Care for Your Lips
If you have any history of cold sores, fever blisters, and/or herpes simplex or if you have ever had chicken pox, you must contact your physician to obtain and take the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks for at least 7 days before and after the procedure. Many physicians prescribe capsules of 500mg Valtrex. Follow your physician’s instructions.
Two or three applications may be required to achieve the desired results. It is not uncommon to lose up to 70% of the color on the first application.
ALL PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES ARE MULTI-SESSION PROCESSES. An initial application is incomplete until after a follow-up appointment, which must be scheduled approximately 4-8 weeks after your initial appointment. There is a fee of $75 (starting price) for follow-up appointment.
NO Botox or Filler 2 weeks prior
NO Retina, Acid Products, Chemical and/or Microneedling treatments 2-4 weeks prior
NO Sun Exposure or Sunburns
NO Blood thinners, vitamins, or fish oil
NOT Pregnant or Breastfeeding
NO Accutane (must be off for 1 year)
NO Sinus meds with pain relievers
Micropigmentation procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading.
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will look much darker and much more defined (as if it were "painted on") than the final results. Be prepared for the color to be significantly lighter and the overall appearance much softer and more natural after the healing occurs. It will take time for this transition, based on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates. Usually the exfoliation (peeling) process occurs about 4 to 5 days and will be complete at about day 7 (1 week). At that point the contrast between the initial intense and dark color and the new softer and lighter color may be such that you may be very disappointed. DO NOT WORRY!
It is expected and normal and you will be receiving a second application, called the "perfecting session" in a few weeks. At that time SHAPE and COLOR will be adjusted to your liking. We can add very easily, but it is much more difficult to remove! You must wait at least 4 weeks between applications. Touching up a tattoo prematurely may result in a ruined tattoo.
Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.
DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK THE TREATED AREA! This can cause complications such as scarring, hyper pigmentation and infections.
Apply ice packs as necessary to prevent or reduce swelling.
When the area starts to flake, leave it. Do not pick, peel or pull on the skin.
Apply a thin coat white petroleum (such as Vaseline®) to the area twice a day for 3-4 days, before showering and after cleansing.
AVOID sweating such as from vigorous exercise for 24 hours after procedure.
For at least one week post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):
Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the affected area(s).
Do not scrub or pick treated areas.
Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.
Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds.
Avoid exposing the area excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools (hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers.
AVOID Retin-A, moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on all micro pigmented areas. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.
Avoid tanning beds, sun, chlorine spas and pools, soap and chemicals (including skin cleansers, makeup removers, alpha hydroxyl creams, and tooth whitening toothpaste) near the treated area until healed.
Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it looking fresh.
Periodic touch ups will ensure longer lasting results and are needed to maintain color.
POST PROCEDURE CARE
Swelling, tender, heavy/thick lipstick look with reddish brick color. For the first few days, the color is darker than it will be when healed.
Slight swelling, reddish, tender, with a slight metallic taste
Lighter swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation, with an orange color
Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips. The color will become lighter as the epidermis sloughs off. It will appear as if you have lost all of your color; however, when the lips have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker.
Very chapped but also finished with first chapping stage
A soft, rich color begins to appear
Lip color disappears and the "frosty" 2nd chapping stage begins as a whitish grey haze on the lips
Color blooms from within more and more each day until Day 21 (3 weeks post procedure)
Healing complete. The color you see is the color that you have. Your lips will remain dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal with full colo