*This is part 2. You may want to read part 1 first*
Well, four weeks had passed since the first stage of my semi-permanent lips procedure, so last Thursday I headed back to Canterbury to see Helen for stage two.
You have to wait the four weeks for the full colour to come out, so here is a ‘before stage two’ picture, with the anaesthetic cream taking affect and the lovely cling film in place. As you can see my lip line is nicely defined and I have the blush look I wanted, which is basically the liner colour blended into the lip colour. I have to say, I love it already. It’s very natural looking, but at the same time my lips are ready to go, without any effort at all. I’m really looking forward to getting the final result four weeks after stage 2.
So, back to cling film. I saw a few people find my stage 1 blog post from searching the web with questions about the cling film stage.
So, why cling film? I asked Helen, so I could report back and the cling film is put on the lips to starve the skin of air, so the anaesthetic cream and the pigment are drawn (sucked) in to the skin more.
Anyway, we chatted about the colour and agreed it looked really nice already, so it was decided to stick with the shade from stage 1, but to just intensify the colour by repeating the process.
First was the lip liner, which uses a smaller head on the tool. Here’s a picture of the tool itself and below is a picture of the tool in use.
A bigger head (below right) is then used when it comes to the ‘blush’ (blending the colour from the lip liner, into my natural lip colour). Helen kindly kept me nice and clean for the pictures, but if you do look at yourself in a mirror when you are mid procedure, you could panic. The good news is, it’s not blood all over your face, it’s the pigment. It’s quite a messy business, but easily wiped clean.
As you can see from the pictures, Helen works on one lip while the other has the anaesthetic cream and cling film on, and then she changes that around, to work on the other lip for a while, while the anaesthetic cream is again left to do it’s job. That alternating continues a few times throughout the procedure.
Helen was surprised too, but I actually nearly fell asleep for the second half of this stage. The anaesthetic had worked wonders and the buzzing of the tool was helping me drift off. I really had to fight it. I do also have to be honest and admit, I am massively sleep-deprived and could probably sleep standing up on hot coals right now.
So, about 40 minutes later, Helen was finished and it just the healing process ahead of me.
One thing, I didn’t go into much in my stage 1 write up was the immediately after phase. Both times, once the anaesthetic had worn off, my lips were really uncomfortable. They felt like they are burning.
Here’s a picture and if you look you can see they are pretty angry looking. You can see a red line outside of my lips, which is nothing to do with the treated area, it’s just the product of being very sore. I actually popped into a shop and got some ibuprofen this time.
The great news is, this is very temporary and as with stage one, after two hours, I was aware of the pain easing off. A couple of hours later, I started applying Bepathan (nappy cream) as you need to keep the area moist and protected.
I had this stage 2 treatment late in the afternoon and, as you can see below left, by the next morning they were no longer looking angry. They look a bit odd, as the Bepathan is a creamy colour, but they look calmer. They were still a little sore and sensitive, but the painful bit really was just that first two hours each time.
I’m sure if celebrities have this done, they manage to hide away for a few days, but for me, there was no such option, so life as usual continued, I just felt rather self conscious about my very over the top lip colour. As I mentioned in my stage 1 write up, until the lips are healed and the scabs have gone, the colour is about 50% stronger, than the end result will be. It was very much a case of ‘here’s my lips and the rest of me is coming’.
I don’t know about you, but I have this ridiculous need to explain things. I could kick myself every time, but before I knew it, I was apologising for my strange looking lips, which to me seemed HUGE. Reality is, no-one probably even noticed, until I started prattling on about it.
Anyway, by Saturday (above right) you can see my lips were looking a little darker as the scabs had formed.
Here I am heading off to teach my Saturday morning Pump class, looking like I’m still wearing last night’s make-up.
When Sunday came, the scabs were on the move and you can see here (below right), some have come away already. I did spend the day looking like this, so I would highly recommend anyone having this done, aim to have the treatment at a time that means days 4 and 5 will be days you can avoid seeing too many people. (When counting, day one is the day of the treatment)
You have to keep applying your aftercare cream, but as the scabs form, it’s more tricky to apply it carefully without disturbing the scabs, which you MUST NOT knock, pick, or wipe off, before they are ready to come off naturally, as it will affect the look of the end result.
The great news is, by Monday all but a tiny bit of scab had gone (below left), so I was much more able to take my 2.5yr old to nursery without feeling like a circus performer.
That last little bit was gone in no time and I am now the proud owner of very beautiful lips, with zero effort.
I really couldn’t recommend it enough. I love how they look already, so I’m excited to see what the final result will be in four weeks.
I will of course update you then, so keep a look out!
In the meantime, if you are reading this and you are in the UK (ideally the South) and you are planning to get some semi-permanent makeup done, I couldn’t recommend Helen at Evolution Skin Studios more.
She was filming the day after seeing me, so you might even see her on the TV sometime soon. Oh and just so you know, Helen is understandably a lover of semi-permanent make-up herself. In this stunning picture of her, the only make-up she has actually applied is mascara. She has semi-permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.
Now, if that isn’t an advert for everyone to have it, then nothing is.
So, to summarise, my tips for you, if you have semi-permanent lip colour done are:
- Eat and drink something substantial before your treatment, as you won’t want to for a while after.
- Give everyone special a kiss, as you won’t be able to kiss them for a few days.
- Have ibuprofen to hand, as you may want to take some.
- Arrange your treatment so days 4 and 5 are days when you can avoid seeing too many people as you will look ridiculous.
- Try out your aftercare cream before applying it to the treated area, as it’s not fun if you have a bad reaction.
- Smooth aftercare cream on, don’t dab or pat, as it pulls the scabs off.
- Do your research. Don’t see just anyone!
As I said, I’ll be back to show you pics in four weeks, so you can see the final result, but in the meantime, if you are local and fancy boosting your confidence, reminding yourself how sexy you are and having a lot of fun along the way, you need to get yourself booked into a Foxy Burlesque dance beginners course. For course dates click here. x