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How long does swelling last?

Swelling after a permanent makeup procedure is a common occurrence, and its duration can vary from person to person. While the results can be stunning, it's important to understand that swelling is s a common side effect immediately following permanent makeup procedures.

Why does it happen?

Swelling occurs as a natural response of the body to any form of trauma, and getting a tattoo is essentially a controlled injury to the skin. During the procedure, a our technicians use a handheld device to deposit pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. This process can cause mild to moderate swelling, particularly in sensitive areas such as the eyes or lips.

How long does it last?

The duration of swelling after a permanent makeup procedure can vary from person to person. In general, most individuals experience swelling for a few days following the procedure. Some people may experience minimal swelling that subsides within 24 to 48 hours, while others may have more pronounced swelling that lasts up to a week. During this time, the affected area may appear puffy, slightly raised, and possibly red.

While the initial swelling typically subsides within a few days, it's important to note that complete resolution may take longer. For most people, the majority of swelling will have diminished within a week. However, it's not uncommon for some residual swelling to persist for up to two weeks.

How can I minimize swelling?

It's essential to follow proper aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist to minimize swelling and promote healing. These instructions may include keeping the lips moisturized, avoiding hot and spicy foods, refraining from smoking, and avoiding excessive sun exposure. Additionally, applying cold compresses in the initial stages can help reduce swelling and discomfort.