Microblading crackdown

Microblading - unlicensed businesses are being rooted out

Environmental Health Officers have been tracking down unregistered providers of increasingly popular microblading services in Aylesbury Vale.

Microblading is a technique similar to tattooing that is performed on the eyebrows to give a thick, natural look – or whatever the client desires. A small, handheld tool with 10-12 needles at the end is used to scratch the surface of the skin. Medical grade pigment is implanted using lightweight strokes to create the look of natural hair. It is unlike tattooing as it is not in the deeper layer of skin, and it is also not permanent – the colour fades within 18 months.

Businesses and practitioners need to be registered with the local authority – in the same way that they need to be licensed to carry out any other skin piercing services, including tattooing, cosmetic piercing, ear piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture.

Unregistered business or practitioners, who otherwise risk prosecution, can register via the AVDC website:

Aylesbury Vale District Council says safe working practices and effective infection control procedures help limit the spread of infections that might range from mild irritations to the much more serious Hepatitis C.

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing, said: ‘We are concerned that there may be practitioners who have come  to microblading from other procedures, such as eyebrow tinting or threading, who do not appreciate the need to be registered if they now offer this service.’

Environmental Health Officers believe they have tracked down all unregistered microblading providers, but are calling on local residents to contact them if they are aware of anyone offering microblading or other procedures that isn’t registered or licensed, or if they have any other concerns about services being offered.

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July 4, 2019