Should the PicoSure laser be used for permanent makeup tattoo removal? Years ago a famous actress by the name of Lana Turner shaved off her eyebrows for a movie role and they never grew back! She eventually had false stick-on eyebrows made that she wore for the rest of her life. Her other option would have been to have eyebrows permanently tattooed above her eyes by a skilled master artist. In fact, nowadays permanent “cosmetic tattoos” are quite popular; especially for the eyebrows. Another option for patients who have thin or nonexistent eyebrows is hair grafting but it can be costly.
Permanent makeup consists of tattoos that are usually applied by a skilled esthetician who has received special training. The most common procedures include eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. Given the amount of time it takes to put makeup on every day, many women decide to take the plunge and get it done once by a professional. They wake up every morning with perfect make up and their friends and family never see them without makeup on. However, just like any tattoo a person can change their mind or get tired of a particular ‘look’. Then what?
The pigments in permanent cosmetics are different than standard tattoo inks. Colored lip liner, lipstick and eyeshadow may actually turn black, change colors or darken significantly when exposed to a laser. Therefore, most clinicians will not treat permanent makeup because the risk is too great. Additionally, the location around the eyes further complicates the treatment. One exception is permanent eyebrows; because the ink is already quite dark, the risk of it becoming even darker is minimal. I’ve successfully treated a number of ladies with permanent eyebrows because their artist didn’t quite achieve perfection. Sometimes eyebrow tattoos appear too stark or too dark. The shape may not match the patient’s face or there’s not enough symmetry. Whatever the reason, PicoSure laser tattoo removal can help. If you have permanent eyebrows you would like to soften or lighten I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.