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Lip Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Did you just got a lip tattoo? Congratulations! Now for the best results it's important to follow Lip tattoo aftercare instructions.

Your tattoo will be softer and not as crisp when healed. Healed results may fade 30-50%.The results will vary each individual and are extremely dependent on your skin and how you care for it during healing. It may take more than one session to achieve your desired result. Follow these lip tattoo aftercare instructions:

Lip Tattoo Aftercare Instructions:

Straight after the procedure

Day 1 - Lips will be swollen and bright, slightly sore

Day 2 - Swelling will go down and lips will go darker

Day 3 - Lips will start to peel

Day 4 - Peeling continues

Day 5 - All peeling is gone, colour seems dull

Complete healing will take around 6 weeks.

The area will feel a bit sore and will look quite intense. There may be some swelling and minor bruising that only lasts 1-2 days. Applying ice, or taking an inflammatory medicine can reduce bruising and swelling. Remember, healed results may fade 30-50%.

If you feel that you are having a cold sore in the area, start taking cold sore medication instantly. They are sold over counter; such as Valtrex, Zovirax, Famvir. If you are prone to have cold sores, it is recommended to take the medication 5 days prior the procedure, 1 day off- procedure day, and 5 days after.

The day of the treatment

Fluids will leak from the tattoo to form scabs. You need to tap your tattoo area every hour with damp cotton pads provided by the technician, to ensure no fluid sits and forms scabs. You may ice the skin if it is feeling swollen and tender. Wrap an ice pack or zip-lock of ice in a napkin and place it on the area as long as needed. After each hour you have to wipe and then reapply the ointment given.

Day 2-7

  • Do not touch your tattoo with dirty fingers, remember it’s an open wound and infection can compromise the tattoo results.

  • Don’t make your tattoo wet for too long. It will make the scabs soggy and easier to fall off prematurely. Let them fall off naturally.

  • Moisturize as often as possible with recommended or provided ointment.

  • Do not sleep on your face to avoid lifting your scabs prematurely and make sure you’re sleeping on a clean pillow case to avoid infection.

  • Avoid harsh cleaners, creams, makeup, or any other products on the treated area until the scabs have naturally fallen off.

  • Do not wear face masks during the healing period.

  • Don’t pick, scratch or bite off the scabs. Picking can cause scarring, loss of pigment, or an infection. Let the scabs fall off naturally.

  • Do not expose your tattoo to UV rays or tanning beds for 4 week after the procedure. These things can alter the appearance of the tattoo dramatically.

  • Do not sweat on the tattoo until all scabs have come off naturally. If you sweat on them dab it off immediately.

  • Do not get any facials, Botox, chemical treatments, and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks post appointment date. If you choose to get a filler, before your touch up appointment please contact your technician first.

  • Do not eat anything too spicy or with too much citrus. Be careful while eating not to rub any scabs off and try to drink through a straw. Avoid cigarette contact with tattooed lips.

After scabbing process

Once scabs have completely fallen off, you may apply makeup over the area and return back to your normal routine.

Note that after your scabs come off your tattoo may have milky/grey hue to it. This means the surface skin has healed but the underneath layers still need time to heal. The complete healing process takes 6 weeks. In 6 weeks, the true and final colour of the tattoo will show. It is only after 6 weeks the touch up to the tattoo can be done.

Your tattoo will be softer and not as crisp when healed. Healed results may fade 30-50%.

The results will vary each individual and are extremely dependent on your skin and how you care for it during healing. It may take more than one session to achieve your desired result.

Once fully healed

It is strongly recommended that you do not use any of the following on your tattoo: Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycolic acid, Apple cider vinegar, Vitamin E and C, and retinol. These products can lighten and fade your tattoo faster. It is also recommended to use sunscreen as the UV rays will deteriorate the pigment and lighten or fade the tattoo faster as well.

Saltwater and chlorine can also deteriorate the pigment. Rinse with water after contact.

If you are having any laser or facial beauty treatments please inform your technician before procedures that you have a permanent makeup tattoo, so they can avoid the tattooed area.

This treatment does fade after 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Touch-ups are necessary to maintain the longevity and overall beauty of your tattoo. If you have oily skin, an iron deficiency, or a very strong immune system, your pigment will not last as long and will not heal as crisp as others.

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