You may not consider microblading to be that big of a deal. You are not alone in this. We get so many queries from people who thought they could just show up to their microblading appointment with no prep, only to learn that they can’t even grab a cup of coffee beforehand.
It is good to keep in mind that whilst microblading may seem like a relatively minor procedure, it still causes trauma to the body, and can cause bleeding.
With this in mind, we think it is very important to keep in mind some things that can reduce the trauma on the body, and perhaps even reduce any bleeding (and therefore, reduce scabbing, the enemy of microblading).
In this article, we are going to be exploring why coffee shouldn’t be drunk just before your microblading appointment, as well as exploring whether there are other things you should avoid.
Why Should I not drink coffee before Microblading?
It is not recommended that you drink coffee before your microblading appointment because coffee can actually be detrimental to how well the color of the micro blading sticks to your skin, and can even cause you to bleed more!
The color retention of the microblading will not be as bold, meaning you may not get the result you wanted. Bleeding more will mean that you will be more prone to scabbing and oozing.
This can make your eyebrows more difficult to microblade, and can also affect the healing process. We all know itchy scabs can get, and if we accidentally scratch them off before they have exhaled they can affect the way the microblading heals.
Some professionals also state that drinking coffee before you have your eyebrows microbladed can cause sensitivity. This means that it could be even more uncomfortable, and perhaps painful to have your eyebrows microbladed.
Does caffeine really affect Microblading?
Yes! Caffeine does affect your microblading. This is the reason why coffee should be avoided. The caffeine in coffee is a compound that can interfere with microblading.
The reason why caffeine should be avoided lies in what caffeine does to your blood flow. Caffeine is a substance that is known to thin the blood. This means that caffeine has anticoagulant effects, and as such, it should be avoided for up to 48 hours before you have your microblading procedure.
48 hours does sound like a long time to go without caffeine, so if you can’t possibly manage this, you should at least try to avoid it for 24 hours. You certainly shouldn’t have a cup of coffee on the day of your procedure!
This does not only apply to coffee though. We are sorry to say that tea and energy drinks are also included in this. So, no matter how hard it was to get up to make your microblading appointment, you should not even think about picking up a Red Bull!
Is decaf coffee OK before Microblading?
Decaf coffee may seem like the perfect way of getting around the ‘no caffeine’ rule before microblading. However, you should still exercise caution when drinking decaf coffee. The reason for this is because decaf coffee still has caffeine in there, it just has less of it.
If you really can’t get by without it, then decaf coffee will be the better option. However, if you are particularly sensitive to caffeine, then even decaf should be avoided for 24 hours before your appointment! Instead, try some caffeine free herbal teas or a mild hot chocolate!
There is, of course, caffeine in chocolate. So, if you tend to eat a lot of chocolate you should think about cutting down on it before your microblading appointment. However, a small amount should be absolutely fine.
Can I drink alcohol before microblading?
No. You should not drink alcohol before you go to have your microblading treatment. This means that the brunch you had planned before your appointment needs to be an alcohol-free brunch – so hold off from the bellinis for now!
Like caffeine, alcohol can actually thin the blood. This can make you bleed more when you have your microblading procedure, and can actually make you more prone to scabbing and oozing. In turn, this can affect the healing process and possibly cause eyebrow microblading scarring.
It can also decrease the way the body repairs itself following trauma. It can halt the regenerative processes of the skin, making it more difficult to scab and repair bleeding.
This can make you bleed for longer, thus resulting in loss of color/ dye from the microblading and a longer healing process.
Can you drink alcohol the night before Microblading?
No, you should not drink alcohol the night before having your microblading appointment. Just as alcohol drinking a few hours before can affect it, drinking alcohol 24 hours before can also be detrimental to the procedure.
It is recommended that you avoid alcohol for up to 2 to 3 days before you have your microblading appointment. This is especially true if you already have issues with the clotting abilities of your blood.
Drinking a lot of alcohol can also have a detrimental effect on a person’s immune system, lowering it for a time. This can make a person more susceptible to infections and other illnesses.
In turn, as the microblading procedure carries a risk of infection, you may be more prone to them if you have had a night of heavy drinking beforehand.
Does aspirin affect microblading?
Yes! Aspirin can affect microblading, and so it should be avoided before a microblading procedure unless of course, you need it for medical purposes. If you can, you should choose a non-aspirin-containing painkiller instead.
The reason for this is because aspirin is a blood thinner. It is used to treat patients with thick blood, and so it can have immediate effects.
As such, you will be more prone to bleeding following your treatment and may find it more difficult to scab. This can make healing more difficult and may result in more scabs eventually, which can cause it to look patchy.