You might vow to draw your own eyebrows in forever after reading about some of these horrible microblading gone wrong experiences.

By Renee Cherry
July 23, 2019
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When microblading is done right, it can be life-changing. Waking up with perfect brows is nothing short of a dream. On the other hand, if you've seen photos of microblading gone wrong, then you know it's possible to end up with poor results. (Take, for example, this woman who ended up with four brows after a treatment, or this woman who had a severe reaction.) One corner of the internet where you can read quite a few horror stories? Reddit.

In one post titled "My microblading HORROR story," Reddit user u/adsy wrote about their allergic reaction to microblading. While on vacation in the Middle East, u/adsy decided to visit their cousin's microblading salon on a Sunday, they wrote. On Monday, they woke up with blood and pus on their pillow, but thought that it was part of the healing process. "I felt no itchiness. Instead puss and blood continued to ooze out of my eyebrows," they wrote. "I wasn't sure what was happening, and it was only until Monday evening when I was out and puss dripped onto my eyelid that I figured something was definitely wrong."

After some research, they found out that their nickel allergy could be to blame for the reaction, since inks commonly contain nickel, and decided to go to a hospital. "Because I was on holiday I had to go to a private hospital and pay out of pocket to be seen," u/adsy wrote. "I was having a severe allergic reaction which could have possibly turned into an infection. I was given a huge needle in my ass (hydrocortisone shot for severe allergic reaction) as well as creams, antibiotics, and pain medication." They included a Facebook post with photos from after the treatment.

Similarly, Reddit user u/kit_branc posted about having a surprise reaction to microblading that included redness, bumps, and swelling, that may have been caused by an allergy or infection. "Salon told me it had to be an ink allergy because they used everything clean and new," they wrote. However, a doctor ended up determining that the brows were infected and prescribed antibiotics. (Related: The Best Eyebrow Makeup If You're Just Not Ready for Microblading)

Another user posted about a more long-term struggle. U/natalie12691 has been posting updates throughout a years-long attempt at laser tattoo removal. "Long story short, the woman cut me too deeply, giving me a permanent tattoo," they wrote. "Because the ink entered the dermis, it pooled underneath my skin and turned blue-gray. I have to shave my eyebrows off every laser session and the sessions are terrifyingly painful." In an update, they wrote that eight laser sessions in, they still have "neon yellow" brows.

While the Reddit stories aren't a reason to avoid microblading altogether, they are proof that you should choose a technician carefully and ask a lot of questions before committing. That way, you'll be less likely to end up with negative health effects or disappointing results. On that note, here's our handy guide to microblading.


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