What are the risks and complications of microblading?
Microblading and other forms of tattooing are invasive procedures that break through the skin to apply the ink to deeper layers. Should the equipment that is used for the microblading procedure not be sterilised, this may put you at risk of contracting an infectious disease such as hepatitis B and C, HIV and skin infections. This is why paying attention to hygiene practices is so vital when choosing a technician.
Your skin may also react adversely to the pigment used in the procedure. This is normally considered an allergic reaction. Bear in mind, redness and mild to severe pain is to be expected when leaving your technician’s office. However, careful attention should be paid to the area and if it becomes raised or puffy or if you notice any yellow discharge or an excessive amount of redness, this may be a sign of an infection.
Should the area swell and continue to scab after a period of two weeks, or begin to leak pus, then you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
An infection of the eyebrow area is particularly concerning if it reaches the bloodstream as the area is close to your eyes an infection could potentially affect your vision. If you have an infection your doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics.
The infection may have been contracted from unsanitary practices employed by your technician or due to the area not being properly cleaned and looked after before and after the microblading session is completed.
Infections are not a common occurrence among microblading clients, however, they are possible and because of this, you need to pay careful attention and care to the choosing of your technician and when executing your aftercare regimes.
Who should not have microblading done?
There are a few considerations when it comes to microblading and some are not suitable candidates for microblading. You should not have microblading done if you:
- Are using high-risk treatments for acne such as Accutane
- Have a current heart condition or using medications for a heart condition
- Have diabetes
- Suffer from severe skin allergies or irritation
- Have had Botox done in the last two weeks
- Have had chemical peel in the last two weeks
- Are allergic to lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine, prilocaine, or epinephrine
- Are currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy
- Use blood thinners
- Have any serious medical condition affecting your health
- Are a pregnant or breastfeeding. In these instances, please check with your doctor before having the procedure done.