Saturday, November 12, 2011

Is tattooing your makeup safe?

Lately, I have seen more and more people, mostly women, with recently-inked faces to mimic makeup such as eyeliner, lipliner and to fill in permanent eyebrows. It's no wonder that people choose to go that route, getting a tattoo is certainly less expensive than purchasing all of that makeup for years on end. However, it is a permanent application of something you may not always like or want on your face, and that should make you think long and hard before choosing to do it in the first place. Fads and makeup styles change and the last thing anybody would want is to look outdated and out of place. Also, when we age, our skin sags and our pores shrivel up in an irregular manner, so your makeup is bound to look abnormally placed and droopy, making for what I am sure to be a horrific scene. Our facial structure and composition is changing all the time and you cannot expect to put something static on your face and expect it to always look the same when you are constantly morphing.

There is a problem with the tattoo industry in general, unless you go to a place that you know without a shadow of a doubt practices perfect hygiene, you're likely to run into problems. The hygiene practices of many tattoo parlors is sub-par because there is no federal regulation (in the United States) that holds them to a specific standard of cleanliness. These rules are regulated on a state-by-state basis, with some being far too relaxed on these establishments. Infectious diseases (such as hepatitis, staphylococcus infections, and AIDS) can be spread through the use of instruments that are not completely sterilized and shops are likely to skimp on these cleanliness requirements to save money (or out of sheer incompetence at times).

It is also important to remember that you may be allergic to tattoo inks and your face will react in a different way than the rest of your body. You can have a tattoo done on your arm that does not get infected, but that same tattoo on your face could trigger a nasty rash or infection because the skin is far softer and more sensitive. Factors such as this can create intense and irreparable damage to your face. This is especially true if you ever want to remove a tattoo, because even though there are laser removal technologies, they are not perfect and it is impossible to remove a tattoo without some scarring (and it's expensive, too). Some inks used in tattoos are a health risk in and of themselves, regardless of contamination, because they can not go through a Magnetic Resonance Instrument because the metals in the pigments will be pulled out with the electromagnet of the medical imaging machine. So if you have a medical condition, your doctors will not be able to put you through medical imaging techniques that could potentially save your life and help in diagnosis and surgery.

Another point to consider is that if you do get this cosmetic procedure done, you will end up looking as though you always have makeup on and when you do, in fact, want to look special, you will no longer be able to make yourself up to be more attractive than you normally are. I know that my husband appreciates the effort I put into my appearance on special occasions, but if those occasions weren't rare, would he even notice anymore? I suspect, that like most things, people would just become accustomed to your face being completely made up all the time and you wouldn't get the attention that you seek from your makeup (clearly you must want attention if you're getting yourself tattooed to be beautiful, right?). I don't believe that we are robots, and we probably shouldn't always look the same way. I also can't imagine how incredibly painful it would be to have someone put fine-tipped needles in your face repeatedly, it would take someone with high pain tolerance to undergo such a procedure willingly!

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