Medical Tattooing can be used to improve lip scars


Lip scars are easy to happen and occur frequently on any age, race and gender. These can be from trauma, surgery or skin issues such as acne, cold sores, and dermatitis being the most common.

For males, any discolouration can be repigmented keeping a natural lip tone, and a softer lip definition. For women, the same can be the case, or you can add more colour, symmetry and definition depending on the patient’s desires and expectations. These can also change during the treatment plan; once the patient gets used to how they look after the first treatment, when the colour and the definition fades during the healing process, offering the subtle natural look they asked for, they may decide their preference is the slightly stronger version. Starting off softer and following this process allows the patient to feel safe and that their voice is being heard. Going stronger in colour and definition can be part of the second treatment. This allows for a more gentle change each time, so the final result is aligned with the desired outcome.

My Patient presented with a scar on the lower lip. It is slightly raised in one area, then indented along the line of the scar that ends slightly under the vermillion lip line in a deeper indent.


The patient is concerned by the look of the scar and the lack of definition surrounding it but is initially not concerned by the colour or the definition of the actual lip line. She was definitely not interested in creating a defined lip line or increasing the colour of her lips by much. She wanted a small amount of pink added that just highlighted her current lip tone.

The first treatment consisted of using a 5 Round Shader needle to create a soft definition for the natural lip line, and using a mixture of colours to match the patient’s natural lip tone with a hint of extra pink.

The lips reacted by swelling over the period of the hours tattooing causing me to stop the treatment. The upper and lower lip had been fully covered as well as the scar within the lower lip, and time was spent on the definition of the vermillion lip line around this area. The patient didn’t feel much pain during the treatment, however, there were a few areas where it was quite scratchy for her.

The aftercare was explained, and aftercare balm given at the end of the treatment.

The patient explained that the swelling alleviated a few hours post treatment. She experienced no further pain, and the healing process was quicker than expected. There was some flakiness and dryness around the edge of the lips and this lasted between 3-4 days. The colour at day 2-3 was the colour she really liked, as well as the more defined lip line. After the full healing time of 4 weeks, she came back for the second treatment with slightly renewed expectations. This is a very normal process for many patients. She now wanted a slightly stronger tone added to the colour, as well as more definition added to the lip line.


The second treatment consisted of using a 3 Round Shader needle to give her more definition, but the fact it was a shader needle meant that it wouldn’t be a hard definition. It would still retain some softness. The same two colours were used, without the extra 2 softer tones. The lips didn’t swell as quickly this time, so more passes were made over the lips, as well as extra time on the definition of the vermillion lip line around the scar.



The Aftercare was explained again in full, and a new aftercare balm was given with the instruction to call if there were any problems experienced. We booked a review for 4 weeks timeframe for an update.

I am expecting not only for the lips to look fuller, neater, and more colourful than before tattooing but also there is potential for the scar to be flatter and less indented.


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