Lip blushing is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Essentially, it is a cosmetic tattoo of the lips that enhances the beauty of the natural lip color, improving the shape of the lips, giving definition and the illusion of fullness.
A tiny mechanized needle deposits pigment into the lips, which builds layers of color. This can be a corrective service to help even out the tone of the lips, but it can also help with asymmetry. Unlike the traditional permanent cosmetic tattoos, lip blushing has evolved providing natural looking, long-lasting results.
Results may vary person to person. Generally, lip blushing can last a year or two, although your lifestyle contributes to how well it maintains; smoking and sun exposure can speed up the fading process, and if you’re oil-prone, have an iron deficiency or use a lot of exfoliating products in your skin regimen, the pigment could fade more quickly, too.
At strokes of Genius Microblading we recommend you take an antiviral prescription medication like VALTRAX at least 2 days before your lip appointment. We recommend this to avoid having a cold sore outbreak during healing. Even if you have never had a cold sore before, we recommend get the prescription just in case it’s dormant. This doesn’t mean you will get a cold sore. This is a precautionary step to help with preventative measures so that you have a better recovery period. Also Please avoid sun/tanning 5-7 days prior to your appointment.
A tattoo on the lips sounds painful especially for someone who might be looking for an alternative to getting injected with filler. Most of my clients rate it three or four out of ten, with ten being the most. The lips are numbed with a topical anesthetic for 30 minutes prior to procedure and numbed throughout as well to keep clients as comfortable as possible. If you’re worried about your pain tolerance, a pain reliever like Tylenol can be taken prior to the appointment. No ibuprofen as that will thin the blood.
You should avoid aspirin and ibuprofen since they can thin the blood and cause more sensitivity as well as bleeding. Also avoid caffeine, alcohol, fish oil and vitamin E as these also tend to cause more bleeding 24-48 hours prior to the procedure day.
Lips may feel very dry and swollen after, depends on person to person. Ice is nice! Ice 10 minutes a few times a day for the first few days. You should keep lips moisturized by applying aquaphor, burts bees wax or Shea butter on lips 2-3 times a day. Do not rub into the lips just tap by using a Q-tip. It’s important this be done for about 7-10 days post session. Do not allow lips to become dry. This may interfere with healed color. Always use a clean Q-tip. It is advised to sleep on an old pillowcase. There may be some residual pigment coming off the lips for several days, which could stain. After lips are no longer tender to the touch they may become flaky. This stage is normal and can be expected. Please do not pick or scratch at them. This may significantly reduce the amount of pigment uptake. Please avoid the sun and tanning beds before and after the procedure. Be sure to use sun block once lips are healed. Avoid direct water pressure, pools and other bodies of water, until healed. Please be advised it is a good idea to brush your teeth with just water for three days after session. You can resume wearing lipstick once lips are healed. It is advised to use new lipstick after all lip sessions. Redness, swelling, tenderness, dryness are all common post session side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. Avoid oily, salty, acidic foods and alcohol while healing.
Lips especially are very unpredictable. Some clients will have a very strong uptake in healed color and others a very slight uptake.
Fever Blisters are a known side effect of all lip procedures. Follow all before instructions and it is less likely to become an issue.