Can I get a permanent makeup tattoo if I’m pregnant or nursing?

Can I get a permanent makeup tattoo if I’m pregnant or nursing?

Liability is basically the main reason why anyone performing any kind of even minimally invasive procedure would not want to work on a pregnant or nursing mother (and why in the U.S. OBGYNs tend to have the highest malpractice insurance out of any other specialty).

If you’re nursing, the worst case scenario would be in the event that you get a secondary infection from your tattoo it could then possibly pass through breast milk and onto the baby. Yet however small that risk may actually be, there are other factors that can negatively affect the outcome of a cosmetic tattoo for a pregnant or nursing mother. Because hormones affect the growth and appearance of the skin, hair and nails, hormonal changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period have been known to bring about noticeable changes in appearance for some women, which are usually temporary but sometimes not.

As far as the skin and tattooing goes, it may be more susceptible to pigment darkening (especially for those who experience melasma, aka the “mask of pregnancy”) or perhaps more resistant to accepting the tattoo pigment. Some, of course, will be unaffected by their hormones just as they might have been spared all the other commons symptoms of pregnancy. You just never know.

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