Baltimore City Health Officials Warn Residents of Dangers of Unlicensed Cosmetic Tattooing

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Cosmetic tattooing, known as “microblading,” in unlicensed facilities poses risk of permanent scars and contagious disease

Baltimore City Health Department Cosmetic Tattooing Microblading

BALTIMORE, MD (May 10, 2017)—Today, the Baltimore City Health Department warned residents about the growing trend of microblading in unlicensed facilities, such as salons, across Baltimore City.

Microblading and other forms of permanent, semi-permanent, or long-lasting make-up are considered tattooing. The procedure is performed with a grouping of needles to insert pigment into the skin to create lines that mimic eyebrow hairs.

“We regulate tattoo facilities to protect the health and safety of our residents. Besides the cosmetic damage that may include permanent scarring, tattooing in unlicensed facilities can lead to infections such as MRSA, HIV, Hepatitis B and C.,” said Dr. Wen. “Residents can stay safe by making sure to choose licensed tattoo facilities for microblading and permanent makeup application.”

According to the Baltimore City Health Code, “tattoo” means to prick, pierce, or otherwise enter the skin or mucous membrane of an individual for the purpose of inserting pigments or raising scars. In Baltimore City, tattooing of any kind for compensation may only be performed in a licensed tattoo facility by artists who are registered with the Baltimore City Commissioner of Health.

Under State law, microblading is prohibited in salons. A salon in violation may be fined or have their license suspended or revoked.

Salon owners wishing to practice microblading can do so as a separate business, apart from the salon, but that business must be licensed through the Baltimore City Health Department as a tattoo facility.

Residents may find which facilities in Baltimore City are licensed to perform tattooing on the Health Department’s website. Residents may report unlicensed tattooing to Baltimore City’s 311 Call Center.

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