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Tattoos and Permanent Makeup

Nick Morante – Nov 25, 2009

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts the general public (as they do with many problems associated with foods, drugs and cosmetics) to reports of adverse reactions associated with individuals who have undergone certain micropigmentation procedures, a form of cosmetic tattooing. The adverse reactions are due to a specific type of ink used in the tattoo process. The FDA considers intradermal tattoos (including permanent makeup) cosmetics and considers the pigments used in the inks to be color additives requiring pre-market approval under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. They are regulated just as cosmetics are. The FDA does not regulate tattoo inks or the pigments used in them. Tattooing itself is regulated locally. But treated as cosmetics they are still bound by the same safety requirements as other cosmetics. Unlike temporary tattoos permanent makeup is very difficult to remove and can only be removed with the use of lasers in a doctor’s office

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