On the other hand, Lovesick says freckle tattoos have been here for longer than we realize and they will always have a loyal fanbase. “Freckle tattoos may be having an explosion now, but they’re nothing new,” she explains. “I first saw them around 2014, and I’m sure people were doing them before then, so I don’t think the trend is going anywhere. It may die down in a couple of years, but there will always be people who want them.”
Lovesick cautions that, as with any tattooing, freckle tattoos are an investment that should be thought through carefully before undertaking. “If you’re thinking of having freckles tattooed, don’t think about the trend; think about your own beauty standards,” she advises. “When performed correctly, freckle tattoos [are supposed to] fade down over two to five years, but they’re still a tattoo, so treat them accordingly. If you love freckles and want to be a freckled person, get the tattoo. If you’re just excited about the trend, maybe stick to freckle pens.”
Can tattoos really be semipermanent? Are there any other risks involved?
Dr. Henry tells Teen Vogue that “the first risk [so-called semipermanent tattooing carries] is the possibility of permanence,” adding that “it is very difficult to ensure that any tattoo is semipermanent” regardless of what pigment is used, which may not even be disclosed to the client. “Everyone’s skin type is different, and everyone’s metabolism of tattoo ink is different,” Dr. Henry explains. “There is no clear rate of resolution of the tattoos, and you can never be quite sure if they will fully go away.”
Since, as Dr. Henry says, there is no guarantee that a tattoo done with any sort of professional needle will completely fade on its own, or at least not as you expect, that’s the first thing you need to take into account from the get-go. There are other risks to consider too: “Beyond uncertain permanence, other risks include allergic reaction to the ink (which is rare, but can happen); scarring (from the overworking of the tattoo); and infection, if the appropriate aseptic or sterility techniques are not maintained,” Dr. Henry says. These are risks that normal tattoos also carry.
When considering an alteration to your physical appearance via a cosmetic procedure, it’s always worth consulting an expert or getting a second opinion before making a decision. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but as the experts have said, bear in mind that these changes are not always ones that can be immediately walked back from.
“With any tattoo, it is important to make sure it is something that you absolutely want and love,” says Dr. Henry. “We cannot ensure that it is in fact semipermanent. Do your research because not every tattoo artist is the same. As with physicians, there are different levels of expertise, different levels of transparency, and different levels of experience.”
Dr. Henry continues, “I would recommend doing many consultations with your tattoo artist before moving forward. Look at many before-and-after [photos] to see if their aesthetic is reproducible, that you are aligned with their aesthetic, and that you have mutual goals.”
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