Microblading seems to be in the forefront of training at the moment, and I am receiving many inquiries from graduates from OTI and other trainings in the industry regarding the application of this technique on people with cancer – during active treatment, and during recovery.
Microblading uses a hand tool that is used to implant the pigment into the skin. Instead of softly tapping pigment into the skin, it is used like a blade, and scratches the surface several times, creating a shallow thin line of pigment to simulate a fine brow hair. The key to a successful application is knowing that where exactly in the dermis the pigment must be placed for color retention.
As a reminder, microblading is tattooing – just an advanced (or different) technique of implanting pigment into the skin. Being that it is an advanced training it does take practice and time to perfect. And not everyone is good at this!
I would not recommend micro-blading
- if client is immunosuppressed
- if client’s skin has become very sensitive
- if client is experiencing temporary brow loss
In addition – do we know how the pigment and toxicity from certain drugs may react with each other.
Graduates through OTI’s Oncology Esthetics Foundation Training will know when a client is immunosuppressed; when their client’s skin is sensitive and they know that not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair (and brow) loss.
During a client’s recovery – it will depend on WHAT Tx the client has had, and how quickly they are recovery and if their skin barrier is intact, or not.
The alternative is to be prepared with makeup, brow wigs, stencils, etc.