Prep & Aftercare
Full Lips and Lip Liner
If you are prone to getting cold sores, you will need an antiviral prescription. Physician usually instructs to begin taking it 3 days before procedure, for a 7-10 day course.
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. 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.
Fillers: most physicians are giving a 3 week ok after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane. Ask me and your doctor about timetables for procedures.
Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count.
Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection. Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count. Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
It is imperative to follow all pre- and post-procedure instructions!
Your permanent cosmetic procedure was performed using a sterile single-use needle and high quality pigments. The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol. Please follow the instructions below unless otherwise instructed by a physician.
DO NOT TOUCH THE TREATED/UNHEALED AREA WITH UN-SANITIZED HANDS/FINGERS, TOWELS, OR ANY OTHER UN-SANITIZED ITEM! DOING SO CAN AND WILL CAUSE INFECTION.
Pigment will look very dark and bright right after the procedure. Color will fade and soften 50%-75% in about 2 weeks.
If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure.
There may be some swelling in the area and it will subside within 48 to 72 hours or less. Ice the area if necessary.
You will experience redness, tenderness, itchiness and/or burning, which will subside over time.
Some pigment may drop out all together or look like it is flaking off; this can be filled in on the follow up visit in about 4 to 6 weeks. You may not come in sooner for a touch up. Touch up done before 4 to 6 weeks will cause the skin to be overworked and scarring may develop. Everyone’s skin is different. Some people may lose more color than others. This is normal and means that the color will need to be adjusted to a darker color.
Do keep lips clean and moist, use a clean cool wet washcloth to wipe lips. Apply a generous amount of Carmex or A&D Ointment as many times as necessary during the day to keep lips moist. Apply only with a q-tip. DO NOT USE FINGERS.
Don’t rub, scratch or pick the area and try and keep makeup away from the lips for about a week after the procedure.
Keep your lips moist for 4 weeks with your sealant, they will feel dry at first but, this will pass. The color will come and go as the collagen fibers come to heal the lips and the natural exfoliating process has occurred. It is normal not to see how much color was achieved until 4 weeks have passed. Avoid spicy and salty foods. Be careful to keep lips sealed when washing your face or brushing your teeth.
Avoid the sun as much as you can especially the first week. The sun fades permanent makeup. After a week a sun protection moisturizer, balm or chap stick can be worn to protect the color.
Don’t take hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs for 10 days because this will cause the color to sweat out of the skin. Apply an extra coat of Carmex or A&D Ointment before washing the face, bathing or showering. This will protect the healing area from bacteria, soap and other debris or particles. Always try and wash around the treated area.
Don’t pick or peel off any scabbing or flaking, let it gently come off on its own.
Don’t use any acidic or exfoliating products. Keep away from the area at all times (Retin-A, Glycolic, or hyaluronic acid, etc). This may lighten and slowly remove the color.
Don’t touch with fingers. Stay away from dirt (gardening or sport activities) to prevent possible infections.
Color Corrections of another artist’s work usually take more visits.