If you are prone to getting cold sores, you will need an antiviral prescription. A physician usually instructs to begin taking it 3 days before the procedure, for a 7-10 day course.

If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to mature about 6 months before tattooing on top of it.

Fillers: most physicians are giving a 3 week ok after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane. Ask your doctor about downtime for the procedure. 

Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase the risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count. 

Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection. Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count. Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. 

It is imperative to follow all pre- and post-procedure instructions!