It is critical to follow all preparation and aftercare instructions for your initial appointment in order to achieve optimal results. Please read carefully prior to your appointment to arrange your schedule accordingly.
4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Do not take or get any chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, vitamin E, retinol, or fish oil at least 4 weeks before your appointment.
5 DAYS BEFORE
If your appointment is booked during an outbreak of cold sores on your lips the procedure may not be done. Please be aware that you have the simplex virus herpes, you may awaken an outbreak following treatment. It is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication such as Zovirax 5 days before, then the day of, then 5 days after or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
48 HOURS BEFORE
No coffee or other stimulants (caffeine, pre-workouts etc)
No aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E (unless medically necessary()
No Alcohol or other blood thinners
No Retin A skincare products
Stop any blood thinning medications (if possible) or supplements like fish oils a few days prior
DAY BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT
Exfoliate your lips of any dry dead skin.
DAY OF APPOINTMENT
Avoid exercising the day of the appointment
Day 1 – Lips will be swollen and bright.
Day 2 – Swelling will go down and lips will go darker.
Day 3 – Lips will start to peel.
Day 4 – Peeling continues.
Day 5 – All peeling is gone.
DAY 1 ONLY
- The area will feel a bit sore and will look quite intense. There may be some swelling and minor bruising that only lasts for 1-2 days. Applying ice can reduce bruising and swelling.
- Fluids will leak from the tattoo to form scabs.
- Do not want these fluids to sit on your tattoo and form these scabs.
- Wipe your tattoo every hour with a wet cotton round and pat the area dry to ensure no fluids sit and form scabs.
- You may ice the skin if it is feeling tender or swollen after the procedure. Wrap an ice pack or a zip lock of ice in a napkin and place on the area for as long as desired. After each hour, wipe and reapply the ointment.
DAY 2 - DAY 5 (UNTIL YOU'RE DONE SCABBING)
- Moisturize as often as possible with ointment.
- DO NOT TOUCH your lips with dirty hands. Do not pick, peel, rub or scratch off the scabs. Let the scabs fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring, loss of pigment or infection.
- Do not eat anything too spicy, or with too much citrus. Be careful when eating to not rub any scabs off and drink through a straw.
- Keep your lips as dry as possible. Do not get it too wet for too long.
- Do not sleep on your face to prevent scabs from lifting prematurely. Use a new/freshly washed pillow case to avoid infection.
- Do not use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.
- No direct sunlight/tanning booths.
- Avoid saunas, pools, steam rooms or hot tub.
- Avoid facials, chemical treatments, and Botox until 4 weeks past procedure.
- Avoid long term sun exposure or UV rays/tanning beds. This can alter how the color heals.
- No sweating. This can cause pigment to be pushed out. If you sweat a little bit immediately dab with a clean new paper towel.
- No eye makeup, eyelash extensions, strip lashes, wetting the eyes, or other products to touch the treated area until you're done scabbing.
AFTER SCABBING PROCESS
- You can return to your normal face washing and makeup routine.
- Note: After the scabs come off your tattoo may have a milky/grey hue to it. This means the surface of the skin is healed, but underneath layers still need time to heal.
- Once you're 6 weeks healed you'll be able to see the true result and at this time you can book your touchup.
- Once healed your lips will be softer and not as crisp.
- The results vary with each individual and are extremely dependent on your skin and how you care for it during the healing process. It may take more than one session to achieve your desired result.
Inform your technician of your permanent make up at the time of any laser procedures or MRIs.
It is strongly recommend that you do not use any of the following on your tattoo: Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycolic acid, Apple cider vinegar, Vitamin E and C, and Retinol. these products can lighten or fade your tattoo faster.
Wear sunscreen - UV rays will deteriorate, lighten and fade the pigment faster.
Treatment does fade after 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Touch-ups are necessary to maintain the longevity and overall beauty of your pigment.
If you have oily skin, an iron deficiency, or a very strong immune system, your pigment will not last as long and will not heal as crisp as others.
Touch ups can be scheduled once you're 6 weeks healed. ($100+)