MRI Facts

MRI Safe Pigments include iron oxides and non-iron oxides. Using carbon black inks for eyeliner puts your client at risk for migration, also known as streaking or bleeding of the ink into the surrounding tissues. “One hundred thirty-five (13.1%) study subjects underwent MR imaging after having permanent cosmetics applied. Of these, only two individuals (1.5%) experienced problems associated with MR imaging. One subject reported a sensation of ‘slight tingling’ and the other subject reported a sensation of ‘burning’, both transient in nature. Based on these findings and information in the peer-reviewed literature, it appears that MR imaging may be performed in patients with permanent cosmetics without any serious soft tissue reactions or adverse events. Therefore, the presence of permanent cosmetics should not prevent a patient from undergoing MR imaging. Furthermore, when one considers the many millions of clinical MR procedures that have been conducted in patients over the past 17 years and that only a very small percentage of these individuals have had minor, short-term problems related to the presence of permanent cosmetics, it is apparent that this MR safety concern has an extremely low rate of occurrence and relatively insignificant consequences.” Above quote by Dr. Shellock who is referring to Dr. Whitney Tope’s study regarding MRI safety and permanent makeup.

According to Susan Preston of PPIB, her firm has no claims on record with regard the MRI adverse events related to permanent makeup. Newer equipment and technology, including special films which make MRI’s safe for pacemaker patients, have been developed. One side benefit is that MRI’s have no problem for our permanent eyeliner clients or tattoos.

If your client needs an MRI, by all means have them get an MRI. Because there have been reports of transient, mild stinging or burning sensation, the suggestion to place cool, wet packs over the eyes has been advised. Clients should NOT be discouraged from getting an MRI.