How One Woman Says She Ended Up With 4 Eyebrows After a Botched Microblading Procedure
She's not alone. Inside Edition's Lisa Guerrero contracted a staph infection.
Microblading is a hot new beauty trend that involves tattooing your eyebrows for a more defined and fuller look. Thousands of women have done it safely each year.
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Mila Kunis and Adele have all had it done.
So Inside Edition's Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero was excited to give it a shot, recording the entire process from start to finish to share on her YouTube channel.
The procedure involves slicing the skin with a razor-sharp blade and implanting ink under the brows.
Guerrero went to a registered nurse and made sure she used new, sterile blades.
"I can definitely feel it, but it doesn't hurt," Guerrero said as she underwent the procedure.
But a few days later, things went really wrong. Puss was oozing from Guerrero's eyebrows due to a staph infection.
"This has taken a turn for the worse," Guerrero said, showing off her infected brows.
A quick search online revealed that Guerrero was not alone — microblading horror stories are everywhere online.
Inside Edition spoke to 42-year-old Jami Ledbetter, who showed off the damage she said was caused by the botched procedure.
"This is me before my microblading procedure," she said. "And this is me after ... look at my eyebrows!"
Ledbetter said the procedure, which was a birthday gift from her daughters and cost $250, left her with four eyebrows.
"I was an emotional wreck," she said.
Later, Ledbetter said she looked up the background of the woman who gave her the procedure.
"I found out she got her certification online," said Ledbetter. "She had no instruction whatsoever. She just watched a course."
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of PFRANKMD & Skin Salon, said it's important to do your research ahead of time.
"You get what you pay for and often it's inexperienced microbladers that are really just looking for new patients to practice on," he told Inside Edition.
“Microblading should be done in the utmost sanitary conditions and my recommendation is in a medical office environment, which is exactly what we do. This way, any complications, as rare as they are, can be managed appropriately,” said Frank.
Ledbetter said she's spent the last six months undergoing repairs for her eyebrows.
Guerrero added that she too has learned a very important lesson.
"I assumed it was going to be very safe but you never know," she said.
Experts advise after microblading, avoid any makeup until the wound is fully healed and make sure to keep antibiotic ointment on it. By the way, Guerrero is now fully healed.
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