Ahhh, brows. It seems we are on a never-ending hunt for the latest trend that will promise us an identical set. And microblading certainly seems to be getting a lot of buzz in the beauty world recently.
The semi-permanent procedure involves tiny needles being used to make small shallow cuts into your skin, letting the pigment seep in to mimic fuller eyebrows. Sounds GREAT.
A good session, can look like this…
But a bad session? That can be terrifying.
A woman from Michigan shared with her local TV station the horrifying infection she suffered from after she had a microblading procedure done – offered to her at a discounted price.
“A few days after, I was noticing they were starting to get like, little lumps in it”, the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, explained. “I went into urgent care. They diagnosed me with cellulitis on my face, gave me an antibiotic, and sent me on my way.”
But the condition only worsened and she had to go to the emergency room. She was put on intravenous antibiotics, and then steroids, and had to spend three days in hospital.
“I was terrified. My face is swelling up, my eyes are closing. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen.'”
Dr. Steven Grekin, a dermatologist in Michigan, explained to WDIV-TV Local 4, "this is potentially life threatening if not treated."
According to Dr Grekin there are a plethora of reasons this reaction could have occurred: being allergic to the ink, allergic to the skin prep used, an eyebrow infection stemming from being told not to wash your face after you get it done.
"It's buyer beware. I think you have to do your research," said Dr Grekin.
It is important to make sure wherever you choose to go that they use sterile equipment and that the aestheticians are adequately trained.
Talking about getting the perfect brow, Jessie Stephens has found an eyebrow kit that changed her life for the better. She recommends it, on Mamamia Out Loud. Post continues after audio.