Permanent make-up risks and side effects

Permanent make-up can pose health risks, but these can be minimised if done properly. Anyone interested in permanent make-up should inform themselves about the possible risks beforehand.

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Risks of permanent make-up


When thickening the eyelashes or correcting the lips or eyebrows, very fine colour pigments are introduced into the skin. However, the colours must be mentioned among the permanent make-up risks. It happens that non-certified colours are used. In order to exclude these permanent make-up risks, the colours should be toxicologically and microbiologically tested and, above all, hypoallergenic. Furthermore, the choice of colour is enormously important. A good consultation definitely includes colour advice. The colour should be chosen rather discreetly and match the type.


Allergic reactions are one of the permanent make-up risks that can hardly be excluded beforehand. Only if a complete declaration of the ingredients of the colours is available can people who are prone to allergies also reduce these permanent make-up risks.


The fine needle pricks with which pigmentation is done are actually harmless. However, poor hygiene and unclean work can lead to risks with permanent make-up that should not be underestimated. Therefore, disposable needles and a sterile treatment device should be used. This eliminates the risk of permanent make-up infection.

Inflammation of the treated area

It is common for small scabs to form after permanent make-up. However, these scabs fall off after a few days. Now, however, an inflammatory reaction can occur during the treatment for various reasons. The highest level of hygiene, disposable tools and skilled personnel can minimise this risk.

Scarring with permanent make-up

To avoid visible scarring, it is essential to avoid the sun after pigmentation. In any case, a highly effective sunscreen must be applied, as the skin in the pigmented areas is still very sensitive at first.

Wrong lines or slips

Slips during pigmentation can happen. Normally, however, wrong lines are hardly possible, because with every permanent make-up the desired result is always sketched out and then pigmented exactly on these lines.

Fading of permanent make-up

The pigments that are introduced into the skin with permanent make-up are broken down by the body over time. Therefore, the pigments will definitely fade. However, they can be refreshed without any problems.

Undesirable result

One of the permanent make-up risks concerns the actual goal, namely the permanent change. However, if the permanent make-up is not carried out professionally, then an undesirable result can occur, such as the wrong shape of eyebrows, an eyelid line that is too strong or a colour shade that is too intense. If the practitioner is properly qualified, these risks can actually be ruled out. The colour, shape and fullness are always discussed in detail beforehand.


Short-term skin irritations sometimes occur, but disappear after a short time. Healing is well supported by a cream. To minimise the risks of permanent make-up, it should only be applied by qualified practitioners using certified colours and sterile equipment.

Side effects of permanent make-up

Introductory remarks

Permanent make-up is not only particularly appealing because it makes make-up superfluous and ensures a feeling of freshly made-up at all times. Permanent make-up can also considerably raise self-esteem, for example in the case of loss of eyebrows or after operations and accidents. Here, permanent make-up offers the possibility of restoration.

Feeling pain during pigmentation

One side effect that everyone who decides to have permanent make-up should be prepared for is the small stitches that are expected to be necessary for pigmentation. Normally, however, this slight pain is suppressed by an anaesthetic cream. Overall, the tiny stitches with the pigmentation needle are perceived very differently by those affected. Often the fear of it is the bigger problem.

Pain after the treatment

It is rare for mild pain to persist after pigmentation. Normally there is no pain after the anaesthetic has worn off, only a slight burning sensation or a feeling of pressure is reported from time to time. But even this discomfort generally subsides after a short time.

Irritation or swollen areas of the face

Some people’s skin reacts to the slight irritation of a pigmentation needle with a slight swelling or reddening. However, this swelling goes down after a short time. Cool packs can help, but they should not be too cold. Careful application of a cream can also help. To avoid unnecessary irritation, sunlight should be avoided for a while.


The skin reacts to pigmentation and the application of colour by forming scabs. This scab should not be removed under any circumstances, but should fall off on its own. Appropriate care creams can be used to ensure that the scab does not tear but remains supple.

Lip herpes

Pigmented lip contours can cause an acute outbreak in people who are prone to herpes. Therefore, it is essential to apply a herpes cream with a cotton swab.


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