What are the risks of micropigmentation? Is it safe?

There are several risks or complications to micropigmentation. These include:

Infection: When there are needles involved, there’s always a chance of infection if sterilized needles are not used or if the ink is contaminated. Infections due to these concerns are typically much less likely if the procedure is done in a trained cosmetic physician’s office (compared to an unregulated tattoo parlor). Unsterile needles can transmit such diseases as hepatitis, HIV and staph infections.

Allergic reaction: You can be allergic to tattoo ink color (the pigments used) or type of tattoo ink. (Before your healthcare professional performs your procedure, they should perform a scratch test behind your ear or on your finger to see you will have a reaction.)

Eye complications: Micropigmentation procedures around the eye can result in loss of eyelashes, severe eyelid injury, crusting, and ectropion (the eyelid turns away from the eyeball).

Nodules and scar tissue: Your body can react to the tattoo ink as a “foreign substance” and may form nodules (called granulomas) around particles of pigment. Keloids are scars that can form when your skin is injured or traumatized. Keloids tend to be larger than the injured area of skin.

MRI complications: There have been some reports of tattoo ink pigments interfering with the quality of an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. There are also a few cases of swelling or burning in the tattoo area of patients’ faces who have undergone MRI imaging of their heads.

Ordinary reactions to be expected following micropigmentation include a little bleeding, swelling and some crusting.

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