UNDERSTANDING LIP PROCEDURES
Unlike other parts of the face, lips are a muscle, without hair follicles. Lips also have a very large supply of blood. The ratio of pigment retention taking on the vermilion border verses the vermilion tissue of the lip is very different. Lip liner will have as much greater retention of color. The vermilion tissue of the lips will be far less. Lip pigments tend to be translucent and need to be layered. This means a full lip may take 1 to 3 sessions, depending on the desired results, along with the natural lip color. Because of mouth acids/saliva and cell turnover of mouth/lips cells, in many cases a client will lose up to 70% of the initial lip pigment application. They will get a much greater uptake of color on the second session, and third if necessary.
LIP SPECIFIC AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Lips will feel swollen and very dry after your treatment. Wipe lips gently with sterile cotton round and COLD filtered water then apply A&D Ointment each hour the day of the lip procedure. For several days following the procedure, rinse with tepid water 2-3 times per day to moisten and loosen body fluids from forming a crust. The allow lips to dry for 5 minutes prior to applying A&D Ointment. Apply A&D Ointment on lips several times a day. This should be done for at least 14 days post treatment. Do not allow lips to become dry, it may interfere with healed color if dryness is permitted. Tap ointment on skin, do not rub. Always use a clean Q-tip, not fingers to apply ointment to the lips, this will reduce the risk of secondary infection.
After lips are no longer tender to the touch, they may become flaky. This is normal and is expected. Please do not pick or scratch at them, doing so may significantly reduce the amount of pigment uptake. Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre & post procedure. Be sure to use a sunblock once lips are healed. Do not use Glycolic, Hydroxy, Carmex or Fruit Acid products on lips. Avoid direct water pressure and submerges swimming until healed. Try to keep toothpaste off your lips for 72 hours, post treatment. You can resume wearing lipstick once lips are healed. Rule of thumb, if your personal lip-gloss or lip treatment products sting, or burn your lips, toss it back in your drawer for another week. Rinse it off your lips and apply recommended aftercare ointment. A lot of commercial lip products contain acids in them as a preservative. This could burn you if used prematurely. Redness, swelling, tenderness, dryness are all common post treatment side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. Also, avoid any friction to lip area until healed. Fever Blisters are a known side effect of all lip procedure. Clients are asked to to go to their doctor or dentist for an anti-viral medication prior to any lip procedure, this will help avoid an outbreak (Valtrex or Zovirax are commonly prescribed by physicians, however we ask that you follow your doctors recommendations).
Lips heal in three stages:
1. Too bright (immediately post-procedure)
2. Too light/opaque (after sloughing)
3. Just right (color resurfaces/blooms in about 28 days)
The older the client is, the longer the healing period will take. Waiting an extra week before any retouches is advisable for clients over 50 years of age. This extra week will allow the restoration of the natural collagen to the lip tissue.
THE PROGRESSION OF THE HEALING LIP:
Why do lips appear pale after the first week? Simple, there is extra pigment trapped in the epidermis that will shed and slough off in the first week, then actual healing begins. As skin encapsulates the pigmented area, it may appear very opaque. This is normal and to be expected. Pigment is now being viewed under the skin. As the natural healing proceeds, dead skin cells slough off in about 4-6 weeks. Then you will see a nice color healed through the skin. It is not realistic for client to expect a true lipstick look. Lipstick is worn topically on the skin. Permanent lip procedure pigment (color) is viewed under the skin surface. During the healing process the lip pigments used will revert back to their original state, which is a powder. Clients need to understand that lip procedures do not replace makeup. In fact, it is advised to wear some type of lip-glass to enrich the color of the pigment that has been implanted. Lips will vary in color on a daily basis and change color during any given day. These changes in a healed lip color will occur for various reasons; when we are hot or cold, or if we are well hydrated vs dehydrated are a few of the more common reasons. If you are informed, follow post-care instruction and have realistic expectations about your final lip color. You can enjoy the remarkable benefits of what a Permanent Lip Procedure can offer.