A Missouri woman is warning the public to do their research before undergoing cosmetic procedures after a terrible experience with a microblading treatment.
$250 Microblading Treatment
Jami Ledbetter, who was born without brows, was excited when her daughters gifted her with a $250 microblading treatment last November.
Deciding that she wants fuller eyebrows, the single mom went to visit a woman who claimed to be certified in microblading, a treatment that involves tattooing the eyebrows using tiny needles that add semi-permanent pigment to the skin.
Her excitement for a better look after the treatment, however, dwindled when she realized the procedure went awry. The procedure left her with four brows instead of two.
"I was devastated," Ledbetter said. "I was even dating a guy, and he stopped dating me at that point."
Embarrassed By Her Botched Brows
The mother of three said her brows also impacted her self-confidence. She was so embarrassed by how she looks that she only went to work and the grocery, and stayed at home.
She tried to use makeup to cover her messed up brows, but this did not work. She decided to see another woman in the hopes the second treatment could camouflage her brows but they appeared worse six weeks after treatment.
Removing The Ink
Ledbetter eventually sought help from Kara Gutierrez, a licensed and insured tattoo artist, who specializes in permanent cosmetics, which include tattoo removal.
Gutierrez said she was stunned when she saw Ledbetter's brows for the first time in February.
"It took everything in me to hold back tears because this is the worst I've ever seen," Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez has been using a pigment lightening solution on Ledbetter's tattooed eyebrows. The treatment is done at eight-week interval, albeit Ledbetter may have to undergo three more treatments that can all cost $1,000 before the bad ink is gone for good,
The unnamed woman who was responsible for Ledbetter's bad eyebrows has since gone out of business.