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Here’s Expert Advice on Microblading Chemotherapy Patients

Here’s Expert Advice on Microblading Chemotherapy Patients

By Morag Currin

Tattooing, Micropigmentation or Microblading Chemotherapy Patients

As salon/spa professionals, we need to determine whether or not to provide needle services on a person that may be health-challenged, including a client undergoing chemotherapy. We need to determine which conventional cancer treatment the person may be actively undergoing or may have recently undergone.  We must also note where on the body cancer treatment is being performed vs where the needle spa service will be performed.

Needle services involve puncturing the skin, and can therefore cause infection if the equipment penetrating the skin is not sterilized or if the area being treated is not disinfected. During application, any of these services can cause light bleeding or projection of bodily fluids that are not always visible to the naked eye, and can thereby transmit infection. For this reason, the client’s health status must be verified, as it may contraindicate the treatment, particularly if certain medications are being taken.

Some conditions which help to determine whether you can perform the above services.

  •   Herpex Zoster in eyes or lips
  •   If the client is taking or using:
    • Cortisone, Steroids, Accutane, Retin-A, Renova
    • Blood thinners including natural/organic blood thinners
  • The client is prone to:
    • Keloids and/or hypertrophic scarring
    • post treatment hypo pigmentation or hyper pigmentation
  • The client has underlying diseases such as:
    • Diabetics and/or any kind of immune system disease
    • Blood disorders such as Hemophilia
  • The client is currently undergoing active treatment for cancer
    • specifically chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or
    • has a lifetime risk for lymphedema

Once the client is told they are in remission, they can proceed with caution to have these services.  A thoughtful, gentle, skilled technique is described, with a particular focus on efficiency and limited trauma. The need for genuine thought and empathy is emphasized.

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Micropigmentation / Tattooing On Scalp

Recent/current Tx: prostate cancer surgery, followed by radiation.  Just completed RT.  Since CA Tx has been done in a localized area, and provided there are no other exacerbating side effects from medications (blood thinners, pain medications, or other) or other health issues, we may proceed with caution.

Microblading Chemotherapy Patients Brows

Recent / Current Tx: melanoma surgery 6 weeks ago, currently undergoing chemotherapy.  Determine low blood counts (neutrophil for infection risk, platelet for bleeding).  Do not recommend this treatment during active chemotherapy.  Even if the client proceeds with microblading while brow hair is lost during chemotherapy, one must consider the possibility of two sets of non-matching brows once the brow hair regrows.

According to several studies, the recommendation is to wait until scars have completely healed and chemotherapy/radiation treatments are complete. This can take months or may even take a year or longer. Some patients with breast cancer are at higher risk because of compromised immune systems, and fragile skin. Decorative tattoos have become tremendously popular in recent years among breast cancer survivors, with emotive images, however, the application of a tattoo within the at-risk area can cause skin damage that could potentially cause, or exacerbate, lymphoedema symptoms.


www.woundsinternational.com – Wounds UK | Vol 14 | No 2 | 2018 – Improving patient outcomes: decorative tattoos, breast cancer, and lymphoedema

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