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Lip Pigmentation Aftercare

Lip color permanent make-up procedure provides youthful and naturally defined results. It can “re-create” the size and shape of the lips as well as the color. The permanent make-up lip procedure helps to prevent lipstick from bleeding into the surrounding skin. It can also camouflage facial lines surrounding the lips as a result of aging or smoking. A soft pinkish/red is popular for those wanting a natural look.

Post Procedure

  • Expect moderate swelling, usually 1 – 2 days following the procedure. Applying ice for the first 2 hours is most important, and should be continued throughout the day. Keep moist with Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Petrolatum (which will be given to you)  for the next  7-10  days, and then switch to chapstick or lipstick with and SPF of 15 or greater, as the sun tends to fade lip color quickly.

  • After the procedure, the lips may appear to have too much color.  After 3 – 4 days, the color will become lighter as the epidermis sloughs off. It will appear that you have lost all of your color, however, when your lips have healed completely the dermal layer will gradually become darker. 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.

Healing Schedule

Day 1:  Swelling, tender, heavy thick lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect. 

Day 2:  Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a metallic flavor.

Day 3:  Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color effect.

Day 4:  Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips.

Day 5:  Very chapped, but almost finished with first chapping stage.

Day 6:  A soft, rich color begins to appear.

Days 7-13:  Lip color disappears and the “frosty” (2 chapping stage) begins as a whitish haze on the lips.

Day 14:  Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21 (3 weeks post procedure)

Day 21:  Healing complete; the color you see is the color you have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good balm and they will return to normal, but with full color.

Care Instructions

If you are having lip procedures and have ANY history of cold sores, fever blisters, or herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks. Many physicians prescribe Valtrex ( 12 capsules of 500 mg each). These can be taken 2x a day, two days before micropigmentation and four days after, or as the physician prescribes.

All permanent cosmetic procedures are a multi-session process. You are required to come back for at least one touch up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. First touch up is between 2-4 months. All future touch up visits are scheduled between 12-18 month intervals.

Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it best not to make any social plans for a day or two, following procedure.

DO NOT use any Retin A or Glycolic Acids while healing. 

DO NOT use peroxide or Neospirin on ANY areas.

DO NOT scrub or pick treated areas.

DO NOT expose area to sun or tanning beds for 3-4 weeks after procedure.

AVOID heavy sweating for the first 10 days.

DO NOT eat anything spicy or acidic for 10 days. Drink through a straw.

AVOID  facials, swimming, and whirlpools, for at least 10-14 days.



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