Blushing is a cosmetic procedure in which pigment is permanently tattooed into the lips to achieve a uniform tint.

What is lip highlighting?

As a sort of permanent cosmetic, lip blushing is a form of tattooing. A professional will use lip ink to achieve a more rich, natural-looking lip colour. Cosmetically, blushing can be done for various reasons, including enhancing lip colour or shape and eliminating the need for lip cosmetics.

What is the technique for blushing?

A tattoo artist or aesthetician can perform blushing. Before an operation, patients should speak with a medical professional to learn more about what to expect before and after the process and the expected outcomes. Before and after images, discussion on final colouring and numbing time, the procedure, and aftercare instructions may add up to 2–3 hours to the process.

A topical anaesthetic may be used to numb the lips during the treatment. It takes up to 30 minutes for this to take action. The physician will use a sterilised needle to tattoo the colour into the lips. There will be post-procedure instructions and healing goods provided by a healthcare practitioner.

Is it painful?

Lip flushing can be uncomfortable for some people. Each person’s pain threshold is different. Therefore the intensity of discomfort might vary widely. A numbing lotion or anaesthetic may be applied to the region before the procedure to reduce pain. Lip blushing is said to cause just a little stinging or pinching sensation, according to blogs and articles on the topic of cosmetics. Patients must tell the clinician if they feel any severe discomfort throughout the operation.

How long-lasting is this?

According to the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP), it is difficult to remove permanent make-up. Because cosmetic tattooing includes tattooing pigment into the top dermal layer of the skin, the SPCP considers it a permanent procedure. The colour of the lips may fade with time, and if people want to maintain the colour, they may require more lip blushing. Exposure to the sun or other weather conditions might speed up the fading process and use certain lip cosmetics.

There are possible adverse effects and measures to take into account.

However, according to FDA-authorised sources, none of these colour additives has been approved for use in intradermal injections. Lid blushing is not regulated, and no scientific evidence supports its safety. These are some of the FDA’s concerns about permanent cosmetics and tattooing:

  • Equipment and needles that aren’t properly sterilised, as well as tainted ink, can lead to illness.
  • Specific colours of permanent cosmetic ink have been linked to allergic responses. A drawback to this is that ink is difficult to erase.
  • Tattoo ink, for example, can cause granulomas, which are localised pockets of inflammation caused by the body’s reaction to the material as alien.
  • Raised scars, known as keloids, can develop from any skin damage. However, removing tattoos is more likely to cause keloids than a surgery like blushing.
  • Some permanent cosmetics pigments may react with the magnetic fields of an MRI scanner. MRI scans can cause permanent make-up to swell or burn, depending on the patient’s skin type. People experiencing blushing should contact their doctor or radiologist before undergoing an MRI. This is an uncommon and transitory condition.

Removing or reversing a blushing treatment might be challenging, too. Patients with cold sores on their lips may require antiviral treatment before surgery.