Aftercare is a vital part of your treatment. Failure to follow the aftercare instructions may lead to your treatment failing to heal properly or as desired. Please ensure that you read, understand and follow the aftercare plan below. If you are unsure about any of the instructions, you must contact us as soon as possible so that we can clarify them for you.
Good aftercare is absolutely essential for your lips to heal with the best results. While can’t avoid using your lips there are a number of ways that you can protect them during the healing process. Permanent make up is applied by breaking the top layer of skin to insert colour in the lower layers. Your body then heals these breaks like any other cut. The healing process takes up to 14 days, however it can take longer if your immune system is compromised, or if you are stressed or keep a generally poor diet. Following your treatment, you should expect to experience some or all of these symptoms for up to 4 days. These are all part of the normal healing process.
- Swelling and redness.
- Flaking and mild itchiness as the lips heal
- You may also experience dry skin for up to 3 weeks.
Post treatment, your selected colour will be stronger and sharply defined for 4 – 5 days before the top layer of skin sheds away. It will then appear as if little or no colour is present. This is completely normal and over the following two weeks the colour will blossom into a softer version of the original colour.
For the first 2 days
Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack as necessary. Ensure the ice pack is wrapped in muslin or a similar material so that it does not stick to the surface of your lip. Do not apply ice directly onto your lips. Over the counter remedies such as antihistamines and ibuprofen can also help reduce swelling.
For the following 7 days
Apply the aftercare healing balm every day, twice a day using a cotton bud.
To minimise the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before applying the balm and only use a separate cotton bud for each application. Never dip a cotton bud back into the aftercare balm after it has been on your lips.
If you need to clean your lips in the first week, gently wipe them with a make-up pad or sponge dipped into cooled boiled water and gently pat them dry using a clean tissue.
Do not use a make-up remover or other artificial wipe.
During the first 7 days we also recommend that you use a gentle facial cleanser to freshen your skin rather than soap and water. Apply a layer of Vaseline to your lips before you clean your face, to avoid them getting wet. You should also apply a layer of Vaseline before brushing your teeth for the same reason. Gently remove the Vaseline with a make-up pad or sponge once you have finished.
For the first two weeks
Do not expose your lips to direct sun, tanning treatments, Jacuzzis, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools and direct shower spray. Do not receive bleaching, waxing, electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments close to your enhancement. All of these can affect the healing process or cause infection.
Some itching is normal, however you must not pick, peel or rub your enhancement as the colour may heal unevenly and you will risk infection, which in turn could lead to scarring. Always allow the colour to flake away by itself.
Do not apply make-up close to, or on your lips for at least 3 days post treatment.
Do not eat spicy spicy, salty or highly dyed food and drink for 3 days. You should, also drink through a straw for 3 days.
To prevent infection, do not kiss for 5 days after treatment.
Do not use or have any skincare beauty treatments for 5 days after treatment.
If you have ever had a cold sore, then lip treatments may trigger an outbreak. To help prevent this, you must use an anti-herpes medication, such as Zovirax 5 times daily for the first 7 days after treatment. If an outbreak does occur it will generally begin on day 3 of the healing process.
Once your lips have healed fully, you may notice some unevenness of colour. This is not uncommon and a control treatment is included in your initial cost to rectify any blemishes or uneven tones. You should book this treatment within the first 3 months of your initial treatment. If you do not attend a control visit in the first three months, then you may be charged for a touch-up appointment. Any cancellations for control treatments should be made with 48 hours notice. If you do not attend your appointment without cancelling, you will be charged for any further treatments.
Long Term Care
Use a good sunscreen. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or an MRI scan, please inform the technician of your permanent cosmetics. Please inform the National Blood Service if you donate blood, as you may not be eligible to give blood for a year post application.