Environmental Health Officers track down unregistered microbladers

1 Jul 2019
microblading practitioner at work

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Environmental Health Officers have been tracking down unregistered providers of increasingly popular microblading services in Aylesbury Vale. Businesses and practitioners need to be registered with the local authority – in the same way that you need to be licensed to carry out any other skin piercing services, including tattooing, cosmetic piercing, ear piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture. If you are a business or practitioner that hasn’t done this already, you can quickly and easily register via the AVDC website: https://aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/tattooing-piercing-electrolysis-and-acupuncture. Unregistered microblading service providers risk being prosecuted.

If you are a customer, you should only use registered practitioners, as this will give you the confidence to know that they have been trained by an approved training provider, that they have valid insurance in place, and that they follow safe working practices and effective infection control procedures to limit the spread of infections that might range from mild irritations to the much more serious Hepatitis C.

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.

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing, said: “It is vitally important that all premises and all practitioners offering any cosmetic or other services that pierce the skin are registered or licensed with AVDC. This not only protects them and their business, but it also gives customers confidence that they are using properly trained and insured providers who apply effective infection control procedures.

“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.”

AVDC 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. You can contact AVDC on 01296 585858 or go to www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/complaints

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