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Permanent Make Up can Cause Disfigurement

Permanent make up that is used by millions of women to enhance their lips eyelid and eyebrows can disfigure them for years, especially those who suffer allergic reactions, a new study reveals.

Permanent makeup is essentially just a tattoo in place of cosmetics such as eyeliner or lipstick. People choose to have cosmetic tattoos, in order to save time. Difficulty in applying makeup, and thinning eyebrows or eyelashes, are among the other reasons for going in for this make up. The very procedures that are supposed to enhance beauty may actually result in unsightly side effects, such as swelling or bumps.

Like a regular tattoo, the permanent makeup procedure injects pigment into a deep layer of skin called the dermis, according to the American Academy of Micro pigmentation (AAM). The epidermis is the layer of skin you normally see, and the one that constantly sheds and renews itself. Permanent makeup may also be called cosmetic tattoo or micro pigmentation.

Doctors have long known that Patients who injected permanent makeup ink could experience allergic reaction when such hard-to-remove pigments were used. And occasionally people developed an allergic reaction to tattoos they had for years, the researchers report in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

In a letter appearing in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, Masja Straetemans of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and her colleagues described allergic reactions from the cosmetics.

To assess how long the disfigurement lasted, Masja Straetemans of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and her colleagues interviewed 92 women who had problems after the procedure.

More than 9 out of 10 had swelling and tenderness, nearly that many complained of itching, and more than 4 out of 5 had bumps.

They found that the allergic reaction lasted anywhere from five months to more
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