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Why Permanent Makeup Is Not Always The Best Option

Dr. Renu Kothottil | April, 18 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in permanent makeup, because once you get it done, you have little to worry about your face looking fresh and glamorous all the time, even when you have just woken up. Permanent makeup is technically a variation of tattooing, wherein your eyebrows can be darkened, your lips can be given definition and colour and you can even get a beauty spot, all of which is pretty much permanent. Its permanence is perhaps why you need to make sure that you really want to get the procedure done, and more importantly, you need to make sure that you get the procedure done through a reliable professional.

In this article, we will look at the more dangerous aspects of permanent makeup and how things can go wrong.

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Chances are that when you get the cosmetic procedure for the very first time, things might turn out fine; but when you go in for repeat procedures, there is quite the possibility that you might not be as lucky. The biggest problem is that when there is a problem with the procedure, rectifying the problem is much tougher and there are not a lot of people who will actually do the same.

There are several people who think that laser treatment will remove the damage done by these permanent tattoos and other makeup methods. However, the fact is that while the laser will lighten them, they will also lighten the rest of your skin. This is especially problematic for people with dark skin, because their skin will start to look pigmented. Then there are other procedures, which might actually leave scars, which will be difficult to hide, especially when they are on the face.

What you need to do:

While you might have decided that you want to get your face beautified permanently, it is important that you walk into this decision with your eyes and mind, open.

  • Ask around before you finalise on a salon or clinic, because you need to make sure that you are going to a place that will keep your face safe. Talk to friends or family members who have undergone such treatments or talk to your family physician, if they can give you any references.
  • If you are choosing to get your procedure done at a salon, then you need to make sure that the place has all the appropriate licences and certificates. Ask to see them, before you sign on any dotted lines. Also, make sure that the place has been inspected on a regular basis by the local health authorities.
  • It is just as important to ensure that the practitioner, who will be performing the procedure on you, has all the requisite certifications and licenses. There are a certain set of tests and exams that the practitioners need to clear, before they can start practising.
  • Make sure that you ask the practitioner for how long he or she has been practising, how many procedures they have successfully completed in the past and what problems they have faced, during such procedures. If possible, ask to meet with a few people, on whom the practitioner has performed the same or similar procedures. Testimonials and picture portfolios are actually easy to create, which is why you should not blindly trust them.
  • Since this is a cosmetic procedure, aesthetics are extremely important – the practitioner you are choosing might know the science really well, but might not be well versed with the artistry aspect of it all. Make sure that you find out all the details about the same, well in advance.
  • In case, you are worried about your own comfort, then you need to make sure that there is someone to administer general anaesthesia or sedation to you.
  • It is imperative that the needles being used are brand new and not simply sterilised. Even the pigment that is being used needs to be fresh and all necessary precautions need to be taken.
  • Finally, opt for a look that will last you for a few years, and not something that is the latest fad.

What can go wrong:

Permanent makeup is actually tattoos, so the problems that are generally associated with tattoos will also be associated with permanent makeup. Some of the most common complications include:

  • Allergies to the pigmentation
  • Scars which get difficult to hide
  • Cracking, peeling and blistering of skin
  • Infections
  • If fresh needles are not being used or if the tattooing devices have not been sterilised with care, there is the risk of HIV or hepatitis.
  • If you ever look at removal of the same, there are a range of problems that are associated with those too.

What you need to ensure:

  • It is imperative that you choose a practitioner who always follows the accepted norms of precautions and safe practice.
  • It is just as essential that the practitioners and his or her support staff have the requisite training and the proper equipment for the same.
  • When the pigment being used is not of good quality or is heavy in metallic content, there are possible issues that could crop up during MRI scans, such as swelling and burning.
  • While to most people topical anaesthetics might not be anything life threatening, but if they are not used properly, there could be adverse reactions to the same.
  • If the colours being used are not of a good grade, then the colours could start to fade or lighten over a period of time.

Perhaps permanent makeup might seem like a good option right now, but you need to think about the possible repercussions before the final decision.

Dr. Renu Kothottil

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