The pros and cons of permanent makeup tattoos
Photos from John Hashey's Advanced School of Permanent Cosmetics, courtesy of Chip Litherland for The New York Times.
It seems obviously why some
people would want to receive cosmetic tattoos. As hairstylist Auri
Reynoso told the New York Times, she wanted to roll out of bed
"looking beautiful." Three years ago she had eyeliner and
defined eyebrows permanently etched onto her face. The 39-year-old
says the procedure was "a little uncomfortable," but
she's psyched about how it turned out. “It’s amazing how you
can wake up looking absolutely fabulous and get ready in five
minutes. I just apply blush, lip gloss and mascara and I’m done,”
Wait a minute. So this woman went through the ordeal of having
makeup tattooed on, but she still has to apply blush, lipgloss, and
mascara every morning? Are we crazy, or should she just fill in her
brows and apply her own eyeliner too while she's at it? Also
what about when people have eyeshadow or lip color tattooed on—how
do they know they'll always want the same color for their whole
lives?! We know everyone has their reasoning and can make their own
choices, but after learning about potential side effect we wonder
if permanent makeup is really worth receiving.
Cosmetic tattooing (aka micropigmentation) was originally developed
in the 1980s to help alopecia sufferers fill in their eyebrows.
It's provided great benefits for burn victims, cancer
survivors, and people with arthritis or Parkinson's disease and
have trouble applying makeup.
Clearly there are people out there who would love permanent makeup,
but there are downsides. For one thing, it's not entirely
"permanent," with colors and pigments fading over time.
Aside from allergic reactions, some patients have also reported
developing keloids, scars, blisters, and burning sensations when
undergoing an M.R.I. Those considering the procedure should be
aware that state regulations vary, and practitioners can be
sketchy. Dr. Charles Zwerling, an ophthalmologist who founded the
nonprofit organization American Academy of Micropigmentation in
1992 told the Times: “You can go on eBay and buy machines and
pigment and go in the garage and set up shop.” Remember that dirty
needles can cause infections like staph, hepatitis, and H.I.V., so
as with any procedure, you want to investigate the place and person
administering the ink and make sure there facility is clean and
that they've been properly trained.