Who Can Legally Perform Microblading?

March 30, 2017

Microblading is currently one of the biggest trends in the medical spa industry.

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing treatment that fills in sparse eyebrows. The technique uses a hand-held tool with needles to apply pigments that simulate additional hairs. Its exposure has been growing both on social media and among Hollywood stars, and as such its popularity has been growing as well.

Not all of the attention has been positive, however. This news story out of Los Angeles highlights several patients who were injured due to improper treatment. This kind of coverage often brings increased attention from regulators who are trying to ensure patient and customer safety.

Since microblading is a new treatment in aesthetics the legal particulars can be hard to find and will likely vary from state to state. In the state of California, for example, microblading falls under the definition of “body art”. Therefore, a treating individual needs to be at least 18 years old, registered with a local enforcement agency, properly trained on bloodborne pathogens, and working in a body art facility that meets health and safety code standards with a valid health permit. In California, estheticians may perform microblading as long as they perform the treatment as a tattoo artist, display their tattoo license, and the treatment takes place in a microblading/permanent cosmetics area away from the esthetic treatments.  In Illinois, microblading is considered a form of cosmetic tattooing and is regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Depending on the state, physician supervision might be required.

To make sure your practice is operating in a compliant fashion make sure to consult your local medical board, nursing board, or schedule a consult at info@byrdadatto.com.

See the American Med Spa Association Treatment Directory for more information on microblading.

ByrdAdatto attorney Alex Thiersch

Alex R. Thiersch

ByrdAdatto attorney Alex R. Thiersch’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped him create his own path in business and health care.

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