risks involved in microblading

Nothing is ever truly risk-free. Not even permanent makeup. So what exactly are the risks involved in microblading? In this article, we break them down for you.

Microblading has evolved since it first became popular. Permanent makeup once utilized only harmful metal-based ink pigments, causing a lot of complications for anyone who used them. These days, we have advancements like organic ink pigments that perform better and cause no harm to clients.

Tools and equipment have also upgraded significantly. These days, digital microblading tools are incredibly precise. Plus, they ensure little to no bleeding or bruising, and they promote quick healing.

That said, there are still several things we as microblading artists need to be wary of whenever we meet a client. Here are some of the risks involved in microblading that we need to be careful of.

Risks involved in microblading

From medical to marketing concerns, there’s no shortage of risks that microblading presents.

1. Infection

Anything that involves a needle carries a risk of infection—if the proper sanitation and sterilization procedure is ignored. Infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis, and skin infections caused by bacteria can be spread if one doesn’t follow microblading sanitation and sterilization practices.

Practicing needle safety

Safety practices regarding needles prescribe the following.

  • Always sterilize needles prior to use.
  • Make sure pre-sterilized needles are packaged individually before buying them.
  • Opening an autoclave bag containing multiple needles requires you to re-sterilize all needles inside the bag before use.
  • Never throw needles in a regular trash bin. Place needles in a sharps container for proper disposal after each procedure.
  • Make sure clients sign a procedure report, testifying that they witnessed you disposing of the needle in a sharps container.
  • Immediately dispose of a full sharps container by contacting your local Health Department.

Additionally, needle storage should be:

  1. Closable
  2. Puncture Resistant
  3. Leak-proof
  4. Color-coded
  5. Labeled in accordance with regulations
  6. Placed 52 inches off of the ground

2. Allergic reactions

Before working on a client, you should know two things: (1) the ingredients of your microblading ink pigment and (2) what your client is allergic to. Allergies can be fatal, which is why it’s crucial to go out of your way to ensure your clients are safe.

Wavers are also important to ensure that clients understand that they need to be upfront with you regarding any allergies they may have.

If the client suffers from an allergic reaction, always direct the client to a nearby hospital so they can get medical assistance.

3. Fading

As much as we call permanent makeup “permanent,” nothing in life is actually, well, permanent. Like all tattoos, microblading fades with time. That’s why we always stress the importance of proper aftercare and touch-ups.

After a microblading session, always remind your clients to come back for their next session. It also counts as good customer service to remind them of any upcoming appointments using text, call, and email.

4. Client complaints

No matter how good of a microblading artist you are, some clients are insatiable. Or accidents happen. Or we simply make mistakes.

Client complaints are a huge risk for anyone who offers any kind of service. Losing one client is though enough, but what if they also post a bad review? As artists, we need to do everything we can to avoid angering our clients. So, it’s essential to always be prepared.

As always, training is the first step. With proper training, you learn how to use microblading tools and equipment, how deep into the skin you should go, and how to choose the right colors for your clients.

Microblading training classes cater to beginner to advance students. They range from eyebrow microblading to lip, scalp, eyeliner microblading, and more.

How to deal with complaining clients

When dealing with unhappy clients, the rule of thumb is: don’t leave them hanging. Whether it’s a bad review or a request for a follow-up appointment, the worst thing you could do is ignore them.

In our article How to deal with bad microblading reviews, we discussed how you should respond to negative feedback.

  1. Make them feel heard. Never dismiss your clients’ concerns. You need to show that you’re willing to take responsibility, especially if it is your fault. Remember: even the biggest corporations make mistakes.
  2. Ask them how you can help. If they post their feedback publicly (e.g. on Facebook or Yelp), reply to them and offer a more productive avenue for discussing the problem. A line you could use could be, “Can you tell us in detail what went wrong during the procedure? We’d love to offer assistance in any way we can. Our e-mail address is (
  3. Express gratitude. Negative feedback is still feedback. It might leave a bad taste in your mouth sometimes, but thanking a client for a bad review shows you’re a good sport.

Think we covered all the risks involved in microblading, or did we miss something? Leave us a comment below!

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