These lips have swelling, are tender, and have a heavy, thick lipstick look with a reddish-brick color. For the first few days, the color is darker than it will appear when healed.
These lips have slight swelling, are reddish in color, are tender, and have a slight metallic taste.
These lips have less swelling, a thicker texture, are orange, are sore, and have a hot feeling. They are pre-exfoliation.
Exfoliation begins with very chapped lips. The color will become lighter as the epidermis sloughs off. It will appear that lips have lost all of their color during this phase of healing; however, when lips have healed completely, the dermal layer will gradually become darker.
These lips are very chapped, but are nearly finished with the chapping phase of healing.
During this phase, a soft, rich color begins to appear in the lips.
During this phase, lip color disappears and the frosty second chapping phase begins as a whitish, gray haze on the lips.
Color blooms from within more and more each day until day 21 ( which is 3 weeks post-procedure).
Healing is complete. The lip color you see is the color that you have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm, and they will return to normal with full color.