| • Keloid formation. If you are prone to developing keloids - scars that grow beyond normal boundaries - you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids can form any time you injure or traumatize your skin. |
- Micropigmentation: State of the Art, a book written by Charles Zwerling, M.D., Annette Walker, R.N., and Norman Goldstein, M.D., states that keloids occur more frequently as a consequence of tattoo removal.
• MRI complications. There have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects.
The most common problem that develops with tattoos is the desire to remove them.
Permanent makeup removing and tattoos can be very difficult. Skill levels differ widely among people who perform tattooing. The general complication with eyelid tattooing is improperly placed pigment. You should ask the person performing the procedure for references and ask yourself how willing you are to risk permanently wearing someone else's mistake.
Although tattooing may be satisfactory at first, they sometimes fade. If the tattooist injects the pigments too deeply into the skin, the pigments may migrate beyond the original sites, resulting in a blurred appearance.
Another reason of dissatisfaction is that the human body changes over time, and styles change with the season. Permanent makeup that may have looked flattering when first injected may later clash with changing skin tones and facial or body contours.
Some people who plan to have facial cosmetic surgery are advised that the appearance of their permanent makeup may become distorted. The tattoo seemed stylish at first may become dated and embarrassing. Changing tattoos or permanent makeup is not as easy as changing your mind.
Methods for removing tattoos include laser treatments, abrasion, scarification, and surgery. Some people try to camouflage an objectionable tattoo with a new one. Consider each approach has drawbacks:
• Laser treatments can lighten many tattoos, some more easily and effectively than others. In general, several visits are necessary over a span or weeks or months, and the treatments can be expensive.
Some persons experience hypopigmentation - a lightening of the natural skin coloring - in the affected area. Laser medications also can cause some tattoo pigments to change to a less desirable shade.