All women have woken up in the morning, looked in the mirror and thought, “I’m sure I’ll look better after a shower and I put some makeup on.” Permanent makeup that places eyeliner, eyebrow filler and lip color on the face has been around now for many years. Women no longer need worry about drawing an even line or replacing lipstick after a meal. Is a good idea to have permanent makeup done or do the negatives outweigh the benefits?
How is permanent makeup applied?
Permanent makeup application is a form of tattooing onto the skin. The ink contains metallic ingredients such as iron oxide mixed with numerous pigments and color shades. Permanent makeup application can be performed by a variety of people, from doctors to amateur technicians, with a corresponding range of skill levels.
First, a topical anesthetic is placed on the area the makeup is to be applied. Permanent makeup tattooing, also called micropigmentation, implants the colored iron oxide ink below the surface layer of the skin using either a pen-like device or a tattoo gun. The procedure lasts 20 to 30 minutes and may need more than one treatment. Special post care directions will be given such as staying out of sunlight or not wearing contact lens which must be followed. The color is intended to be permanent though can fade with time and may need further touch ups.
Risks of permanent makeup:
● Infection: may occur either from unclean needles, ink contamination, poor skin cleaning before getting the tattoo or from poor technique of the tattooist. It is essential that the person performing the tattooing be especially trained in permanent makeup application.
● Allergy: to components in the ink may cause a rash that may be difficult to get rid of since the tattoo ink is permanently placed in the skin.
● Scarring: is always a risk in any procedure that either places or removes a tattoo.
● Granulomas: are small bumps in the tattooed area that may occur as a response against the foreign substances in the tattoo ink.