Microblading may seem like a minimally invasive treatment, but it can still require time and effort to ensure your appointment goes according to plan. This semi-permanent cosmetic service can transform your brows with the correct steps.
In addition, microblading requires intense prep and aftercare steps to maintain your results. Your results depend heavily on your brow artist, who should have enough expertise to conduct a successful and safe microblading appointment.
So, what should you know while preparing for your microblading treatment? You may need to limit or pause other beauty appointments like injectables, chemical peels, waxing, and more. You should also avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine for at least 24 hours before your service.
A consultation is crucial before every microblading service, so you and your brow artist are on the same page. They should also inform you of the exact preparation steps because microblading procedures may vary by artist or clinic.
Microblading can be a life-changing or confidence-boosting service, but taking the proper preparation steps will ensure you can enjoy your results for as long as possible. You can also lower your risk of infections or wounds during the healing process.
Why Do You Need To Prepare For Microblading?
How can you ensure you have a successful microblading service? Getting a microblading treatment done is drastically different from other services. Unlike a manicure, you can’t walk in and expect flawless results.
Surprisingly enough, your lifestyle routines and habits can affect your microblading. For example, chemical peels, waxing, and alcohol can affect your microblading results.
Your brow artist should provide the exact instructions to follow before your appointment.
What Services To Avoid Before Microblading
Microblading involves penetrating the skin with tiny needles to distribute pigment and draw hair-like strokes. These minor cuts are minuscule compared to other services, but you may need to avoid other beauty treatments.
Avoiding the following services can ensure your skin takes to microblading and achieves flawless results. You may also need to avoid these services during the healing phase of microblading.
While Botox can provide numerous benefits for a wide range of candidates, it’s not wise to schedule your Botox appointment near your microblading service. While Botox is an effective cosmetic treatment, it can affect your microblading.
Botox needs time to settle so you can see its accurate results and effect. It can take 2-3 weeks for Botox to work its magic. However, if you microblade your brows, it can appear uneven if your Botox hasn’t fully settled.
Check out our other article, How To Coordinate Botox and Microblading, for more information.
Another popular injectable service is fillers. This service is excellent for creating fuller or more defined facial features. Fillers, just like Botox, should also be avoided before your microblading service.
If you plan to get fillers, you may need to wait up to 4 weeks for the filler to settle before getting microblading. Filler is prone to migrating whether or not you perform other services, so microblading can pose a risk of filler migration.
Hair removal services such as waxing and tweezing can increase your skin’s sensitivity. However, both removal methods involve pulling the hair at the root and disrupting your skin barrier, especially if your skin is more sensitive.
Eyebrow hair removal can cause tension around the muscles and vulnerable skin. Also, your brow artist will create a new brow shape for your microblading service. Avoid waxing/tweezing at least 7 days before your appointment.
Microneedling and microblading can easily get mixed up. Both services involve pricking the skin with tiny needles. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo that delivers pigment, while microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production.
In addition, these services can temporarily cause minor injuries to the skin. It may not be wise to combine these services. Instead, wait for one service to fully heal before starting the other or consult with your provider.
Facials can sound relaxing and rejuvenating, but not before a microblading service. Some facials incorporate active ingredients that affect your skin barrier, standing, and how well it will take pigment during your microblading service.
Facials should be avoided for at least a few weeks before microblading so you can have time to recover from your service. You can also consult with your provider to ensure the best outcome.
Chemical peels are another service to avoid while preparing for your microblading service. Peels also incorporate active ingredients but use a higher concentration of exfoliants to treat specific skincare concerns.
Chemical peels can disrupt your microbladed results because the pigment can easily peel faster and have a more challenging time adhering. Try to reschedule your chemical peel or wait until your skin is healed before microblading.
While topical, over-the-counter exfoliants are milder than chemical peels, it will be wise to stop using them to prepare for microblading. AHAs, BHAs, and Retinoids can bring new skin cells to the surface, affecting your microblading results.
These topical exfoliants can fade your brows prematurely and make it challenging for them to last. You may also have to avoid these products during the healing phase too.
Sun exposure can also heavily impact your microblading results. It can make it challenging to maintain your outcome if you expose your skin to UV rays outside or in a tanning bed. Tanning can cause discoloration and fading concerns.
In addition, sunburned skin will be too vulnerable to microblading. The pigment won’t be able to take; it can pose a risk for infections and aggravate the skin. Avoid sun exposure for at least a week or two before your appointment.
What Else To Avoid Before Microblading
Preparing for a microblading treatment involves much more than avoiding beauty treatments. You may also need to adjust a few lifestyle habits during this time. For example, you will be advised to avoid alcohol, medications, and exercise.
Your brow artist will advise you to avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine for at least 24 hours before your appointment.
These drinks can potentially thin the blood and cause complications during the service. Call your brow artist for advice if you’ve accidentally consumed alcohol or caffeine the day of your service.
Fish Oil/Vitamin E
Supplements and certain medications like fish oil, vitamin E, or aspirin can heavily affect your service. You may need to avoid these products a few days before your appointment because they can also potentially thin the blood.
This can increase the risk of bleeding during your microblading appointment.
It may not be wise to get in a sweat session before a microblading service. Exercising can produce sweat, affecting your pores and how well your skin takes to the pigment. It can create a faded or dull result if you exercise or sweat the day of.
You will be advised to avoid sweating or exercising for a few weeks during the healing phase because moisture can hinder your results.
Who Should Avoid Microblading?
Not everyone will be the ideal candidate for microblading. So, it’s crucial to have an in-depth consultation with your brow artist to be aware of all concerns and risks. You may even decide that microblading won’t be the best service.
Some sicknesses, pregnancy, or other medical concerns can hinder your microblading service.
Illnesses like the cold or flu can affect your appointment. It won’t create a safe environment for you or your stylist. If you feel any under-the-weather symptoms, it’s best to reschedule your appointment.
Specific skin conditions can also hinder your ability to get microblading done. For example, psoriasis and eczema can affect how your skin takes to the pigment. These skin concerns can create patchy results, or the pigment will fade prematurely.
Microblading may not be for you if you’re pregnant. Pregnancy is a sensitive time for your body and can also affect blood circulation. It may not be safe to go through with a microblading service during this time. Always consult with your doctor.
Other Medical Concerns
Other medical concerns or conditions like diabetes, pregnancy, prone to keloid scarring, pacemakers should avoid microblading. In addition, certain medications can affect microblading.
Consult With Your Brow Artist
Each microblading session will be unique, so it’s essential to have an in-depth consultation with your brow artist. You can discuss your desired look, lifestyle habits, and medical concerns.
During a consultation, your brow artist will explain what to expect before, during, and after your service. You may need a few weeks to prepare for microblading, and also implement a strict aftercare routine.
You may need to schedule a time to prepare for your microblading service. This includes avoiding services like chemical peels, injectables, and topical exfoliants. You may also need to avoid hair removal services like waxing.
Your brow artist will recommend avoiding consuming alcohol or exercising before your appointment to ensure your safety and results. It’s crucial to implement a strict aftercare routine to maintain your microblading results.
What are your thoughts on microblading? Would you try this service?