After Your Appointment
- Lips will be swollen 1-2 days. Expect moderate swelling, usually 1-2 days following the procedure. In certain cases swelling can be severe; this varies from person to person. Lips are a very sensitive area so swelling is to be expected.
- After the procedure the lips may appear to have too much colour. This is normal.
- After the procedure the lips may appear to have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker. Two or three applications may be required to achieve the desired results.
- It is not uncommon to lose up to 70% of the colour on the first application.
- Avoid salty, spicy foods and toothpaste on the lips for 5 days or until exfoliation ends. If using anti-viral medication, continue as prescribed by your doctor.
- Drink through a straw and avoid spicy and salty foods for several days. Lips will be tender at first. Choose foods you can place in your mouth with a fork without touching lips.
- Try to keep toothpaste off lips while healing.
- Do not have teeth bleached while healing.
Healing Phases & Important Instructions
- Treated area looks TOO dark and bigger. This is due to the pigment crust / scab formation. All colours scab 70% DARKER and THICKER. Lips will fade by at least 70%.
- You may apply Vaseline with an ear bud as often as needed. Keep area moist. DO NOT apply Bactroban/Zambuc. Bactroban will draw out the ink.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets / painkillers can be taken to alleviate burning sensation. 2x Arnica homeopathic tablets can be chewed every 2 hours to reduce swelling and bruising (if any).
- If you are fever blister prone, it is essential that you get a prescription for anti-viral tablets to prevent fever blister formation. Examples: Virohexal / Lovire. Failure to do this could result in fading of colour where the blister appears.
- Wash your face as normal but around treated area, do not wash the treated area with soap or chemicals. Pat dry, do not rub. The less you agitate the treated area, the better result you will have.
- Smoking may cause an infection, use plastic filters for at least 3 days after the treatment.
- Scabs / crusts may start to detach / flake. Colour will look completely vanished. This is normal. You have 7 layers of skin, and it takes 6-8 weeks for the entire colour to surface through the 7 layers and become complete and even everywhere. Be patient, the colour might only start showing after 6 weeks but it will show.
- Don’t be tempted to pick off the scabs, let it heal on its own. Picking may lead to the area healing unevenly.
- Touch ups due to picking will be charged for.
Day 10 onwards:
- Treated area will start to look really nice but still uneven in solidness, colour and undertone. Every week for a total of 8 weeks the colour will mature and even out and become more visible and solid.
- Dryness is normal since 7 layers of skin are rejuvenating weekly. The benefit of the dryness is that the lips generate more collagen and will appear naturally more plumped after 6-8 weeks. Even after the lips are healed, they will still feel more chapped than normal. This will subside after a month or two. Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal, but with colour : )
- Some lip balms create the problem. Do not use anything made for cold sores or blisters (carmex, blistex) because although they initially feel moisturizing, they will ultimately dry the lips out even more. Applying vitamin E will usually help.