Microblading – Special Considerations and Contraindications – Boise Hair Salon

At Tease Hair and Lash Studio we consider the Microblading treatment to be a small surgical procedure and will approach the consultation and treatment as such. With any surgical procedure there are risks, contraindications, and special considerations that must be accounted for and/or managed.The nature of the procedure, which involves wounding the skin, requires a detailed health history and consultation.  Technician-client communication is extremely important for a safe procedure and desired outcomes.  

Not everyone is a candidate for Microblading. There are many reasons that someone might not be a candidate for open wound Microblading.  Good candidates will not only have the proper skin type and health history, but also be of sound mind, commit to understanding both the healing process, and commit to following the aftercare instructions. Your attention to your aftercare is vital to your skin’s ability to heal properly and get a good result from your Microblading procedure. In addition, your understanding of how the healing process affects the pigment at various stages will also contribute to your overall satisfaction.  Without this understanding, certain phases of healing can be challenging and upsetting.

Good candidates for the Microblading procedure understand that the final color and thickness of the brows will be altered by the healing process and will not become discouraged during the healing phase.  After the procedure, the brows will be darker and more intense, and this is normal. This will last a few days until the skin heals and peels. In the first week, as the healing process produces tiny scabs, the micro bladed hair strokes may look darker/thicker due to some minor swelling. The brows will itch during this time, and clients must resist the urge to scratch the brows. During the 2nd and 3rd week you may think your new brows have disappeared altogether because new skin is forming over the scabbed area. After natural exfoliation has occurred in week 4, the true color finally emerges. In addition, freshly microbladed brows will appear thicker than you wanted. However, the thickness of the brows shrinks after 10 days when swelling subsides. Preparation for wearing brows can also be beneficial to prevent the shock of wearing freshly micro bladed brows. Clients who aren’t used to having brows can start wearing pencil or brow shading in the days and weeks before the procedure to get used to seeing themselves with brows.  Your brows will look very pronounced on the day of and a few days after the procedure. If you aren’t prepared for that, it can be shocking and you can experience feelings of regret.  Clients who understand these considerations and take preparatory steps will not become discouraged during the healing process and will have a much better experience.

There are special precautions that must be managed when considering a client’s health history. Clients who have certain medical conditions need a doctor’s approval before undergoing the Microblading procedure. Occasionally these clients may need prophylactic antibiotics prior to certain procedures and the same applies to Microblading. Due to problems with skin wound healing in those suffering from Diabetes types 1 and 2, candidates with these conditions must have their diabetes well-controlled and provide a doctor’s note giving permission to undergo the treatment.  Certain medications can also cause complications during the procedure or affect the final result. For example, our experience on clients who take Aspirin/Warfarin daily is that more visits are needed (up to 4 visits) to achieve the optimum result. Our experience with clients with Alopecia or Auto-Immune Disorders it that pigment retention is highly variable and sometimes as low as 10-20 percent. The very nature of an auto-immune disorder is to reject the body itself, so it makes sense that microblading pigment will be rejected as well.  Clients that are about to undergo Cancer treatment can come in before their cancer chemotherapy. Ideally, the first treatment can be done before brow loss, so that the original brow can be captured. The touch up appointment can be completed after the cancer treatment is complete, or sooner, if approved by the oncologist. Clients who need chemotherapy and are also taking aspirin are not appropriate candidates for the Microbladingprocedure. 

Not retaining the micro bladed strokes at all is something that is rarely seen, however, it can happen for various reasons. Some people have highly effective immune systems that reject the pigment, and some have highly efficient skin healing and regeneration. Sometimes the skin reacts to the trauma of the Microblading, and attempts to reject the foreign body of pigment by producing very thick scabs.  Eventually these scabs fall off taking all the pigment with it. This risk can be minimized by not over traumatizing the brows on the first appointment. When there is no pigment retention after 2 visits, clients will be advised to give the brows a rest, review in 6 months, and in the meantime, visit their general practitioner or dermatologist to rule out undiagnosed conditions.  

If after reading all of this, you have come to the conclusion that you are a good candidate for Microblading, and want to get your brows done at Tease Hair and Lash Studio, how do you decide on color, thickness and shape? During your consultation, we will advise you of eyebrow shapes that do not suit your face or facial features and pigment colors that do not suit the tones of your skin. Aside from that, a good way for us to see what color you like is for you to bring your eyebrow pencil with you to your consultation so we can match the pigment to your desired healed result. Regarding brow thickness, bear in mind that trends constantly change. Our advice is to get a natural shape and thickness with the Microblading and use makeup to thicken the brow for glamorous occasions and evening looks.  We will review your health history as well as go over the healing process and aftercare. A great microblading artist combined with a great client will give the best possible outcome for this procedure. Your end result will be a combination of your technician’s skill, your body’s individual healing, and your cleanliness and adherence to your aftercare instructions.