FAQ's Lip Tattoo
1. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Lip Tattoo usually lasts up to 3 to 5 years. Permanent makeup will last longer for some and not as long for others due most importantly to lifestyle, health, and skin type. Follow our long-term care instructions for best results.
2. DOES IT HURT?
With the topical anesthetics available to us today, discomfort is very minimal and most client report little to no pain.
3. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Lip Tattoo, will generally take 2-3.5 hours to complete. Keep in mind this includes approximately thirty minutes to fully anesthetize the area.
4. WHAT IS A TOUCH-UP AND WILL I NEED ONE?
The touch-up appointment is a fine tuning session to make any adjustments that may be needed or desired to the shape, fullness, and color.
5. WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETICS?
Everyone and anyone who can identify with one any one of the following:
Poor vision or can't see well enough to apply your makeup anymore.
Allergies to topical makeup or skin sensitivities.
People who wear contact lenses.
An unsteady hand or poor motor skills due to Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or stroke survivors.
Loss of hair due to thinning or scars.
People with busy lifestyles and hectic work schedules who want to look their best all day long without having to stop, check, and reapply their makeup due to smudging or smearing. Those of you whom after a busy day want to look great for your evening without having to do a thing.
People who enjoy activities like working out at the gym, yoga, swimming, boating, hiking, biking, tennis, camping, etc., that are concerned with their eyebrows or makeup coming off. Some people even avoid activities such as these because of that concern. Through permanent makeup, I can give you the personal freedom you need to go do the activities you enjoy and look great doing it.
Permanent makeup can help many different people on many different levels or it can simply give you a few extra minutes in the morning (for some of you...many extra minutes in the morning). For some, I am making a real difference and changing lives and for others it is a luxury and a matter of convenience. No matter what your reason for choosing permanent makeup...I will make sure it is one of the best decisions you have ever made for yourself.
6. PRE-PROCEDURE INFORMATION
Be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
While these tattooed colors may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Tattooed colors are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun and circulatory changes. For example, if you tan your skin and had a scar camouflaged, your surrounding skin will be darker in appearance than the treated area.
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 any procedure. It is always best to avoid these procedures within months prior to important life events such as weddings. Procedures may take longer than expected to be complete under some circumstances.
2. Wear your normal makeup and bring your lip color or brow pencils to the office on the day of the procedure.
3. AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFOREHAND refrain from the use of alcohol, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, ibuprofen, or other blood-thinning medications, Fish oil, Niacin, Vitamin E and Caffeine (coffee or tea).
4. AT LEAST 2 WEEKS BEFOREHAND temporarily stop the use of prescription strength medication around the mouth area such as Retin A or Accutane, as it can make your skin more sensitive and possibly interfere with the healing process.
5. 7 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT start exfoliating your lips with either a facial scrub or gently with a toothbrush every night before your visit, this will help with the healing process and maximize color retention
Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the touch-up visit. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact your technician.
Ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling. Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen the morning after facial procedures.
2. During the first week eat very gingerly, cut food in tiny pieces try to eat with your fingers, to avoid stabbing your lips
with a fork. Use a straw when drinking liquids. Keep lips clean using a moist cotton round and reapply A&D after each
3. Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection.
4. Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, (tub baths if body area treated), saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for 2 weeks following your procedure.
8. LONG TERM CARE
Use a good sunscreen daily - even the lips require protection. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics and may cause irritation even years later.
2. If you are planning chemical exfoliation, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform your physician of your cosmetic tattoo.