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Who should not get Microblading? – Don’t Get Microblading Before You’ve Read This

Without a doubt, the most significant beauty trend of the past decade has been strong, bold brows. And, ever since natural brows made it big, our obsession with keeping them slaying 24/7 hasn’t stopped. The beauty world’s answer to the overly plucked brows of the 90s (not a good look for most of us) is microblading, a type of Eyebrow tattoo that uses a small handheld tool to apply a line of semi-permanent pigment under the skin, using fine hair-like strokes. This gives the appearance of naturally fuller brows – AKA it’s a form of genius. So, if you have sparse brows that you’re tired of filling in, microblading is a fantastic solution. 

Rachael Bebe runs a Cosmetic tattoo salon in Mornington

When it comes to microblading, some people just are not the best candidates – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions. 

While permanent makeup is excellent for most people, some individuals are not suitable for these treatments.

This is for a variety of reasons. Depending on the condition, you may have trouble healing, be severely allergic to specific products/tools used while microblading, etc. This post maybe a little more educational and graphic than most of my others, but it is important to know! If you have any of the conditions, I am going to discuss in this post, either do not get microblading done or talk to your DOCTOR (not your microblading artist) and make sure that it is safe to get done.

MICROBLADING MAY NOT BE FOR YOU IF

Individuals under 18 years of age

We cannot Microblade anyone under 18 years of age, even with parental consent.

Pregnant or Nursing

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not get microblading done. This is because the pigments used for microblading, much like with tattooing, are generally not FDA approved. This does not mean that they are entirely untested or unsafe to use on adults, but the FDA does not strictly regulate them. Another reason is that there is very little research done on if the pigment is safe for the fetus or newborns. Since it has not been researched and proven to be reliable, it is better to stay away from it.

The risk of infection is another reason why you should not get microblading while pregnant or nursing. If you follow the aftercare instructions and go to a regulated, licensed, and certified artist, your chance of infection is very low. However, if the small chance of infection happens, it may be harmful to the baby, and you may not be able to take the antibiotics you would need to heal the disease. If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are nursing, please wait until after to get microblading.

As the body is going through hormonal changes, it is more prone to infections. Your skin may change, and results can be unpredictable. 

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Autoimmune Disease

If you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, etc. then you should not have microblading done. This is because you may have complications healing from the microblading. Microblading is done by making hair-like strokes with a small blade into the eyebrow area. Since the artist is making short cuts into the skin, the eyebrow area will go through a natural healing process just like if you were to get a reduction in your skin. If you want to know more about the microblading healing process, read my blog post on it here. If you have an autoimmune disease, the healing process may be complicated by your actual condition, or the medications you take for your situation. Because of this, you will want to avoid getting microblading for your safety and health. You may always ask your doctor if it is safe for you if you’re really.

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with a compromised immune system. 

Diabetes

If you have Diabetes (Type 1 or 2), you will want to avoid getting microblading done or make sure that your doctor clears you before. This is much for the same reasons listed above in the autoimmune disease section. High blood sugar levels can complicate the healing process and the risk of infection with microblading. If your doctor does clear you to get microblading done, make sure that your blood sugar levels are within the target range before your appointment. Your blood sugar levels may rise or fall during the interview because the appointment is long, possibly painful and “stressful” to the body.

Your microblading may heal slower and may be more at risk for infection.

Also Go Check Out Racheal’s Eyeliner tattoo Services!   

Keloid/Hypertrophy Scarring

If you are prone to ­keloid scarring, then you should avoid microblading, or get it done at your own risk. Your artist cannot guarantee that you will heal without a keloid scar if you are prone to them, and it would be unfortunate to have a keloid scar on your new brows. I give my clients an excellent scar preventative ointment called After Inked Aftercare Lotion in their aftercare bag, but this still cannot guarantee that you will not heal with a keloid scar if you are prone to them.

Since permanent makeup punctures the skin, there is always a risk for people that are prone to keloids to heal with keloids scaring.

Botox/Injectables

It would be best if you did not get microblading done within 30 days of getting botox or injectables. This is because Botox is a potent toxin that blocks the neuromuscular junction, and it takes time to attach to the proper receptors. If the surrounding area is disrupted than the viruses could spread in a way that could change the results, or even be harmful to the client’s health. You will want the botox to be settled when you get microblading, therefore wait at least 30 days before and after getting botox done.

If you’ve gotten botox near your brow area, it is best to wait the two weeks before getting microblading because that is when the injected substances have fully settled on the facial muscles.

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Epilepsy/Seizures

If you have epilepsy or are prone to seizures, you should not get microblading done. This is because any part of the microblading appointment could be a trigger for someone who has these conditions. Typical triggers could be bright light, stress, lack of sleep, etc. During the microblading appointment, there is generally a fluorescent ring light shone on the client the entire time for the artist to see their work. I have tanning goggles available for my clients with sensitive eyes, but this does not guarantee that it still would not be a trigger for a client who is prone to seizures. In addition to this, if microblading ends up being painful for the client, it could cause stress and bring on a seizure. Lastly, artists would not know if the medication the client is taking for seizures would conflict the healing process. It is best to ask your doctor in this case or not to get micro-blading done at all. Many medications have effects on the body, so you will want to ask your doctor to make sure this is safe for you.

Have A Look At Rach’s Eyebrow feathering

Radiotherapy/Chemotherapy

It is widespread for cancer patients to want microblading as chemotherapy usually causes them to lose their eyebrow hair. I am very thankful for microblading and the opportunity to help cancer patients in this situation! However, if you are in the chemotherapy process, it is best to wait to get microblading done or make sure that your oncologist clears it. This is for a variety of reasons, one of them being that chemotherapy can cause neutropenia, which increases your risk of infection and can complicate the microblading healing process. Your immune system is compromised. 

Although permanent makeup is excellent for enhancing your look, we require a doctor’s note to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. Once you’re cleared from your oncologist, we can book your appointment. Permanent makeup is an excellent solution for cancer survivors.

All of the conditions discussed above are not a full list of what could cause complications with microblading. These are the most common conditions that we, as artists, would avoid for the safety of our clients. If you have a medical condition that is not listed here, but you are questioning it, ASK YOUR DOCTOR before getting microblading done. Like I said, as artists, we are not doctors, and we can’t know each condition that would have complications with micro-blading. Although well-trained artists have a basic concept of who we can and cannot work on, we did not go through 8+ years of medical school.


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