Contraindications to Microblading

At Bumblebee Waxing, microblading is performed by a registered nurse.

Who is not a candidate for Microblading?

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. From your age, sensitivity to the condition and quality of your skin, a lot goes into the safety and 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 I in an unfavorable situation. So, before you go ahead and call to book your consult appointment, read the pointers below to find out the contraindications to microblading…

    • Anyone that is pregnant or breastfeeding
    • Anyone under 23 years old
    • No open wounds or sores in the brow area, nor any issues with wound healing
    • Anyone on Accutane currently or within 6 months-1 year, they have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure.
    • Anyone actively on chemotherapy.
    • Anyone with Diabetes (unless well managed and doctor provides written release)
    • Anyone with severe allergies or multiple allergies (unless doctor provides written release)
    • If you have scars in your brow area please note depending on severity of scar tissue, cosmetic pigment may not retain well
    • Prone to keloid scarring
    • Currently on pain medication or antibiotic use
  • under 18 years of age
  • 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
  • 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 colors into the new one.  Always disclose if you’ve had previous permanent makeup so the artist can treat you accordingly.
    • Skin Complications – 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 is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
    • 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 color 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.
  • Other Conditions – 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 and a poor result with microblading.
  • 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.
  • Vacationing- microblading is a tattoo and therefore is a mild injury to the skin which takes time to heal.  If you are planning to go on a hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming then make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post microblading before showing off your newly microbladed brows on the beach and always protect with SPF on those new brows!

So, if you’re thinking you’re ready for a microblading procedure, it is important to know that the results of your permanent makeup will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person, and 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 then we can move forward and create the brow just for you.

Check out some of our  microblading pictures

*We reserve the right to withhold this service from anyone we feel is not a good candidate for their protection and ours. If you have a specific concern please do not hesitate to reach out to us PRIOR to requesting an appointment.