Lip Tattoo Care

Lips Tattoo Pre + Post Care

For optimal results and the longevity of your tattoo, it is strongly advised to adhere to the Pre & Post Care instructions provided by SARAH. Please note that this information serves as a guiding reference, and results cannot be guaranteed. Each client’s skin reacts uniquely, affecting the healing duration and the number of sessions required for color retention and desired outcomes. Taking diligent care of your lips during the healing process and afterward is crucial for the best possible outcome.

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Lips Tattoo Pre-Care

Make and use this lip scrub: Combine half a teaspoon of sugar with 2 to 3 drops of olive oil, then gently apply it to your lips. Use this scrub three days prior to your treatment.

Strict adherence to pre-care instructions is essential to minimize bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessive bleeding and sensitivity during the procedure may dilute and expel pigment color, leading to unsatisfactory results.

Key pre-care steps include:

  1. Antiviral Medication: Contact your physician for a prescription of antiviral medication (Valtrex, Zovirax, or others) both before and after the procedure, especially if you’ve had a history of chickenpox, fever blisters, or cold sores. Start taking the medication two days before and continue for two days post-procedure.

  2. Skin Condition: Ensure the skin is free of irritations, including blemishes, eczema, and psoriasis.

  3. Accutane Medication: Refrain from Accutane medication for at least one year before undergoing a Cosmetic Tattoo.

  4. Lip Fillers: Wait 5-6 weeks after getting lip fillers, and at least six weeks after Restylane injections to avoid poor color retention and pigment migration.

  5. Blood-Thinning Substances: Stop taking Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Glucosamine, Evening Primrose Oil, or Ginger one week prior to the appointment, as they may thin the blood and affect pigment implantation.

  6. Skincare Products: Discontinue using anti-aging, skin-brightening, or anti-acne products, particularly those with Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Vitamin A, or for 30 days before the appointment. Resume usual skincare routine six weeks post-final session.

  7. Facials and Treatments: Avoid facials, microdermabrasion, microneedling, peels, or laser treatments for at least four weeks before the appointment.

  8. Lip Implants: Wait six months after a lip implant before getting a Cosmetic Tattoo.

  9. Blood-Thinning Medication: Refrain from blood-thinning medications and supplements for a minimum of 72 hours before the procedure. Consult your doctor before discontinuing these medications.

  10. Physical Activity: Do not engage in intense workouts on the day of the procedure.

  11. Sun Exposure: Avoid sun tanning or tanning beds for two weeks before the procedure. Sunburned skin will affect pigment retention.

  12. Scars: Ensure scars from surgery or injury are healed for at least one year before the service.

  13. Alcohol and Caffeine: Refrain from consuming alcohol, coffee, or other caffeine products 24 hours before the procedure.

  14. Menstrual Cycle: Note increased sensitivity during your menstrual cycle.

  15. Rest and Hydration: Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water before the procedure.

Failure to follow pre-care instructions may result in forfeiting your appointment and deposit.

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Lips Tattoo Post-Care


After the cosmetic tattoo procedure, your lips will initially appear bold, akin to lipstick. They might seem slightly larger, reminiscent of lip filler injections, which is temporary and lasts a day or two. Subsequently, the color will fade up to 50% within the first 3 days, with the inner lips losing color first and the edges retaining color longer.

During the healing process (Days 1–10), common symptoms include swelling, redness, tenderness, flaking, and mild itchiness. A protective scab may form in the first 12-48 hours, requiring gentle cleaning to avoid crusting and promote proper healing. The lips should be kept clean and moisturized with the provided ointment.

Key considerations during the healing period:

  1. Ice Application: Apply ice packs protected with a clean barrier film for 10-minute intervals in the first 24 hours to reduce swelling. Avoid direct ice contact with the skin.

  2. Symptoms: Swelling, redness, tenderness, flaking, mild itchiness, and dry skin may persist for up to 3 weeks.

  3. Cleaning Routine: Use water wipes for cleansing in a padding motion, apply ointment with a gentle touch, and allow lips to flake naturally. Avoid aggressive movements and never apply ointment on a wet tattoo.

  4. Avoiding Actions: Refrain from rubbing, picking, or stretching lips during healing. Avoid direct sun exposure, smoking, kissing, and heavy sweating.

  5. Dietary Considerations: Choose foods that can be consumed with a fork without touching the lips. Avoid hot, spicy, salty, and acidic foods for the first 2 weeks, and drink liquids through a straw for 3 days.

  6. Skincare Products: Avoid exfoliants, acids, and skincare products with specific ingredients for 30 days. Use a fresh pillowcase, avoid sleeping on your face, and refrain from facials, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments for at least 4 weeks.

  7. Cosmetic Injections: Do not have cosmetic injections on lips for at least three weeks prior to the appointment.

  8. Post-Procedure Care: Refrain from using Blistex, Carmex, or Chapstick while healing. Avoid tasks involving heavy household cleaning and cosmetic injections on lips for at least three weeks prior to the appointment.


  • Healing may take up to 10 days, depending on factors like immune system health and stress.
  • Sun damage, scar tissue, and implants may affect results.
  • Hyperpigmentation can occur without warning.
  • True results become apparent after 28 days of skin sloughing.
  • Lips may need 1 to 3 sessions for complete enhancement.
  • Use a new lipstick after all lip treatments.
  • Touch-up after 6-8 weeks is crucial for refining results.
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Long Term Care

Following the touch-up session, your cosmetic tattoo is designed to last between 3 to 5 years. However, maintaining the desired shape and color depth requires future touch-up appointments. Failure to schedule these touch-ups may result in gradual lightening of the color. The extent of fading depends on factors such as skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color, broken capillaries, and iron deficiency. To ensure your lips always look their best, consider scheduling a touch-up once a year for optimal results.

Key considerations for maintaining your cosmetic tattoo:

  1. Sun Protection: Apply a good sunscreen to your lips, especially if you plan to spend extended periods in the sun. Sun exposure can fade your cosmetic tattoo over time. Daily use of a lip balm with SPF is recommended to preserve the color.

  2. Special Procedures: Inform technicians about your cosmetic tattoo if you plan to undergo chemical peels, laser procedures, or MRI scans. The pigments contain iron-oxide, and careful application is necessary to avoid affecting the tattooed area. Laser treatments, in particular, should be avoided on the pigmented area, as they may cause the pigment to turn black.

  3. Avoid Certain Products: Refrain from using hydroquinone, or any rapid skin exfoliation products regularly on the brow area, as they can cause premature fading of your cosmetic tattoo. Similarly, avoid chemical peels, acid peels, or hyperpigmentation-targeting products on the forehead region.

  4. Exfoliating Products: Products with exfoliating properties, including cleansers, scrubs, and those with acne-fighting ingredients, should be avoided. These may lead to rapid exfoliation of the skin containing the pigment, increasing the risk of premature fading.

By adhering to these guidelines and taking proactive measures, you can extend the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo and enjoy consistent and desirable results over time.

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