Eyebrows are easily one of the most defining features of the face and have become a focal point of recent beauty trends. When it comes to eyebrow microblading, there are many choices.  Whether you prefer yours thick and bold, or arched and precise, it seems that everyone is obsessed with having their brows on point.

But what if you’re not blessed with perfect brows? Are you doomed to forever having sparse, patchy, asymmetrical eyebrows? Will you have to fill them in everyday living in fear that with one wrong move you’ll wipe away your eyebrows?

Thanks to microblading, we’ve been given a solution that allows us to have the brows we’ve always dreamed of.  By having them tattooed in a very natural and discreet way.

So, now that microblading has piqued your interest, you’re probably wondering, “Is microblading right for me?”

The process goes far beyond finding the right artist. It’s just as important to determine whether your skin is fit and ready to be tattooed. Your age, sensitivity, and the condition/ quality of your skin will determine the effectiveness of the microblading process.

As an artist, my goal is always to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment. This is heavily reliant on your skin being healthystrong, and calm.

Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of microblading.  Leaving both you and me in an unfavorable situation. So, before booking your appointment, read these pointers below to find out if microblading is right for you…

SKIN CONDITIONS

  • Skin Complications -eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis.  This means that your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding.  This is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
  • The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea.  The inherent nature of these types of skin causes easy bleeding.  Once again, this means your skin will not retain the colour very well and the results of the microblading.  Additionally, excessive oily skin can cause the hair strokes to blur together and give an unwanted effect rather than a soft feathery look.

STATE OF YOUR SKIN

  • If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles.  It 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.
  • Sunburn – If you have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed its normal colour.  Let your sunburn heal 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.   Clients must disclose this to their artist to see whether or not they can work with their existing permanent makeup.

SKIN TYPE

If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e. redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is likely to be hypersensitive and 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 well.

MEDICATIONS

  • Accutane/Retin-A – If you’ve been taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year, you will 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
  • Latisse – 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 Latisse 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 have had a hair transplant for your eyebrows, microblading is not a suitable procedure for you.
  • 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.  This is 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.  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 and poor results with microblading.

So, if you think you’re ready for a microblading procedure, it’s important to know that the results will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person. If you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications, you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation.  Like any procedure, every person is unique and will react differently. If all checks out and your skin is in good physical condition, you’re ready to book your appointment!.