Permanent Cosmetic Tattooing


Is permanent cosmetic tattooing permanent? If you are asking does it last a lifetime? No. Most tattoos for the eyebrows, eye liner, lip lining, and coloring of lips and facial cheeks last one to five years. Maintenance is scheduled monthly or yearly.

The reasons people want permanent makeup includes:

  1. Time saving
  2. Lack of hair
  3. Desire to cover scars
  4. Not physically able to apply makeup for various medical reasons.

Who performs permanent makeup applications.

Before you consider a cosmetic procedure check your state and local laws. Some states have regulations for this industry and some do not..

Someone is going to inject tinted dyes into the upper skin layers of your face you need to do your research. Be sure to check your technicians qualifications, certifications, and training. These technicians may work in salons, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. You do not want an untrained amateur doing any of these procedures. After selecting the individual that is to create cosmetic details on your face, check for cleanliness in their surroundings. Ask about the inks, procedure, and the tools they will be using. Say “yes” only after understanding and agreeing to all that has been explained.

The Federal Drug Administration regulates the ingredients in the ink. Your state and local governments control education, certification, and licensing requirements.

Permanent makeup artists have often been tattoo artists before entering this field. Legitimate operators do pursue an education in permanent makeup application, safety, and other health regulations.

Tattooing and Permanent Makeup Application Complications:

  1. Infection
  2. Allergic reactions
  3. Removal problems
  4. Granulomas and keloids
  5. MRI complications

This list of infections is provided by the Federal Drug Administration.

Before beginning procedure:

Eyebrows, eyelids, and lips are very sensitive and tender facial areas. Are you able to tolerate any discomfort during and after the procedure and healing process?

Gather references on the considered practitioner

  1. Be aware of negative side effects
  2. If they should occur is your technician knowledgeable of treatment remedies
  3. Understand care and maintenance schedule
  4. Will the style chosen be in season for many years or will it date you?
  5. The body changes with passage of time; so does the tattoo.

How to remove:

Today lasers are used to remove permanent cosmetic tattoos. Traditional tattoos are removed with many other methods depending on the size, depth, and types of inks used. Laser treatments may take 1-5 treatments to remove, and several weeks for fading and healing. It is about a 3-4 month treatment program.

Federal Drug Administration

Sate and local health departments are responsible for permanent makeup and tattoo businesses. Before considering any procedure, visit your state and local health departments for questions and concerns which you may have.