Thought I Was Getting Microblading and Ended up With Permanent Brow Tattoos
My experience at the Mississauga location of Eyelash Canada had to be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life.
I was 21 at the time of the procedure, two years ago as of now. When I arrived at the appointment I settled into a room with an unappealing aesthetic and a bad odor. Shortly after, I was greeted by a woman named Jade who smelled of cigarettes and bad coffee breath, very unprofessional. She proceeded to inquire about what brow shape I thought would look best on my face. Is it not the professional’s job to advise you on what shape looks best? We agreed on a shape.
The new eyebrow template was drawn on and she advised me to lay on the table, while she set up for what I thought we agreed upon was a miroblading procedure. What I didn't know, was that Jade was actually setting up for a permanent eyebrow tattooing session with an electric needle. When I asked what the electric needle was for she assured me that it was the same as the traditional microblading method, it just lasts a little bit longer but will still fade in 3 years maximum. After the fact, I had discovered that there is actually a massive difference between traditional microblading and what I had got done which is permanent eyebrow tattooing. The difference is that microblading is etched into the skin by hand and lasts about a year. Permanent eyebrow tattooing is done with an electric hand held device similar to a tattooing needle and is actually permanent. It is also harder to get smaller more precise lines and I can advocate for that the tattooed hairs were thick and not natural looking. Microblading, on the other hand, uses a small blade with many micro needles to create fine hair strokes.
Once the procedure had started, Jade began brushing in numbing ointment to my brows for a few minutes. Jade was having a hard time trying to start the needle, for some reason it was not working and 20 minutes later she went to get another one.
It was a very painful almost 2 hours, where I did not get to see any of the progress being made. Once the results were shown in the mirror, my initial thoughts were that it was extremely dark and just looked outside the shape of my eyebrow in the most unnatural and unflattering way. The healing process seemed normal and I proceeded to go back for a typical touch up in 2 weeks’ time. Jade had lost my papers and guessed what color I was and proceeded to put in black ink to my brows. Needless to say the final result was a mess in which you can see from the attached photo.
After a few comments from other people and endless analyzing myself in the mirror, I finally decided to do something about this almost a year later. I noticed no fading over that period of time, so I researched on how to remove the ink beneath my brows and discovered the only way would be to shave off my brows and do laser tattoo removal. Since this is a sensitive area I had to reach out to 4 different doctors to see who would do the procedure. After finding one at a very reputable plastic surgery clinic, we started the removal process which entailed shaving off my brows, injecting a numbing agent and lasering off the ink. To say the least it has been a very traumatic experience that cost me $300 for the bad “microblading” and $550 to get them removed. I warn anyone who is considering this procedure to think long and hard about doing it and to find a very reputable doctor who can show excellent work as reference.