Dealing with cancer is one of the hardest battles some people have to fight. Chemotherapy can lead to hair loss, and microblading is one of the best ways to recreate the natural look of eyebrows. That is why cancer patients often get microblading.
What Is Microblading for Cancer Patients Like?
Microblading for cancer patients is the same as for everyone else. This semi-permanent brow tattoo is done with a manual tool that is dipped in pigment. The blade is used to create hair-stroke-like incisions, which, once healed, look like natural eyebrow hairs. The eyebrows are water-proof, they will stay on for up to 2 years.
Microblading and any other cosmetic tattoo treatment are done in two sessions. So, a touch up is required after the eyebrows are healed, which is 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment. This is something to keep in mind when scheduling the treatment and deciding whether you will have microblading before or after the chemotherapy (more on that below).
Can Every Cancer Patient Get Microblading?
Most cancer patients/survivors are good candidates for microblading. It is necessary to get a doctor’s approval before the treatment. Sometimes, the skin becomes too sensitive, in which case you shouldn’t get the treatment.
Immunosuppressed or immunocompromised patients should also avoid microblading. Their immune system is weakened, which makes them less resistant to infections.
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What Is the Right Time to Have a Microblading Treatment?
The most common question is when is the right time for microblading treatment: before or after chemotherapy?
Microblading Before Chemotherapy
It is possible to have microblading before or after the chemotherapy, never during. Some people prefer to get microblading before the therapy begins. That way, it will be easier for them to deal with eyebrow hair loss – it won’t be noticeable.
If you decide to get it before the chemo, bear in mind that you will have to need the touch up 6-8 weeks later. Also, the brows need to heal after the touch up, too, which takes another 2 weeks.
So, in total, two months before the chemotherapy is a good time to get microblading. If you get microblading 2 weeks or less before the chemo, the therapy can affect retention. Also, the touch up will have to be postponed until after the therapy.
Not all cancer patients are the same. There are different types of cancers, so they will not react to microblading in the same way. The best option is to check with the doctor and find out when it is safe to get your eyebrows microbladed.
Microblading After Chemotherapy
If you decide to get microblading after chemotherapy, it is recommended to wait at least 8 weeks for your system to recover and rest. You need to be off all meds long enough for your immune system to get strong enough. Most microblading artists will ask you to wait even longer, to make sure it is safe to get the microblading treatment. Always consult your oncologist before booking.
It’s important to remember that it’s never recommended to undergo this treatment during chemo, as the tissue is very sensitive, and thus the bleeding can be much worse, which can lead to more infections.
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Is There Such a Thing as Free Microblading for Cancer Patients?
A lot of microblading artists offer great discounts on microblading for cancer patients. Some of them are even willing to do the treatment for free. Check out what the options are in your area. Even if the artist doesn’t have that clearly stated out on their website, you can contact them and ask for a discount.
How To Find the Right Microblading Artist
To make sure that your newly microbladed brows look perfect and as natural as possible, finding a good microblading artist is the most important. It has to be someone who is experienced, skilled, and who has already worked with cancer patients and people who have no brow hair.
So, ask for recommendations and check out the artist’s online portfolio. Their website and Instagram page are a good starting point, and don’t forget Google and Facebook reviews.
You can also ask for recommendations in support groups for cancer patients.
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Benefits of Microblading for Cancer Patients
Getting microblading is a great way to improve your confidence. You won’t have to worry whether they will smear off when you touch your brows or get them wet – they are still there, perfectly shaped to frame and fit your face.
Also, microblading is really low-maintenance. Apart from occasional color boost appointments, which are recommended annually, you don’t have to give them any extra attention. It will save you time in the morning when you do your makeup.
Getting microblading before or after the chemotherapy is a good way to boost your self-esteem. It is just important to consult your doctor first and get approval and find a good microblading artist.
For more information on microblading, check out our detailed Microblading Guide.
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