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How Long do Lip Tattoos Last?

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
How Long do Lip Tattoos Last?

When you decide to get a tattoo, you most likely expect it to last forever. Most people take their time when deciding what they want to have tattooed on their beautiful skin, because they don’t want to risk getting tired of it after some time or end up getting a tattoo that they later regret. However, what if you could get a tattoo done that will fade away? Tattoos are not always permanent as is the case of lip tattoos. Apparently, lip tattoos have a due date and they will not last for very long.

In this oneHOWTO article we answer the question how long do lip tattoos last?

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  1. Why get a lip tattoo?
  2. Why NOT get a lip tattoo?
  3. How long do lip tattoos last?

Why get a lip tattoo?

It appears as if lip tattoos are getting more popular these days along with watercolor tattoos; but of all places in the human body it is interesting why inner lip tattoos are becoming a thing. Not everyone wants to show their tattoo and lip tattoos can be easily covered. For those who are still hesitant about getting a tattoo this may be a safe place to start.

Moreover, it is a small area meaning that it will generally be more affordable and less painful that if you were getting a tattoo across your back. You also will not get tired of it since you will rarely see it unless you pull your lip out and look in a mirror.

How Long do Lip Tattoos Last? - Why get a lip tattoo?

Why NOT get a lip tattoo?

The beauty of getting a tattoo is the knowledge that you are permanently adding a design to your body. Many people choose wisely what they want to tattoo on their body, often selecting meaningful dates, inspirational sayings or even having the faces of their loved ones tattooed on their body.

However, lip tattoos tend to disappear after a short time. Unless you have them redone, in very little time nobody will be able to tell you got a lip tattoo. Also, the mouth is full of bacteria, which may increase the risk of catching an infection or encountering oral health problems.

How long do lip tattoos last?

If you just want a temporary tattoo and you don’t like the “fake” ones, inner lip tattoos are your best bet. Lip tattoos may last between a few weeks and up to 12 months. This greatly depends on the amount of care you put in place to make your lip tattoo last as much as possible, and the technique that the tattoo artist uses. The type of ink may also influence that lasting properties of the tattoo.

Making sure that you follow the recommendations from the tattoo artist, which may include washing your teeth after each meal, rinsing with anti-bacterial mouthwash that is alcohol-free before and after a meal and trying to keep the area as dry as possible, will help extend the life of your tattoo. You may also want to ask your tattoo artist to go over the tattoo a few times on the day you have it done to make sure it is highly pigmented.

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