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Let's talk about LIPS!

Hey there, everyone! It's been awhile since I have been able to post, but today I want to talk about a really exciting topic: LIPS! Everybody wants them, not all of us are lucky enough to have them, but there is a fun way to make your lips stand out without the hassle of lipstick!

Lip tattooing, or "Lip Blush" is the latest European trend, and as we know, the USA is always a few years behind Europe when it comes to fashion and beauty. When I visited Europe four years ago, short-shorts on men were in and the high fade was hot. It took about two years for that to come here to the States. Same thing with microblading. In Europe everyone had microblading 2 years before we even knew what it was! Next will be lips. Lip tattooing is making a major comeback with better pigments, soft colors and long-lasting results.

When considering the lip tattooing service, there are a lot of factors that come into consideration for whether or not you will be a good candidate for the service. First, is where you fall on the "Fitzpatrick" scale.

The Fitzpatrick scale is a measurement tool that allows us in the cosmetic permanent makeup industry to determine skin tone. Fitzpatrick 4-6 are not candidates for lip procedures due to the amount of pigment already present in the skin. Even some Fitz 3 skin tones will have darker, or bluer lip tones. If we tattoo on top of those already-present tones in the skin, sometimes the result can be less than pleasing. Purple lipstick anyone?

(Please note: THIS IS NOT MY WORK!!!!)

Honestly, if you have those darker skin tones, or if you have a natural "line" around the lip, you are most likely not a lip blush candidate, unfortunately! If you fall into the Fitz 3 range and are unsure if you are a candidate, we can do a consultation to determine candidacy. Feel free to book a consult with Amber online.

The second most common issue that PMU artists run into with lips is cold sores or fever blisters. The lip procedure, like all PMU or tattoo procedures, is slightly invasive. Even if you have only EVER in your life had one cold sore, you could be susceptible to a major cold sore (Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or HSV-1) outbreak, which will ruin your lip color. Even if you have never had a cold sore, you could have it. (It's true, it could be lying dormant in your body.) In 2015 the World Health Organization estimated that 2/3 of the population under 50 years old has HSV-1, so you could be a carrier and not even know it.

If you already know that you have had a cold sore before, the best thing to do is to get a prescription from your doctor, and get on an antiviral medication such as Valtrex prior to your appointment. If you are unsure, first talk to your doctor and ask what she/he thinks about the situation. We do our best to educate our clients about all of the possible outcomes of your procedure, and it is your responsibility to get your pre-care health affairs in order before the appointment!

What about Filler? If you have had your lips filled with a product like Juvederm, we will need to wait at least three weeks from the injections to the time we do your lips (or brows if the fillers or Botox is in the forehead region.) Fillers and PMU are a really pretty combo for creating the illusion of fuller lips. PMU will not give you that look alone. We do not go above the line of the lips to increase the appearance of the lips for the reason shown in the photo below.

(Again, THIS IS NOT MY WORK!!!)

At any rate, you may need to consult with us to make sure you are a good candidate, then if you plan to, get your lips filled first (Not everyone wants this or needs this, of course. ) Make your lip tattoo appointment for at least 3 weeks after the filler appointment. We prefer to do the lips after the filler, but either way will work just fine.

The Process:

First we numb you with a topical numbing agent. We then draw your outline and have you approve the design, Then your upper lip line is drawn on exactly where the outline was drawn. After that we numb you again and work on the lower lip. After both lips are outlined and numbed, we do your full shading of the lip. The process takes about an hour and a half total. You will expect some swelling after the procedure, which everyone loves. We have many colors to mix and match to make your custom color. Please bring your favorite lip color so we can match it!

(This IS my work! Full lips by Amber Massa of MicroArtistry)

Here is a photo of the healing process. You can expect some peeling and flaking over the first 5 to 6 days. We send you home with Aquaphor for aftercare.

If you have questions feel free to email! Microartistrybrows@gmail.com

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