What is lip blush?

Lip blush is a semi-permanent tattooing procedure to add definition, symmetry and give a beautiful tint of colour to your lips. The pigment of your choice will be deposited into the upper layer of the skin to enhance your natural lips.

Are you a suitable candidate for lip blush tattoo?

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You are NOT pregnant or nursing
  • You have been OFF Accutane for at least six months
  • You do NOT have HIV, Hepatitis or any other infections or viral diseases
  • You are not taking any medications that thin your blood including ibuprofen
  • You are not prone to infections

Does getting lip blush tattoo hurt?

Yes, it is slightly painful and may cause discomfort but is completely bearable. Please remember that lip blush is a TATTOOING procedure and the use of a tattooing machine will be used to implant pigment into the upper layer of the skin. However, you will be numbed topically before and throughout your appointment. Please DO NOT take any pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol before your appointment. This will cause your blood to thin and in turn, you will bleed easier which will push the pigment out right away causing your appointment to take LONGER than necessary.

Can I get lip blush if I have lip fillers?

Yes, lip blush does not impact your lip filler in any way, and vice versa. Please allow a MINIMUM of 4 weeks between your filler and lip blush tattooing appointment. It does not matter in what order you get these services, however, if you are getting lip filler after your lip blush appointment, I would recommend 6-8 weeks between your appointments so that the lip colour has the chance to fully intensify and heal.

Do I need a touchup?

Lip blush is a multisession service and it is highly recommended to get at least one touchup after your initial appointment depending on your natural lip tissue and retention of pigment. You will want to consider an upwards of 3 touchups if your lips are hyper-pigmented to achieve your desired results.

On touchup sessions, we can alter the shape and colour of your tattoo and fill in spots that didn’t retain pigment as well as to ensure an even saturation of the lip. Getting a touchup will also add longevity to the life of your tattoo.

Touchups can be booked no sooner than 6 weeks after your initial appointment. This is to ensure that your lips have fully healed and the healed colour has fully bloomed and intensified.

Does this procedure trigger cold sores/fever blisters?

Yes, during this procedure, your lip will go through a minimal amount of trauma that will most likely trigger a cold sore outbreak if you are prone to cold sores or if you have ever had colds sores in the past. To prevent a cold sore flare up, you need to get an antiviral medication to take before and after your appointment. Please follow your physicians directions. Cold sore outbreaks can affect your healed results of the lip blushing procedure.

Can we overline the lips with the lip blushing tattoo procedure?

ONLY to correct symmetry and ONLY a maximum of 2mm over the lip line. Tattooing on the skin versus the lips will give very different results as the skin on the face heals unpredictably different than the lips and will appear unnatural and extremely noticeable.

Preparing for your lip blush appointment:

  • Do not drink any caffeine or alcohol or smoke for 24 hours before your appointment. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking can thin the blood causing excessive bleeding and sensitivity during your appointment.
  • Avoid any blood thinners such as Tylenol, Advil, and fish oil supplements 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Please allocate 4 hours for your lip blushing appointment.
  • If you have the simplex virus herpes (cold sores- dormant,) you MUST get antiviral medication prescribed by your physician to take before and after your lip blush appointment to help prevent an outbreak. If you are going through an outbreak at the time of your appointment you NEED TO RESCHEDULE.
  • Please allocate at least 4 weeks in-between your lip blushing procedure and any lip filler, chemical peels, or laser skin resurfacing.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize your lips CONSTANTLY before your appointment. Having a smooth, hydrated lip will help your lips retain pigment way more than dry lips.

The healing process:

Immediately after your procedure you will notice your lips are more pigmented than your desired colour. This is perfectly normal as the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin and most of the colour closest to the top of your skin will flake off in the healing process. Your lips will fade 40%-60% once they have gone through the full healing cycle, taking about 6-8 weeks. You will also notice quite a bit of swelling, this is because of the irritation the tattooing process has caused to your lips. Rest assured the swelling will subside within a couple of days.

While healing, you will go through some scabbing and flaking of the skin on your lips. DO NOT PICK OR EXFOLIATE THIS OFF. If you pick at the scabbing/dry skin it may disrupt your skins ability to retain the pigment in that area. Remember to keep your lips hydrated throughout the healing process. After the pigment has flaked off, your lips may look like they’ve lost all the pigment deposited into them, however the colour will begin to intensify and bloom over the course of the next few weeks. This is why it is recommended to get a touchup NO SOONER than 6 weeks.