Permanent Cosmetics and Laser Tattoo Removal

​Unwanted Permanent Makeup and Ways to Remove it

Permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing has taken cosmetology world by storm over the last couple of decades. As a result, a lot of beauty salons started to offer permanent makeup services performed by cosmetologists, estheticians, hairdressers or tattoo artists. Even today, not everybody realizes that naturally beautiful, high-quality cosmetic tattooing can only be created by the hand of a professional artist who has had specialized training and has gone through some years of practice at least, to say nothing about professional equipment and pigments specially designed for permanent makeup.

But what to do if your eyelids, eyebrows or lips have been damaged by an amateur, a non-pro, who is there just to "make hay" while permanent makeup is still in high demand? Permanent makeup removal is one hell of a problem, but there are ways to deal with it.

1. Laser tattoo removal

It took nearly 50 years of continuous practice and research in the area of tattoo removal, to determine the most appropriate laser beam parameters. There is a number of laser types commonly used for the purpose, such as Erbium laser (Er:YAG laser), CO2 laser (carbon dioxide laser), Neodymium:YAG laser, Holmium and Diode lasers, which all differ in wavelength, gain medium and operation mode.

Among those listed above, Nd:YAG laser with Q-switched system is the most effective laser commonly used for removing unwanted permanent makeup, both professional and amateur. Thanks to Q-switching technique, the laser emits energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment, thus fragmenting pigment particles layer-by-layer. The laser energy emitted during the pulse is absorbed by the tattoo pigment during a very short period of time (just 3-6 nanoseconds), its heat being not dissipated to the surrounding skin. This means that this laser type allows to remove tattoos and permanent makeup with no risk of hypertrophic or keloidal scarring.

The fragmented ink particles are then removed by normal body processes, which may take from 1 to 1.5 month depending on individual metabolic rate. As a rule, one treatment is not enough to remove permanent makeup without a trace. The number of procedures required and the overall effect will depend on your skin tone and type, your age, as well as pigment colour and depth. The equipment, which was used to apply the cosmetic tattoo is of no small importance here too.

2. Inorganic chemical remover

This is the least traumatic way allowing to remove any pigment colour and type. The chemical substance is implanted into the area of treatment just the way ink was introduced into the skin when making the permanent makeup or tattoo. The chemical remover starts to draw pigment particles, which are then gradually disposed from the system with natural body processes. However, this is a lengthy process, which may take from 2 months to half a year.

3. Cover-up, alterations, and camouflage

One of the most primitive and simple ways to hide the previous artist’s poor work is the so-called  camouflaging or cover-up. A new design is applied upon the original tattoo or permanent makeup to cover it.

When it comes to cosmetic tattooing, it can be difficult to cover the original permanent makeup if it has been applied in thick lines, densely or askew. Then, laser removal is the only solution.

Whatever method of  permanent makeup removal you might prefer, be careful when choosing a specialist. 

There is one method, which is quite popular with tattoo artists, as well as permanent makeup amateurs, but should be avoided at all times. This method uses a pigment emulating the natural skin color to cover-up previous unsatisfactory work on your face. The dreadful truth is that in a while, the cover-up pigment will change its initial color and will look like dirt or fester on the skin. Later, such a cosmetic defect will get worse and almost impossible to correct.

Anyway, just be on your guard when looking for  your permanent makeup practitioner or specialist in laser tattoo removal.