Lip blush is the newest semi-permanent treatment that enhances the natural lip shape with a boost of symmetry and color. It is an extremely popular technique that defines lip contours and adds a natural flush lip color. Pigments are available in different shades to provide a subtle hue and can result in camouflaging scars, reducing paleness or asymmetry.
It is important to note that multiple sessions may be required to achieve desired results (especially with hyperpigmented lips.) A minimum healing period of 6-8 weeks is required before a touch up procedure can be performed. A lip blush procedure may be slightly uncomfortable. Topical numbing agents are used throughout the procedure to reduce discomfort. The pigments will fade over time and can last between 12-24 months based on aftercare and lifestyle. Immediately after the procedure, the pigment will appear 30-50% darker than the desired result. There may be swelling and redness following the procedure. You may experience minor bleeding immediately after the session. Infections can occur if aftercare instructions are not followed correctly. If you have an MRI scan within 3 months after your procedure, you should notify/ discuss with your doctor. Laser treatments can change the color of pigment in your skin.
Lips with Hyperpigmentation
This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color forms deposits in the skin.
Clients with hyperpigmentation of the lips will likely require an additional session to neutralize the color of the lips.
Sessions 1 & 2 will focus on creating an even base color and defining the desired lip shape. This will consist of using a warm based orange tone to neutralize the cooler and darker lip tones.
The final session will focus on the desired lip color.
Color choices will vary depending on desired results. Reference photos are recommended to have to determine if the color is achievable.
Complexions with deeper skin tones naturally produce more melanin. This is important to understand because the skin may also be prone to Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
When prone to PIH, there is a risk that the client may heal to a darker pigmentation than the original lip color.
The possibility of this happening will depend on how the client's body will react to the treatment.
Are you certified?
Yes, I am formally trained and certified in different permanent makeup techniques for brows and lip blush. My facility is permitted by the Department of Health and all safety protocols are strictly adhered to. I am also a member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation and fully dedicated to continuing to stay up to date with industry standards and techniques.
Does it hurt?
This is probably the most common concern for every client. Everyone's skin and pain tolerance is different. Although there is minor discomfort in the beginning of a session, the level of discomfort is minimized with topical numbing agents that are applied throughout the process. The discomfort does not last very long. In fact, most clients fall asleep during their session... (8/10 times). Many clients associate the feeling to threading or plucking 2-3 hairs at a time.
What's the difference between permanent makeup vs. a traditional tattoo?
In permanent makeup, pigment is deposited into the second layer of the skin (epidermis) which provides semi-permanent results. Permanent makeup is meant to fade over time. With traditional tattoos, pigments are deposited into the third layer of the skin, also known as the dermis. By implanting pigment into the dermis, the results will be permanent. When it comes to micropigmentation, it is critical for an artist to only work in the epidermis layer of the skin.
How long will it take to heal?
Typically a lip blush session will take about 7 days to fully heal. Your lips will have light swelling and will feel slightly tender during the healing process. The next 7 days post your session may be a bit of an emotional roller coaster (see the Lip Care tab for a day-by-day breakdown of what to expect.) Adhering to the strict Before and After care will directly affect your results. If you have a big event to attend one week after your session, it is recommended to schedule your appointment after your event.
What should I expect during my appointment?
We work together to discuss which color to apply for your desired look. Colors can be customized to your preference. A topical numbing cream will be applied to your lips for 15 minutes. Once completed, your technician will begin to shape your lips and prepare for the procedure. After the first pass has been completed, a secondary numbing gel will be applied to your lips. After 2-3 passes, you're done!
Will I need a touch up?
Yes. During the healing process, your lips will first darken and the first layer of skin will begin to flake off. Your lips will appear much lighter and the pigment on the skin from the second layer will slowly start to resurface within 6-8 weeks. The touch up is meant to fill in any patchy spots that may have shed during the healing process. Additionally, the desired saturation can be achieved during the touch up session.
Do I need to take a day off work?
No. There is no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within a couple hours.
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