Lips Tattoo Post-Care

Permanent Makeup Lips Aftercare

What to expect Immediately after the Procedure

Are you planning on getting a permanent lip tattoo procedure, but unsure of what to expect afterwards? At first, the color may seem dark and bold. You will also notice that your lips appear larger than usual, much like you got filler injections. However, this look is only temporary and within the first few days, the color will start to fade up to 50 percent, giving it a much more natural look and feel. To help manage the tenderness and sensitivity of the area, you should be sure to apply an ice packto the area with a barrier film in between. Eating meals through a straw, or with a fork without touching the lips at all, is also recommended. When the time comes for a touch-up appointment, remember to take it slowly – it’s easy to add more color, but not so much to remove it. With these tips and information in mind, you’re ready to make the journey to luscious, beautiful lips!

Day of Appointment (Day 1)

Welcome to Day 1 of your appointment! We know that this can be a stressful experience, so we want to provide you with important care instructions to follow for the next 24 hours. Here’s the scoop: You may apply an ice pack for 10 minute intervals for the first 24 hours after your appointment. For maximum result, make sure to wrap the ice pack in a clean barrier such as paper toweling, towel, or cloth. And don’t forget – do not put the ice directly on the area! Taking these simple steps will ensure that your recovery goes smoothly and quickly. Thanks for trusting us with your health!

Immediately Following Procedure:

  • DO NOT TOUCH AREA! Risk of infection is high!
  • Apply ice, on and off, to treated area for 10-30 minutes (if needed)
  • Blot area as needed with clean gauze.
  • Keep hydrated! Lots of water and consistently apply Aquaphor.
  • Ok to take Ibuprofen/Advil/Arnica for pain & swelling.
  • Do not share drinks, food, or kiss for 48hrs.
  • If you have a history of cold sores/fever blisters take your ENTIRE dose of Valtrex (or other prescribed herpes medication), EVEN if your lips seem fine and unaffected.
  • Redness & or swelling may persist for up to 48 hours.

For 4-7 Days Following Procedure:

  • DO NOT rub or pick scabs! Picking causes scarring and color loss.
  • Keep consistently hydrated with a thin layer of Aquaphor. Do not let lips get dry or tight!

Take Note:

  • Keep the area clean at ALL times while healing. Avoid things that would put you at risk for infection: heavy sweating, gardening, dogs licking your face 🤪, etc.
  • If redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage from the procedure site do not start improving after 24 hours, contact Jettie ASAP. The area may be infected and needs immediate medical care.


Failure to follow these instructions will result in poor healed results.