NOTE: If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) we advise you to use anti-herpes medication (for example Zovirax ointment). Use the medication 5 days prior and 5 days after your enhancement 5 times a day to reduce the incidence of outbreak by 50%. Oral anti-herpes medication (available on prescription) will control the incidence of an outbreak more or less completely. Micropigmentation does not cause cold sores, however, if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the nervous system and can be aroused by the treatment process.
What to expect:
The healing process is about 7 days but lips need special care for about 2 weeks.
Day 1-2: Swelling and redness, mild pain, tenderness.
Days 3-5: Mild pain, swelling redness and tenderness. Itching, scabbing and dry flakey skin is common. Remember, your lips will be strongly colored and sharply defined for 3 – 7 days after your appointment.
-What to avoid for 5-7 days post treatment:
What to avoid for 2 weeks post treatment:
-Cleanse Lips 2-3 times a day for atleast 5 days or until healed and scabbing has completed. Cleanse by dabbing lips with damp cotton pads and then patting with a dry tissue or cotton pad.
-Apply a new layer of aftercare ointment after every cleanse and in between if needed.
-Drink through a straw for 5 days or until scabbing has concluded.
-Be cautious with food and make sure food does not touch the treated area for 5 days or until scabbing has concluded. Try to avoid extremely spicy or salty foods for this period as this would likely affect the healing process and pigment retention.
-Apply Vaseline or healing ointment before brushing your teeth or getting in the shower to avoid getting the healing area contaminated or wet for 5 days or until scabbing has concluded.
-Do not touch lips for 5 days or until scabbing has concluded.
-If cold sores appear, stop using aftercare ointment on cold-sore affected area and use a special ointment for cold sores.
-Stress, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and failure to follow the aftercare guidance can all contribute to poor healing.
Long Term Care:
-Lip balm with an SPF will elongate the life of you lip blushing
-If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure or an MRI scan, please inform the technician of your micro-pigmentation enhancement.