How long does it take?
The entire procedure should take about 2-3 hours. We follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure. The client is to come in for a follow-up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
Lip area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 50% as it heals. In the following days, the color will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the procedure. The lips will lighten up in color as it heals. No downtime is required after procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch-up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and the outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch-up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch-up session is when we refine your lips to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure, your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.