Is permanent make-up safe?

Permanent make-up

Thinking of trying permanent make-up? Here’s what you need to know. 

Permanent make-upAdding permanent make-up to your skin may seem convenient and easy, but just like any other surgical procedure, there are associated dangers.

Many women would like to free up the time it takes to put make-up on every day. Permanent make-up means that whatever you do, your make-up will remain in place.

When a skilled medical aesthetician handles this procedure, it is generally safe. Unfortunately, regulatory institutions have not been able to keep pace with the permanent make-up industry’s growth. Therefore, there are several unqualified personnel wielding needles.

To prevent you from unnecessary dangers associated with permanent make-up therapy, there are essential points you should note. These points will enlighten you on everything about permanent make-up and its pros and cons. 

What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup, also known as a cosmetic tattoo, is a kind of tattooing whereby a medical aesthetician implants pigment into the upper layer of your skin. They apply this pigment using a range of tattoo techniques. The techniques include a pen or rotary machine, coil machine or traditional tattoo, and with the hands.

Although these permanent cosmetics may fade off over time and require regular touch ups, we call them permanent because the colours won’t wash away. Due to this, most cosmetic injectors include the cost of touch-up processes in the total cost of getting permanent make-up.


Major types of permanent makeup

1. Eyes

This make-up is applied in different ways to help improve your eyes. Permanent eyeliner is used to line the bottom and top lids. This creates defined eye lines, a soft look, and beautiful eyes. You can also get permanent eyeshadow in many colours and styles. 

2. Eyebrows

Applying permanent make-up to your eyebrows provides an impression of hair. It is usually used to shape, define and fill in the lacking areas of your eyebrows. This make-up gives the look of full eyebrows for those who have lost most of their facial hair. An expert cosmetic injector will produce a pair of individual eyebrows with a natural look.

3. Lips

You may be tired of reapplying your lipstick all through the day. Perhaps you are not content with crooked or thin lips. Permanent make-up on your lips can transform your look. You get more defined and fuller lips in your preferred lip shade.

Both permanent lipstick and lip liners can be used in any colours. If you choose a natural glow, then you can use other lipstick colours too. The lip make-up prevents colour bleed. When you apply a vivid shade, all you need is a light lip gloss to improve the appearance of your lips.

This make-up can balance your uneven or crooked lips, and add fullness to them. The only thing that you should worry about in creating fuller lips is the extension of colour beyond your lips’ outer edge.

Who can undergo permanent make-up procedures?

While anyone may decide to have permanent make-up, there are categories of people the treatment is usually recommended for:

  • People who have alopecia or other conditions which make them lose hair in their eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • Those who do not have excellent motor skills and find applying their make-up a challenge.
  • Anyone who wants to avoid the stress of doing their make-up.
  • People with an allergy or extreme sensitivity to makeup products from different brands

Who not should undergo permanent make-up?

Of course, some people are advised to never try on permanent make-up, no matter how tempting it seems. They are:

  • People who have diabetes or are taking blood thinners.
  • Anybody that suffers from an immunosuppressive illness, such as HIV.
  • People with blemishes or active acne around the areas they want permanent make-up.
  • Those whose skin is vulnerable to scarring.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Once you feel that you are eligible for permanent make- up, the next step is deciding a suitable medical aesthetician to get the job done. The following guidelines will help you to choose the right person for your treatment.

Selecting a good medical aesthetician

Before you entrust your skin into the hands of a cosmetic injector, you should be confident in their tattooing credentials and skills, together with their hygienic behaviours. In addition, you should ensure that they will use high-quality equipment. 

You need to explain how precisely you desire your permanent make-up to be. Photographs may help. Your medical aesthetician will make a quick sketch to prove that they understand how you want the permanent make-up to be and that they are capable of achieving the same. If they do not understand your preference, it will be better to contact someone else to avoid disappointment later.

When you are content, you can book your session for some other time. Consider the total cost for your permanent make-up. You do not want to overshoot your budget.


Preparing for your permanent makeup process

These are essential precautions you should make before having permanent make-up:

  • Prepare your mental state for the process. If you are nervous, try some meditation to keep your mind calm.
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks on the day of your permanent make-up treatment.
  • Do not consume any drugs or excessive alcohol in the week before your appointment.
  • Keep your skin moisturised.
  • For about a week before the process, do not use exfoliating or skin-thinning care products, like retinol or glycolic acid.

Is the process of getting permanent make-up painful?

Like many tattoo procedures, the procedure of permanent make-up can also be painful. However, contacting a qualified cosmetic injector can help in reducing the pain. There are solutions available to diminish the pain sensation which the needles induce during these processes. These solutions include epinephrine and anaesthetics.

Many people assume that the permanent eyeliner procedure gives the most painful experience. This is not true. Experienced and qualified aestheticians use suitable painkillers to ensure that your permanent make-up procedure is a smooth ride. Before the process begins at all, the medical aesthetician places anesthetic on the eyeliner. This limits the pain and swelling caused by the first injection.

Before the procedure, ask the personnel what kind of anaesthetic they will use.


What you should expect after your permanent make-up

When you have finally decided to go for permanent make-up, you should also learn about expected results and effects after the entire procedure. They include:

  • Bleeding slightly during permanent make-up therapy is normal. However, there should no longer be any bleeding when you finish the process.
  • Also, the areas you had the permanent make-up on may swell up, especially a day after your process.
  • Your skin may be sore for a while after being permanently made up.
  • After a couple of days, your skin might start to peel, flake, or scab. This should stop in less than a week.

Is permanent make-up safe for you?

Just like most tattooing exercises, permanent make-up involves some risks. But, as long as you follow precautions, you are most likely to end up getting great results, with no bad side effects. The most important of these warnings, as indicated above, is choosing an experienced professional. This professional must be ready to carry out instructions to the letter.

The efficiency and expertise of the medical aesthetician you choose goes a long way in determining how well and long you will enjoy your permanent makeup. Technologies advance every day to ensure that critical operations such as permanent makeup turn out safe and convenient for everyone involved.


Benefits of permanent make-up

The most substantial advantage of your permanent make-up is that it saves you a chunk of time. If you have a busy schedule, many commitments, and long commutes, then you will not have to worry about not having sufficient time to do your make-up. And, no matter how much you sweat, your permanent make-up will not fade or smudge.

Those with conditions like arthritis, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease can find permanent make-up useful.

The benefits of permanent make-up are so limitless that if you lose your eyebrows due to hair loss conditions, you can get permanent eyebrows to replenish them. If you have lip scars, you can hide your unsightly marks with a lasting lipstick. Those that have cosmetic allergies are not left out: neither are people with pigmentation issues such as vitiligo.

The disadvantages:

  • Allergies to pigment on your skin. To make it safe, your professional cosmetic injector should perform a patch survey before working on the large areas.
  • If you are vulnerable to scarring, or the technique of the permanent make-up is weak, you may get scars.
  • Infection, whether because of poor maintenance following treatment or the poor hygienic conditions at the studio while you were getting the permanent make-up.
  • Infection constituting blood-borne illnesses, such as hepatitis or HIV. This can stem from the negligent and criminal condition of equipment used.
  • Adverse effects following exposure to MRI machines, the sun and topical anaesthetics.

Maintenance and aftercare

Correct maintenance is vital. If you neglect your cosmetic tattoo and do not care for it adequately, you could end up compromising its colour and shape. You may even contract an infection.

These are essential tips you should follow for the proper care of your new permanent make-up:

  • Refrain from touching the treated areas as much as you can, except when cleaning.
  • Washing your hands always is advisable before touching your tattooed skin.
  • For a couple of weeks after treatment, use a nourishing lotion twice daily on the affected areas. Some medical aestheticians might provide you with special creams that are antiseptic.
  • For one week, do not apply anything other than the prescribed lotion to cosmetic tattoos: no exfoliants, oils, lip balms, make-up, and no eye or face creams.
  • Protect your face from prolonged sun exposure when staying outdoors by wearing a hat. Ask your cosmetic injector about the use of zinc oxide creams for protection from the sun.
  • You should not pick at your tattoo, even when the skin above it starts to peel.
  • For some days following the application of your permanent makeup, you should not swim or sweat excessively.

How durable is permanent make-up?

Going by its name, permanent make-up may not be as everlasting as it portrays itself to be. You know that it will not wash off even when you go swimming or to the gym, but those are still short-term considerations. If you think it will last forever, it won’t.

Its longevity depends on elements like sun exposure and genetics. Dark cosmetic tattoos such as the eyeliner last longer, even up to a decade. The lighter ones such as eyebrows or lip liners may remain only for about five years.

Gentler techniques such as eyebrow microblading last for three years. Furthermore, during the lifespan of your permanent makeup, that is, before it fades, you should have some touchups done. Do this to maintain the shape and colour before they change.

Removal of permanent make-up

As much as you may want to keep renewing your permanent makeup there are instances that you may need to remove it. This is because of its ability to fade over time.

Unlike traditional tattoos, permanent make-up is harder to remove, and the process of revival is quite harsh. It takes procedures such as dermabrasion laser resurfacing, and even surgery.

A substitute way to remove a harmful permanent make-up is when you replace it with another pigment. This new pigment emulates the natural color of your skin.

In any case, no matter the method you choose, the removal of your permanent make-up is more time consuming and painful than the initial process.