Tired of having to do your makeup every morning as you get ready for work or every evening before a night out with the girls? If so, you may have considered getting permanent makeup for the areas around your eyes and lips. In fact, the popularity of permanent makeup has been increasing over the last few years.
Unfortunately, reports from New Zealand and several other countries have shown that permanent makeup may be dangerous if you require an MRI. Although it is advertised as “makeup”, permanent makeup is actually a special type of tattoo, and the pigments used to provide color may contain iron oxide. Since an MRI uses large magnets to create images, the iron oxide may create an electric current that may lead to burns around the eyes and lips.
Fortunately, the women in the reported cases only suffered from swelling. Furthermore, the risk of permanent damage to the eyes and mouth is extremely low. However, experts do caution people with permanent makeup that there is still a risk of sustaining varying degrees of burns.
If you haven’t gotten permanent makeup, but plan to…
Issues with permanent makeup is really a case to case basis. What matters most is how much iron oxide is present in the ink used. The best case for this would be to go to a respected dermatologist who is known to do permanent makeup. You should also ask about the ink he or she uses for the procedure, as well as the iron oxide content of the ink.
If you already have permanent makeup…
Don’t worry if you already have permanent makeup. It is in your best interest, however, to let your attending physician know you have permanent makeup if he or she wants to conduct and MRI scan on you. You may also want to give your attending physician the contact details of the dermatologist who provided you with permanent makeup so they can discuss the best course of action. In some cases, a CT scan may be a more viable option.
‘Permanent makeup’ causes women’s faces to burn in MRI scan, nzherald.co.nz