- FAQ (including who is eligible)
- Precare restrictions
- Aftercare restrictions
Disclaimer: Each client’s skin will respond differently, both in the length of time it takes to heal, and the number of sessions needed for your desired results and retention. The healed results differ from person to person. This information acts as a guideline only, and we cannot guarantee your results.
How does lip blushing work? Does it look natural?
- definition / even tone - some clients have “white spots” on their lips that blend in with their natural skin tone. As a result, it may make the lips look smaller than they are or give the illusion of uneven tone. The white spots are very common and they lack natural pigment. By depositing color, it will enhance the definition and shape.
- color - we recommend that clients stay within their own natural color range for a natural look. There is some wiggle room for color modification of course however we do not recommend a drastic color change as healing is not guaranteed. We encourage a natural color that gives a healthy glow.
- symmetry - symmetry can be improved however it is not guaranteed that we can perfect the symmetry through lip blushing as it is our intention to keep the lips look as natural as possible by working with the client’s natural shape. This varies from person to person depending on their own base. We take several factors into consideration in order to achieve a natural look. There are certain circumstances where a lip filler may be a better option, not tattooing. Perfecting symmetry may require working outside the lip line area however this is a case by case scenario.
- neutralize dark lips - this may take sessions depending on the individual’s healed result. Please refer to below in the “dark / cool toned lips” section.
- fullness - lip blushing can give the illusion of fuller lips by combining all of the above
How long does lip blush last?
This varies from person to person depending on the client’s skin, lifestyle and health condition. Lip Blush is considered semi-permanent and they will fade over time. After touch up, the Lip Blush tattoo will last from approximately 2-4 years.
How do I book a consultation?
Due to Covid 19 and to minimize physical contact, we are accepting consultations via email. You are welcome to email clear close up photo of your lips in natural lighting and address of your concerns/desires. During the time of your appointment, we will also discuss your lips, predraw the shape before doing any actual tattooing work. Prior to booking an appointment, please ensure that you have read and understand the Info Guide and policy as the security deposit is non-refundable.
Can I still get a lip filler?
Absolutely. In no way does having lip filler interfere with the process of tattooing lips or the results. Please note lip filler and lip blush appointments MUST be at least 4 weeks apart from each other.
Who is ineligible for lip blush?
We do not provide lip blush for the following:
- Are under 18 years old
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have diabetes, glaucoma or on blood thinning medications
- Have transmittable blood disease such as HIV/Hepatitis
- Have skin cancer or any kind of skin condition near the treatment area (i.e. shingles, psoriasis, rashes, eczema or anything else near lips)
- Are undergoing chemotherapy
- Have keloid scarring or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation
- Have hemophilia
- Have severe acne or taking skin medications like Accutane and steroids (you must be off of Accutane for one year)
- Have allergies to alcohol or numbing agents/ topical anesthetics
- Have heart problems, healing disorders, uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Have allergies to makeup or colors
- You develop infections easily
- Cosmetic procedures such as botox/fillers must always be 4 weeks apart (before/after treatment). No exceptions.
- If your appointment is during a cold sore outbreak, your procedure cannot be performed. If you do not have cold sores, it is highly recommended for you to go to your family doctor and get Zovirax or another anti viral medication prescribed to take 5 days prior procedure, the day of, and 5 days after as a precaution. Cold sores is herpes simplex virus and many are not aware that they are a carrier of the virus as the signs are not always visible until it is triggered. Lip blush can trigger cold sores if you are a carrier of this virus therefore as a precaution, it is recommended that you take anti viral mediation as cold sores can affect the healing result
- Have previous tattooed lips that is too dark or large (Please send us an email with a clear unedited photo (with no makeup) of your lips for evaluation prior to booking)
Does it hurt?
Pain tolerance varies from person to person. We use a medical grade topical anesthetic for numbing the treated area before and during your procedure to make you feel comfortable and pain free as possible.
Do I need a touch up?
Touch ups are recommended, however, not necessary. On touch up sessions, we can alter the shape and color of your tattoo or go bolder or fill in spots that didn't retain pigment as well as others during healing. Touch ups will also add longevity to the life of your tattoo. A touch up can be booked no sooner than 6 weeks of your last appointment.
How long is the appointment?
Lip Blush generally requires two treatments at least 6-10 weeks apart to allow for the healing process to complete. The initial appointment will take about take approximately 3 hours.
Can I get lip blushing if I have dark/cool toned lips?
Yes, however, on the first session we will have to color correct your lips to cancel out the cool tones. This means the initial color we tattoo must be orange. If we are to tattoo any other color you risk darkening your lips further or having absolutely no results at all. When healed at 6 weeks, most if not all of the darkness in your lips will be covered and your lips will have a nudey-pink even tone. Note that results cannot be guaranteed and lightening or evening out dark lips may take a few sessions. Under no circumstances will we tattoo a "nude" color on dark or cool toned lips. Please note, if you are constantly exposed to the sun, your retention will most likely be shorter and the natural darkness will re-appear faster.
Does this procedure trigger cold sores?
This procedure can trigger cold sores for carriers of the herpes simplex virus. If you have had a history of cold sores, it is highly recommended to go to your family doctor and get Zovirax or another antiviral medication prescribed to take 5 days prior procedure, the day of, and 5 days after. Note that a cold sore outbreak can alter the healed results of the tattoo.
How long is the healing?
Full healing takes approximately 4-6 weeks. The scabbing phase takes approximately one week however this varies person to person. Please scroll at the bottom of the page to "what to expect" for more information.
Can you cover up an old tattoo?
This is case by case scenario. Some special cases may be considered. Please send us an email with a clear unedited photo (with no makeup) of your lips for evaluation prior to booking. Kindly note, this will be considered as a brand new session, not a touch up.
Before Your Lip Blush Appointment
We recommend the following to ensure that your skin is in the best condition as possible for the procedure:
- If your appointment is during a cold sore outbreak, your procedure cannot be performed. If you have a history of cold sores, it is highly recommended for you to go to your family doctor and get Zovirax or another anti viral medication prescribed to take 5 days prior procedure, the day of, and 5 days after as a precaution. Please do not compare this treatment to a lip filler, do not take 2 day/3 day extra strength anti viral. Cold sores is herpes simplex virus and many are not aware that they are a carrier of the virus as the signs are dormant and are not always visible until it is triggered. Lip blush can trigger cold sores if you are a carrier of this virus therefore as a precaution, it is recommended that you take anti viral mediation as cold sores can affect the healing result.
- Do NOT get lip injections or any injections below the eye level for 4 weeks before and after this treatment. All injections must be 4 weeks apart.
- Do NOT drink coffee or any caffeine on the day of the procedure
- Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure
- Do NOT workout on the day of the procedure
- Do NOT consume Advil, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, omega-3, unless medically necessary or any blood thinning mediation for a minimum of 72 hours prior to the procedure. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay)
- Exfoliators, creams containing Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Renova, and Alpha Hydroxyls Acid (AHAs) at least 72 hours before the procedure
- Chemical peels, laser treatments or other facial treatments should be avoided within 4 weeks of the procedure
- If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least 1 year before considering this procedure.
After Your Lip Session
After your treatment, please GENTLY blot your lips for every few hours with a water damped paper towel / cotton pad to ensure that body fluids do not sit on top of your lips and start to form scabs. Please DO NOT rub and drag, it is a gentle blot (press and lift). Moisturize with the aftercare ointment provided to you or you can use Aquaphore. It is important to NOT to over apply the ointment as keeping it wet for too long may cause premature scabbing. Always apply a thin layer of the ointment. Your lips will feel dry regardless while it’s scabbing. If you over apply the ointment and keep it wet for too long, the scabs will fall off premature and as a result loss of pigment. If there is no sign of pigment due to premature scabbing, unfortunately touch up will not be afforded and a brand new session will be required.
What To Avoid
The following must be avoided during the healing process:
- Picking, peeling or scratching the treated area, touching with dirty fingers
- Sleeping on your face as it will cause premature scabbing
- Licking lips (habit of licking lips will cause dry/sensitive lips. It can also cause pigment to fade faster)
- Activities that will cause sweating and heavy body heat (i.e. working out, sports, etc.) for 2 weeks
- Wetting lips for too long as it will cause premature scabbing. We want the scabs to stay on as long as possible and let them shed naturally.
- Soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area for the first 7 days
- Keep your face away from the shower stream for 2 weeks
- Avoid long hot shower during scabbing phase
- Swimming, jacuzzis, sauna, steam, hot bath or other bodies of water for 2 weeks
- Sun tanning, UV/UVA rays or chemicals for 30 days
- Smoke, dust, dirt and debris for the first 7 days
- Any facials, laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Glycolic acid for 30 days
- Touching the treated area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
- Application of any makeup to the treated area for 2 weeks
- Vaseline, moisturizer, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing
- Applying any anti-acne products or lightening creams such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing
- Expressive facial muscles until all scabs are off (constant expressive lip/mouth movements can cause premature scabbing)
What to Expect During and After Your Lip Blush Session
The complete healing process takes about 6 weeks. We will then know how you have truly healed. During this process, your lips will go through several healing phases.
Immediately after following your procedure, you may experience a little discomfort as the treated area may feel tender and a little sore. The color will look sharply defined, vibrant and darker/brighter. There may be minor swelling which lasts approximately a few hours to two days.
The next day, the color of the tattoo will look a little bolder as scabs begin to form. The scab will naturally shed in approximately one week however this time period is not exact and will vary person to person. During the initial healing period, you will also experience minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. This is just the superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your lips. Please DO NOT PICK and allow the scab or dry skin to naturally shed on its own. The lips will gradually soften (not as sharp/crisp) and appear lighter and sheer in a few days. This is normal as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Please wait until 6-8 weeks so touch-up/adjustment can be made. After 2 weeks, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your lips when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure may cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. Salt water and chlorine can also fade the pigment faster as well. Be sure to rinse with water after contact.