Cosmetic lip tattooing is a non-invasive procedure that involves the application of pigments to create fuller, plumper, more defined lips. Because women's lips normally change in shape and color as they age, a lot of women opt to choose lip tattooing to alter and enhance their lip color and shape for a more youthful look.
Also referred to as lip blushing, this semi-permanent cosmetic procedure is quite popular both for its aesthetic benefits and the convenience it offers. With this technique, women no longer have to worry about retouching their lips or cleaning up smudges. They can have full, gorgeous lips day in and day out.
Cosmetic lip tattoos aim to define lips and enhance their natural color. It works wonders for those born with naturally pale lips or those whose lips have changed in color through the passing years. Lip blushing aims to boost lip color and create an illusion of plumper, fuller and rosier lips.
$200 to $590
There are several factors to consider when deciding which cosmetic design to choose from:
Before the actual appointment, the patient needs to consult with a skilled tattooist regarding the design, risks, and cost of the procedure. Reminders are also given during this time regarding the dos and don'ts before and during treatment.
The process itself takes only about 1-3 hours. It starts with the administration of a local numbing agent on your lips so that pain and discomfort are minimized.
While waiting for the anesthesia to take effect, the tattooist will briefly go over the design you chose, the desired color and shape, and the documents which need your approval,
The pigment is then administered to the lips using small, fine needles and repeated in layers to create a more even tone.
Discomfort varies among individuals since we all have our pain threshold.
After the treatment, the lips might be swollen and may take a few weeks to resolve,
A follow-up consultation is recommended after 8 weeks, to allow enough time for the colors to fully develop.
The following recommendations are advised before treatment:
We understand you may want to change your plans due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its health implications.
Like any other treatment, a cosmetic tattoo on the lips carries with it a few risks. Given its growing popularity, it is important to understand these risks and how they can be avoided.
What color will my lips be after a blush tattoo?
There is a wide variety of colors available to choose from when having a lip blush treatment. The resulting color depends on the choice that you made during your discussion with the tattooist. Your choice should be based on the look you want to achieve, your personal preferences, and your natural lip color.
Full recovery will take about a month and it is during this time that you can assess the resulting color.
How will my lips look immediately after the appointment?
Just after the procedure, your lips will feel dry and chapped. There will also be some swelling and the color will be a lot darker than what is expected. Swelling will subside in a few days and the color will start to lighten. It may take a few weeks before you finally see the full results of the treatment.
What does the healing process look like after a blush tattoo?
After treatment, your lips will be darker and larger than usual, making it appear like you have fillers. Within a few days, your lips will dry up and flakes will start to appear. The swelling will also start to subside and after the flakes have fallen off, the color will start to lighten starting from the inside to the edges.
What should I know about long-term care?
A cosmetic lip tattoo is a semi-permanent treatment that requires maintenance and regular touch-ups to stay at its best.
Many factors determine how quickly a lip blush fades, some of which are your skin type, skin tone, the pigment used, and your daily lifestyle. For best results, a yearly touch-up is recommended.
Is cosmetic tattooing the same as body tattoos?
Although they have certain similarities with the way treatments are done, which is introducing color by piercing the area with needles, a traditional body tattoo is different from a cosmetic tattoo in many ways.
Pigments used with cosmetic tattoos are semi-permanent and eventually fade in time. Traditional Tattoo inks on the other hand are set deeper in the skin. It is permanent and does not need touch-ups or maintenance.
Cosmetic tattoos are done using a permanent make-up tool, while body tattoos make use of a tattoo gun.
How permanent is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattoos are semi-permanent and fade in time. While it normally lasts for 1-3 years, there are some instances when these types of tattoos last for decades. A lot of factors determine how fast a cosmetic tattoo fades. This includes a person's natural skin color, medical conditions, and the type of pigment used during the treatment.
Generally, a touch-up is recommended every 2-3 years to preserve the color and beauty of a cosmetic tattoo.