Why Permanent Makeup Is a Bad Idea

“Call permanent cosmetic tattooing whatever you choose, micropigmentation, derma implantation, semi-permanent, permanent makeup, and whatever other fancy words you wish; it’s a tattoo.” says Hashey.com, a school of permanent cosmetics. Permanent makeup options include eyebrows, eyeliner, full lip color and lip liner, for instance. Here are a few reasons I suggest you should not pursue permanent makeup.


Regrets Afterwards
According to Andrew Weil

M.D., more than half the people who get a tattoo later regret it. If your regrets are overwhelming enough for you to remove the tattoo, it is costly, time-consuming and difficult to have it removed. Removal choices include dermabrasion, excision, laser, salabrasion, or doing a cosmetic over-tattoo. But, most consider laser the best procedure for removal. You may have permanent scars or discoloration after attempted removal.


Potential Complications
Generally, you may have to deal with one or more of the following complications if you opt for the application of permanent makeup: allergic reactions to the ink, infection, keloid scarring, and the development of growths such as granulomas. These nodules can pop up where the body perceives foreign material. Here are a few concerns specific to certain procedures.




According to Jane Adler, lip tattoo subjects commonly experience fever blisters as a side effect. Therefore, she recommends that anyone who has ever had a fever blister or cold sore take an antiviral medication prior to a procedure. In addition, she states, you risk a secondary infection unless you use brand new mascara, foundation and lipstick following a procedure. These have the potential of introducing bacteria. Patients who are normally candidates to take antibiotics before a dental procedure should also take antibiotics before a tattoo.




It is normal to expect swelling and tenderness for a few days following a procedure for permanent eyeliner. You are at greater risk for conjunctivitis during this time. As a result, you should wear no makeup for 72 hours after a procedure. Use only brand new mascara after the 72-hour period. According to JaneAlder.com, you should avoid hot tubs, pools, sun, and all creams around eye area following a procedure to reduce the possibility of complications.
According to AmericanHealthandBeauty.com, on the average, having your eyebrows, eyeliner or lip liner done permanently will cost $400 to $600 per procedure. Having your initial procedure corrected or removed would cost extra. For complete lip color, averages run $600 to $900 per procedure. You can buy a lot of makeup for the cost of just one of these permanent makeup procedures.

Hashey.com; Permanent Makeup Training in the US: The Good, Bad and Ugly; 2011

Weil; Is Permanent Makeup Safe?; Andrew Weil, M.D.; December 2010

JaneAdler.com: Pre and Post Procedure

AmericanHealthandBeauty.com; How Much Does Permanent Makeup Cost?; January 2010

2 Responses to Why Permanent Makeup Is a Bad Idea

  1. kristen says:

    I have my eyebrows and eyeliner done…no complications…no regrets…had a touch up and would do it all over again IN A HEARTBEAT…and would highly recommend!!

  2. Heather Price says:

    I’m so glad it worked out for you!

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