Lip blushing, similar to microblading which is a semi-permanent tattoo used to darken and thicken eyebrows, has become a desirable treatment for those looking for the appearance of fuller lips. While cosmetic products can provide temporary plumping and lip fillers add volume, lip blushing tattoos help to bring out the natural color and outline of your lips. Is this procedure something you should consider? Let's take a look.
Lip Blushing Explained
Lip blushing is a semi-permanent tattoo that can give the effect of more volume and improve the color and shape of your lips. This procedure involves injecting color ink into your lips, as well as along the lip line to create a natural-looking result. In comparison to popular lip fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®, these products are gel-like substances made from hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in your skin. The gel is injected into lips so you can decide how full you want them to look - some are thin like water while others are thicker. Lip blushing enhances the hue of lips without adding volume whereas lip fillers add bulk without changing color.
How long will lip blushing last?
Lip blushing can last between two years and beyond, although factors like sun exposure and smoking can reduce its longevity. As this is a semi-permanent tattoo, the results are difficult to undo if you are unhappy with them. Costs for the procedure range from $500 to $1,500 depending on your location; however, it generally isn't covered by insurance.
What does the procedure entail?
Lip blushing is a cosmetic tattoo procedure which differs from traditional tattoos as it employs a small blade to make incisions in the skin, into which dye is inserted. It typically requires multiple sessions to achieve the desired result and an anesthetic may be used to numb the lips before starting. The process is normally carried out by a trained technician who can design your lips for symmetry or enhance your cupid’s bow. They will often add pigment to areas that tend to lose their natural hue with age, such as around the edges of the mouth. Before any work begins, they will discuss their plans with you and allow you time for alterations or changes.
After the process, which should take around 60 minutes, you can expect to have puffiness, discoloration and possibly bruising. To reduce inflammation, you can use an ice pack or a cold compress. Do not smoke cigarettes and if you usually get cold sores, make sure to let your technician know before the procedure. There is a slight risk of contamination so keep your lips clean and do not scratch any scabs that form. Make sure to adhere to the aftercare instructions provided. It may take up to one month for the final results to be visible.
Is lip blushing a safe procedure?
When getting a tattoo, there are some potential health risks. Red is the most common allergenic color and can cause an allergic reaction when injected into the skin. There is also a chance of scar tissue forming in areas where cuts have been made to deposit the dye. Lip blushing may be a good option for those looking to improve the look of their lips, however it is important to do research beforehand. Speak with your technician about their cleaning techniques and sterilization processes as well as how many lip blushing treatments they have completed in the past and view before and after photos so you can be sure that you will get the desired results.
Thinking about Lip Blush Tattooing? Contact Studio Vanassa in Edmonton and have a consultation with a technician qualified in the procedure. They will answer all questions you may have about the procedure.
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