The Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup
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The Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup

If you are considering permanent makeup, it is beneficial to make yourself aware of all the pros and cons before coming to an informed decision on whether you want to have it done or not. The following article provides a list of pros and cons worth contemplating before committing to permanent makeup.

Permanent makeup is also referred to as medical tattooing, or micro pigmentation. It is a technique where oxides are injected into the skin creating long lasting makeup. It is not only used to add color makeup to your features, but can be used to improve the appearance of other issues like scarring, pigmentation and sparse eyebrows.

Let’s take a look at some of the common pros and cons to consider:


-It provides you with very long lasting makeup. The duration depends on the area you are having it applied and the shade you are having applied. Generally it lasts between 2-5 years before maintenance is required. This means your makeup stays on in all conditions and you don’t need to spend time applying it or removing it daily. You get to wake up looking put together and don’t have to worry about getting the look right day to day. You also don’t have to worry about your makeup coming off on your clothes, bath towels or sheets.

-Those prone to skin allergies from makeup may be able to have this procedure performed.

-It is not considered a medically invasive procedure, so you can generally go home straight after the process much like other beauty treatments.


-If you don’t like the result it is very difficult to remove, just like a tattoo can be. Some procedures like laser can help to minimize the effect.

-It can take more than one session to get the color right, so be prepared for multiple treatments to begin with.

-It is not a permanent procedure in all senses-you still require maintenance if you want to keep the color fresh as it fades over time.

-Some pain during the procedure- there are many forms of pain relief employed when a patient undergoes micro pigmentation, however some pain may still be felt. This varies with the procedure and person.

-Side effects after the procedure-you need to be prepared for some side effects after the procedure until your body settles down. This is typically mild swelling, and a little pain.

-Allergic reactions or severe side effects-when performed by a medical professional permanent makeup is generally considered a low risk procedure, but in some instances individuals can react to the treatment by developing a high level of swelling and rashes.

-It is not a treatment that is covered by health insurance so like other beauty treatments you have to pay the entire cost.

-You can’t easily change your makeup day to day as you have committed to a certain look.


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Comments (2)

I don't think I'd ever opt for permanent makeup. I like to be able to change things up sometimes. Thanks for the interesting info.

I wanted to have a tattoo but not as a form of make up. Its weird for me. Good info here.