Microblading horror story: Detroit woman suffers life-threatening infection
Microblading should be a hundred percent safe—and yet microblading horror stories abound on the internet. One woman, hailing from Detroit, is one such victim of microblading gone wrong. Here’s her story.
WDIV, a local Detroit news station, reported the story of “Jennifer”, a woman who suffered from a severe, life-threatening infection after a microblading session at an unnamed salon.
Jennifer was initially pleased with the results of her eyebrow microblading session after she left the salon.
“It looked great,” she said. “I was happy.”
However, after a few days, she noticed that something was wrong.
The road to beauty is paved with…bumps?
“Each day got a little more red, but I wasn’t really too concerned,” Jennifer explained. “So, like, a few days after I noticed, they were starting to get, like, little lumps in it.”
After going to an urgent care center, Jennifer found out that she was suffering from cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection.
“They gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way,” Jennifer told WDIV.
Unfortunately, her conditions worsened. She checked herself into the ER and spent three days confined to a hospital, taking steroids and antibiotics for her condition.
“I was terrified,” Jennifer said. “My face [was] swelling up, my eyes [were] closing, [I was] thinking, ‘I don’t know what’s gonna happen.’”
Dr. Stephen to the rescue
Thankfully, Jennifer is now under the care of a dermatologist, Dr. Stephen Grenkin.
“[Jennifer’s condition was] potentially life-threatening if not treated because what’s right behind here—sinuses,” Grekin told WDIV. “What do the sinuses communicate? Boom: they go right to the brain.”
“There are a lot of variables [for why this happened],” Grekin explained further. “In this case, [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. [Otherwise], it’s not sterile.”
How safe is microblading?
“[Microblading is] a safe and effective procedure when done by someone experienced,” Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City, told Health magazine. “It must be done under sterile conditions, otherwise you can get a skin infection like staph or strep, even herpes.”
For a guaranteed safe procedure, make sure to do your homework: research the best-reviewed microblading salons in your area and inquire about how they keep their procedures sterile.
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