Specifics for lips:
If you have EVER had cold sores/fever blisters/herpes on or around your lips, you MUST obtain a prescription for Valtrex (Valacyclovir)/Zovirax from your doctor. Start your prescription 3 days before your treatment day and 4 days after, or as prescribed by your doctor. Failure to take an antiviral medication will result in a cold sore outbreak, which will compromise the results of your lip procedure.
NO SAUNA OR TANNING 1 WEEK PRIOR
YOU CANNOT BE PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING
NO ALCOHOL 24-48 HOURS PRIOR
NO MINORS ALLOWED AT APPOINTMENTS (18+)
COME WITH CLEAN SKIN, NO HEAVY CREAMS OR SUNSCREEN DAY OF
NO WORKING OUT DAY OF
NO CAFFEINE THE DAY OF
NO BLOOD THINNERS INCLUDING PAIN KILLERS
DISCONTINUE USE OF FISH OIL OR VITAMIN E AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR. Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Powder Shakes or Advil/Ibuprofen or other blood thinning medications 7 days before procedure if possible the least amount of time you can wait is 3 days prior to apt. If you are taking stronger blood thinners such as Warfarin or Coumadin you will need the approval from you physician to be off medication for 7 days prior to session. No medication should ever be discontinued without first consulting your physician.
NO BOTOX INJECTIONS 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE IN LIP AREA
NO DEEP EXFOLIATION 4 WEEKS PRIOR ON LIP AREA (EX. CHEMICAL PEEL). No Microdermabrasion or facials for 4-weeks prior procedure.
NO RETINOL PRODUCTS, ACNE TREATMENTS OR SALICYLIC ACID 4 WEEKS PRIOR IN LIP AREA. Discontinue these products 4 weeks prior to your permanent makeup service. Retinoids of any kind. This includes Retinoids of any kind Retin-A, Tazorac, Tretinoin, Retinal. These products can cause the pigments to fade prematurely and alter the color. After 30 days once area is healed you may continue using products but not directly on Service area.
NO ANTIBIOTICS 2 MONTHS PRIOR
NO ACCUTANE FOR 1 YEAR
NO ALPHA HYDROXY ACID (AHA), AHA'S, PRODUCTS CLOSE TO LIP AREA 2-3 WEEKS PRIOR TO SERVICE
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE MORE SENSITIVE DURING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE.
*NOT FOLLOWING THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN FORFEITING YOUR APPOINTMENT AND DEPOSIT
THE RESULTS AND LONGEVITY OF YOUR TATTOO WILL DEPEND GREATLY ON HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS DURING THE HEALING PROCESS AND BEYOND. 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 COLOR RETENTION. THIS INFORMATION ACTS AS A GUIDELINE ONLY, AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR RESULTS.
LIPS POST PROCEDURE
Please read carefully! It is important to follow aftercare instructions.
Please keep in mind that the lips will look very intense in colour and may become swollen post-treatment. This may last 2-3 days depending on the individual. Usually the scab will peel off after about 3-14 days. Avoid peeling the skin as they heal. Your lips can look extremely chapped. Apply Aquaphor or other ointment given as often as you feel you need to with a clean Q-Tip. Once the peeling completes, the colour may look quite pale, only the lip line may show a light colour. Be patient until the skin matures, which will take at least one month, after which the colour will begin to "bloom", and you will see a more natural-looking result.
Relax! After you leave, I recommend ice packs to be applied for 10 to 15 minutes each hour for the first 4 to 8 hours following procedure. The ice is used to reduce swelling and provide comfort. After the first 24 hours the use of ice is no longer beneficial.
Delicate skin or sensitive areas may redden or swell slightly, therefore it is advised to not make social plans for the same day.
Swelling, oozing plasma, tenderness, firmness and some redness are normal the next 1 to 5 days after the procedure. The use of Benadryl or Tylenol over the counter and keeping your face vertical is helpful.
OUTER HEALING TIME for lips is 7 to 20 days and INNER HEALING is 4 to 8 weeks.
DAY 1 to 14:
1: Since your procedure is facial i would not use your best pillowcases for the first 7 nights. I recommend you sleep on a satin pillowcase for seven nights. This will minimize the loss of pigmentation caused by rubbing against a cotton, textured pillowcase as you sleep.
2: Shedding your color and outer epidermal skin is normal during the first week or two (3 to 14 days) following treatment, at this time also expect multiple color changes to lips other than what you originally picked during your service. This is normal old skin is shedding off as new skin cells are regenerating. At the end of 6 weeks, your procedure should be healed.
3: For the first 3-14 days post-treatment, the colour intensity will be significantly more dramatic (brighter or darker), as well as larger and sharper and more defined than what is expected for your final outcome. Although the area will appear healed after 10-14 days, it will not be fully healed for 6-8 weeks. The speed of your result will be based on how the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
4: One procedure cannot guarantee desired outcome. In some cases, we need to see how our clients' skin works with the pigment and review the healing process after the first procedure. A required touch-up visit is to be scheduled no sooner than 6 weeks and no greater than 8 weeks after your initial procedure. In more complex cases (including removal, colour correction, camouflage, scar tissue, or iron disorders/deficiencies) an extra charge may apply on touch-ups.
5: No soap, cleanser or shampoo on the treated area for seven (7-14) days. Soap and cleansers are designed to remove any foreign substances. Obviously, this is detrimental to the bonding process required for the pigment to become permanent. Toothpaste and mouthwash are considered “soap” and will remove lip color, so proceed with caution when using.
6: All cleansing should be done with a clean Q-tip dipped in cool water and gently dabbed on the treated area. Do not rub the area in any way.
7: Apply Aquaphor or other ointment recommended by technician apply with a Q-Tip in the procedure area for the first 7-14 days. Apply to the treatment area with a Q-tip several times per day (Do not use mineral oil or petroleum based products such as Vaseline if allergic.) This is to be done in a gentle dabbing motion as not to disrupt the pigmentation bonding process. This will keep the area moist and accelerate the healing. Do not let the area dry out, keep moist all times but don't over apply we don't want the skin to suffocate. Check your lips every thirty (30) minutes, re-apply ointment as necessary during the day. Do not press or rub when applying ointment. It is okay to apply an extra heavy coat of ointment to the treated area before bedtime, bath, washing of adjacent areas, and immediately upon rising in the morning. If any form of redness, tenderness, drainage, fever or rash occurs, please contact your health care provider immediately and please inform Ink Haven Studio (Laura Sutherland).
8: Baths and showers are permitted but do not wash, scrub or touch the treatment area. Hot, steamy baths and showers should be avoided completely. After two weeks, you may resume all regular activities.
9: When brushing teeth for the first three (3) days, coat lips with a lot of ointment before brushing and use a minimal a mount of toothpaste.
10: For the first two (2) days, use a straw when drinking liquids; avoid sandwiches, biting into fruit or foods that might cause friction to the lips. Avoid hot, spicy, salty, acidic food for your comfort. Smoking is discouraged for optimal results.
11: Do not use any lipstick or cosmetics on or near the treated area for 7 to 14 days. This rule applies also to non-allergic makeup, as it may contain
chemicals that interfere with the bonding process. If or whenever you do begin using cosmetics again, invest in a new lipstick to support your new look. This will eliminate the possibility of bacteria breeding in an old container.
12: Try to avoid exercise for the first 7-10 days. Sweat is made of saline and removes the pigment that we have just implanted into your skin.
13: For at least two (2) weeks, you need to minimize exposure to the sun, sauna's, tanning beds. I discourage swimming in fresh, salt or chlorinated pool water.
14 :If you use Retin-A, do not allow it to close to the treated area for thirty (30) days. It will cause the area to peel and lighten.
15: Special care should be exercised while the treated area is healing. Under no circumstances should you pick, scratch or rub the treated area or attempt to remove the crusty material. Removing of the crusts may result in the removal of the actual pigment and/or infection may occur. It is important that this protective “cover” stay on during the healing process (7 to 14 days).
16: Always use good health habits. Don't touch lips with dirty hands and avoid kissing 7 to 14 days. After all your lips are a wound trying to heal.
17: Fever Blisters can be a side effect and can occur on the 3rd or 4th day, therefore it is required that you take the necessary preventative prescribed medication to minimize this possibility immediately. Preferably 2 to 3 days before procedure and for 3-4 days following procedure.
18: Do not bleach your teeth until your lip procedure has totally healed.
The higher percentage of Carbamide peroxide in the bleaching gel the more colour it can pull out of the lips. Wait to bleach your teeth until after your colour refresher has healed.
19: Smoking should be limited if you have had a lip procedure. The filter when placed against the new lip colour can pull off the tattooed skin. This will ruin your lip procedure. If you must smoke, twirl the filter in Aquaphor or ointment such as petroleum (do not use if you have allergies to petroleum) before you smoke. This will help to eliminate tearing the newly pigmented tissue off of the lips.
20: I usually recommend a mouthwash called Biotene. It is free of alcohol and therefore lessons that burning sensation while you're swishing, which is what you'll be doing every time you eat or drink for a few days. I'd recommend not smoking afterward, but if you do, swish again!"
WHAT TO AVOID DURING HEALING PROCESS.
No makeup on the for 7-14 days
No shampoo, soap or cleansers for 10 to 14 days.
No Scratching or picking Lips
No long hot showers for 10-14 days, limit to 5-8 minutes
No use of acid or manual exfoliants
No use of any topicals other than healing ointment
No sweating for 7-10 days
No swimming or sauna for 10 to 14 days
No UV exposure or tanning 10 to 14 days
No acne products or hydroxy acids
No laser light therapy
No facials for 30 days
No botox for 4 weeks
No bleaching teeth
AFTER YOU HAVE HEALED
FOR NEW CLIENTS YOU WILL NEED TO SCHEDULE YOUR REQUIRED 6 TO 8 WEEK TOUCH UP FOR THE PERFECTING STAGE. YOU MAY WANT TO VISIT US ANNUALLY TO KEEP COST OF LIP MAINTENANCE DOWN. WE ACCEPT ANNUAL APPOINTMENTS BETWEEN 12-16 MONTHS FROM ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT AT DISCOUNTED RATE. ANYTHING AFTER THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FULL PRICE.
REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT. A 72 HOUR CANCELLATION OR RESCHEDULE IS REQUIRED OTHERWISE IT WILL BE COUNTED AS YOUR NORMAL TOUCH UP VISIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY FEE WILL BE CHARGED.
Long-Term Care - for all procedures:
- Using a quality sunscreen daily will help prolong the health of your skin! UV light quickly fades tattoo ink and so a daily use sunscreen will help it stay looking fresher, longer.
- Some of our pigments are iron-oxide based, which your body will slowly absorb as mineral irons. This means the colour will fade over time. You will likely need a touch-up every 1-3 years. The speed of fading is dependant on your skin type and daily habits.
- Avoid applying Retin A®, Renova®, Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy or Glycolic Acid products directly to the tattooed area after they are healed. These products can lighten the tattoo.
- Do not do laser near your lip area. Some lasers may change the color of ink.
- If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform your provider that you have an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.
Please call for ANY questions or concerns. 425-210-2439