Although the makeup is considered permanent, there are corrective options. Reshape the permanent makeup to give it the shape or design you want can be psychologically stressful if the procedure requires a significant renewal to improve or restore the shape, symmetry and balance. However, the design corrections are usually completed successfully within 2 to 5 visits, this varies depending on the density of the colour to depigmented.
The oldest corrective options, such as laser removal method is still used, but it has limitations and not all patients are good candidates. The technique for removing the permanent cosmetic corrections is a depigmentation process using mandelic acid. The mandelic acid is an organic acid – AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) derivative of bitter almonds. Due to its high molecular weight it penetrates slowly into the skin and act in a gradual manner. Unlike retinoic acid, mandelic does not cause reactions by exposure to the sun, becoming the most suitable acid for the summer and also differs from glycolic acid by its degree of irritability be much smaller. The mandelic acid has been used in more than one thousand patients with various treatments such as peeling, rejuvenating creams in combination with vitamin A, C and E, to treat pimples and to lighten sun damaged skin. It is a scientifically proven procedure. But the professional to do this technique must have skills in handling this acid, ensuring patients safety. This is a highly concentrated solution which is introduced into the undesired pigmented area promoting great improvements in eyebrows, but is not suitable for the removal of the contour area of the eyes. It can also be used to correct the lips.
The solution is applied only in the areas to be depigmented, with the same device used in permanent makeup. The mandelic acid breaks down the ink particles and then expels out of the skin, lightening or removing unwanted pigmented area. The skin will be slightly pink during the regeneration process, and a new epidermis is generated.
The use of skin colour pigment to mask or camouflage unwanted permanent makeup work is a risky correction option and should be approached with caution. A small amount of skin colour used in small areas may be advisable in specific situations, but should not be used to “cover” whole eyebrows or around the mouth. This pigment of skin colour usually contains titanium dioxide which can turn yellow and look unnatural. The use of pigments containing titanium dioxide, which are found in all white pigments or skin, should only be used sparingly, diluted in very small areas. It is advisable to do a test on a small area, and after 1 month to determine whether the outcome will be favourable or not.
Eyebrows with unnatural colours of orange, blue, pink, red, grey or green, lips with blue, purple or grey and blue eyeliners can be corrected and brought back to a more natural look, applying corrective pigments.
The colour adjustment, although it may take some time, it is easily succeeded. The professional must have knowledge of colour theory in order to neutralize the unwanted pigment to a natural tone. Usually improvement is immediately noticeable, but take 4 weeks for the colour to stabilize. Then a revaluation is necessary to determine whether another session is needed in order to improve coverage of the undesired colour. The duration of the work procedures depends upon the intensity of the colour to be changed, the more subtle the quicker is to adjust, conversely, the darker or denser, more time consuming to repair.