Eyebrow microblading landed this woman in hospital for 3 days with a horrifying injury
A woman from Detroit, Michigan, ended up in the hospital after undergoing microblading - a form of tattooing where pigment is implanted under the skin with a manual handheld tool to enhance the eyebrows - WDIV-TV reports.
The woman, who has requested to remain anonymous, told the television network that she initially loved the results, and thought that she had found a good deal. The process, which usually costs around $700 to $800, set her back $250.
However, she started to notice more and more redness each day. After a week had passed, the individual noticed lumps, and the skin around her eyebrows was swollen and painful.
"Each day got a little more red, but I wasn't really too concerned," she told Click On Detroit. "So, like, a few days after I noticed, they were starting to get, like, little lumps in it."
She visited urgent care, and was given a dose of antibiotics, but her condition only got worse.
"Going to urgent care, they diagnosed me with cellulitis on my face, gave me antibiotic and sent me on my way," she continued. She then started photographing the changes, and ultimately 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," she said.
She spent three days in total at the hospital.
"I was terrified. I didn't know. My face is swelling up. My eyes are closing. I'm thinking, 'I don't know what's going to happen.'"
After the incident, the individual has been seeing dermatologist, Dr. Stephen Grekin, for treatment - and he revealed that the condition could potentially be life-threatening.
"This is potentially life-threatening if not treated because what's right behind here -- sinuses," Grekin said. "What do the sinuses communicate? Boom: they go right to the brain."
So, why did this happen in the first place?
"There are a lot of variables," Grekin explained. "In this case, so, is the patient allergic to the ink that they actually tattoo you with? That's [number one]. 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."
The individual's prognosis is good, however, with the dermatologist saying that he doesn't think she will have any long-term issues.
"I now regret going in there and getting it done," she has since asserted. "It is vanity. You want to look good and you don't ever think that's going to happen to you."
As ever, it pays to do your research.