Post Care Lip Color
Lip Color; what to expect and how to care for it
Expect moderate swelling, usually one to two days following the procedure and scabs will make the lips feel thick. Immediately after the procedure the lips will appear to be darker than when they are fully healed. This is due to oxidation of the pigment and the redness of the skin. After three to four days the color will become lighter as the epidermis sloughs off and the skin heals over the pigment. During this time it will appear that you have lost all your color, the skin is opaque during this healing time and you will have developed a second and then a third chapping. After two weeks the skin becomes translucent and the color will bloom. Two or three permanent makeup applications may be required to achieve the desired results. It is not uncommon to lose up to 50% of the color on the first application.
Healing the procedure
Always wash your hands before touching the tattooed area.
An Ice pack may be used twenty minutes at a time, during the first few hours after the procedure to help in the transition, while the numbing wears off. Protect your skin with a paper towel wrapped around the ice pack.
For the first couple days keep your lips moist but not too moist, dry but not too dry. If your lips are kept constantly moist they will swell and hurt, but if allowed to dry up they will crack and bleed. Both are not desirable. so find the balance. Blotting often between applications to remove excess goo is good practice, let then dry a bit too, this will keep the scabs as thin as possible. Leave them dry while you sleep. Also, if on the morning after the procedure the scabs have grown big, moisten a wash cloth, soak and dab util thin again. Don’t scrub! Then moisten with product and dry as needed.
However, on the third day the scabs will fluff up and feel thicker right before they exfoliate. Don’t thin them be gentle and the scabs will come off by themselves most likely while you”re eating. For the next month keep your lips constantly moist, to help with the chapping phase.
The first five days to keep them moist, use LiProtek with numbing for comfort. Then an Organic lip balm or chapstick of your choice.
Keep out of the sun for seven days. Then after seven days wear sunscreen to aid in the longevity of your tattoo.
Products Used For After Care
- Organic lip balm: I like Ultra Conditioning by Burt’s Bees, it can be purchased at the studio.
- LiProtek: This is a great product for the lips it has 2% Lidocaine to help keep you comfortable during the healing time, it can be purchased at the studio. Only used during the first 5 days.
- Heal Stick: This is a wonderful substitute for the above products, it can be purchase at the studio
Cautions: If after Day three your lips are still swollen and feeling tender allow your lips to dry between applications of liProtek. If after Day five your lips are feeling tender discontinue use of liProtek ans switch to regular product. If blisters occur on day 3 or 4, call your doctor to get on cold sore medication right away. I have a protocol from a doctor you can follow. Remember to always keep some medication around for future use. As the blisters can remove color and leave scars.
- You must stop the use of lip stains one month before the procedure!
- If you have EVER had a cold sore in your life you Must take an anti-viral when getting your lips done!
- Do Not use any Retin-A or Glycolic Acids in the area while healing!
- Do Not use Peroxide or Neosporin!
- Do Not scrub or pick treated areas!
- Do Not expose area to the sun or tanning beds!
- Avoid facials, swimming and or hot tubs for at least five days!
- Do Not dye or tweeze eyebrows for one week after the procedure!
Failure to follow post procedure instructions may result in loss or discoloration of pigment.
The known possible complications from micro-pigmentation are: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches, tenderness and itchiness.
It is normal to lose approximately 1/2 of the color during the healing process. After the initial procedure, the color may be a shade too dark, in six days it will appear too light, then after ten days the color will show more.
The permanent makeup will appear softer when completely healed because the color will be seen through the layers of the skin.
Please do not hesitate to text Amber if you have any questions, 928-925-3026.