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ALL ABOUT LIP BLUSHING

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

WHAT IS IT?

Lip blush is a semi-permanent tattoo that accentuates and defines your lips. It can help enhance and even out natural color, or add color if you are lacking any pigment. Your lips will look darker and more like lipstick on the first day, and soften as they heal to become a subtle, natural looking lip tint. Apply a little gloss or balm and your lips are perfectly kissable!


HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

  • Results will always vary from person to person, after your initial session and the touch up.

  • Your results should last between 2-5 years. Additional touch ups may be required depending on the person and look desired. Permanent makeup ink is not the same as body art ink, and by design it does not last as long as body art ink.


WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • There will be moderate swelling, redness and bruising for the first 5 days.

  • Apply a Ziploc bag filled with water and ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.

  • During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own.

  • Expect the color to eventually lighten by up to 40% once the healing process is complete.

  • Color may appear uneven at different stages of healing. Be patient. This is a process that does not yield immediate results.


DOES LIP BLUSHING HURT?

Pain levels vary from person to person. Strong medical grade topical anesthetic cream is used before and during your procedure to keep you as pain free as possible.


HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE AND WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

The procedure takes about 3 hours. The mapping and numbing will take a good portion of that time. First, numbing cream is applied for 20-30 and then we map and make sure we are on the same page before I start the procedure. During that time the non-toxic ink can get in your mouth which doesn't taste the best, but is ingestible and non-toxic. Additional numbing is applied between each pass to keep you as comfortable as possible.


WILL I STILL HAVE TO WEAR LIPSTICK? AND CAN OTHER COLORS STILL LOOK THE SAME ON TOP?

This is up to the look each individual is trying to achieve. The colors we tattoo with are natural and intended to look very subtle. We can certainly enhance your natural color or add color if you're lacking, or add a specific tint that you're looking for, but it remains soft and natural. That way when you do decide to change it up and want to wear lipstick it will still look great over top, and can cover your tattoo with whatever color you decide to use.


CAN LIP BLUSHING BE DONE ON ANYONE/ EVERYONE?

Lip blushing is not for everyone. Please read the contraindications carefully. If any of the following apply to you, this procedure is not recommended...

  • You are a smoker (pigment may not retain properly, colors may distort).

  • If you have a history of MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus refers to a group of Gram-positive bacteria that are genetically distinct from other strains of Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans.

  • You have psoriasis in the treatment area

  • You have an auto-immune disease

  • You have thyroid/graves disease (medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)

  • You have anemia (pigment may not retain properly)

  • You have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring

  • You are currently undergoing chemotherapy

  • You are pregnant or nursing. (You cannot have this service. No exceptions.)

  • You have Diabetes Type 1 or 2 (due to slow healing and infection, color may or may not retain well).

  • If you are under a doctor’s care and have questions at ALL about being able to have this procedure, it is your responsibility to meet with your doctor and get written approval

  • If you are prone to cold sores, please see instructions below.


If you are prone to cold sores, lip tattooing CAN cause outbreaks, which can result in loss of pigment. We ask that our clients take their prescribed anti-viral medication starting 48 hours prior to their appointment and after the procedure to prevent outbreak. You can still have lip blushing done! We just want to ensure you get the best results possible. Consult with your doctor for any additional questions. If you have an outbreak, or any other type of scratch/acne we ask that you reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. If you show up with any type of outbreak your appointment is considered cancel and you will forfeit your deposit.


** Please note: Even if none of the above apply, lip blushing cannot be guaranteed. This is a cosmetic tattooing procedure, the skin can be unpredictable, it is up to your skin and your aftercare to retain the pigment. Generally, results are successful, however, due to skin type, healing or bleeding during procedure, some results can differ**


HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY LIP BLUSHING SESSION? BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:

  • Do not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E, niacin, or drink excessive alcohol at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.

  • Do not drink coffee or any caffeine (tea, soda) for 24 hours prior

  • Do not take any prescription blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.

  • Discontinue any Vitamin A skin care products (Retin-A, retinols) close to the enhancement area at least two weeks prior to your procedure. **I recommend NOT using these products over or around the tattooed area after you receive your cosmetic tattoo. It could cause fading and distortion of color.**

  • Discontinue use of AHA (chemical exfoliation) skin care products close to the area to be tattooed at least one week prior to your procedure.

  • No laser or electrolysis on or around the treatment area one week prior to procedure.

  • No Botox or fillers in the procedure area less than 4 weeks prior and after

  • Do not have any chemical peels, dermabrasions, mesotherapy, or any other intense treatments which will cause faster skin cell rejuvenating and cause skin irritation 3-4 weeks before procedure.

  • If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.

  • It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your booking fee. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.

  • Gently exfoliate your lips with a light sugar scrub a few days before the procedure

  • Drink plenty of water to be hydrated

  • Bring in your favorite lip color if you have a specific color your wanting to achieve

  • If you have existing cosmetic tattooing you need to contact me BEFORE booking your appointment.


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