*following aftercare is VERY important and will affect how your tattoo will heal*
The rest of the day: The area will feel a bit sore and will look quite intense. There may be some swelling and minor bruising that only lasts for 1-2 days. Don't touch your lips with your hands. Blot any fluid with a clean cotton round or tissue. Apply a clean cold compress and take Advil to help with any swelling and soreness.
Starting the following day: Remember not to touch your lips with your hands. Moisturize as often as you like, but you want to keep the scabs on for as long as you can and let them fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring, loss of pigment, or an infection. Avoid harsh cleansers, creams, makeup, or any other products on the treated area until all the scabs have naturally fallen off.
The first week: Try to drink through a straw + avoid spicy foods. Keep moisturizing as often as you like till the scabbing/flaking phase is over.
DURING THE HEALING PROCESS, AVOID FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS:
THE HEALING PROCESS:
Your lips will go through a few different 'phases' while healing. The exact length of the healing process varies depending on your age, skin type, lifestyle choices, how well you adherence to aftercare protocols, etc. This infographic timeline shows approximate days of healing, yours may be +/- a day or two.
Your tattoo will be softer and not as crisp when healed.
AFTER YOUR LIPS ARE HEALED:
After the first week thru 10 days, your lips may seem healed on the surface, but underneath your skin pigment takes time to resurface. Results should not be critiqued until at least 3 weeks post-procedure. When it comes to healing, the variables are unending and everyone's skin reacts differently to PMU. This is why it is a TWO-STEP PROCESS; the initial session, and the touch-up session. The touch-up appointment is mandatory to perfect your lips and to achieve a color as close to your goal as possible. The touch-up will address any small areas that may have healed lighter, color can be adjusted and made more saturated.
*Always protect your lips from the sun and use SPF lip balm on your healed lips.*
Sun exposure and active skincare products directly on your lips will cause the pigment to fade quicker.
**Results vary per individual, dependent upon skin type, how well you follow pre-care/aftercare, and lifestyle. Results are not guaranteed. Two sessions are required for optimal long-term results.**