Can you get permanent makeup tattoos while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Permanent makeup procedures are highly desirable among busy moms, but is it safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Large molecules of pigment do not pass into breast milk and the procedure doesn’t cause immediate harm to the child. However, it’s important to watch out for the following side effects:

  1. Local and systemic infection is the most prevalent risk of tattooing. Local infection can occur when the recommended aftercare regimen is not followed properly. If this happens the baby could pick up the secondary infection.
  2. A person who is in their second or third trimester of pregnancy may be unable to lie on their back comfortably; it has the potential of negatively affecting the fetus in some cases.
  3. There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the ink.
  4. The numbing cream and/or anesthetic used prior to and during procedures will absorb into the skin and may enter into the bloodstream.
  5. During the pregnancy or breastfeeding, some women have hormonal fluctuation that can cause the body to reject the pigment. It is suggested that mothers wait at least 9-12 months after birth when the baby is no longer solely dependent on breastmilk.

Reputable permanent makeup artists will have a waiver for the client to sign that asks about pregnancy and breastfeeding.


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