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Permanent Makeup
Aftercare Instructions


The area treated may be a little pink, swollen, bruised and tender for a few hours afterwards.


The colour can look more intense – this is quite normal. 

DO NOT PANIC if your lips appear bright. This is due to the pigment oxidizing in the skin and is NOT your final colour. Your new lips will go through several phases during the healing cycle. 


The pigment will appear very intense 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 color of the pigment will soften gradually. Your new lips can also appear a little fuller than they will be at the final result. The colour will shrink back a little during the healing process. 


Usually within 5-15 days the color will fade 40- 50%, soften, and look more natural. 


It is not unusual to have a bit of a “freak out” about your new lips. We look at our faces several times a day, and even small changes can take time to get used to. In these instances, the best thing to do is stop looking in the mirror! – remember the process involves two steps. Small changes to shape and colour can be done at your second appointment if needed. 


Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it could be dry and chapped. Scabbing is possible. 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 skin. (DO NOT PICK!!!!) Colour can seem like it disappears but usually reappears or “blooms” a few weeks after the session – any that does not retain will be amended at your top up session. 


It is essential that you follow these instructions after your permanent makeup session. 

Lips will be tender at first and may be a little dry and crusty for a couple of days. 

Blot and reapply a thin aftercare balm often to keep them from drying out too much.


  • After sleeping, crust may have formed. Loosen crust with water or balm, blot and reapply ointment. A lint free tissue should be used to blot.

  • Drink through a straw and choose foods you can eat with a fork without touching lips. Avoid citrus fruits, hot drinks, spicy foods etc.

  • Do not stretch lips while they are healing with big smiles, or pucker lips with smoking. This creates tension. Lip skin is a continuation of the delicate mucous membrane in the mouth. It is not strong like normal skin.

  • Around day three, lips stop oozing and can start peeling.

  • You may relieve the chapped lip feeling by lightly massaging the lips with aftercare balm on them using gentle circular motions with a finger. The massage helps get loose skin off that is ready to come off without yanking out skin that is not ready to come off. The massage relieves the chapped feeling for several hours, then it returns, and you can massage again. Allow it to flake off on its own.

  • Picking off skin prematurely will cause pigment loss and could cause scarring. The edges or lip liner will be the last to fall off. Pulling this off will result in an uneven splotchy line or an indented scar.

  • Try to keep toothpaste off lips while healing, and do not bleach teeth.

  • During the peeling process it may look like there is not much color there. Color is more apparent by the second week. Final result is not judged for 2 months.

  • If you begin having pain on the 3rd or 4th day after being pain-free, it is usually one of three things: 1) Infection, 2) Cold sore, or 3) Allergic contact dermatitis from aftercare balm. Please seek medical attention right away.

  • The chapped feeling subsides over a period of weeks. Certain lip balms create the problem. Do not use anything made for cold sores or blisters (Carmex, Blistex) because although they initially feel moisturizing, it will dry the lips out.

  • Do not touch your lips without first washing your hands.

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