Recently, there has been a rise in permanent makeup tattoos, from eyeliner to micro bladed eyebrows to freckle tattoos. While tattooing is a relatively safe procedure, sometimes things can go very wrong with tattoos, especially cosmetic tattoos. The eyes and face are extremely delicate areas and are especially susceptible to bruising, skin irritations and pigment migration. Pigment migration is one of the most common complaints of cosmetic tattooing and can ruin a tattoo if it is severe. Here we talk about pigment migration, problems with tattoos, and options for tattoo removal.
What is pigment migration?
Pigment migration happens when ink pigments move, or migrate, to other parts of the skin. They can make a tattoo appear blurry or blotchy. In some cases pigment migration has caused ink spots near the tattoo area. For example, a tattoo on the lower eyelid could appear blurry and smudged or the ink spots could migrate and appear around the nose or other areas of the face. Pigment migration also can happen with microbladed eyebrows or freckles. One case on realself recounts ink migration that almost connected the two brows, giving the appearance of a unibrow.
How does pigment migration happen?
According to Permanent Makeup Magazine, there are four factors that can play a role in pigment migration. First, the location of the makeup is important to consider. The eye area is known for migration, particularly the corners of the eye and the lower lash line. Second, the color of the pigment matters. Solid black pigment tends to migrate more than dark brown or gray. Third is the quality of the pigment. Lesser quality pigments or pigments with smaller particles migrate more frequently. The fourth factor that may cause pigment migration has to do with the equipment and technique used to apply the permanent makeup. There is also evidence showing that the risk of pigment migration increases when a topical anesthetic is used. This is why, should you chose permanent makeup, it is so crucial to have an expert with education and training apply the makeup.
What can you do about pigment migration?
When it comes to laser tattoo removal for permanent makeup around the eyes, there is not a whole lot you can do. Sometimes the pigment will fade over a period of time, other times the pigment will continue to migrate over a period of years. If you do have pigment migration of the eyes, please consult a healthcare professional to discuss your options.
For cosmetic tattoos located on the face, such as the brows or lips, a laser wavelength will be selected that is the best fit for the color of the makeup ink. Many permanent make-up tattoos can be just as safely removed as regular tattoos. There is however a risk for permanent makeup ink to undergo what is called oxidation when it is struck by the laser, which can make a pink tattoo turn a dark black color. The resultant oxidized or black ink can be a challenge to remove, requiring additional laser treatment to clear the ink.
At this time Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic does not treat permanent cosmetic tattoos, but we may be adding this treatment option in the near future.
If you have pigment migration of a regular tattoo or it just didn’t turn out how you wanted and you are looking for laser tattoo removal in the Milwaukee area, consider Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic. We offer tattoo removal that is safe, affordable and, performed by a doctor and most importantly – it works! Call us today at 414-617-2849 or click here to request a free laser tattoo removal consultation.