Risks of Permanent Makeup

Risks of Permanent Makeup
January 5, 2015

At first glance, permanent makeup seems like the woman-on-the-go’s biggest dream come true. In terms of convenience, how much easier could it possibly get? You simply have to decide which part of your face you would like to have permanently made up, find a reputable doctor, schedule the procedure, and then go through your life without any worry about whether your makeup has smudged from a long day at work or a long night of dancing…right? It sounds too good to be true, and the fact of the matter is permanent cosmetic makeup is riskier than you might imagine. Although the procedure itself, when administered in the proper environment and by a licensed professional, is as safe as a tattoo, there can be unintended consequences.

Talk to a professional about the pros and cons of getting permanent makeup. Call (480) 951-0539  for a consultation or Contact Sally Hayes today. 

Risks of Permanent Makeup

  1. Physical Reactions

    The first and most substantial risk of undergoing a permanent makeup procedure is unexpected physical skin reactions. The term permanent makeup sounds less consequential than its more scientific nomenclatures: dermapigmentation and micropigmentation. In reality, though, permanent makeup is, in fact, facial tattooing. Amazing how the change in names increases the gravity of the procedure. Like any tattoo, permanent makeup requires intrusion into layers of the skin in order to alter the pigmentation of the skin. In other words, this procedure literally alters the skin itself. When getting a tattoo, the licensed professional will inject an ink combination into the layers of your skin in order to create a design that is long lasting. The same is true of permanent cosmetics. While non-facial tattoos are typically harmless, facial cosmetic tattoos are more consequential due to the region of the body you are tattooing.

Tattooing does not allow for the kind of “test strips” hair dying allows. In other words, you can’t tattoo a small part of your face and “see what happens.” If you have a negative reaction, it will likely be a permanent reaction. Covering a facial tattoo or “correcting” a facial tattoo is a task taken on by only a few, brave, master artists, and even then, tattoo removal can leave its own “scar,” either lightening the skin or leaving a slight redness where the tattoo was before. Additionally, although only in rare cases, granulomas or keloids can form at the tattoo sight. These scars are not flat and can resemble moles or warts on the face. They can become irritated when touched and can be very difficult to remove. Moreover, if the person applying your permanent makeup is not actually a licensed professional, you further run the risk of contracting HIV or a form of hepatitis as a result of needle misuse or neglect to sterilize the needle (or use single-use sterilized needles). These consequences are something you should keep in mind when considering undergoing a permanent cosmetic procedure.

Additionally, certain types of “colorants” or pigments used to alter the appearance of the skin through the permanent makeup procedure are not actually safe to use on the facial regions of the body and can have adverse effects either immediately on further along down the road. Permanent makeup is not an industry heavily regulated by the government of FDA. Any permanent makeup artists who claim they use ingredients that have been approved and regulated by the FDA are stretching the truth, to say the least. The ingredients might have been evaluated and approved by the FDA, sure, but saying that does not explain to what capacity the ingredients are approved. No ingredient has been specifically approved for permanent makeup applications, so bear that in mind. Furthermore, certain ingredients are more likely to cause an adverse reaction than others. Inks that are based in vegetables or other natural ingredients are actually more likely to have an adverse effect on the skin. They cause allergic reactions that range from slight redness to intense burning and swelling. These physical reactions are only a few, more immediate effects of permanent makeup.

  1. Complications down the Road

Although some ingredients are safe in regards to their immediate and long-term effect within the skin, Iron Oxide, a primary ingredient use in permanent make up, can cause complications further down the road, specifically if the tattoo’d individual undergoes an MRI. The Iron Oxide is triggered by the MRI and can cause skin irritation as well as slight burning sensations. Furthermore, a presence of Iron Oxide can alter the accuracy of the MRI’s results, something you must consult your doctor about prior to undergoing an MRI.

Additionally, in a similar vein, like all tattoos, permanent makeup can change, even if slightly, over time. Although the permanent makeup resides within the dermis, certain external factors can alter the ink. Sun exposure, for example, is harder to avoid when the tattoo is on your face. Sun expose increases the rate of fading. The color of the skin tone prior to application of permanent makeup also has an effect on how permanent the makeup actually is. In other words, permanent implies it will last a long time, but just how long it will last – and how pristinely – is dependent upon outside factors

  1. Fashion is Fluid

What is considered fashionable today might not be fashionable tomorrow. What’s in vogue today will be out by the end of the year. Few trends, as women know all too well, are considered timeless. Fortunately, wardrobes are easily updated – out with the old, in with the new. This is not the case when it comes to permanent makeup. You cannot simply change your makeup to follow the newest trends. What you get is what you got. In other words, think carefully before buying into a permanent beauty trend such as this one.

  1. Regret

Another risk of permanent makeup procedures is unsatisfactory results. Imagine applying your makeup in the morning and half way through the day deciding you are less than satisfied with how you look. What do you do? You go to the restroom, clean your face, and reapply the makeup in a manner of your choosing. Well, permanent makeup is just that – permanent.

If this procedure does not go according to plan, or if you find that your permanent makeup is not something you actually want to remain permanent, you will be left with few options. If the permanent makeup procedure leaves you with a negative skin reaction, for example, you will be left with three choices: either push through the discomfort, consultant a professional who can effectively remove the facial tattoo, or undergo complete facial reconstruction surgery. None of the options are particularly pleasant, so it is important to consider these potential consequences before undergoing the procedure. Buyers’ remorse may be more common than you might initially imagine. Furthermore, what you see immediately after your procedure is not exactly what you will see after your procedure. Over time, the permanent makeup will begin to fade slightly, so it will never look exactly like it did the first day you got it. Moreover, touch ups are required in order to maintain the integrity of the permanent makeup. Therefore, in reality, it is not as easy and carefree as advertised.

The idea of having permanent makeup seems an ideal one, to say the least. Nevertheless, there are risks that one must weigh before actually going through with what is truly a life changing procedure. Is it worth potential scarring for life? Is it worth multiple touch ups for the rest of your life? Will you ever get an MRI, and if so, are you comfortable with the fact that such a routine test may cause a burning sensation or temporary, albeit intense, discomfort and reddening in the facial regions of your body afterward? Furthermore, are you an indecisive person? Will you change your mind and regret the decision immediately or soon thereafter?

Permanent makeup is no small decision. Then again, the risks occur very rarely. For the most part, the procedure goes off without a hitch, and the results are extraordinary. Imagine never having to apply makeup again. Imagine waking up and looking exactly how you want to look. With permanent makeup, you will no longer look tired and fatigued at the end of the day (or, under particular circumstances, right when you wake up in the morning). Furthermore, you can go through an entire day at work, an entire night out with the girls, a day at the beach, and an incredibly sweaty exercise session – and still have perfect makeup, completely intact and with no need to touch it up in any way, shape, or form. Being the last one out the door will be a thing of the past, and taking an hour to get ready will be a reality no more.

With all of the good things that permanent makeup offers to those who seek it, it comes with serious repercussions that occur as a result of negligence – on both the part of the client and the professional administering the procedure. The key to avoiding the risks is dong the research. Know your body, know what you want, know your permanent makeup professional, and know where to seek help should the procedure not unfold as you had planned. If you decide to go ahead and undergo a permanent makeup application, remember that women have been taking part in these procedures for almost a century now. The art form has definitely been turned into a perfected science; professionals know what is acceptable and what is not. Furthermore, with minor consultation, a professional will know whether or not you will be at a higher risk for complications or adverse reactions.

As with any procedure, give permanent makeup plenty of thought before going through with it. Any reputable professional will give you this advice – follow it. Ensure that a permanent makeup procedure is something you truly want, something you will not change your mind about. If you do, in fact, decide to go through with the procedure, schedule a few days off of work immediately thereafter. Take the proper precautions to ensure your face will be shielded from the sun, and do your best to avoid scratching – as with any tattoo, permanent makeup can upset the skin temporarily and cause an itching sensation. Scratching leads to scarring and can cause damage to the skin and the permanent makeup itself.

At first glance, the risks may seem to outweigh the benefits of undergoing a permanent makeup procedure. Nevertheless, if permanent makeup is something you truly desire – the convenience, the beauty, the never having to actually “put your face on” again – then go ahead and set up an appointment to have a consultation with a professional. Never go into a walk-in permanent makeup artist’s office. Keep in mind the risks, and if your artist thinks you are a good candidate for the procedure, and you, too, feel at peace about permanent makeup, go for it. Hundreds of women undergo cosmetic tattoos every year in many different countries. There is no reason to be afraid of undergoing the procedure, as long as you have done your research and picked a reputable artist.

Talk to a professional about the pros and cons of getting permanent makeup. Call (480) 951-0539  for a consultation or Contact Sally Hayes today.