Microblading isn’t for everyone. Do you have a history of having Keloids? Think twice before you get microblading.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a unique semi-permanent (depending on skin type, aftercare, and individual skin’s healing, microblading lasts 6 months-3 years) treatment using a handheld manual tool with a tiny disposable fixed small blade with tiny needles.
It is used with pigment to create fine and natural looking hair strokes. The tiny needles are three times thinner than a handheld machine and do not penetrate to the deepest layer, the dermis (bottom layer of skin), only etching the top layer, the epidermis.
Results vary from person to person. Please note that within the first week until scabs are removed, brows will appear bold. once scabs come off, a healing process begins and brows appear dull. At around week three or four pigments will appear brighter as it makes its way to the skin’s surface.
The treatment can be a little uncomfortable for those who are more sensitive. However, there is a topical numbing agent applied during the treatment to keep this to a minimum to where it is completely comfortable for our clients.
What do I need to know before and after the procedure to prepare for the treatment?
Do not use any products containing Retin a/Retinol for 7 days prior to the procedure.
Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before treatment. If you are on aspirin or any blood thinners stop taking it 48-72 hours beforehand.
After your brows are complete there is very little redness.
For 72 hours post treatment you will need to wash your brows with sterile water (boiled water that is cooled) to keep them clean.
We will provide you with an aftercare cream to help the healing and protection for your brows.
You will need to keep them free from make up for 7 days but can use make up around the area just not letting it sit too close to the brow.
Who is prohibited for microblading?
– During pregnancy or nursing
– If you are diabetic
– If any skin diseases, symptoms, or irritation appears in the brow area (including sunburn or frostbite)
– Within 2 days of being waxed
– If you have consumed Alcohol, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Niacin, or Ibuprofen with 24 hours of treatment
– Within 2 months of having Botox
– If you have used Accutane, Isotretinoinor, or other strong retinoids with 6 months
– If you are overly sensitive or pain intolerant
– You are troubled with a heart murmur or have a pacemaker
– You bleed extraordinarily when cut or taken blood thinners in the last 24 hours
– If you have an autoimmune disease
– You are epileptic
– You had major surgery in the last 30 days
– You have been exposed to radiation therapy or had chemotherapy in the last 6 months
– On keloids (or you tend to get keloids), unusual scars, birthmarks, or moles
– Within 3 weeks of having a chemical peel, dermabrasion, mesotherapy, or other intense skin treatments
Does Microblading Leave Scars?
If done correctly by a trained an experienced technician or aesthetician, microblading should not leave scars.
There are only two exceptions: The first is if your artist goes too deep during the procedure (this one is usually obvious and very easy to avoid). And the second has to do with some complication, such as an infection, that occurs AFTER the procedure.
Infections can cause local inflammation and increase the damage done to the surrounding tissues or skin cells. If the inflammation is great or if the infection spreads deeper into your skin, then the risk of scarring increases.
This complication is VERY rare and does not happen very often. This is the very reason why you should pick your microblading technician very carefully. Always check for credentials and portfolio. If you have picked your technician, make sure to open your thoughts, concerns, and medical history so she would know the complications of the procedure.
Should you get Microblading done if you are Prone to Keloid Formation?
First, what is keloid? When skin is injured, fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids.
Keloids can be much larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks. However, keloids can affect any part of the body.
So, does microblading cause keloid formation?
There is a small, but real, chance that microblading may cause keloid formation, but only in those individuals who are prone to developing them, to begin with.
If you have or are prone to developing raised scars (keloid) in the procedure area, you will be at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo.
They form anytime you injure or traumatize your skin. In this case, Microblading is not appropriate and will not be performed. It’s generally better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with your brows or anything around your eyes.
The bottom line? When it comes to microblading it’s so important for you to look for and find an artist who knows what they are doing. As long as your artist knows what they are doing, has plenty of experience, and knows to stay in the superficial layers of the skin then the risk of complications is very low.
Scarring is not usually a problem with microblading unless something goes wrong with the healing process or if your artist goes too deep.
Keloid formation, on the other hand, maybe a reason to think twice about getting microblade. While very rare, it’s still a real risk and you should consider it before you get the procedure done.