What is Lip Blush/ Watercolor lips?
It is a semipermanent makeup technique which helps to improve color and shape, makes your face more fresh and youthful, adds definition to your natural lips contour, and evens out natural pigmentation. It is important that you understand how lip blush works to ensure this is the right procedure for you.
What is the difference between lip blush and Watercolor lips?
The process is similar but the main difference is how much pigment is implemented, technique, and desired outcome.
Does it hurt?
Every client pain tolerance is different. At Pb-microblading & Permanent makeup we use high quality and safe topical anesthetic numbing cream/gel to minimize discomfort. You will typically feel some discomfort.
What is the healing process like? The healing process is very easy. Immediately after the process your lips will be slight swollen and tender. Lips will appear dark and pigmented right after initial session, but once healed lips will be more natural and 50-60% lighter. Healing typically takes 5-7 days and typically just consists of dry flakey lips. Once pigments flakes off it will appear as though no pigment has been retained. Over the next 8 weeks the color will resurface as a light watercolor.
How long does it last?
Lip Blush last between 1-3 years depending skin takes and aftercare ( results vary for each person). For some people the color may last even longer, and some less. Certain factors such as sun exposure, and tanning beds, bleeding, lip care products, etc, will affect pigment retention.
Is touch up necessary and how many sessions?
YES, it is recommended that an initial touch up is needed to perfect and finalize result. Everyone’s skin heals differently, at initial session we create shape and implement pigments. A touch up is to RETOUCH any irregularities and to perfect the lips even more. This is also an opportunity to go darker upon client’s preference. How many sessions needed is depending on skin takes.
Why do I need Anti-viral before my appointment?
The trauma from the procedure of lips can trigger an outbreak of cold sores. It is critical that you initiate anti-viral medication prior to your appointment and continue after to prevent an outbreak as it can cause scarring and unfavorable results.
· People with a history of cold sores must consult their physician and require antiviral medication (Ex: Valtrex or Acyclovir) prior to lip blush procedure. Cold sores are very common but can result in poor healing.
· People with dark lips or dark spots will require consultation.
· Excessive lip filler will required consultation.
· Taking blood thinners.
· Keloid scarring.
· Diabetes (sometimes have trouble with healing).
· Pregnant/ breast feeding ( permanent makeup is not acceptable).
· Cancer/Chemotherapy (must have doctor’s clearance).
· Blood thinning medication ( check with physician for clearance).
· Taking sun sensitizing medications within 4 weeks (including but not limited to Retinol/Retin-a/Vitamin A).
· Botox or lip filler within the last 4 weeks.
· Accutane within last year.
· Auto-immune deficiencies.
· Chronic Bleeder
· People with prior lip blush may not be a good candidates. A consultation is required for approval.
· If you have a history of cold sores please consult your physician to obtain an anti-viral medication to take before and after procedure.
· 1-2 days prior to your appointment use a natural lip scrub and moisturizer.
· 3 days before procedure avoid: NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc), fish oil, aspirin, unless medically necessary.
· 4 weeks before procedure avoid: Botox, surgery of any kind, laser treatments, retinol, vitamin A.
· Avoid alcohol, and excessive caffeine <1 cup for 24 hours before procedure.
· Thoroughly read all the forms given to you at the time of your appointment and ask any questions you may have.
· Be sure to advise us of any allergies, medical conditions, prior permanent make-up and prescriptions you take prior to your appointment.
· Day1 (day of treatment): Avoid extremely hot foods and drink with a straw.
· Wipe lips with a post care wipe 1 hour after appointment. Wipe again 3 hours after second wipes. Last wipe is before bed and apply ointment. ( This is the last time the lips get wet for the next 3-5 days of the healing process).
· Removing the lymph liquid (clear liquid on surface of lips) will prevent the formation of thick scabs.
· Day2 continue with ointment ( wipe lips with cotton rounds if there’s signs of lymph)
· Day3-5 continue with ointment. By now lips should be fully exfoliated. Keep them protected from the sun.
The following must be avoided for 5 days post procedure:
· Do not use whitening tooth paste during the healing process.
· Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, Botox and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck.
· DO NOT Pick, peel, pull, remove, or scratching of the lips will cause scarring and will leads to poor retention.
· Avoid spicy or hot foods.
· Drinking through a straw is highly recommended for 7 days-drinking pigmented drinks (ex: red wine, soda, Gatorade).