IHA urges caution over cosmetic tattoos

Residents are advised to receive cosmetic tattooing, tattoos and body piercings from premises inspected by IHA.

Eyebrow microblading is popular among many residents.

Eyebrow microblading is popular among many residents.

Given the emergence of relatively new cosmetic procedures such as eyebrow microblading, the Interior Health Authority is reminding the public to exercise caution when considering such services.

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,” states a release.

“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.”

Residents are advised to receive cosmetic tattooing, tattoos and body piercings from premises inspected by IHA.

Home-based microblading and tattoo services advertised on social media or websites may not have been inspected by IHA.

“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,” states the release.

To view inspection reports for licensed facilities in the IHA region, go to https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/TattooPiercingTanningHair/Pages/default.aspx