Permanent Eyeliner Tattoo Regret ~ What to Do?
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Touchups for permanent eyeliner
It is too soon to tell just how much pigment will left in place. Never pick scabs off, you could end up with scarring, or loss of some of the pigment. This could leave you with much more patchy results. Gently cleanse the areas, and remove only what is loose and about to fall off. Then, lightly moisturize the area.
It is quite common to have a touch up procedure. Contact the practioner whom performed your procedure. They should have some policy in place to address the need for touchups.
Remember also that eyeliner tattoo may not last "permanently." You may need to have another treatment in a number of years.
Laser Procedure to Remove Permanent Makeup and Tattoos
Once things have proceeded, it is not unheard of to need a touch up procedure for the tattoo — this should have been reviewed with you prior to the procedure. We need to make sure that people understand the procedures we are doing before we do them — the risks, the benefits, the alternatives, the costs, and what the post-care instructions are. It appears, from your comments, that most of these were not reviewed with you before you had this done.
If at some point you want to have a laser procedure to remove this, then find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who does a lot of tattoo removal, as this area needs to have test spots and unique care in how it is handles with lasers – both Q-Switched Nd; YAG and the newer Pico laser systems.
Permanent eyeliner does tend to fade over time
Definitely do not pull the scabs off. Let them fall off naturally, and give it about four to six weeks to see what it looks like. At that point, you might want to consider a touchup.
It is also possible to use laser to remove the eyeliner tattoo pigment, but is tricky to prevent injury to the eye (or eyelashes). When I do those treatments, I use a metal laser "contact lens" to protect the eye from the laser. The treatments are slow, because the laser energy has to be kept low to avoid injury to the eyelashes. But, it does work, if you decide you want to remove the pigment.
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Follow the directions the provider gave you during the healing period. Do not try to peel off the color as that can leave a blank spot in the liner. After the liner is completely healed, go back to the provider who originally did the work and discuss the retouch with them. Then if you are not comfortable continuing on with the same provider, fine someone else who can do the touch-up work needed.
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