleared - if you've undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy.​​

Pre-treatment Advice 

Before your appointment, please follow these guidelines:


• Day of service: Do not consume alcohol, coffee, energy drinks, or any other caffeinated drink or food.
• 24 hours before service: Do not consume alcohol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen.
• 1 week before service: Do not consume any fish oil or vitamin E supplements.
• 2 weeks before service: Do not sunbathe or use tanning beds.
• 2-3 weeks of service: Discontinue the use of retinoids and exfoliating acids.

For best results please:


• Wash your hair before your appointment to decrease the risk of soaking your lips during the first few days post service.
​• Gently exfoliate your lips for 2-3 days before your appointment to remove any dry skin / product build up - If your lips are too dry your treatment will be rescheduled and your booking fee lost.
​• Keep yourself hydrated so your lips are in good condition the week of your appointment.
• You could prevent booking a dentist appointment the following week of having your lips tattooed in case they feel sensitive and dry.​

 

COLDSORES:
​If you have ever had a coldsore before I would strongly recommend getting an antiviral medication prior to your lip appointments. This can easily be purchased through Superdrug Online Doctors or you can visit your GP for a prescription. Around 67% of adults carry the Herpes Simplex virus, so even if you’ve never had a visible cold sore, you may still want to purchase the tablets to help prevent a possible outbreak. A coldsore after tattooing can be painful and affect the healed results. Even with medication and creams, if you're usually prone to coldsores they can still occur (however medication will help to limit the severity and spread).

Other Things to Consider 

Swelling & bruising - it is extremely common for your lips to swell, and some clients will bruise. These are temporary side effects and will settle within hours / days.

Your lip skin & it's condition (dry, textured, scarred, sun damaged etc.) - your skin will effect the result.

Your natural lip colour - we may need to build up over several sessions to the colour / intensity you want.

Your natural lip size / volume - if you want more volume, you will need filler prior, and this is something you would also have to maintain.

Lip filler - very overfilled lips or filler that has migrated may not be suitable for tattooing.

Existing cosmetic tattooing - some previous work can be covered.

Lifestyle choices that can affect long term results - for example tanning beds or lip filler.

Face products - retinols, anti aging creams, chemical peels, harsh exfoliants or cleansers are all designed to alter or strip the skin faster hence having an affect on your tattoo!

Frequent medications / antibiotics - some medications will affect retention (such as accutane).

Allergies to tattoo ink, make up, nickel, numbing creams etc. - a patch test is provided but may not be conclusive. 

Other appointments such filler / botox - due to cross contamination, please allow some healing time before going to these appointments after your service with me. With botox / filler, there is a timeframe for the product to settle in the skin. 

Swimming / spa days / nights out / weddings - you are better waiting until after these events or making sure you have 2-4 weeks to properly heal before these sorts of events so your plans aren't spoiled and so you can follow the aftercare properly.

Holidays to hot, sunny places - you are best waiting until after your holiday or getting your service totally finished and healed 2-4 weeks before before your holiday. This will mean you can wear sun cream and enjoy the pool without worrying. Please wear a high factor sun cream to protect your skin and cosmetic tattooing! Regardless of sun protection, excessive UV/sun exposure will result in ashy (grey) brows).

​Reasons for premature fading - Tanning beds & sunbathing or excessive exposure to UV rays / Not using sun protection / Smoking / Having lip fillers after having your lips tattooed / Biting your lips and peeling the skin / Fast metabolism / Chemical peels or other stripping facials / Excessive exfoliation or harsh cleansers / Anti aging products and retinols / Other daily medications or antibiotics

 

Healing Process 

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Day of service: It’s normal for your lips to feel puffy, tight, tender or similar to sunburn. Your lips will possibly be swollen & could bruise. Swelling goes down within hours, and bruising will fade over a few days. The overall look will feel more 'lipstick-y' than the healed result, as we are seeing a fresh tattoo not yet healed.

​Day 2: The swelling should have gone by now, and the colour will look darker / more intense because of this - they will not heal this colour. Your lips will feel tighter, drier and possibly chapped, but this is just the film protecting your healing lip skin. Leave the film alone – picking or biting it will cause irritation, can cause scarring and will lift colour from the skin resulting in unevenness and blank spots. Over the course of the day, you may start to feel small bits of film getting ready to peel away.

Days 3 - 5: The film will start flaking off, and may not exfoliate evenly. Try not to scratch, pull or bite the film off prematurely.

Days 6 - 10: Once the film has fully lifted the ink implanted can look around 50% lighter, and may have also shrank in size slightly (around the edges). Your lips will probably still feel dry at this stage so it's important to keep moisturising them.
 
Although you will feel as though your lips are healed at this point, they’re not quite there yet. Please treat the area with care for the next 4-6 weeks as your skin is still regenerating and needs time to settle down.
 
Weeks 6-8: As your healing skin settles down you should notice the colour blooming and some definition around the edges returning. The colour will probably still feel a little light as you were used to having such dark lips for the first few days, but this is what the top up is for. If you liked your lips when you left the first appointment (shape, colour, style etc.), we will do the exact same thing again at your touch up. It’s always easier to add more ink and go darker at the top up, than it is to reverse going too dark at your first session.
 
After your touch up: The ink usually holds better as we are building on top of that first layer. Your lips won’t fade as much and will feel and look healed quicker than the first time.

 

It’s important to wait until your lips are properly healed before making a final judgement about them. This treatment is a two-step process requiring patience (with some clients needing further touch ups) to get the full desired look.
 
Healing is specific to each client and it’s important to realise that you’ll need a colour boost every 12 / 24 / 36 months to maintain the vibrancy of your lips. Permanent makeup is an art, not a science, and is an enhancement to your natural lips. Your results will vary and lip products may still be needed, especially when wearing heavier make up. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical and whilst trying to obtain perfect symmetry is my goal, nothing is guaranteed or 100% perfect.
 
Cosmetic tattooing is generally softer and less solid than a body tattoo as we are trying to keep it lighter and more natural. Specially formulated cosmetic inks that can break down over time are used, as over the years this ages better and allows for changes. This, combined with the fact that faces are generally oilier than other parts of the body, and that faces are usually more exposed to UV rays, environmental pollutants, products such as make up, cleansers & exfoliants, is why top ups are required over the years.

Aftercare

Do


• Use an icepack (wrapped in something clean) or take Paracetemol if you are uncomfortable. Avoid Ibuprofen in the first 24 hours as it could make any bruising worse. 
• Use a straw whist drinking and avoid salty or spicy food if your lips feel tender for the first few days.
• Keep your lips clean for the first 7-10 days. Apply the aftercare provided regularly to avoid your lips becoming uncomfortably dry. 
• Reduce the temperature of your shower - Dont worry if your lips get wet in the shower. Dry them with clean kitchen roll when you are finished and apply aftercare. 
• Avoid steamy baths & showers, saunas, steam rooms & swimming pools for the first 7-10 days.
​• Avoid intense sweaty exercise for 7-10 days. Light, gentle exercising is okay after 3-4 days.
​• Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks.

Don’t


​• Touch, bite, peel or scratch your lips.
• Put lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, cleansers, lotions (other than provided) on or close to your Lips for 1-2 weeks to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Have facials or other face beauty treatments done for 2 weeks to avoid irritation & cross contamination.
• Have lip fillers or use sunbeds, chemical peels or any strong face treatment (near your lips) for 4 weeks as your skin will not be healed. 

LONG TERM


• Make sure you wear a daily SPF to protect your lips. When the sun is out (or you are on a sunny holiday) use factor 50. 
• If sunbathing or using tanning beds, please keep your lips covered - UV exposure leads to faded, chalky lips.
• Do not use anti-aging creams, chemical peels, acids or retinols on or close to your lips ever!

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LIP TATTOO CLEANING ROUTINE

 

Day of service:
•Clean your lips with cooled kettle (or other sterile water) after every meal. Pat dry with clean kitchen roll. Apply aftercare balm. 
• Throughout the day, apply the supplied balm whenever your lips feel dry - Little and often. 
• Before bed, give your lips a final clean, dry and balm application. 

Day 2 - 7:
• After each meal gently cleanse your lips as above.
• Whenever you eat or drink, make sure you aren't leaving any residue on your lips.
• Throughout the day, apply the supplied balm whenever your lips feel dry - Little and often. 

​After the film has lifted (Approx day 4-6):
​• ​Your lips may stay dry for a few weeks but keeping them moisturised will reduce the feeling of them being tight / chapped / itchy / cracked.

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