Pros and Cons Of Permanent Eyeliner

What are the side effects of permanent eyeliner?

Reactions that have been reported include swelling, cracking, peeling, blistering, and scarring as well as formation of granulomas in the areas of the eyes and lips. In some cases, the effects reported caused serious disfigurement, resulting in difficulty in eating and talking.Lovely red lips, perfectly shaped eyebrows, and flattering eyeliner. Permanent makeup holds the promise you'll work all day, go to the gym, dance all night, and wake up in the morning with makeup in place. Nothing, it seems, will phase these cosmetic tattoos.

In the hands of a skilled person, the procedures are generally safe. But state regulatory agencies haven't kept pace with the growth of the permanent makeup industry, and there are lots of unqualified people wielding needles.Permanent makeup is considered micropigmentation, similar to tattoos. It involves using a needle to place pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of the skin. Tattooing and medical restoration, which corrects imperfections from scars and vitiligo (lack of natural pigmentation in the skin), are similar procedures. "They're the same procedures but used for different purposes," says ophthalmologist Charles S. Zwerling, MD, who coined the term micropigmentation.

Permanent makeup for eyeliner is the most popular cosmetic enhancement, followed by eyebrows and lip color. Some practitioners offer blush and eye shadow, but Zwerling, chairman of the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) in Goldsboro, N.C., says he's totally opposed. "What I've seen has been very poorly done. You can't be sure what the color is going to do, and if you get an allergic reaction, you're dealing with a large surface area. You're talking about major reconstructive face surgery."Most procedures are done after applying an anesthetic to the skin. Zwerling says after the initial procedure, touch-up might be required but no sooner than one month and as much as three months later. Practitioners include dermatologists, cosmetologists, aestheticians, nurses, and tattooists. Before you rush to the Yellow Pages to find a practitioner, experts advise doing your homework.

How long does permanent eyeliner last?

The “tattooed” eyeliner typically lasts about a year, Meyer said, though Ant Falco noted it could last two or three years. However, the pigment will eventually fade. Meyer said many of her clients come back after about a year to get touch-ups.u’re getting a tattoo on your face? Like you’re in prison?” Leave it to my husband to get all literal the night before my appointment to have my lips recontoured and tinted with semipermanent pigments.

For as long as I can remember, I have bemoaned the stingy diameter of my upper lip and its askew Cupid’s bow. The natural color too leans toward an unripe, anemic strawberry still on the vine. Sure, I can plump it with an artful lick of lip liner and strategic shading, but reapplication throughout the day gets tedious—not to mention dangerous when you live in L.A. and do most cosmetic touch-ups at stoplights.

Luckily, there’s never been a better time to outwit genetics. Semipermanent makeup, which includes, among other treatments, lip tinting, everlasting eyeliner, and the wildly popular microblading (individually tattooed eyebrow hairs), is having more than a moment. Actresses like Mandy Moore, Olivia Wilde, and Lena Dunham have been transparent about their ink experiences—and when septuagenarian sex symbol Helen Mirren revealed she had her eyes “done” last spring, she was talking about the microblader’s needle, not the plastic surgeon’s knife.

Is permanent eyeliner safe?

Permanent makeup is generally considered safe. It carries the same risks as other tattoos. The most serious is the risk of infection from improperly sanitized tools and equipment.I think we should call permanent makeup what it really is: a tattoo. Before I get to why I think this is a bad idea, I want to tell you that I do understand the reasons why some women (and men) may see permanent makeup as a solution to perceived problems with their appearance. For those with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that leads to patchy hair loss) permanent makeup may restore the appearance of eyebrows. The same may be true of some cancer patients, although hair lost due to chemotherapy or radiation usually regrows after treatment ends.But the downside requires serious consideration. I’ve read that more than half of all individuals who get tattoos later regret it. Removing permanent makeup is just as difficult and risky as removing any other tattoo: Laser removal is now considered the best and safest procedure (others include excision, dermabrasion, salabrasion, and cosmetic over-tattoo). No matter which method you choose, it will be time-consuming and may leave permanent scars or residual discolorations. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, laser treatment of tattoos “may entirely remove the pigment or only bring fair results. The skin is rarely as perfect as it was prior to getting the tattoo.” And treatment to remove tattoos can be very expensive and is not covered by insurance.Problems may arise even if removal isn’t an issue for you. The complications of having permanent makeup “applied” include infection, allergic reactions to the ink used and the development of growths such as granulomas, nodules that can arise around any material the body perceives as foreign, and keloids, scars that can grow beyond normal boundaries.What’s more, you may be dissatisfied with the way the permanent makeup looks – eyebrows may seem crooked or uneven, colors may be too harsh and shapes may not be to your liking. And while the FDA has approved a number of color additives for use in cosmetics, none of them is approved for injection into the skin. The FDA warns that using an unapproved color additive in a tattoo ink adulterates the ink and that “many pigments used in tattoo inks are not approved for skin contact at all. Some are industrial grade colors that are suitable for printer’s ink or automobile paint.”