Don’t raise a fuller eyebrow to this Interior Health warning

The public is strongly advised to receive cosmetic tattooing, tattoos and body piercings from premises inspected by Interior Health

  • Nov. 21, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Disease and your eyebrows

Interior Health is weighing in on cosmetic enhancements they think could raise a health concern.

“Given the emergence of relatively new cosmetic procedures such as eyebrow microblading, Interior Health is reminding the public to exercise caution when considering such services,” reads a public health announcement issued Monday.

“Specifically, users should ensure the establishments they visit have safeguards in place to protect their health.”

Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking, and feather touch, is a technique used to apply semi-permanent makeup. This form of cosmetic tattooing uses ink and a very small blade to fill out or re-shape eyebrows.

Microblading, as with any type of tattooing, involves breaking the skin. It’s important that equipment used, including microblades and needles, be sterilized to prevent the transmission of infection diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, as well as skin infections.  A single use disposable microblading pen is recommended for this type of procedure. To ensure microblading equipment is sterile, Interior Health recommends individuals ask for packages to be opened in front of them.

Members of the public are strongly advised to receive cosmetic tattooing, tattoos and body piercings from premises inspected by Interior Health. Home-based microblading and tattoo services advertised on social media or websites like Facebook, Kijiji and Craigslist, may not have been inspected by Interior Health.

Interior Health inspects regulated tattoo and body piercing businesses at least once a year to review practices with respect to general sanitation, disinfection, and infection control procedures.

A health authority official said there have yet to be any known cases of disease being transferred during microblading, but think the warning is needed given the rising volume of microblading ads.

To view inspection reports for licensed facilities in the Interior Health region, visit their website.


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