WHAT IS COSMETIC LIP TATTOOING?
Cosmetic tattooing or PMU (permanent makeup) is a similar process to getting a regular ink tattoo. Changing the size, shape and colour of your lips, is safe and easy with cosmetic tattooing. You can have a soft blended line giving more definition and fullness. Or, you can fill in the whole lip with either a natural looking colour to keep them simple, or a more vibrant colour to give a lipstick effect.
There are many colours to choose from, but please be aware that even the lightest most natural healed colours will start off looking darker/brighter as you will lose approx. 50% of colour as the healing process takes place.
Your cosmetic tattooist will use a brand-new needle to inject mineral-based pigments into the skin. Unlike tattoo ink though, the pigment is powder-based, making the colours appear more natural looking rather than to the grey/green colour that can occur in ink tattoos over time. Despite being referred to as ‘permanent’, modern-day cosmetic tattoos use powder pigments which fade more naturally.
So, think of it as a ‘semi-permanent’ procedure that needs a touch up after a few years.
The process is a simple one. Your tattooist will draw the outline of your lips, making sure that you are happy with the result. A numbing cream will then be applied and allowed to sit for about 20 minutes. Using a fresh needle, your cosmetic tattoo artist will begin to apply colour. To ensure minimal discomfort, numbing cream can be re-applied if needed.
PREPARATION FOR GETTING LIP TATTOO
There are several things you will need to avoid in preparation for your treatment, as you would if getting eyebrow microblading or a body. Avoid using the following items at least 24 hours before your procedure:
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, alcoholic beverages
- Caffeine (coffee and tea)
- Fish oil
- Vitamin E
It might sound strange, but vitamins such as fish oil, niacin, and vitamin E may cause your blood to thin, as does aspirin, ibuprofen, and alcohol.
Most importantly, if you’ve been using any retinol-based products or prescription-strength acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A, it is highly recommended to stop using these around your mouth area for at least 30 days prior to your lip treatment, as it makes your skin so much more sensitive during the procedure and can hinder the healing process.
Exfoliating your lips with a gentle facial scrub or a soft toothbrush every night up to 7 days before your appointment can maximise colour retention and assist with the healing process.