- If you have lip fillers, you last appointment cannot be any sooner than four weeks prior to your tattoo appointment
72 HOURS BEFORE
- No tanning three days prior to your appointment.
- No medications or supplements with blood thinning effects unless medically necessary - do not discontinue use of any prescription medications before consulting with your doctor. These include Advil, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, Warfarin, Excedrin, Vitamin E, or fish oil unless medically necessary (in which case you must advise your tattooist; do not discontinue the use of any medication before consulting with your doctor).
24 HOURS BEFORE
- Do not drink caffeine or alcohol, as it can increase chances of bleeding and bruising.
- Make sure your lips are well exfoliated; dry and flaky lips will not pick up pigment well.
- Arrive with no make up; wiping throughout the procedure will remove it, so save yourself the trouble!
- The area will be red and swollen immediately after tattooing, and you may experience some pain. This will be followed by minor bruising, which should only last for 1-2 days. You will also notice plasma fluid appearing on the surface of your lips; these are all normal healing responses.
- Do not touch the area with your bare hands - remember it is an opened and healing wound, and you will want to minimise the risk of infection which can pose risks to your health and ruin the tattoo.
FOR THE REST OF THE DAY
- Keep the area clean by gently wiping your lips with a baby wipe every 30 minutes for the first three hours, and reapply the aftercare gel with a clean cotton tip. Make sure to do this immediately after eating and drinking.
- You may ice the skin if it is feeling tender or swollen after the procedure, which will also help to numb the skin if there is any pain. Wrap an ice pack or a ziplock bag of ice in a napkin, and place on the area for as long as desired.
It's important to note that the colour will be more bold than desired immediately after your appointment. The colour will fade by 30-50% by the time they are fully healed at six weeks - at this point, you will be due for a touch-up appointment. This is an important step in the process to achieve perfect results.
- Smoking, as it will slow down the healing process and cause pigmentation that darkens the area
- Whitening toothpaste for seven days as it contains ingredients which will affect colour retention
- UV exposure, for at least four weeks after the procedure as it will alter the appearance of the tattoo
- Facials, chemical treatments, microdermabrasion, botox, and fillers for four weeks after the procedure
FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS
- It is normal for you to experience swelling, itching, scabbing, bruising, and dry tightness. Icing the area and using aftercare gel will help to relieve these symptoms, and they will ease after a week.
- Avoid kissing etc. for at least three days after your procedure; this is an open wound, and you want to minimise the risk of infection through avoiding sharing bodily fluids during the healing process.
- Avoid using any make up on the area for at least three days after your procedure; if possible, it's a good idea to purchase new make up to avoid contamination or bacterial infection.
- Moisturise the area with paw paw ointment or vaseline as often as you like, but use sparingly and apply with freshly washed hands or a cotton tip. Blot away the excess with a clean tissue or cotton tip.
- If you use skin care with active ingredients, be sure not to get them too close to your lips as this can affect colour retention.
- The colour of the tattoo will darken as scabs begin to form; don't pick them, you want scabs to stay for as long as possible, and they will fall away naturally within 3-10 days depending on your skin type.
- Avoid sleeping on your face to avoid lifting your scabs prematurely.
- Don't get the area wet for too long (i.e. during swimming, or excessive sweating) as it will soften the scabs and they'll fall off prematurely. Sweating will also affect colour retention, so if you do sweat, blot it away immediately.
- Avoid harsh cleansers, creams, make up, or any other products on the area until all the scabs have all come off naturally.
- Once the scabs have completely fallen off, you may return to your normal routine make up and skin care routine. At this stage, your tattoo may have a milky / grey hue to it. This is an indication that the surface layer of skin has healed, but the underneath layers still need more time (up to six weeks).
- Results will vary depending on your skin type, and more than one appointment may be necessary to achieve a perfect result - this is why we book you in for a touch-up appointment at six weeks, when all layers of your skin should be fully healed.
ONCE YOU'RE FULLY HEALED
- Cover-up treatments may need multiple appointments to achieve the correct result, as it may not be possible to cover the old tattoo in one session.
- If you're having any laser or facial treatments, please inform your technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo done before the procedure.
This treatment will continue to fade after 1 to 3 years, depending on your skin type and lifestyle. If you have oily skin, suffer from iron deficiency, or have a strong immune system, your pigment may fade faster than you anticipated. The following factors will cause the pigment to deteriorate prematurely, causing your tattoo to fade quicker than expected:
- UV exposure: continue to apply sunscreen to the area daily.
- Salt water and chlorine: wash the area after swimming.
- Products such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycolic Acid, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamins E and C, and Retinol: avoid where possible.
Touch-up appointments are necessary to ensure longevity, and to maintain the integrity of your tattoo.