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Lip blushing is a type of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing procedure achieved by depositing pigments in your lips using small needles. While also sometimes called lip tattooing, this is more of a cosmetic enhancement rather than traditional tattoo art. Lip blushing focuses on altering both color and shape to create younger-looking, more symmetrical lips.
Does lip blushing hurt?
Your provider will apply a numbing product to your lips beforehand to help minimize pain and discomfort.
The lower your pain tolerance, the more discomfort you might feel. However, some people may not feel much pain at all. You may consider taking acetaminophen before your appointment to decrease your chances of feeling pain.
How permanent is it?
Lip blushing is considered a semipermanent procedure. This means you’ll need to repeat the process every few years to maintain your results.
Frequent lip exfoliation, sun exposure, and smoking can all make the pigment fade quicker.
Potential side effects and precautions:
Lip blushing carries the same side effects and risks of traditional tattooing. Minor side effects are to be expected, though they’ll decrease as your lips heal. These include:
So what happens in an appointment? First, there’s pout prep. A topical anesthetic is applied to pre-numb the lips for 20 minutes. Afterwards, the technician will draw the shape of the “new” lips so that you can evaluate and make any changes. The procedure takes place over the course of 2-3 hrs total. Once the appointment is completed, your lips may be swollen—it is a tattoo, after all—so you can ice them if necessary. Over the next week, your lips will start to heal, meaning they may scab, so it’s important to time this carefully around your schedule.
Lip blushing healing and aftercare
The healing process of lip blushing is similar to that of a tattoo. You’ll see swelling and redness, which you can help treat with ice or cold compresses. While it may be tempting to bandage your lips, you should let them air-dry for best results.
As your lips start to heal, the skin will scab for about a week. Do not pick at these scabs — this may cause scarring and uneven tone as your lip tattoo heals.
Place the aftercare we provide on your lips for relief and protection.
You may also consider avoiding intense workouts for a few weeks as your lips heal. Avoid direct sun exposure during this time, too. Don’t worry if your lips look darker than you anticipated; this is a normal side effect that will wear off as your lips heal.
Expect to see full results from lip blushing in about a month. Your provider may ask you to come in for a follow-up appointment at this time to assess your results.
A touch-up session may be required after a couple of months to achieve the precise color you want.