Don’t go for micro-blading before reading this.

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Types of medications to avoid taking before eyebrow embroidery treatment – a listicle of various substances/medications to avoid taking it both before and/or after, e.g., Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Alcohol, Coumadin, Vitamin E & A, or using Acetate, Retin-A, Retinol. And also treatments to avoid (Botox, makeup, caffeine)

Like any other procedure involving needles, brow treatments such as micro-blading and brow resurrection can help create the desired semi-permanent aesthetic effect that could work wonders for your facial features – but without proper care, could go seriously wrong due to their invasive (albeit minimally) nature.

Even the simplest of lifestyle choices could have an impact on the result. Here are some common substances and treatments to avoid before and/or after, and for how long.

1. Stay off anti-coagulant medication

Steer clear of any medication or substances that may cause your blood to thin at least three days (72 hours) before going under the needle. Doing otherwise may lead to excessive bleeding, poor pigment retention, and longer healing time.  

Those who are feeling unwell or on long-term medication should seek professional medical advice before considering semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement. However, several other everyday consumer products also have blood-thinning properties. 

Aspirin and ibuprofen are typical over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers to treat headaches, fevers, and inflammation. Still, they are also known to thin the blood and hence reduce the formation of blood clots. Other medically prescribed and OTC anticoagulants include warfarinheparin, and several types of antibiotics

2. Discontinue certain skincare & health supplements

Please refrain from using retinoid creams, especially on the forehead area, at least one month before an eyebrow embroidery session. They may cause premature or irregular fading and affect the result. They may also cause sensitivity or thinning, such that the skin may tear during the micro-blading process. 

Retin A and Retinol are two popular types of Vitamin-A retinoids used to counter skin conditions such as acne and wrinkles or prevent sun-induced skin aging. Even supplements like Fish Oil and Vitamins E & A are known to be natural blood-thinners that should be not be taken at least two weeks before a micro-blading or embroidery session.  

3. Other aesthetic treatments

If you have received neurotoxin treatments such as Botox near your brow area, wait at least two weeks before going for micro-blading. Rather than for health reasons, this will ensure more symmetry as your brow artist can provide his or her work is carried out in your face’s most natural state. After micro-blading, do also avoid facialschemical peelsswimming poolsprolonged sun exposure, and direct water contact for about a month after the initial treatment and touch-ups until your eyebrows have fully healed.