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Caution advised when getting cosmetic tattoos: Interior Health

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November 21, 2016 - 11:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The trend toward new cosmetic procedures like microblading has prompted a safety warning from the Interior Health Authority.

Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing technique used to apply semi-permanent makeup to the eyebrows, according to a Interior Health media release. It's also known as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking, and feather touch. It uses ink and a small blade to fill out or re-shape eyebrows.

Interior Health is reminding the public to use caution when considering getting these procedures done. Most importantly, Interior Health is reminding the public to make sure establishments have proper health safeguards.

It's vital that all equipment used are sterilized to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C and skin infections, the release states. A single-use disposable microblading pen is recommended and individuals should ask for the microblade package to be opened in front of them.

Anyone interested in cosmetic tattooing, tattoos or body piercings should check if the facility has been inspected by Interior Health. Regulated tattoo and body piercing businesses are inspected once per year. General sanitation, disinfection and infection control procedures are reviewed during these inspections.

Home-based businesses advertised on Kijiji, Facebook and Craigslist may not have been inspected, Interior Health says.


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