Melanin Rich Lips
With Master Artist Marina – N/A
With Lead Artist – $800*
Annual Touch-Up – $400
0% Interest Payment Plans Available for qualified clients
*The price includes a first session and one complimentary touch-up appointment. The additional touch-ups are not included in the price and are an additional $200 per session.
This technique is meant for clients with darker pigmentation on their lips (usually Fitzpatrick III – VI clients) who wish to camouflage the blue/purple tones in their lips.
This technique is more advanced & will require more sessions to complete (3 or 4) unlike the regular Lip Blush or Lipstick Look Tattoo which is done in 2 sessions.
The process cannot be done in a single go as it causes trauma to the lips skin. We must limit the number of passes or pigment layers not to overwork and permanently damage the skin. Overdoing the procedure without giving the skin time to heal may end up causing even more hyperpigmentation and injury to the lips.
In the first sitting of dark lip correction, the main goal is to neutralize the cool tones in the lips, especially for ethnic skin tones. This session will help to reduce the darkness of lips by using warm-based pigments.
After the first session of the neutralization process, the healing period can extend anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks, sometimes even more (depending on the individual).
Depending upon the final color achieved after the first procedure and its healing process, the second session could either be the second cycle of naturalization or the use of targeted pigment color.
If an even tone is achieved after one round of neutralization, the targeted pigment color can be used. However, in general, canceling the darkness or neutralizing the skin color takes about 2-3 sessions.
Targeted pigment colors will include warmer and brighter shades. In the coloring phase of the treatment, the use of pinks and reds is common. When dealing with darker skin tones, we must avoid any pigments of blue, violet undertones.
It is important to note that this procedure cannot guarantee a definite lip color. The only promise is that the overall color will be lighter and brighter, but one cannot determine the actual shade beforehand. The results ultimately depend upon the healing process and how the body reacts to the pigments introduced by microinjections.
The Dark Lip Color Correction Treatment also enhances the natural shape and provides slight upliftment to the lips and a more symmetrical look.
- Exfoliate lips 24 hours prior to your appointment
- Keep lips moisturized by applying lip balm daily prior to your appointment
- If you EVER had cold sores on your lips, you MUST get a prescription antiviral medication from your physician and start taking it 24 hour before your lip appointment
- No Lip Fillers 4-6 weeks prior to your lip appointment
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before the procedure
- Do not consume any caffeine 24 hour before your procedure
- Do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief 24 hours before the procedure
- No antibiotics or steroids for 30 days before your appointment
- Bring Lip colors you use the most for the color references
- Come a week before or after your menstrual cycle for less discomfort
- Eat before your appointment, don’t come in hungry so you feel more relaxed
- Bring a light sweater or blanket if you get cold easily
- Lookup the directions ahead of time and arrive 10 mins early
This is what you might expect during the healing phase:
Lips will be swollen, feel sore and color will appear brighter and bolder. Redness around the lips can be present.
What you see is about 50% darker, bolder and more solid than what your healed result will present. Swelling should subside by now.
Lip will feel dry & might start cracking slightly on the surface.
Your lips may begin to peel and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. You will see a loss of color where the scabs come off.
The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly. The color under the exfoliating skin might appear darken than before & look patchy until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics. It is normal for melanin rich lips to get darker during the healing process! Don’t panic! You may wear lipstick to cover your lips during the healing period.
Now is the time to critique your lips as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis. Usually, melanin rich lips take a minimum of 8 weeks to fully heal and for the color to even out & get lighter. Please be patient and trust the healing process!
* Every individual is different and this approximate timeline is just that, an approximate and can vary from person to person.
When you leave the appointment, your lips will be intact and we will do our best to help you heal properly. Your lifestyle choices, age, genetics, and skin type will contribute to the retention of your pigment. If you use sun-beds, sunbathe, don’t use sun protection, smoke, use anti-aging creams or acidic cleansers, your lips WILL fade faster and you’ll need to come earlier for your refresh touch ups.
Cosmetic tattoo is an art, not a science. Your results will vary and using lip makeup may still be needed, especially when wearing heavy coverage makeup. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical and whilst trying to obtain perfect symmetry is my goal, nothing is guaranteed or 100% perfect.
- A complimentary aftercare kit will be provided
- NO OINTMENT ON THE LIPS FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS
- After the procedure dab lips with a new antiseptic wipe every 1-2 hours until bedtime
- DAY 1:
- In the morning wash lips with room temperature water to remove any overnight lymph buildup
- Apply a very thin layer of ointment provided. Just ONCE!
- DAY 2:
- Apply a very thin layer of ointment provided 2 times per day only!
- Gently wipe down the lips with an antiseptic wipe once or twice a day
- DAY 3-7:
- Can apply a very thin layer of ointment 3 x day now.
- Do not pick, peel or pull on the peeling skin.
- Do not eat spicy, oily, acidic, or greasy foods, drink through the straw the first 3 days
- Try not to eat for at least 5 hours after the procedure to reduce risk of infection
- No kissing/oral sex the first 3 days
- Try to sleep on your back the first 3 nights
- No lip products should be applied on lips for the first 7 days
- No soaps/chemicals on lips during the first 7 days
- Do not expose lips to direct sunlight or tanning beds for 30 days
- Keep your hands clean and avoid touching your lips until they are done healing
- If you get a cold sore on your lips, contact your doctor immediately to avoid the infection complications
IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU WILL RUIN THE RESULTS & WE WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO RELEASE YOU FROM ANY FUTURE SERVICES
In order for us to determine if you are a good candidate for the lips cosmetic tattoo procedure, we will need some information.
*Must be at least 18 years old (No exceptions)
*Ever had permanent makeup on your lips before
(Marina doesn’t work over lips previously done by another technician unless the pigment is 100% faded or removed first without any scar tissue left behind (will need to email a clear picture of your lips to for approval, in-person consultation might be required since scar tissue is undetectable on the pictures).
*Pregnant, nursing, harvesting eggs or trying to get pregnant. (No Exceptions)
Must wait 3-6 months after delivery &/or 3-6 months after nursing to schedule
*Prone to keloids (No exceptions)
*Any scars or experienced any head trauma in the lips area
(Will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to for approval)
*Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions)
If you are any of these medications, you will bleed and the pigment WILL NOT retain:
*Shingles-Have you EVER had shingles on your face (No exceptions)
PMU will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare up
* Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the lips area (No exceptions)
(Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)
*Retin-A/Retinol use or Vitamin A Oral Supplements
(Must stop use 30 days before the procedure)
*Hemophilia-Bleeding Disorder (No exceptions)
*Platelet Disorders-Aggregation Disorders
An aggregation disorder is when platelets do not bind with fibrinogen and other proteins in order to stick to other platelets. As a result, the platelets cannot form a plug to stop the bleeding from a damaged blood vessel.
(Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism – pigment might not retain or may fade faster. No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months from last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens;
Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroidism- will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure).
*On Accutane (acne medicine) within the last 12 months (No exceptions)
*Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (Multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes or the like)
(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)
*Cancer of any kind or if you had chemotherapy/radiation within the last 6 months
(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)
*MRSA (can be very contagious)
*Fitzpatrick skin types IV, V, VI (darker skin types) – high risk of hyperpigmentation. Lips trauma may cause extreme hyperpigmentation and this procedure can only be performed by an experienced artist who works with darker skin types on the lips.
*Ever had a fever blisters/cold sores on your lips in the past, even when you were a child
(Must get a prescription antiviral medication from your doctor for prevention)
Lip trauma may cause a cold sore out-brake and it can look pretty bad.
Yes, as long as you prepare yourself by taking a prescription antiviral cold sore medication prescribed by your doctor. You will need to take it prior to your appointment and continue to take it until you are done healing. Without taking this precaution, the procedure may cause a flare up, even if the last time you had cold sores when you were a kid. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus is very common, an estimated 3.7 billion people under age 50 (67%) have HSV-1 infection globally so it is always advices to take antiviral medications before any lip tattoo procedures.
“Lip Blush” tattoo also knows as “Watercolor/Aquarelle Lips” lips technique will enhance the natural beauty of the lips by slightly improving the lip size, definition, color and by correcting the shape. There are many colors to choose from ranging from natural tints to vibrant colors. Lip blush tattoo brings back your natural lip contour. Just add a little clear lip balm and your lips will look subtle & natural, just like your own lips but better. It will not look like you are wearing a lipstick, lip stain at most. There is no separate outline. Since there is a lot less pigment implanted in the skin, annual touch-ups are recommended to keep the color from fading.
“Lipstick effect” will give you more saturated color, more defined shape and will look like you are wearing a lipstick all the time. Color can be light and natural (which will give you more options if you like to wear a different lipstick color over the tattoo sometimes) or bold and bright (pinks, reds, etc). Since the pigment is more saturated this technique will last longer than a lip blush tattoo. Annual touch-ups could be done every 2 years or even longer for some clients.
Lips is the most sensitive area on the face to perform a cosmetic tattoo, so some level of discomfort is completely normal even when anesthetic gel/cream is used before and during the treatment. If you are extremely sensitive and don’t numb easily this procedure might not be for you. Lips usually swell right after the treatment, but the swelling goes away completely by the next day.
Touch up is a follow up procedure which takes place a minimum six weeks after your initial visit, after your skin is fully healed. How much work you will need on a touch up will depend on several factors such as:
Your desired results
Your body’s healing capabilities, and ability to retain pigment
Your dedication to following post procedure instructions
The maintenance/color boost touch-up session is performed within 12-36 months of the last service to maintain the pigment color and shape.
This touch-up price is only on work done by us, there is no touch-up rate for the work done elsewhere.
No touch-ups will be performed before 12 months to avoid skin trauma.
Appointments after 36 months of the last service will be charged our current full price and will require 2 sessions to complete