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Information about the risks of permanent makeup


Applying permanent make-up carries risks. Therefore, make sure you are well rested and have eaten enough. Inform the practitioner about any drug use or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity reactions. And check on that the studio where you want to have a PMU installed has a permit. This permit indicates that the studio works in accordance with the requirements of the European standard (NEN-EN 17169) and the explanation of the standard.

Do not apply permanent make-up:

• in places where you have had plastic surgery or radiation in the past year;


• on a scar that is less than a year old;


• in a place where PMU was installed less than six weeks ago;


• in a place where a PMU or tattoo was lasered off less than three months ago or where the laser wound has not yet healed;

• in a place where fillers were applied less than 4 weeks ago;

• if you suffer from a cold sore;


• on irritated skin such as bumps, dark moles or swellings;

• if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;


• if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.



In addition, it is not recommended to have permanent make-up applied if you suffer from one of the following conditions:


• diabetes;


• haemophilia;


• chronic skin disease;


• allergy to pigments or other materials with which PMU is applied;


• immune disorder;


• cardiovascular disorders.



Do you have one of these conditions or do you use anticoagulants or antibiotics? And do you want PMU? Then first discuss the options with a doctor.


For background information about the above risks, visit



Putting on the permanent make-up


Because a wound is created during the application of permanent make-up, there is a risk of contamination from blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check whether the practitioner is working hygienically. A hygienic method is also important to prevent your new PMU from igniting. In any case, please note that:


• the skin is cleaned, disinfected and, if necessary, shaved with a new disposable razor before applying the PMU;


• the needles and ink are sterile packed and used only for you; the needles are individually packed, ink is in small ink cups;


• clean tissues are used during brewing to clean the skin;


• the practitioner wears gloves while putting on the PMU and replaces them if he or she touches anything other than the pigmentation pen, a tissue or your skin;


• the permanent make-up is taken care of and covered afterwards.





New PMU is similar to a scrape. Poor care and unsanitary handling can cause wound infections and scar tissue. In addition, wound infections can lead to a less attractive PMU. If you take good care of the PMU, it will take two to six weeks for the treated skin to heal. The practitioner provides a written explanation about the aftercare of PMU. Read this carefully.

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