Micropigmentation or tattoo on the lips: can it be dangerous?

If you have decided to do a micropigmentation on the lips, you should know that this procedure can have its risks. Keep reading and learn more.

Last update: October 10, 2021

Micropigmentation on the lips it is a form of semi-permanent makeup. In English it is known as lip blushing or lip tint tattooing. It should be clarified that this procedure differs from the traditional lip tattoo.

Micropigmentation uses a needle to inject a custom pigment into the epidermis. This is done in order to enhance the color of the lips.

The process takes a couple of hours, but the effects can last up to 3 years. Lip blush is touted as an effective and minimally invasive technique for flaunting a sensual mouth.

However, there is a possibility that it will not work out well or that it will go bad. That is, the desired natural-looking results may not be achieved. Also, micropigmentation is costly and can be painful.

What is micropigmentation and what is it used for?

Let’s start by clarifying that there is a difference between procedures that have to do with lip makeup and tattoos. That is, there are people who tattoo various motifs or expressions on their lips, particularly the lower one, for aesthetic purposes.

On the other hand, in micropigmentation the intention, the technique, the instruments and the pigments used vary. Even the area worked is not the same, since in this case the entire area of ​​the lips covered with lipstick is covered.

As mentioned, micropigmentation is a form of semi-permanent makeup. In this cosmetic procedure, the pigments are introduced only up to the epidermis, using needles designed for such purposes. It is something similar to what is done with the microblading of eyebrows.

As for the purposes, with micropigmentation it seeks to strengthen the color and standardize the tone, eliminating or reducing the need to apply lipstick. This also creates a volume effect.

Apart from this, micropigmentation is also applied in people with vitiligo, so that the spots on the skin are not so noticeable. Although it is not a procedure that helps in healing. On the contrary, its use is discouraged.

A complementary approach to spots caused by vitiligo is done with this technique, although health professionals advise against it.


How is the procedure performed?

Before starting the micropigmentation procedure a consent must be signed and perform allergy tests. It must be ensured that the person is not going to have a reaction to certain components of the substances.

Second comes the design moment. This phase can take place a few minutes before the procedure or days before. Currently there are computer programs that allow you to have an image to visualize what the potential result would be.

As a step prior to inserting the needles a topical cream with anesthetic properties is applied to numb the area and reduce discomfort during micropigmentation. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the needle procedure begins.

Points are drawn on the lips, drawing the outline. The color is applied from the outside in, degrading as the mucosa penetrates.

Once finished, a review is done to make sure to fill the spaces where the pigment has been less uniform. Even subsequent sessions may be required for touch-ups.



Results and benefits

The result after applying the lip blush is better tone and volume appearance. It is appropriate to clarify that this procedure is not properly considered a filler, much less substances such as hyaluronic acid or other similar substances are injected.

In general, the following benefits are attributed to micropigmentation:

  • You customize the color to your liking.
  • The resulting shade may be more in line with your skin.
  • The color becomes more uniform.
  • Once the micropigmentation is done, it is not necessary to use lipstick.
  • It can correct some defects, such as skewness.
  • It also helps to make small irregularities on the lips go unnoticed.

Duration of micropigmentation on the lips

The effect of micropigmentation is semi-permanent. This means that it is maintained over time, at least a couple of years.

Touch-ups are often required, at 12 or 18 months. Then the whole process must be repeated to maintain the results. This will depend on the skin type and age of the person.

Several factors can contribute to shorten the duration or useful life of micropigmentation, causing the pigment to fade or dilute soon. These include sun exposure, smoking, oily skin, or iron deficiency.

If the person wishes, at any time they can request that the micropigmentation be removed by a laser procedure.

Precautions and contraindications

There are a number of recommendations that should be taken into account before performing micropigmentation. In this regard, experts recommend avoiding medications that have vasodilator effects 24 hours before.

Likewise, you should not consume naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin, nor vitamin E supplements. Other substances to avoid are coffee and alcohol, as they can affect the absorption of the pigment.

Regarding contraindications, micropigmentation is not recommended in the following cases:

  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding.
  • Patients with diabetes, cancer, HIV, immune system disorders, clotting problems, hepatitis, or psoriasis.
  • People in chemotherapy treatment.
  • Patients taking steroids regularly.

Possible side effects

Most of the people state that experience mild to moderate pain during treatment micropigmentation of the lips. This is because the area is a sensitive area.

Redness, swelling, bleeding, and bruising are also present. Although all these effects can vary from person to person. Subsequently, there is usually desquamation and oozing of lymphatic fluids, as is the case with most tattoos.

Other side effects that occur in some cases include infection, fever, dryness, a rash, and uneven pigmentation. According to the investigations carried out, cases of herpes have been reported after micropigmentation.

Due to the reports of cold sores associated with the technique, it is not recommended if the patient has an active lesion caused by the virus.

Care after micropigmentation

After the lip micropigmentation procedure, the recovery process can take up to a week and a half. It all depends on the characteristics of the person and the care they have.

In this sense, the following recommendations should be taken into account:

  • Avoid exposing yourself to the sun.
  • Do not play sports for a while and avoid sweating.
  • Refrain from spicy or very hot food.
  • Keep the area clean using wet wipes or water.
  • Avoid pinching wounds or picking scabs.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach.

Micropigmentation may not be noticed right away. In some cases, the color seems to disappear immediately after healing. This is normal and there is no need to worry.

The effects begin to become noticeable in a few weeks. At first, the color may also be brighter.

In these first moments it is necessary to be patient and not request a touch-up. Once the real result is seen, you should go to your follow-up and control appointment.

Perform the technique with professionals

It is very important that the entire procedure is performed in a controlled environment and safe and done by someone with experience. It is the responsibility of the person to make the appropriate choice to minimize risks.

This technique should be carried out by a cosmetician, not a tattoo artist. Likewise, you should have the advice of your doctor and a dermatologist. Ask them any questions you have.

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