Who says make-up is only for the young? Japan’s growing population of senior citizens are now drawn to the idea of permanent make-up through cosmetic tattoos. The idea of wearing eyebrow enhancers or eyeliner that never come off while doing various physical activities is something that’s a growing trend among the rapidly ageing population of the country.
One satisfied customer from a laser clinic in Tokyo says that if the price to pay for having the permanent make-up is a little pain, it is minimal enough and is not “hard to withstand.” The 68-year-old housewife and her friends believe that the cosmetic tattoos have made their lives easier as it keeps them looking good even while exercising, swimming, dancing, and even visiting the hospital. The reasoning behind electing for the surgery is not to make them more attractive to men. I’ve talked with my friends about how it’s not that we’re concerned about how men see us, it’s that we want to look young,” she said. A procedure usually costs around 126,000 yen (about US$1,200) for eyebrow tattoos, while eyeliner on the upper and lower lids is around 105,000 yen ($1,000).
The head of the clinic says that they have seen an increase in senior citizens getting the cosmetic tattoos these past four or five years. These are women who, aside from wanting to remain active, have trouble applying make-up due to their shivering hands or sagging eyelids. But lest you think the process may be dangerous to their health, the clinic says they have very strict steps, like checking for allergies and medical conditions first before conducting the surgery. Nurses handle the procedure itself, and they mostly have 2-3 months of practice already.
Despite the safe practices of most clinics, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said that they have received 121 complaints from those who have received cosmetic tattoos from 2006 to 2011. 95% of the cases involved non-licensed practitioners. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare considers this a medical activity and requires that nurses carry out the tattooing under a doctor’s direction. But only a few medical clinics offer this service, so many Japanese citizens have gone to other countries or to beauty salons, which don’t have medical practitioners, of course.
[ via Mainichi ]