Is cosmetic tattoo safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Permanent makeup tattoos are highly desirable among busy moms, but what about cosmetic tattoo safety while Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid these procedures due to the potential risks involved for them and their child. There are numerous reasons why expecting or breastfeeding mothers should not have these procedures, including the following:


The most important reason a pregnant or nursing mother should not have a permanent make up procedure, or any tattoo or piercing, is because there is always a chance of infection. Any breaking of the skin always carries a risk of infection, and even if the procedure is done in the most hygienic manner possible, an infection can still occur from inappropriate care afterwards. For example, if the tattoo is touched with dirty hands or contaminated makeup is put over it during the healing process, these can cause an infection.


Some women have hormonal fluctuations while they are pregnant that can cause the body to reject the pigment of a permanent makeup tattoo. Once the body has returned to normal hormonal levels, the body will generally accept the ink better.


For comfort of the client, professional permanent makeup artists apply numbing creams and anesthetics to the area before performing the procedure. The skin absorbs these medications, and they make their way into the bloodstream, which would affect the baby as a result. These types of medications are generally not safe for babies, and could cause a slew of negative side effects.


While pregnant, some women’s facial tissue stretches due to increased fluid retention or swelling. If a permanent makeup tattoo were applied during this time, such as permanent makeup eyebrows, they may look different after the pregnancy. Depending on the shape, colour, and facial changes, this may be very difficult to remedy once the face has returned to normal.

Facial tissue is also more likely to have increased pigmentation during pregnancy as well, creating darker spots on some areas which could alter the shape and/or colour of your tattoo.


While every effort is made to use only the safest inks for tattoos, we simply do not know enough about tattoo pigments to know if it they are safe for pregnant or nursing women. Because women’s immune systems can also be altered during pregnancy, they may have an unprecedented allergic reaction to any of the products used during the procedure.

At Novaline Permanent Cosmetics, we believe it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to safety, and encourage new and expecting moms to wait until they are done nursing to receive their permanent makeup tattoo. If you have any questions about our procedures, we welcome you to give us a call at 647-883-6251.

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