Lip Blush  Pre-Care

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

​Cold Sore or Fever Blisters (Herpes Simplex Virus 1) Prevention

  • If you have a history of cold sores OR you suspect you have ever had a cold sore in the past OR you are unsure, it is recommended that you obtain a prescription for an antiviral medication and begin taking them 1-2 days prior to the procedure and a few days after the procedure as instructed by your doctor. This is critical in the prevention of cold sore outbreak on your lips post-procedure.  Outbreak of cold sores may result in pigment loss and uneven healed lip color.

  • If you have a cold sore outbreak, please wait at least 3 weeks after complete healing before getting your lip blush procedure.

Exfoliate, Moisturize, and Hydrate

  • Two days prior to your appointment, exfoliate your lips daily with a gentle lip scrub and apply a good lip balm or Aquaphor to keep them moisturized.  If you can’t buy a lip scrub, you can make a simple home lip scrub (mixture of coconut oil, honey and coarse brown sugar).

  • Please do NOT show up to your appointment with chapped/dry/crusted lips or you will be sent home and your deposit will be forfeited. Dry lips cannot be tattooed as it will not take the pigment well. They will be more sensitive and thus, will result in poor retention.  Moisturized lips will allow maximum pigment absorption and less scabbing.

  • Drink more water! This will help keep your lips well hydrated and reduce dryness.

 

To help prevent bleeding, sensitivity and poor pigment retention, Please adhere  to the Pre-care instructions below:

 

24 hours prior to procedure

  • Avoid Aspirin and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.  If these are medically necessary, please get clearance from your doctor before stopping.

  • Avoid fish oil, vitamin E, Niacin.

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

  • Avoid caffeine (such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.) the day of the procedure.

  • Avoid excessive sweating or working out the day of the procedure.

7 days prior to procedure

  • Avoid tinting, waxing or electrolysis around the procedure area.

  • Avoid tanning or intense sun exposure.

  • Avoid blood thinning supplements (vitamin A & E, fish oil supplements).

  • Clients on blood thinners (Plavix, warfarin, etc.) need to consult with their doctor for medical clearance to stop several days before the procedure.

 

TWO OR MORE weeks prior to procedure

  • Avoid facials 2 weeks prior.

  • Discontinue use of topical products that can cause bleeding, sensitivity, or affect pigment retention such as: Retin-A (tretinoin)/Retinol, anti-aging creams, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid 2 weeks prior.

  • Avoid Botox or any lip fillers 4 weeks prior.

  • Avoid laser peels or chemical peels (salicylic acid, glycolic, alpha hydroxy, etc.) 6 weeks prior.

  • Anyone on Accutane (isotretinoin equivalents) must wait at least 1 year before considering this procedure.  Please consult with your doctor for medical clearance before booking for this procedure.​

Lip Blush Aftercare

 

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

Twice a day (every morning and before bedtime):  Apply a small amount of Aftercare Wash to freshly washed hands and gently wash the lips. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply Aftercare Ointment.

Day 1 (day of the procedure): Use a cotton round or clean tissue and pat dry any lymph fluid from the surface of the lips every 30 minutes for the next 3 hours and apply the Aftercare Ointment. After 3 hours, pat dry the lips every hour and apply Aftercare Ointment. Removing the lymph fluid will help prevent the formation of thick scabs.

Day 2 - 7:Keep the lips moist at all times, do not let the lips dry out. Continue to apply Aftercare Ointment multiple times throughout the day.

DO’s

  • Keep your lips clean and moisturized.

  • Apply Aftercare Ointment multiple times a day with a new Q-tip each time.

  • When the Aftercare Ointment runs out, use Aquaphor.

  • Apply an ice pack with a sterile barrier to minimize swelling. Medications such as Motrin or Advil may be taken for pain and inflammation if needed.

 

DON’T s

  • Avoid water (aside from cleaning the lips), swimming, hot showers, saunas, water activities, sweating.

  • Avoid hot, spicy and salty foods as they may cause irritation or will sting. Eat in small bites. Drink with a straw.

  • Do NOT pick at the dry flakes/scabs! This can cause bleeding, delayed healing, pigment loss, and uneven/patchy healing.

  • Avoid any physical contact on lips (kissing people or pets).

  • Avoid touching your lips with your fingers as they can introduce bacteria and cause infection.

  • Avoid makeup any topical cosmetic products on lips until lips for the first 10 days.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

Day 1: Immediately after the procedure, color will be bright and vibrant.  Lips may feel tight, swollen, and tender to touch. Lips will produce lymph fluid that needs to be wiped clean and moisturized.

 

Day 2: Color is darker today.  Lips are drier and more tender. Swelling should subside. There may be a burning sensation similar to that of a sunburn.  Moisturize frequently to minimize discomfort and thick scabbing.

Day 3-4: Lips will feel very dry and tight. They may feel itchy, but do not rub or scratch them.  Scabs will begin to form, lift, then peel. Allow the scabs to lift and peel off on their own.  Do not pick at the scabs! Again, keep the lips moisturized.

Day 5-10: Lips are still dry.  Most of the peeling should be finished, but there may be some minor peeling. Color has faded significantly, but don’t panic, this is normal.  The color will resurface in about 6 weeks.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR AFTER LIP TATTOO PROCEDURES

  • No Botox, chemical peels or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

  • No lip fillers for 8 weeks.

  • Avoid major sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks.

  • Avoid products that can affect pigment retention such as: Retin-A (tretinoin)/Retinol, anti-aging creams, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid for 4 weeks.

  • Use a sunblock after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color.

  • If you experience any abnormal itching, swelling, blistering or any other complications post-procedure, stop using the aftercare product and call your technician immediately. You may be allergic to the aftercare product you are using!

  • If you have excessive redness, swelling or tenderness, elevated temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site, contact your physician as the area may be infected and you may need to seek medical care.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please notify your technician immediately.