It may be tempting to get one or more items of permanent makeup, such as eyeliner or lip color. While permanent makeup can save you time and drama, the risks are similar to those of tattoos, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Mayo Clinic. Before deciding to get that permanent eyeliner or blusher strokes, learn all you can about the potential drawbacks so you don’t one day regret your beauty decision.
Potential MRI Dangers
If you ever need to have a MRI, beware that permanent makeup can alter such medical tests, according to the Mayo Clinic. The pigments of the makeup, especially eyeliner, can interfere with the image quality. Also, a few people who had permanent makeup applications endured burning and scarring after a MRI.
Whether you get permanent makeup or a tattoo design, beware that the pigments may cause allergic reactions on your skin, according to the FDA and the Mayo Clinic. Some people, especially those who request red dye pigments, endure itchy skin breakouts even years after their cosmetic application.
Local infections can result from the needles or the dyes used, according to the Mayo Clinic. Such instances are usually characterized by pus, redness, swelling and pain. In addition, anytime you get a pigment application with needles, whether it is permanent makeup or a tattoo, you run the risk of contracting blood-borne infections such as hepatitis or HIV.
Keloids may form anytime your skin is traumatized by a needle and pigment, according to the FDA. These can create rather unsightly scars in the treated area. Granulomas can also form around the pigments; this happens when your body rejects the pigments as “foreign” and results in raised nodules that could create scarring.
If you one day decide that permanent makeup wasn’t the best decision for you, beware that removing permanent makeup can be as painful, risky, expensive and potentially ineffective as tattoo removal, according to the FDA. Also, sometimes permanent makeup and tattoo applications do not turn out as planned and the person is unhappy with the results. No matter what the reason is for the desired removal, several treatments are usually necessary to remove permanent makeup and often lead to some type of scarring.
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