What is Lip Contouring?

Lip Contouring also known as Shading is a great technique used to make minor corrections to your lip shape and color. A tattoo machine along with fine needles are used to penetrate color to the outermost layer of the lip skin.

Lip Contouring/Shading is performed in a safe and minimally invasive manner. However, it is important to disclose your underlying health conditions to your treatment specialist in order to avoid potential complications. If you have any of the conditions mentioned below, it is necessary to consult with your physician and obtain an approval prior to arranging your appointment:

Diabetes, history of Keloid scarring, on any type of blood thinner, pregnant/breastfeeding, have had any invasive or non-invasive procedures on lips or oral cavity in the last 6 months, received filler injections in the past 4 weeks and last but not least prone to cold sores or canker sores. (If you have any other medical conditions not listed above and you are unsure of proceeding, please contact us for more information.)

Touch up Session –A touch up session is generally not necessary for Lip Contour/Shading; however, it is very skin type specific. Your treatment specialist will follow 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment to discuss and arrange an appointment if needed.

PRE-CARE

  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine consumption 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid the sun and tanning one week prior to the procedure.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Please consult your physician before stopping your prescribed blood thinners.
  • No microdermabrasion or facial chemical peel one week before.
  • Please Note: Your skin might feel more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

AFTERCARE

7 days after the treatment:

  • Avoid swimming, sauna, sports, solarium and sunbathing, any natural or cosmetic products on the lip area.
  • Avoid touching your lips as much as possible.
  • Avoid scratching, peeling the dried flaky lip skin, scrubbing at the pigmented site, excessive firm rubbing and constant wetting of the skin

Frequently Asked Questions

Lip Contouring/Shading is performed in a safe and minimally invasive manner. However, it is important to disclose your underlying health conditions to your treatment specialist in order to avoid potential complications. If you have any of the conditions mentioned below, it is necessary to consult with your physician and obtain their approval prior to arranging your appointment:

  • Diabetes
  • History of Keloid scarring
  • On any type of blood thinner
  • Pregnant/Breastfeeding
  • Have had any invasive or non-invasive procedures on lips or oral cavity in the last 6 months
  • Received filler injections in the past 4 weeks
  • Prone cold sores or canker sores *

If you have any other medical conditions not listed above and you are unsure of proceeding, please contact us for more information.

* If you have had cold sores in the past, you are strongly recommended to consult your physician to obtain prescribed antiviral medication to prevent any cold sore breakout. Contact your treatment specialist for more information.

The lips are numbed using topical anesthetics both before and during the procedure. You might feel minor tingling/vibration or discomfort throughout the treatment.

The procedure takes approximately 3 hours. It includes pre-numbing, measuring and mapping out the lip shape most suitable for your facial structure. The treatment specialist will then confirm and obtain your approval and start the procedure.

A touch up session is generally not necessary for Lip Contour/Shading; however, it is very skin type specific. Your artist will follow up on you 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment to discuss and arrange an appointment if needed.

Immediately after the procedure, the pigment will appear relatively intense and the lips will be mildly swollen.

Day 1: lips must be cleansed with a damp cotton pad every 30 minutes. Do not be alarmed if pigment appears on the cotton pad. There will be color deposit remaining on the lip for 24 hours.

Day 2: cleaning frequency is reduced to every 2-3 hours.

Day 3 onwards: clean the lips three times a day and apply small amount of the provided cream. The lip skin will start to feel very dry at this point. The color might appear extremely faded and will reappear through the course of healing.

The lip healing process is approximately 7 days; however you are encouraged to continue monitoring the color changes for the 28 days.

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