If you’ve been thinking about enhancing the features of your face with permanent makeup, it is important that you know all of the risks before undergoing any treatment. Sure, it can be a real time saver in the morning and is certainly easier than applying temporary makeup by hand, but it’s not all glitz and glamour. There are some serious risks involved in permanent makeup application. Be sure that you carefully weigh the pros and cons before making such a big decision or you might end up regretting it later.

The most common complaint amongst permanent makeup wearers is dissatisfaction ñ even if they were initially satisfied with the color and placement of their cosmetic tattoos. Unfortunately, as we age our skin tone and body shape often changes. Colors that were once flattering may later appear to clash with your changing skin tone.

Permanent makeup has also been known to fade or migrate away from its initial injection points over time. Also, if the pigments are injected too far beneath the skin, you may be left with a more blurred looking cosmetic tattoo than is desirable.

Unfortunately, changing your permanent makeup isn’t as easy as changing your mind. Though laser cosmetic surgery can be used in permanent makeup removal, it isn’t always possible to remove all of the color. Certain colors are harder to remove and will take several laser sessions to see significant results. Other colors can only be faded.

Another serious risk in the removal of permanent makeup is permanent hair loss. This is a serious factor if the cosmetic surgeon will need to work in areas near the eyelashes or eyebrows, because the laser surgery may end up damaging the neighboring hair follicles.

If the thought of later dissatisfaction and removal risks aren’t enough to dissuade you from undergoing a permanent makeup application, it is important that you also know the medical risks before going into the procedure.

The most common medical conditions that can result from cosmetic tattooing are infections or an allergic reaction to the pigment. Less common conditions include skin cancer (if the body perceives the colored pigments as a foreign material), scar tissue (more often seen during the removal process), and MRI complications (a swelling or burning in the areas with permanent makeup during MRI scans).

Because permanent makeup is indeed permanent, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into before starting any treatment. Is the risk of future dissatisfaction and possibly serious medical reactions really worth saving yourself a few minutes in front of the mirror each morning? The key to any life altering decision is knowledge, so be sure to learn all you can before deciding if the procedure is right for you.