When it comes to microblading, some people just are not the best candidates – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.
I am going to list out for you the top 10 reasons why you may not be the ideal candidate for microblading with a brief description just so you can have all the information on your beauty journey – not always just the pleasant information. There are also 3 bonus items I encourage you to consult your doctor about before getting microblading at the end of the article. Check out the microblading service information for all things microblading and even more details so you can make the best decision possible.
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. Here’s everything you need to know before you make your appointment.Our exclusive range of microblading services will help you in eyebrow microblading, feathering or hair stroke eyebrow tattooing procedures.
So you’ve been contemplating getting microblading for a while now. You may have even done some research, are relatively educated on what it is and have chosen the artist you want to go to…..but wait. Is microblading actually safe to perform on you? Microblading is generally a very low-risk cosmetic procedure. It falls under the realm of tattooing and semi-permanent makeup. As artists, we definitely do not have to be doctors or nurses to perform this service. However, there are multiple medical conditions that if you have them, you should not get microblading done. This is for a variety of reasons. Depending on the situation, 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.
Full brows are all the rage, with stars like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins rocking thick, statement-making eyebrows. And even among us mere mortals, we all have that friend who shows up with flawless eyebrows—Every. Single. Time. It looks like she either woke up like that or nailed a remarkably detailed Instagram tutorial (or she’s really, really good at using a brow pencil). But in reality, the secret to her effortless brows might actually be microblading.
But what is it exactly? Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing, according to feathered eyebrow expert Kristie Streicher at STRIIIKE in Beverly Hills, which she co-founded with her sisters Jenn and Ashley. After numbing the area with a topical cream, the technician will create tiny hair-like incisions using a fine blade with needles, then deposit small amounts of pigment, which penetrates the top layer of the brow skin. This helps make sparse or patchy brows look fuller.
Microblading is not as big a commitment as, say, permanent makeup, since the smaller amount of dye leads to faster fading, according to a report from the Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals. But it can be expensive, depending on where you live and what salon you choose. According to estimates from RealSelf.com, the average cost of a microblading session is $425.
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 safe, it is better to stay away from it.Know more about our microblading services.
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 condition. If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are nursing, please wait until after to get microblading.
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 shortcuts into the skin, the eyebrow area will go through a natural healing process just like if you were to get a cut 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 condition. 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 interested.
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 appointment because the appointment is long, possibly painful and “stressful” to the body.
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 very sad to have a keloid scar on your new brows. I give my clients a very good 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.
It would help if you did not get microblading done within 30 days of getting botox or injectables. This is because Botox is a powerful toxin that blocks the neuromuscular junction, and it takes time to attach to the proper receptors. Suppose the surrounding area is disrupted than the toxins 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 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 bright ring light shone on the client the entire time in order 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 microblading done at all.
Accutane is a medication used to treat severe cystic acne. It is a very strong drug and causes your skin to become very thin. You should avoid getting microblading until you have been off of Accutane for AT LEAST 6 months. While you are on Accutane, your skin will be too fragile to undergo the microblading procedure, and it may not heal correctly. This is also true for Retinol products such as Retin-A, but it is less severe.
You will want to avoid using your Retinol and harsh exfoliating products at least 14 days before and 30 days after your appointment. In the same way, if you have eczema, or psoriasis and use topical steroids such as cortisone creams, ointments, cordovan lotion, etc. on the face, then you should also avoid getting microblading for the same reason.
Hemophilia is a rare disorder where your blood doesn’t clot as normal, causing excessive bleeding from even minor cuts. Excessive bleeding during the microblading appointment can cause an artist not to be able to see what they are doing and cause the pigment not to retain well. It may also be dangerous for the client, so you should avoid getting microblading if you have hemophilia. Along with this, if you are taking any blood-thinning medications, Vitamins A, or E, then you should avoid getting microblading done for the same reason. If your doctor approves it, please stop taking these medications at least 7 days before your appointment to avoid excessive bleeding.
It is very common 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.
SKIN CONDITIONS (FACE ONLY)
- Skin Complications – If you have a skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is continually flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
- Chronic Conditions – The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the colour very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.
What are the risks and complications of microblading?
Microblading and other forms of tattooing are invasive procedures that break through the skin to apply the ink to deeper layers. Should the equipment that is used for the microblading procedure not be sterilised, this may put you at risk of contracting an infectious disease such as hepatitis B and C, HIV and skin infections. This is why paying attention to hygiene practices is so vital when choosing a technician.Check out our range of microblading services to help with your problems.
Your skin may also react adversely to the pigment used in the procedure. This is normally considered an allergic reaction. Bear in mind, redness and mild to severe pain is to be expected when leaving your technician’s office. However, careful attention should be paid to the area, and if it becomes raised or puffy or if you notice any yellow discharge or an excessive amount of redness, this may be a sign of an infection.
Should the area swell and continue to scab after a period of two weeks, or begin to leak pus, then you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately. An infection of the eyebrow area, particularly concerns if it reaches the bloodstream as the area is close to your eyes an infection could potentially affect your vision. If you have an infection, your doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics.
The infection may have been contracted from unsanitary practices employed by your technician or due to the area not being properly cleaned and looked after before and after the microblading session is completed.
Infections are not a common occurrence among microblading clients. However, they are possible, and because of this, you need to pay careful attention and care to the choosing of your technician and when executing your aftercare regimes.