Cosmetic Lip Embroidery

Cosmetic lip embroidery is not new.
As a practice to enhance beauty, women in ancient African and Mediterranean cultures often thickened or narrowed their lips using dark red or brown pigments and needles. This primitive form of cosmetic lip tattooing was known as scarification.

Technically, cosmetic lip embroidery is still a form of scarification. Unlike other plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedures, it is non-invasive, and the application and recovery time for the procedure is much more comfortable. The procedure is usually used to reestablish the existing outline of the lips or to redefine the shape of lips. This is called permanent lip liner. You may also have permanent lip color applied to the fleshy part of the lips as well.

As an effort towards achieving perfect lips, lip cosmetic embroidery is often performed to mask and/or restore the lips. It is not just for vain individuals or those who simply can’t be bothered to apply their lip liner or lipstick. It is used to repair the lips of individuals who have had oral cancer or have suffered excessive depigmentation as the result of chemotherapy or sun damage. It can also help individuals who are blind or who have shaky hands (as the result of multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy) to always look as if they have just applied a fresh coat of lipstick. Lip Embroidery is also a cosmetic solution for individuals who are partially or completely blind and unable to apply lip liner or lipstick by themselves.

Lip Embroidery is a Process Not a Procedure

The application of permanent lips is done the same way as regular tattooing. A embroidery machine, which automatically dispenses biocompatible inks to the area to be embroided, is commonly used for the procedure. It will take approximately 2 hours.

Unlike other parts of the face lips are a muscle without hair follicles. They also have a very large supply of blood. This also lowers the buildup of scar tissue. This means a full lip may take 1 to 3 sessions, depending on the desired results along with the natural lip color mixed into the equation.

In many cases a client will lose from to 40% to 70% of color intensity on initial application. They will get a much greater uptake of color on the second session and third if warranted. This is the reality of lip embroidery.

Then we must factor in proper technique. One must achieve proper needle depth and angle. Not too deep or too shallow. It is very important to not enter the skin at an angle, but to work on top of your design. Pigment must be tattooed into the dermas. If you go too deep and enter the subcutaneous muscle, pigment can migrate. If its done too shallow into just the epidermis the pigment will slough off prematurely. Than healthy lip tissue and proper color selection. Permanent makeup is a process not a procedure!!!

After care is crucial. Clients need to be educated on how to care for their fresh lip embroidery and also understand long-term care. It is important clients understand no sun pre and post all lip procedures.

Why do lips appear pale after the first week?
Simple, there is extra pigment trapped in the epidermis that will shed in the first week. Then actual healing begins. As skin encapsulates the tattooed area it may appear very opaque. This is normal and to be expected. Pigment is now being viewed under the skin. As the natural healing is in process dead skin cells will slough off in about 7 days. The older the client this may take a little longer. Then you will see a nice color healed through the skin.

It is not realistic for a client or artist to expect a true lipstick look. Lipstick is worn topically on the skin. Lip embroidery are viewed under the skin. During the healing the lip pigments used will revert back to their original state, which is a powder.

Although most pigments are considered to be permanent they might fade over time. It will last ranging from 2 to 5 years, depending on individual skin.

Clients need to understand that lip tattooing does not replace makeup. In fact it is advised to wear some type of lip-gloss to enrich the color embroided. Lips will vary in color on a daily basis and change color during a day. This depends on if we are hot or cold. Even if we are well hydrated or not.

Cosmetic lip embroidery is not new. As a practice to enhance beauty, women in ancient African and Mediterranean cultures often thickened or narrowed their lips using dark red or brown pigments and needles. This primitive form of cosmetic lip tattooing was known as scarification.

Technically, cosmetic lip embroidery is still a form of scarification. Unlike other plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedures, it is non-invasive, and the application and recovery time for the procedure is much more comfortable. The procedure is usually used to reestablish the existing outline of the lips or to redefine the shape of lips. This is called permanent lip liner. You may also have permanent lip color applied to the fleshy part of the lips as well.

As an effort towards achieving perfect lips, lip cosmetic embroidery is often performed to mask and/or restore the lips. It is not just for vain individuals or those who simply can’t be bothered to apply their lip liner or lipstick. It is used to repair the lips of individuals who have had oral cancer or have suffered excessive depigmentation as the result of chemotherapy or sun damage. It can also help individuals who are blind or who have shaky hands (as the result of multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy) to always look as if they have just applied a fresh coat of lipstick. Lip Embroidery is also a cosmetic solution for individuals who are partially or completely blind and unable to apply lip liner or lipstick by themselves.



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