I remember when these pictures circulated several months ago. I was inundated with calls, emails, and texts regarding this poor women’s unfortunate experience. As an artist, I have received inquiries regarding “cover ups” which I normally manage only on a case-by-case basis.
Here are a couple of suggestions for style and color corrections:
1. Saline Lightening- A saline solution is inserted in the dermal layer to “flush” the pigment from the skin. Optimal results may be achieved in a series of 3-6 sessions with 4-8 weeks of healing between each session.
2. Laser Treatments- Depending on pigment depth, color, and client skin tone, laser treatments can “lift” the pigment over several sessions. Like Saline Lightening, results may be achieved in a series of 3-6 sessions with 4-8 weeks of healing between each session.
3. Color Correction- Using color theory, the previous brow design can be neutralized, and a new design can be layered over the previous design.
It is highly recommended to research an experienced artist who is knowledgeable and has been trained in any or all above techniques.
Need a consultation? Feel free to contact Angela Gibbs at 516-939-4752 (www.cosbeauink.com)
A Missouri woman is speaking out to educate others after a botched eyebrow procedure
Jami Ledbetter can laugh about what happened to her eyebrows now but that wasn’t the case five months ago.
Last November, the 42-year-old mom of three went to a woman who claimed to be certified in microblading – a beauty technique that involves tattooing someone`s eyebrows on.
This is what she ended up with – botched brows.
“I was devastated. I was even dating a guy and he stopped dating me at that point,” Ledbetter said.
It killed her confidence. She couldn’t cover it with make-up – she even went to another woman who said she could “camouflage” her brows – but six weeks later – still no changes.
Kara Gutierrez is a licensed and insured tattoo artist has been in the beauty industry since 2011 and has specialized in permanent cosmetics going on four years – that includes tattoo removal.
Gutierrez first saw Ledbetter eight weeks ago.
She’s removing Ledbetter`s messed up brows with a product known as lift. It`s a pigment lightening solution that`s tattooed into the bad ink and has to be removed in 8-week intervals.
Gutierrez worries more and more women will end up in situations like Ledbetter`s because microblading isn’t regulated in the state of Missouri.
The state`s office of tattooing, body piercing and branding has a disclaimer on it`s website about microblading that reads in part quote: “Although the office recognizes the potential for public safety issues… The office has not been given specific statutory authority to regulate this practice.”
That`s not the case across the state line in Kansas where permanent makeup technicians are required to have 12-hundred hours of training, at least 50 completed procedures that can be verified and an apprenticeship.
Missouri state representative Nate Tate understands the risks – that`s why he`s sponsoring House Bill 71. It would change the definition of a tattoo to include new cosmetic procedures like microblading – to ensure more scrutiny.
The bill hasn’t gotten far in the legislative process which concerns Gutierrez.
“Until a Senators daughter or someone who can pass a bill gets messed up, this will continue happening,” she said.
Ledbetter shares the same attitude but she hopes her story serves as a warning to those considering microblading.