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How to Protect Lip Blushing Tattoo: An Aftercare Guide by Lip Blush and Microblading San Diego


2023 has brought one distinct body part back into focus: the lips. No doubt you've seen them trending everywhere as masking restrictions loosen.

As lips trend, so does the must-have semi-permanent lip fix known as lip blushing. In fact, Yelp's 2023 Beauty Trend Forecast Report predicts that lip blushing services will see a 130% boost in the next year. But, what is lip blushing? And is it worth the investment? Dive into this guide from Lip Blush San Diego to learn all about this incredible alternative to lip fillers.



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What Is Lip Blushing?

Lip blushing is a form of cosmetic tattooing. Permanent makeup has been around for quite a while now. But, in recent years, there have been some drastic improvements in the craft. From fillers to filters, achieving luscious pouty lips and a well-defined cupid's bow is a major goal for many people. Lip blushing can help you achieve this perfect pout without having to undergo a surgical procedure.Fillers might give you a little added volume, but only lip blushing can give you that perfect shape and shade.


Lip blush tattoo can cost anywhere from $350-800, so its extremely important to protect your investment!!



Lip Blushing tattoo Immediately After Your Appointment in San Diego


The lip blushing tattoo procedure typically takes about 1-3 hours with us, in San Diego. Afterward, you're likely to experience the following side effects:

  • Redness

  • Possible bruising

  • Swelling of the lip area

  • Sensitivity to the area

Other possible, but less likely, side effects include:

  • Itchiness

  • Skin bumps

  • Uneven coloration

To reduce swelling and bruising, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area. Ibuprofen may also be used to reduce pain and swelling. It's best not to smoke or eat spicy foods after the procedure until your lips have had time to heal.

Remember, like all tattoos, lip blushing will leave behind an open wound. This means there is a small risk that infection could occur. Always keep your lips clean and avoid picking any scabs that may form.

Signs of infection may include:

  • Extreme swelling

  • Pain that gets worse over time

  • Fever or chills

  • Rash or extreme redness

  • Pus or oozing from the area

Call a doctor immediately if you notice any of these extreme side effects. Your artist will give you more specific aftercare instructions. It is incredibly important that you follow these if you wish to see the best possible results. The healing process may take up to four weeks.



Here are some things to help with your lip blush healing immediately after your appointment and through your week of healing

  • Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash at least 4 times a day until you are done healing. Be sure to rinse after eating/drinking

  • Do not eat spicy, oily, acidic or greasy foods.

  • Do not stretch lips to take large bite

  • Once shedding begins, do not pick, peel or pull the skin.

  • Do not use saline water as it will cause ink to be pulled from the skin. And do not drink tap water.

  • Avoid getting lips wet. Apply the ointment before brushing teeth.

  • Do not use any soaps/chemicals on your lips. Be careful when washing your face. Use a washcloth to better control any liquid substance.

  • Use a minimal amount of non-whitening toothpaste. Use a straw when swishing water.

  • Do not expose lips to direct sunlight/tanning beds. Since this is new skin, it’s prone to sunburn, which could change the color and cause scarring.

  • Do not smoke or kiss for at least 10 days.

  • Keep your hands clean and avoid touching your lips until they are done healing.



Aftercare is crucial for ensuring the proper healing and long-lasting results of your lip blush tattoo. Here is a detailed guide to help you take care of your lips after the procedure:


1. Keep the area DRY

Avoid getting lips wet. Apply the ointment before brushing teeth. Keep your face away from the showerhead and avoid swimming, saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms. Once the 10 days have passed, you can wash your face but avoid prolonged exposure to water and submerging your face in water.


2. Apply an ointment


Your tattoo artist will recommend a suitable aftercare ointment or balm. Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the tattooed lips using a clean cotton swab or your fingertips. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by your tattoo artist for the recommended frequency of application. Apply ointment several times a day for 10 days to keep lips moisturized. Do not rub....dab it.


3. Avoid touching or picking your lip blush tattoo


It's essential to avoid touching your lips unnecessarily, as it can introduce bacteria and hinder the healing process. Also, refrain from picking at any scabs or dry skin that may form during the healing process. This can cause patchy results for your lip blush


4. Protect from sun exposure


Direct sunlight can fade the pigments and affect the healing process. Therefore, it's important to shield your lips from excessive sun exposure. If you have to go out during the daytime, apply a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher to protect your lips.


5. Avoid certain activities


To prevent complications and ensure optimal healing, avoid activities that can disrupt the healing process. These include swimming in pools, hot tubs, or any other bodies of water, as well as saunas and steam rooms. Refrain from kissing, using straws, or engaging in any activities that may cause excessive moisture or irritation to the lips.


6. Stay hydrated


Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, as this can aid in the healing process. Hydrated skin tends to heal faster and more efficiently.


7. Be mindful of your diet


During the healing process, avoid consuming spicy, salty, and acidic foods, as they can cause discomfort and irritation. Stick to a soft, bland diet for the first few days, and gradually reintroduce regular foods as your lips heal.


8. Be patient and gentle


The healing process varies for each individual, but typically, the initial healing stage lasts about 7 to 10 days. It's crucial to be patient and gentle with your lips during this time. Avoid applying excessive force or pressure, and let the tattooed area heal naturally.


9. Follow-up appointments


Your tattoo artist may schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the healing process and perform any necessary adjustments at a second session. Make sure to attend the appointment as advised.


10. Consult your tattoo artist


If you experience any unusual symptoms, such as severe pain, excessive swelling, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection (e.g., pus, increased redness), contact your tattoo artist or a medical professional immediately for guidance.


Remember, it's essential to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist, as they may have their own recommendations based on their techniques and the products they use. Proper aftercare will contribute to better healing and long-lasting results for your lip blush tattoo.


Lip Blushing Tattoo in San Diego: Get Your Perfect Pout Today

So, what is lip blushing? It's one of the easiest, most convenient ways to get gorgeous, shapely lips without all the hassle of a surgical procedure. If you think lip blushing may be right for you, book your appointment today. You can also contact our team if you have any questions about the process. We're here to make sure you get the perfect pout every time.

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