Contraindications for scalp micropigmentation

Sometimes a micropigmentation treatment is not possible due to medical reasons, this can either be permanently or temporarily. We call these contraindications, and they’re usually covered during your training.

It is vital that the specialist checks the client’s medical history and equally important that the client is 100% open about any medical conditions he or she might suffer from. The consent form should cover a medical checklist to highlight potential risks.

The micropigmentation technician should have some basic awareness of skin disorders so that they can determine possible contraindications.

Below a list of temporary and permanent contraindications:

Temporary contraindications

  • herpes simplex or zoster
  • immune weakness
  • cosmetic surgery
  • chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • local infection
  • unstable scarring
  • skin conditions in the area of application (local dermatitis, bruising, sunburn, skin ulcers)
  • infections bacterial, fungal or viral

Permanent contraindications

  • allergic reactions to pigments
  • skin conditions in the application area (freckles and moles, keloids, bulky angiomas, warts, melanomas, impetigo, psoriasis, urticaria, chloasma, nevus or nevi and skin cancer)

Under medical supervision

  • diabetes
  • haemophilia
  • heart disease
  • HIV
  • skin disorders or undiagnosed skin lesions in the area of application and other chronic diseases

It is also vitally important that you as a client are made aware of the possible risks and complications of micropigmentation, although it is highly unlikely that this will occur.

Possible risks and complications

  • local infections
  • general infections
  • allergies
  • contact dermatitis
  • skin reactions
  • herpes simplex
  • haemorrhage or chronic pathological scars

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