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Permanent makeup is basically like a tattoo. It is a process that uses pigmented ink that is injected or implanted into the skin. Permanent makeup can be used to define and “line” the lips and eyes, as well as darken the eyebrows and even give your cheeks a rosy glow. While it sounds like a very tempting way to shave off some of your grooming time in the morning, consider that it is permanent! And as your age, the times, and the trends change, so does your look. The shades of lipstick that were popular with Madonna and Janet in the ’80s and ’90s aren’t even close to the more subdued hues worn today by stars like Beyoncé and J-Lo.
So to answer your original question, yes, lasers can be used to get rid of or fade permanent makeup. Rest assured! There is help for you if you don’t like what you’re looking at every day in the mirror.
The process is almost exactly the same for permanent makeup as it is for the removal of tattoos. The laser energy is absorbed by the ink, which is then broken up into smaller pieces. This allows the body’s immune system to absorb it and clear it out of the body. Ideally, the laser inflicts maximum damage to the ink while causing only a little injury to the skin.
Most people who have their permanent makeup treated with lasers have some mild crusting in the treated area. While the duration of this can vary depending on the exact type of laser that’s used, generally, as a rule, most patients are fully healed within one week after treatment.
One really important point to make about permanent makeup is that with laser treatment, the inks can become oxidized over time, which changes their hue. This makes them different from tattoo inks. So as you’re going through treatment, your makeup may begin to turn to pale shades of orange (on the lips) and blue (on the eyes/eyebrows). At Celibre, we always caution our patients about this and will recommend that they have colored makeup pencils on hand at home that they can use to cover and camouflage any strange hues that result from treatment. This is a temporary effect, but it can make the complete removal of permanent makeup with lasers more difficult too.
Just like with tattoos, a few different lasers may have to be used to fully remove the ink of permanent makeup. You will also have to have several treatments over time as well, since breaking up the ink and clearing it from the body is a process that just takes time. It can be several months before the makeup looks completely faded. It is also important for you to know that there are times when treatment with the laser cannot completely remove the ink of permanent makeup.
Please give us a call today if you’re living with permanent makeup that you don’t like. We are always happy to see you and discuss a treatment plan that is customized to your specific needs and situation. If you thought there wasn’t help out there for you, there is! We’d love to meet you and discuss how we can help you look and feel you’re very best.