I get at least 5 emails about this every single week. What makes someone a good candidate for microblading? Which procedure is right for me? I’ve decided to pay more attention to my blog here in hopes of answering some of your questions. It’s a lot of information so please bear with me here.
How do I know if i am a good candidate for microblading?
SKIN TYPE: Microblading works best on normal/dry skin types. Those with large pores, oily skin or thin/sensitive skin tend to have more difficulty retaining pigment. Moles, bumps/acne, piercing scars, and generally raised skin around the brow area will also not be able to retain pigment. Powder brows, which are performed with a machine, have better retention rates with those who have oily, thin, textured or sensitive skin.
HAIR TYPE: This is something that I cannot talk about enough. If you have coarse, wiry eyebrow hair it is EXTREMELY hard for me to replicate the thickness of your individual natural hair with microblading alone. The strokes are just too thin and it would end up looking unnatural. Especially if you overtweezed your brows in the 90’s or 2000’s and created a Nike swoosh brow. I am going to be 100% honest here…you’re going to have better results with a powder brow. And will mostly likely take more than 2 sessions. Microblading works best on thin wispy eyebrow hair types for the most natural results.
SKIN CONDITIONS: If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a constant state of unrest and shedding, therefore won’t hold pigment well. The same goes for conditions such as chronic acne and rosacea. The imminent nature of this skin type causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain pigment well.
MEDICATIONS: If you are taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year, you have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. It’s extremely important that you wait a full year before considering cosmetic tattooing. If you are taking Retinol and Vitamin A you should discontinue the use of each one month prior to their procedure.
Irregular State - If your body naturally runs hot or you have a bleeding disorder or if you are anemic, this will result in excessive bleeding and prevent pigment to deposit properly.
Autoimmune - If you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA), you will be not a good candidate for cosmetic tattooing 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 cosmetic tattooing.
BOTOX: Please have your brow procedure done BEFORE 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 having your brows done in order to allow the Botox to settle in at its full effect.
SPECIAL EVENT: If you have a special event or vacation coming up, please plan your brow procedure accordingly. If you are planning to go on a vacation involving sun exposure, sweating and swimming, make sure you give your skin at least two weeks to heal after your brow session. Same goes for a special event - I advise all of my clients not to apply makeup near or on the brow area for at least two weeks post brow procedure.
I hope this was helpful information for you guys. Any feedback would be appreciated!