How to know who’s a good candidate for Microblading

Posted by Racheal Keeley on

Determining who’s a good candidate for Microblading, and who’s not, can be the best thing to help you know when to go ahead, and when to offer another service.

Giving your client fabulous eyebrows with Microblading, is a great solution to their brow problems, However just like a painter needs to prep his walls before he works, we need to ensure our canvas (the skin) is suitable for Microblading

Below I’ve rounded up some common pre-existing skin conditions that would make your client not suitable for Microblading. As a rule of thumb – you want to make sure the skin is healthy, with no active conditions – to be able to go ahead with Microblading. Just like a painter needs to prep their walls, a Microblading artist need to ensure their canvas (the skin) is fit for Microblading.

Skin conditions on the face we need to be aware of:

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.

DERMATITIS:

ECZEMA:

PSORIASIS:

CHRONIC ACNE:

All of these conditions would make a client not suitable during a flair up. In my experience – even if the condition is calm, when the client has a flair up, the can often put creams over the area which can cause fading even after the procedure has healed. 

The inherent nature of these types of skin causes easy bleeding once aggravated, which once again means your skin will not retain the colour 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.

  • State of Skin – If your skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated and bleed easily.  A good way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch.  If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the colour will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and Generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain colour.
  • Skin Type – If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well.  The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin – it will bleed easily and not retain colour.
  • Sunburn – If you are hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed it’s normal colour and wait until your skin has healed before booking in for a procedure.
  • Previous Permanent Makeup – People who have previously had permanent makeup may want to change or fix what they have previously had done. Clients may have to consider laser removal prior to a procedure or ask the artist if they can work with their existing permanent makeup to incorporate the old design and colours into the new one.  Always disclose if you’ve had previous permanent makeup so the artist can treat you accordingly.

MEDICATIONS

  • Accutane/Retin-A – Individuals who have been taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. It’s very important that you wait a year before tattooing the skin. Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue the use of each a month prior to their procedure.
  • Eye envy/Lash growth serum – Eyelash and eyebrow growth serum bring extra circulation (aka blood flow) to the area resulting in more growth of hair/lashes.  Do not underestimate the power of these products!  If you have been using Eye Envy or any other eyelash or eyebrow growth conditioners, the skin in that area is in a hypersensitive state and will bleed easily. Be mindful to discontinue using these at least 3-6 months before going in for a session otherwise you will instantly bleed profusely.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

  • Hair Transplant – A commonly unknown fact is that scar tissue will form within the eyebrow transplant site. If you’ve had a hair transplant for your eyebrows, microblading is not a suitable procedure for you.
  • Irregular State – If your body naturally runs hot or you have a bleeding disorder, this will result in excess bleeding and prevent adequate colour deposit.
  • Autoimmune – Even more seriously, if you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia, you will be not a good candidate for Microblading due to your compromised skin health caused by these disorders.
  • Other Conditions – If you are pregnant, nursing, have hemophilia, a heart condition, , it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position.  People who have heart issues often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding a poor results with microblading.

REACTIONS TO TREATMENTS

Below is a list of medical conditions that often cause skin irregularities, making Eyebrow Cosmetic tattooing an unsuitable procedure for you:

  • Trichotillomania (i.e., the compulsive pulling of body hair) can causes scar tissue in the skin to be prominent, which does not allow the colour to heal properly.
  • Glaucoma-If you hope to get eyeliner tattooed, the use of glaucoma eye drops makes eyelash follicles and eyelids hypersensitive, causing excessive bleeding and poor colour retention.
  • If you have continued use of Accutane, Retinol, or skin-peeling acids, you may be prone to excessive bleeding due to your altered skin condition, therefore, microblading would not be a viable option for you.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS YOU’VE MIGHT HAVE MISSED….

  • Botox- Get Microblading done BEFORE you get botox so your muscles will be in a normal state of movement.  Alternatively, if you regularly use botox, you will need to wait at 3 weeks after botox before doing microblading in order to allow the botox to settle in at its full effect.
  • Up coming holidays – Microblading is a tattoo and therefore is a mild injury to the skin which takes time to heal.  If you are planning to go hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming, make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post microblading before showing off your newly Microbladed brows at the beach!

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