Is Microblading good for everyone? This questions is quite important for both permanent makeup artists and their clients. We get this question a lot and let's get an answer to this question.
Often this question comes up during consultation process and the short answer is "No, microblading is NOT for everyone." Any reputable permanent makeup business will offer a consultation session with their clients BEFORE any micropigmentation procedures begin to make sure the clients are eligible for their services.
Microblading shares many things with body tattoo (it is called body art work in some states and the actual terms may vary depending on where you live) in terms of how it is done, and the first screening question can be "Have you had any tattoo work done on your skin before?". If the client says yes to this question, it is highly likely that the client is eligible for Microblading. But keep in mind that it's one of the qualifying questions and there are other things to check. Just because the client has a body tattoo on their skin, that does not qualify for Microblading automatically.
From the client's health perspective, certain medications can be a sign for red flag. Medical clearance from their doctor is recommended if the clients are taking medications related to their autoimmune disorder or has a pacemaker or joint replacements. Replaced joints do NOT have T-cells like regular bones and infections in the body could show up where artificial joints are. Scarred skin area can be the source for infection during the healing process and it is very important to avoid any unwanted event for both permanent makeup artist and the client. Anything blood pressure controlling medications may have less-than-perfect healed results and should be informed to the clients.
From procedural perspective, unnecessarily excessive bleeding may occur if caffeine or alcohol was consumed within 24 hours prior to the appointment time. Practically speaking, unless those were consumed less than just a few hours ago, the permanent makeup process can go just fine in most cases, but some clients may experience more bleeding, which is usually a bad sign for healing and pigmentation process can be less effective.
Skin conditions can be critical, too. Some examples that need to be verified before the permanent makeup are here. Any acne controlling medications (Accutane or similar), recent tanning event, Botox treatment, etc. Basically anything related to peeling, damaging, or stretching your skin intentionally, those must be discussed with a permanent makeup artist during consultation.
Skin type is also very important factor to consider. As we discussed earlier in the previous blog (link), microblading does not use shading technique, but done solely by stroking technique with microblading needles. Even though the needles are made to the specifications and they are very small, the scratches made by those needles are not as clean as those made by Nano Brows technique or pointillism technique (Read our "What is Nano Brows?" blog). If you are an oily skin type or mixed skin type, usually microblading is not recommended and other eyebrow cosmetic tattoo techniques can be a better technique such as Powder Brows, Nano Brows, or pointillism pigmentation.