Soft, full lips make your face look healthy and beautiful. Whether you have lost pigmentation or shape due to ageing, scaring or you were born with thin or imperfect lips, it can affect your confidence and even cause an unhappy or grumpy facial expression without you even realising it! Unshapely lips can lead to endless hours and expense to constantly draw on a lovely,temporary lip line which is far from ideal,so what is the answer? Cosmetic fillers and lip plumping procedures can often result in worse ‘afters’ than ‘befores’ depending on the face’s ability to cope with the procedure and product.
It is possible however with expertly applied micro pigmentation, to not only correct a poorly defined lip line but to change the shape, lifting the corners and creating an upturned, youthful rose bud mouth, to give colour and to provide fullness and volume where before it seemed there was none.
The first part of the process is a consultation. This is normally done as part of your initial treatment, but can be done separately if you prefer. I will talk with you in great detail about the look you are trying to achieve and what I might recommend to you.
This is very much a two-way conversation. I listen, respond and advise. Once I have an idea of the look you are aiming for, I’ll draw the lip contour and colour on with a makeup pencil. This can be drawn on and adjusted 50 times if necessary! I will never begin the tattoo process until you are completely happy with what it is going to look like.
Using a specialist facial tattooing machine, which works at a much lower frequency than a standard tattoo machine, I will gently apply pigment to the lips using very fine needles. The sensation is that of an electric toothbrush being held against your skin – you feel the vibrations but you should not feel much discomfort. I will always work with you at this stage, giving you breaks if you need them. The process normally takes about 90 minutes, but it varies from person to person depending on your individual requirements. After a lip treatment you are likely to be slightly swollen, so we do not advise making any social plans for a few days afterwards.
A second appointment is needed 4-8 weeks after your first treatment. This is usually a 30-60 minute appointment to add more pigment to the lips. This is because as the area is healing, some parts may not ‘hold’ as well as others and you may have a few patches that need more colour. This is completely normal and everyone heals differently. Whatever the case, we advise you always come back to clinic for your retouch
Frequently Asked Questions
Before the treatment
Q. Should I bring my favourite lipstick?
A. If your aim is to have your favourite lipstick recreated, please bring it with you to the treatment. This will enable me to custom blend an appropriate permanent cosmetics pigment.
Q. Can permanent cosmetics cause cold sores?
A. Permanent cosmetics do not cause cold sores, however, if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the body and can be aroused by the treatment.
Q. I already have cold sores, can I have a lip treatment?
A. If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) it is advisable to contact your General Practitioner to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks, or obtain and use your regular medication from your local chemist. You should use for one week before and one week after your treatment. This can help to minimise an outbreak.
Q. I have a cold sore on my lip at the moment; can I have a lip treatment?
A. No. The outbreak must be fully healed in order for a permanent cosmetics lip treatment to be performed
Q. Can I have a lip wax or bleaching treatment before a lip treatment?
A. You should not undertake a lip wax or bleaching treatment for at least two weeks prior to your permanent cosmetics lip treatment.
Q. Will it hurt?
A. Lips can be a little more sensitive than brows or eyes, due to the larger surface area and greater blood supply. I will do my very best to reduce discomfort by using topical numbing cream throughout the treatment.
After the treatment
Q. What will my lips look like immediately after the treatment?
A. You may experience some swelling and redness immediately after the treatment. After this you may experience tenderness, flaking, dryness, swelling and redness for approximately 2-5 days after the treatment. If you are feeling less than 100% healthy it may take longer for your treatment to heal and symptoms may appear more prominent.
Q. Are there any foods I should avoid after the treatment?
A. If you have had a lip treatment, you should avoid eating spicy and salty foods until the area has healed. You should also drink liquids through a straw.
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