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Permanent Makeup—sounds ideal, but what’s the catch?

POSTED ON August 3, 2011

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Ladies and gentlemen… makeup users of all varieties, shapes and sizes… they have come up with a solution to the daily makeup hassle. Permanent makeup allows you to wake up looking beautiful everyday without the 10 minute application process. While the perks seem pretty wonderful from initial review, there are also serious risks and costs involved. What is it? Permanent makeup is applied through micro pigmentation, a tattooing process that uses a tattoo pen to inject permanent ink into your skin. There are a number ...

Ladies and gentlemen… makeup users of all varieties, shapes and sizes… they have come up with a solution to the daily makeup hassle. Permanent makeup allows you to wake up looking beautiful everyday without the 10 minute application process. While the perks seem pretty wonderful from initial review, there are also serious risks and costs involved.

What is it?

Permanent makeup is applied through micro pigmentation, a tattooing process that uses a tattoo pen to inject permanent ink into your skin. There are a number of procedures, ranging from just-applied lipstick, lip liner and eye liner among others. These procedures can take anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes to complete. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and, like any tattoo, the area becomes swollen for 2-5 days and will crust over before it is fully healed.

Benefits

There are additional benefits to the permanent makeup tattoos, aside from constant beauty and less hassle. Although, if you apply makeup each morning like I do, those benefits alone may be enough to sell you on the process. You can swim, exercise and shower and still maintain your face. It can also be helpful to anyone that has experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns or cosmetic surgery. Permanent makeup eases the burden of applying makeup encountered with aging or conditions like arthritis. It can also serve as a solution for those who have allergies to traditional makeup or have sensitive skin.

Risks

Conversely, each procedure can cost anywhere from $300 to $1000. The price varies dependent on the quality of the work, the number of areas and time involved. Additionally, permanent makeup is classified as a serious cosmetic procedure and must be performed by a trained and license professional. Risks include possible infection from unsterile equipment, allergic reactions to the ink or dye used in the makeup, scarring and keloid formation, granulomas and removal problems. It is very difficult, expensive and painful to remove all of the pigment if you encounter any of the aforementioned issues.

My thoughts

More importantly, in my opinion, is the possibility that today’s makeup look may become dated in a few years. Once your face is tattooed, you’re more or less stuck with that look. I know that the pros and cons are significant enough to require a lot of thought before following through with the procedure. In an attempt to choose the safer option for my eyes, I will not be pursuing permanent makeup. No needles near my naked eye, please. What are your thoughts?

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