The beauty industry has come a long way and there are many non-invasive procedures we can get to improve our look. The popularity of invasive, traditional plastic surgery is in decline and instead, people turn to non-surgical treatments that can still significantly improve their appearance, but with less pain and downtime.
Treatments and interventions like non-surgical fat removal, Botox injections, non-surgical face lifts, dermal fillers, and even permanent makeup all fall under the category of non-invasive cosmetic procedures because they don’t involve any serious trauma to the skin or the body, and so the recovery time is minimal. Although these treatments are widely available and are generally considered safe and low risk, you should be careful when combining them.
So today, we’re looking into how permanent makeup combines with other non-invasive procedures.
Microblading and botox
Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox, has been one of the most popular procedures since the dawn of cosmetic surgery. It’s very effective in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, as it prevents the muscles in the treated area from contracting and creasing the skin, which loses elasticity as we age.
Botox injections are most often used for softening the lines on the forehead, the area where microblading is done. If you’re considering getting both microblading and Botox, or any other PMU procedure for the brows, you’re probably wondering if you should get Botox before or after microblading.
The answer is – after. Botox affects the muscles and the skin in the area and thus changes facial features, so if you get your brows done and then get your skin tightened, your brows could move from their natural position and the final shape of the arches could look off. Having your brow shape modified first allows the doctor injecting you with Botox to correctly assess where injections should go. Same goes for thread lifts.
Note: Sometimes getting a Botox touch up is necessary if the initial treatment doesn’t achieve total symmetry, and the effects last about 3 months, after which your brows should settle into their natural position and still look good.
There’s no fixed amount of time you need to wait to get Botox after ombre brows, nano brows or microblading, but experienced PMU artists suggest waiting about 2 weeks for the injections to settle into the muscle and achieve their full effect. Plus, but it will probably be more comfortable for you to give your skin some time to heal before another round of needlework.
Dermal fillers and lip blush
Full, lush lips are another huge beauty trend of the 2010s alongside full, lush brows. Lip enhancement can be achieved through lip PMU which gives an illusion of fullness, or with dermal fillers injected into them for some tangible, 3D volume. Or, for an extra effect, you can get both!
It is strongly advisable, however, to always get the lip tattoo first. With lips, it’s all about the shape, and since lip blushing implies modifying the shape of the lips by drawing on an outline by injecting pigments, adding volume through fillers can ruin the shape. With aquarelle lips, the chance of this happening is lower, because the added color is more sheer and there is no distinct outline.
That said, if you’ve decided to get lip PMU at some point after having fillers injected, it’s not impossible, but you should be aware that there’s a (low) chance your fillers could migrate due to the trauma of needling. There could also be more swelling than usual.
How soon after fillers can I get lip blush?
Most artists advise waiting at least 2 weeks after getting lip blush to book your filler appointment, and then at least 4 weeks after getting fillers to book your lip blush touch up (if you need one).
If you decide to go the other way round and get lip PMU on your already volumized lips, wait at least 6 weeks for the fillers to settle. It’s worth noting, though, that some artists refuse to do lip blushing until at least 6 months have elapsed since your last filler injection (but at that point, it’s possible that fillers have already been dissolved).
To wrap it up
Combining cosmetic procedures is definitely possible, but it should be done in a certain way and order. What makes permanent makeup great for older clients is its magical ability to refresh a person’s look and make them look younger, but combining PMU with other anti-aging methods can deliver truly great results, while lip blush can add an extra dimension to lips plumped up with fillers.
Just make sure you always go a certified artist who has experience working on skin that’s been treated with fillers or Botox.