ANY PREVIOUS COSMETIC TATTOO ON THE LIPS MUST SUBMIT PHOTOS PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT FOR APPROVAL.
Points of Note:
Every client’s skin responds differently to these treatments, and this information acts as a guideline only
***There are no implied or written guarantees if you do not follow the pre and post care instructions!***
You must remember that even though this procedure isn't a traditional tattoo, it still involves piercing/breaking the skin and depositing of pigments. Assuring you're a proper candidate and following all instructions, both pre and post-care, is imperative for both safety and efficacy.
Please, make sure you also review aftercare instructions. Two sessions are needed for a lasting effect. Yearly touch-ups are recommended to maintain your look.
-All permanent cosmetics procedures are multi-session processes. You are required to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up visits are scheduled at 6-8 weeks.
-Be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper,
brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
While these tattooed colors may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Tattooed colors are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun and circulatory changes.
-Clients with darker skin (Indian, African American, Filipino, etc.), Please know that Lip Liners and Full Lip Colors can possibly cause hyperpigmentation for those who have two toned lips, therefore i usually don't offer lip services since outcome is very unpredictable. A consult is recommended to make sure your a good candidate for lip services.
The day of your appointment?
If for any reason you decide not to proceed with the permanent cosmetic tattoo service on the day of your appointment, the above-mentioned $100 to $200 deposit will become a cancellation and not be refunded.
A skin patch test is offered to every client who may have concerns about rare allergic reactions to ink/pigments used for service's. As the client you can accept or decline patch test. If you accept patch test client will have to wait 3 to 7 days before proceeding with service to make sure no allergic reactions occur.
Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it is best not to make any social plans for a day or two following any procedure. It is always best to avoid these procedures within months prior to important life events such as weddings. Procedures may take longer than expected to be complete under some circumstances.
If you’ve ever hired a professional painter, they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep”. Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer. Well, permanent cosmetics is very similar. You will get much better results when you properly prep.
It all starts with a good canvas! The skin to be treated must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
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.
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 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
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