Eyebrow microblading: One woman's nightmare health scare

Posted at 8:50 AM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 10:58:46-04

DETROIT-- Eyebrow microblading is one of the hottest new beauty trends, as women show off their perfect brows on social media. 

Microblading involves a hand tool with tiny needles to make shallow little cuts on the skin. Then the pigment seeps in, giving you semi-permanent results.

But one woman, who spoke with WDIV's Karen Drew anonymously, says she experienced increased swelling, pain and redness after a recent procedure.

She says she went to an urgent care facility, where a doctor diagnosed her with cellulitis and gave her antibiotics.

When the situation kept getting worse, she decided to head to the emergency room, where they later admitted her to the hospital for three days after her face began to swell. 

Doctor Stephen Grekin is a dermatologist. He says this type of reaction is extremely dangerous.

"This is potentially life-threatening if not treated, because what's right behind here, sinuses. What do the sinuses communicate? Boom: they go right to the brain."

Still, Dr. Grekin doesn't expect her to have long-term problems. "I think it's buyer beware.  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.'"

The doctor said people should be careful of deciding on a microblading procedure solely based on cost. It typically costs $700 to $800. 

Jennifer thought she found a deal for $250, but she said she will never try the procedure again, but instead stick with eyebrow makeup.

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