Your lips have probably exited the room before you! Needless to say, some swelling will be expected and they'll be tender. They'll have a deeper, thick lipstick look with a more intense looking color.
You may have a white ring around your lips that is called blanching. This means you're still numb around the area and it will subside within an hour.
For the first few days, the color is darker than it will appear when healed.
A lot less swelling by now, a thicker texture, are sore, but not terribly, and may have a hot feeling. They're preparing themselves to exfoliate!.
Exfoliation begins with very chapped lips. The color will become lighter as the skin begins to sloughs off. It will appear that lips have lost a lot of their pigment during this phase of healing; however, when your lips have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker.
This phase of chapping feels tight! But good thing is that your lips are nearly finished with the chapping phase of healing.
During this phase, lip color disappears and the frosty second chapping phase begins as a whitish haze on the lips.
Color blooms from within more and more each day until day 21 ( which is 3 weeks post-procedure).
You're healed now! The lip color you see is the color that you will have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm with SPF during the day, Aquaphor at night until you come back to see us for your perfecting session.
SOME DOs + DONTs:
Keep lips clean and moist, use a clean cool wet paper towel to wipe lips. Apply a generous amount of Aquaphor® as many times as necessary during the day to keep lips moist. Apply only with a Q-Tip. DO NOT USE DIRTY FINGERS.
Do not rub, scratch or pick the area. Try and keep makeup away from the lips for about 1 week after the procedure.
Avoid the sun as much as you can especially the first week. The sun fades permanent makeup. After 1 week a sun protection moisturizer, balm or chap stick can be worn to protect your investment.
Take steamy hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs for 10 days because this will cause the color to sweat out of the skin. Apply an extra coat of Aquaphor® before washing your face, bathing or showering. This will protect the healing area from bacteria, soap and other debris or particles. Always try and wash around the treated area.
Allow the lips to flake off on their own. Picking, scratching or rubbing can result in pigment loss that wasn't intended to happen.
Use any acidic or exfoliating products. Keep away from the area at all times (Retinols, Glycolic, or Hyaluronic Acid, etc). This may lighten and slowly remove the color.
Remember that 1 additional appointment (may be as much as 4) is needed after the initial procedure for lips. Everyone’s body is different and some people will not retain the pigmented color as long as others. Once the initial session and perfecting session are completed, the usual longevity for Lip Blush is 2 to 5 years depending on skin type and lifestyle.