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What to expect from a lip blush appointment

If you’re new to the world of permanent makeup, getting your first lip blush procedure can be tremendously exciting–and intimidating. No doubt you’ve already seen all the amazing before and after pics and know just how fantastic your results will be. But to get that long-lasting natural lip color, you must first consider the lip blush side effects.

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When you first find out that the key to getting years of effortlessly subtle lip color is a kind of tattoo, it’s easy to feel nervous. After all, tattoos can be painful and can take hours or even multiple sessions to complete. The good news is that a lip blush procedure is far quicker and less painful than traditional tattoos. With a bit of help from a topical numbing cream and a much smaller, specialized needle, the process itself is over fast and with minimal pain. On a scale of one to ten, we classify the pain as a two or a three. Not so much worse than the pain of slogging through your daily lip makeup routine, right?

Once you’ve gone home from your appointment, your lip blush recovery is already underway. No matter the shape or shade of your lips, there are a few stages of healing to expect over the next four to six weeks. Some of the initial side effects of this treatment are:

  • Swelling
  • Redness

If you experience these symptoms in the early days after your appointment, don’t be alarmed! It’s just your skin’s normal reaction as the healing process gets underway. After the first couple of days, your lips will become chapped as new skin forms to seal in your new lip color. Over the coming weeks, your lip appearance will continue to shift as your body continues merging the new color with your natural lip tone. By the end of four to six weeks, your lip blush side effects are in the past!


The minor side effects are a significant benefit, but proper aftercare for your lip blush tattoo is still crucial. Luckily, the aftercare is about as simple as the procedure itself! The main thing is to avoid any activity or substance that would irritate your skin. For the first week, only apply the healing lip balm that you receive after your procedure; no lipstick, gloss, or liner, please. Avoid picking or scratching at your chapped lips during healing, as this might damage the color beneath. Other substances and activities to avoid during the first five days include excessive sweat or other bodily fluids, swimming, UV exposure, massages, or facials. Avoid acidic exfoliants for an entire month after your procedure, as these can cause permanent fading. And lastly, avoid spicy foods during the first 24 hours after your appointment.

As rare as they may be, any more intense lip blush side effects than those mentioned above may cause alarm. If you notice excessive swelling, long-lasting pain, or other concerning symptoms, reach out to your tattoo artist immediately. If you’d like to chat with our talented team about what to expect from your lip blush side effects, reach out on our website or by calling us at (971) 337-5401.

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