“I’m nothing short of obsessed with the results. I get compliments on my “natural” lip color regularly; I’ve come up with a quick, automated response that they’re not natural, actually, they are tattooed, but not in a scary way. Tonya was so professional I get many services done by her now. – Mueller
Beautiful sensual lips are created by adding natural color where needed, achieving instant fullness and definition. Subtle corrections can be made to thin, uneven or unsymmetrical lips and the size and shape can be altered as desired. Facial lines around the mouth are instantly camouflaged and lipstick bleed is eliminated.
Many people request color similar to that of an infant – a very natural soft pinkish/red. Others desire a more dramatic effect. During your consultation you can discuss how much color you desire. The intensity of desired color will determine the amount of touch-ups that will be required. Most lip procedures require at least one touch up.
How long does it take
The appointment is scheduled for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Applying lip color is the most laborious of all permanent makeup procedures. Lips are muscles, different than skin.
- When you arrive to your appointment Tonya will immediately get your numbing cream on (this is a Lignocaine & Tetracaine based product.) During the numbing process (approximately 20 minutes)
- Tonya will take a before pictures and will now be ready to chat about your desired look and color. Your lips may be a little tender to start with, but once the process is underway, Tonya will continue using the numbing.
- Once finished with the tattooing, you’ll discuss aftercare, and take some after photos to compare.
Tonya will see you in 4-6 weeks for your perfecting session. The time between appointments gives the skin time to heal and lets the color settle. The second appointment will not take as long. Tonya will see how your skin has held the pigment and can make any adjustments to color or shape as needed. But really this appointment is exactly as described- it’s all about the perfecting of your new lips.
Healing usually takes about a week. However, please allow a few days if you have an event or special occasion coming up. Tonya tells clients not to micro-analyze their lips until 30 days as that is when you will know your completely-healed pigment. Your new permanent lips will go through several phases during the healing cycle. The pigment will appear very bright and bold immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The pigment for lips has to be brighter and bolder so that it will heal to a seen color. The color of the pigment will soften gradually, and you may see some pigment on your towel after washing your face, or on your pillowcase – do not be alarmed.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, the lips may become chapped and peel. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly; however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your lips. After a couple of days, this will subside. Don’t pick or scratch. Once completely healed, you are strongly encouraged to apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your lips when exposed to the sun, as sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
Does it hurt
Of all permanent makeup procedures, lip coloring is the most sensitive. Tonya uses prescription numbing. It is more uncomfortable than painful. Please take a few Tylenol 30 minutes before procedure.
Choosing a color
Tonya strongly recommends “natural” lip colors. You can always enhance or change the color of your lips at anytime with conventional makeup for special occasions. On days when you don’t feel you want an actual lipstick look your “natural” permanent lip color will be your best choice. This is Tonya’s opinion, however clients personal preferences will be honored.
How will I look
Your lips will look slightly larger than normal and look as though you may have had a slight lip filler injection. The “natural” lip color, however, will look quite dark, like lipstick. You need to know that the size of your lips will shrink back to about normal and the color will significantly fade up to 50% within the first 3 days. You will lose color on the inside of your lips first, the edges last. Just remember…all procedures must HEAL, PEEL and FADE! This process may take up to 10 days.
Lip filler and blushing
Lip fillers are great pairing with lip blush since it can help perfect the overall shape and fullness. If you plan on getting lip fillers before or after, please wait 8 weeks or longer. We would prefer if you did the lip filler fist before the blushing.
Can we go outside my lip line
Unfortunately, Lip Blushing should only be done in the natural line of the lips. The skin contains pores and hair, and is a completely different texture, which would end in uneven healing of the pigment. Not cute. There are however, special circumstances where corrective work can be done!
Tattooing the vermillion border (the place where your lips meet your skin) will alone enhance the size of your lips and will also look very natural.
How do I prepare for the lip procedure
You MUST understand that if you have EVER had chicken pox, a fever blister, or a cold sore, you MUST take Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex or other anti-viral pre and post procedure to help prevent the outbreak of cold sores. There are NO exceptions to this rule! If you do have an outbreak, it will usually occur on the third (3rd) day following lip color application. This rule holds true for each and every time you have any amount of permanent lip color applied.
You will need to call your physician in order to obtain your prescription strength anti-viral medication. You must inform them of your decision to have your lips permanently colored and they will need to call your prescription in for you to pick up at your pharmacy.
Lip color requires frequent color boosts or touch-ups as compared to other permanent makeup procedures due to the fact that the lips are very vascular and the body metabolizes the lip color at a rapid rate compared to other body parts which are not as vascularized. 8-12 months may be needed
Waiting too long
Waiting too long requires repeating the new procedure again and is priced accordingly. It is best to stay current (once a year) for lip color maintenance procedures.
- Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen or have any alcohol 24 hours prior to and after your appointment.
- Take a non-aspirin pain reliever 30 minutes before.
- Discontinue Retin A skin care products close to the lip area two weeks prior and for two weeks after your procedure.
- Discontinue use of AHA skin care products close to the brow area one week prior to your procedure.
- No waxing, laser or electrolysis one week prior to procedure.
- Stop taking fish oil and vitamin E at least 72 hours before.
Aftercare will be discussed at your appointment, and you will leave with an aftercare goodie bag with instructions This includes everything needed to successfully take care of your areola’s and achieve the best healed results.
Although you will not need to take time off from work, you should keep your recovery period and after care in mind when scheduling your procedure appointments around work, social, or travel plans.
What if I am pregnant
You cannot have this treatment done if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Who is not ideal for this procedure
- Someone with diabetes type 1 or 2 (Prone to slow healing and infection) can discuss further if it’s under control
- Someone who has Thyroid/Graves’ Disease (Medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)
- Someone pregnant or nursing.
$645 – Includes your first procedure and your 4-6 week perfecting session, post-op ointment and a soft comfortable ice pack.
Occasionally a 3rd session is needed to get desired results. This can be due to health reasons and skin related issues and is unpredictable. A $100 set up fee will apply and must be completed within 2 months of second appointment. Regular Touch up prices is $175 and goes up at 2 years.
Future touch-up costs
$175 – Full Color Refresher within 1-2 years
$225 – After 2 years since last visit
$350 – After 3 years since last visit
Full Price – After 4 years