DETROIT (KRON/CNN) – Eyebrow “microblading” is one of the hottest new beauty trends, and women are all over social media showing off perfect brows.
But–what’s the price?
One woman has an important warning for others after she got a potentially deadly infection.
The Detroit woman, who we’ll call Jennifer, said she regrets undergoing the procedure, as it landed her in the hospital.
She doesn’t want to show her entire face because she’s embarrassed, but she wants people to know what happened to her.
When Jennifer walked out of the salon after the procedure, her eyebrows looked just how she imagined.
“It looked great,” she said. “I was happy.”
Microblading involves the use of a hand tool with tiny needles to make shallow cuts on the skin. Then, pigment seeps in, giving the user semi-permanent results.
But later, redness started setting in.
“Each day got a little more red, but I wasn’t really too concerned,” Jennifer said. “So, like, a few days after I noticed, they were starting to get, like, little lumps in it.”
The pain and swelling started to increase.
“Going to urgent care, they diagnosed me with cellulitis on my face,” Jennifer said.
But the situation kept getting worse. Jennifer took daily photos to document the changes, and eventually, she decided to go to the emergency room.
“When they admitted me, they put me on an IV bag antibiotic, and then, the next morning, they started me on steroids for the remainder of the time I was there,” Jennifer said.
She spent three days in the hospital.
For the past week, Jennifer has been seeing a dermatologist, Dr. Stephen Grekin, for treatment.
“This is potentially life-threatening if not treated because what’s right behind here–sinuses,” Dr. Grekin said. “What do the sinuses communicate? Boom: they go right to the brain.”\
Why did this happen to Jennifer?
“There are a lot of variables,” Grekin said. “In this case, so, is the patient allergic to the ink that they actually tattoo you with? That’s No. 1. Is she allergic to something they used to prep the skin? Did she get an infection by getting told not to wash her face for two days? We never tell someone, ‘don’t wash your face’ after a surgical procedure for two, three, however many days. We wash every day no matter what procedure you do on the skin. It’s not sterile.”
Jennifer’s prognosis is good.
Grekin said he doesn’t expect she will have long-term problems.
She does have mounting medical bills and missed days from work.
“I now regret going in there and getting it done,” Jennifer said. “It is vanity. You want to look good and you don’t ever think that’s going to happen to you.”
Grekin has advice for anyone trying to improve their eyebrows through microblading.
“I think it’s buyer beware,” Grekin said. “I think you have to do your research. I think you have to have multiple visits to make certain that you’re comfortable that the place is clean, it’s efficiently run, that this is not taken as sort of a cavalier, ‘come in and get your eyebrows waxed.'”