Mi­crob­lad­ing now reg­u­lated by Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - Staff re­port

Ef­fec­tive July 1, any­one per­form­ing eye­brow mi­crob­lad­ing, and fa­cil­i­ties where the cos­metic pro­ce­dure is per­formed, will be reg­u­lated un­der the rules of lo­cal county boards of health that the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health uses to reg­u­late body art stu­dios and artists. Pre­vi­ously, the pro­ce­dure had been in­cluded in the pro­hi­bi­tion of tat­too­ing within one inch of the eye and con­sid­ered a mis­de­meanor un­der the law.

“Mi­crob­lad­ing is some­what dif­fer­ent from tra­di­tional tat­too­ing and per­ma­nent cos­metic artistry, but we will li­cense and in­spect fa­cil­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als of­fer­ing the pro­ce­dure just as we do for other body art stu­dios,” said Tim Allee, en­vi­ron­men­tal health di­rec­tor for the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health North­west Health Dis­trict. “We ask be of­fered by cos­me­tol­o­gyre­lated busi­nesses, such as nail sa­lons and hair sa­lons, in­stead of tra­di­tional body art stu­dios. Mi­crob­lad­ing is a trend that is in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity with peo­ple look­ing to mod­ify their ap­pear­ance.

The process, also known as eye­brow em­broi­dery, is a form of semi-per­ma­nent tat­too­ing, us­ing ink to al­ter the ap­pear­ance of the eye­brows. A small, hand­held blade made up of mul­ti­ple nee­dles is used to cre­ate small, shal­low tat­toos that re­sem­ble the nat­u­ral hair of a per­son’s eye­brow.

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health North­west Health Dis­trict works to track and pre­vent the spread of dis­ease; pro­mote health, safety, and well­be­ing through ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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