Before you come in:
You'll need a few things, so here's your excuse to go shopping:
Straws – come on now, no one wants to watch ya droolin'!
Paper towels for blotting – you may have some leaky areas which are TOTALLY normal and expected. It will look like a clear (or slightly tinted) liquid.
OTC Pain Reliever – just in case.
Prescription (if recommended)*– see note.
A good book or movie – we highly recommend hunkering down and chillin' out!
Let the house and yard go to hell! – no mowing the lawn or doing any chores that will get dirt/bacteria on the healing area.
Seriously, we'll write a note to your significant other getting you out of the dirty work...we have letterhead, it'll look pretty official.
DO NOT HAVE THE PROCEDURE BEFORE
YOU GO ON VACATION:
You'll need healing time.
You may not be able to avoid sun, wind, or any form of zombie apocalypse...hey, it may be a thing!
If you have a question or permanent makeup problem it would be best to be near your permanent makeup artist and local physician. You don't want a random artist giving you bad advice and neither do we!
Don't worry about being runway ready for the procedure because pigment might splatter on your clothing. Pigment washes out of most clothes, but of course not your favorite ones...Murphy's Law right? Wear something comfy. We have soft throw blankets if you get cold.
*If you get cold sores it's recommended to get an antiviral prescription. Generally if you inform your Doctor that you're going in for this procedure, chances are they'll prescribe an anti-viral medication such as Valtrex. Usually 2-3 pills will do the trick. Two the night before and one the day of, but we aren't Doctors – listen to their instructions if you get cold sores!
Consult with your Physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on your lips. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to heal about 6 months prior to tattooing on top of it.
Most Physicians or APRNs are giving a 3 week go ahead after lip injections like Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma etc.
Dentures, partials, braces, lip piercings, labret piercing or tongue piercings may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count
Frequent or recent sinus infection puts your lips at risk of infection. Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count. Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also. Just because ya' can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there!
The bacteria vs. yeast balance in the mouth can get out of whack, and the saliva will get in the holes made by tattooing lips. Lips can get infected easily. Bacterial infections clear up more quickly than Candida Albicans infections. It is possible to have a co-infection when both bacteria and fungus are involved. It is possible to get a candida infection right after clearing up a bacterial infection.