Is Permanent Makeup safe, and is it suitable for everyone?

First, let’s understand: what is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup, also known as semi-permanent makeup, is the method of using tattooing (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) to create the appearance of makeup. This revolutionary technique applies natural pigments to the dermal layer of the skin. Often, clients ask ‘How is this different from tattooing?’. The answer is quite simple because the pigment used is different from traditional tattoos, it fades much faster. The application process is also more focused on achieving a natural aesthetic that compliments the complexion.

Now that we understand what permanent makeup is, many people ask the question Is permanent makeup safe?”  

In general, yes, permanent makeup is safe. However, it is still important to remember that procedures like this aren’t without their risks and should always be performed by a qualified professional. While side-effects are incredibly rare, they can include:

  • Infection
    Any procedure that involves breaking the barrier of the skin always carries this risk. That said, this is largely down to the hygiene and safety practices of your aesthetician.
  • Allergic Reaction
    Patch tests should always be carried out prior to the procedure to mitigate the risk of an allergic reaction. This can be anything from redness and swelling to stinging.
  • Granulomas
    Very occasionally, the body may perceive tattoo ink as a foreign body and form nodules around it.
  • Scarring
    People with olive skin tones or brown skin are more prone to developing scars, please speak to your aesthetician for advice.
  • Misplaced Pigmentation
    It is possible for migration can occur if your provider tattoos over inflamed or swollen areas, overwork the area, or uses an incorrect needle size.


Can Anyone have Permanent Makeup?

Although permanent makeup is safe in most cases, there are certain conditions that make it unsuitable for some people, these include:

  • Diabetes (please consult your doctor)
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Anyone on blood-thinning medications
  • Anyone undergoing chemotherapy
  • Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treatment area
  • Anyone using Accutane
  • Anyone with allergies to metal and colour

It is also important that you do not get permanent makeup treatments within 2 weeks of receiving Botox injections or fillers or if you have recently tanned your skin.

Just like with standard tattoos it also isn’t advisable for pregnant or breastfeeding women to get permanent makeup treatments.

If you are currently suffering from a viral infection or disease, it is also recommended that you don’t receive permanent makeup treatments until you are fully recovered. This is to reduce your risk of infection.


Who is Permanent Makeup Suitable for?

One of the most common reasons for someone choosing permanent makeup is the ability to reduce their daily makeup routine and to give themselves more confidence when going bare faced!

Another is those who lived through the 90s, and the trend of ‘over plucking’ eyebrows. Unfortunately, for many people, their eyebrow hair never recovered and now they turn to permanent makeup as a solution to give their face its natural frame back.

While you cannot have permanent makeup treatments while undergoing treatment for cancer, it is suitable for cancer survivors. It is also a great option for people with alopecia.

Also, if you are due to go on holiday, we recommend leaving enough time between jetting off and any permanent makeup treatments. This is because an important part of the aftercare is staying out of the sun and water!

If you have any further questions regarding any of the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I understand it’s a big decision and I am here to offer any reassurance you may need as well as answer all your questions.

Please note, that permanent makeup is only available to adults over the age of 18, and proof of age will be requested for those who look under 25.