Semi-Permanent Lips

Semi-permanent makeup for the lips enhances the beauty of natural lips, corrects asymmetry, add definition and fullness. With the help of semi-permanent makeup it is possible to de-emphasize age lines around lips and correct fading colour of the lips that is always associated with aging. The colour is customized for every client, and therefore you can be sure to achieve desired effect.

Benefits of Treatment: 

Correct asymmetry

Add definition and fullness

De-emphasize age lines

Correct color

  • Pricing
  • Pre-Procedure
  • Post-Care

Procedures and Pricing: 

Lip Contour (Liner) $400

Full Lips (Liner + Colour Fill) $800

All procedures include a 6 week touch-up session.

Touchup Sessions:

Lip Contour (Liner) within 1 year of initial procedure $150

Lip Contour (Liner) within 2 years of initial procedure $200

Full Lips (Liner + Colour Fill) within 1 year of initial procedure $300

Full Lips (Liner + Colour Fill) within 2 years of initial procedure $400

After 2 years of initial procedure full price

Pre-Procedure Considerations:

  • When scheduling an appointment date for a semi permanent lips procedure, keep in mind the healing time of the procedure. You will need a few days afterward without social plans or strenuous activity. You will not look your best (swelling, oozing, & looks like wet paint) so plan activities around the house. Plan a shopping trip ahead of time for items you will need: ointments, straws, napkins for blotting, Q-tips, OTC pain reliever, prescriptions, a good book or movies.

  • Get ahead on your dirty work - no lawn mowing or chores that will get dirt/ bacteria on the healing area.

  • Do not have a procedure right before going on vacation because

  • You need healing time – you will not look like you had a makeover at the mall,

  • You may not be able to avoid sun, wind, or other items listed in post-care instructions,

  • If you had a question or permanent makeup problem it would be best to be near your permanent makeup artist and local physician.

  • Do not wear your good clothes for the procedure because pigment might splatter on them. Pigment washes out of most clothes, but not your favourite ones. 

  • Wear something comfortable. We have heated throw blankets if you get cold easily.

  • If you get cold sores you will need an antiviral prescription. Physician usually instructs to begin taking it 3 days before procedure, for a 7-10 day course.

  • If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. Most physicians are giving a 3 week ok, after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane. Permanent makeup artists have noticed poor colour retention in lips that have received collagen injections within the previous 6 months, longer for Restylane. There has even been a little pigment migration along lip edges with Restylane. It may be best not to have lip filler injections and permanent lip colour within the same year. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to mature about 6 months before tattooing on top of it.

  • Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. 

  • Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection.

  • Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count. Cutaneous candidiasis/ candidosis is more common in older women (angular stomatitis - perlèche, angular cheilitis). Recent antiobiotic 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 you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The bacteria-yeast balance in the mouth can get out of whack, and the oral 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.

Post-Procedure After-Care Instructions:

Cold packs have not shown to make a noticeable difference in reducing permanentmakeup swelling, but they feel good on the skin and are a comfort measure. Cooling askin wound is beneficial; freezing it is not. Using refrigerator temperature cold packs issafer for damaged dermis than freezer temperature cold packs. The traumatized tissue isalready in a delicate condition and can get frost damage. Slight cooling of the skin a fewtimes after a permanent makeup procedure can be done by applying wet tea bags,cloths, or gel compresses that were placed in the refrigerator (not freezer) in a ziplockbag. If you like to use bags of frozen peas, place a wet washcloth between your skin andthe bag. Clients that leave it alone and let nature take its course heal better than the onesthat frantically try to help the process. Cold packs are contraindicated for anyone withpoor skin circulation, Raynaud’s, cold allergy/ cold urticaria, and other skin/ vascular/blood disorders that react to cold temperatures.

Inappropriate/overuse use of ice packs on fragile facial skin may cause cryotherapy complications. The freezing can cause ice crystals to form in the skin cells and damage them. Additional swelling can rush in after removal of the ice pack as skin warms. In short, your efforts to reduce swelling with repeat freeze-warm cycles can have the opposite effect and increase swelling. The ice pack initiates primary constriction of blood vessels, then in response, vessels dilate and the area swells (reactive hyperemia of skin microcirculation). Oxygen is needed to heal wounds. Prolonged application of extreme cold reduces the blood flow that brings oxygen to the skin cells and may cause wound hypoxia and acidosis. A certain amount of skin perfusion pressure (SPP) is needed to maintain transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcPO2) for healing. Hypothermia increases risk of infection by reducing tissue oxygenation in hypoperfused tissues. Oxidative killing by neutrophils is a defense against pathogens, and rate of bacterial killing depends on sufficient tissue oxygenation. 

  • A permanent makeup procedure is the equivalent of a skin-deep wound - like a scratch you might get around the house. Expect it to ooze a little, scab a little, and heal in a similar time frame.

  • May cool the skin a few times after permanent makeup procedure with cold pack (or wet and chill chamomile tea bags) for 10 min. every couple of hours the first day. Don’t overdo it. May switch to warm moist pack (or tea bags) after the second day.

  • Keep moist at all times with healing ointment while outer healing occurs ( 7-10 days). Use healing ointment continuously throughout the day until outer healing is complete. Clients do best with water soluble or non-comedogenic / pore clogging products, that let the skin breathe - especially for the prolonged use of ointment for lip tattoo. If a product stings or burns when you apply it do not use it.

  • Notify permanent makeup artist or physician at first sign of allergic reaction or infection. If you suspect a problem is developing, the first thing to do is switch the type of ointment you are using. The ointment is often causing the problem. An occasional slight healing itch is normal. Constant intense itching, abnormal thick yellow discharge, yellow crust, hot burning pain, lumps, bumps, and blisters are not normal.

  • Avoid strenuous activity for 2 days. Increased blood pressure and dilated blood vessels increases swelling and oozing. Also, sweat running into a wound stings.

  • No Scrubbing. Do not rub, wipe, or scratch area. Use patting motions only.

  • Keep area clean. Blot or rinse off oozing. Soap/cleansers may be used as long as they are not alcohol based and do not have anti-aging acids or acne acids in it. Some cleansing chemicals might burn or bleach. If you wouldn’t use a product on any other type of injury, don’t use it on the healing permanent makeup. Rinse and pat dry.

  • Do not expose the area to full pressure of the shower. You don’t want the water to beat on it, but water will not erase the tattoo despite the myths being told. Not keeping it clean sets it up for infection. Germs love the extra warmth generated by inflamed tissue, and they like the moistness provided by the oozing and ointment. Germs will be breeding in it. Clean it and keep ointment on it. Scabs that dry out take longer to heal off.

  • Do not smash your face in a pillow while sleeping, especially the first couple of days. The skin is drilled full of holes and can tear or kink. The compressed tissue does not get adequate flow of blood and oxygen. The dependent side swells more, can ooze more, and have more colour loss.

  • Do not expose to sun or tanning bed while outer healing progresses. Use of sunblock after healing is completed will help prevent premature fading.

  • Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water for 2 weeks.

  • Avoid environments that would cause dirt or germs to contact area while healing.

  • Do not apply topical cosmetics over area while healing.

  • Ibuprofen or your favourite pain reliever may be used to reduce swelling and discomfort.

  • Final healed result is at about 2 months. If a touchup is needed, it is not done any sooner than 2 months after the first procedure. Performing a touchup too early could cause scarring. Some colours take that long or longer to see how they are going to settle in and look. Free touchup period is within 1 year.

  • Many anti-aging products and services containing acids, lighteners, and exfoliates cause premature fading of pigment. Avoid pigmented area. Stay about 1/4 inch away from permanent makeup.

  • Do not use laser hair removal or foto-facial too close to pigmented area to avoid an accidental hit. Most laser operators know how protect a permanent makeup tattoo from the light by placing a tongue blade perpendicular/ 90° right angle against the edge of the brow or lip.