• If you are prone to fever blisters or cold sores, please continue using your cold sore script medication until lips have fully healed.
Even if you haven’t had a fever blister in years (you may have even had one as a child) the virus does not go away, but lays dormant in your body, usually suppressed by your immune system. During the process of a lip procedure, needles will be breaking the delicate lip skin and can actually cause the virus to “wake up” causing an outbreak. If you know or suspect that you have had a cold sore in the past, ask your doctor for a prescription of anti-cold sore medications such as Acyclovir/Cyclivex tablets and start taking them a few days before the appointment.
Over-the-counter options include L-Lysine tablets and Zovirax cream. L-Lysine tablets must be taken a few days before the procedure and until fully healed.
• Brush teeth and rinse after meals in order to remove all traces of food, salt and acidity.
• Immediately apply a thin coating of the healing balm supplied (or Bepanthen, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond or Coconut oil) if necessary.
• As healing progresses, the lips may appear chapped.
• Be sure not to pick or pull any loose skin off the epithelial crust – it is VERY IMPORTANT that any flaking exfoliates of its own accord.
• By pulling or picking at the epithelial crust, you will be forcing it and will pull the color from the skin, thus defeating the purpose of the procedure and it could cause scarring.
• After about a week to ten days, the light crust will have peeled off and you may think there is no colour remaining.
• Immediately after the procedure, the colour is at its brightest. As the area heals the colour will soften and become much lighter as your body attempts to “clean out” the pigment and the lips exfoliate. You will always need a touch up appointment. It takes up to six weeks after each appointment for the colour to mature to the final healed colour.