Dawn Forshaw, CEO of Finishing Touches Group and Chairman of Safety in Micropigmentation, campaigns to raise the UK safety standards for safe needle practice.
Micropigmentation is a booming industry in the UK, and the Finishing Touches Group are proud to be a part of this exciting and ever-changing market. As we are the UK’s leading training school and supplier of products in this sector, high standards of health and safety are at the forefront of our very foundation.
As the micropigmentation industry has evolved to include semi- permanent make up and scalp micropigmentation, there is now even more choice of suppliers for technicians to select their needles. As a result, we have seen an increase in modified and fake needles being sold across the UK.
Alarmingly, these counterfeit needles look identical to the safety cartridges found in reputable suppliers, like Finishing Touches Group. Therefore, we need to draw the industry’s attention to these dangerous replica needles and create greater awareness of the counterfeit needle industry.
After all, is a cheaper needle really the answer over safety?
The key to this is that all needles should be sterilised, sealed and have a safety membrane.‘Sterilised’ is the tricky one as most packaging will state this. The question is, how can you tell? There is no simple answer as there are many leading suppliers in the UK that sell these needles. However, the safety membrane, in this case, should be visible to see. All genuine needles and cartridges will have the safety membrane patent such as MT Derm in Germany, one of the leading global producers of these needles.
NB: Please pay attention to the ‘backflow’ into the handpiece. This means that when the technician uses the needle to break the skin, causing the skin to bleed and produce bodily fluids; these fluids mix with the pigment inside your needle that are then drawn up into the cartridge. The needle with a safety membrane stops this movement of fluids and contains them safely in the cartridge. However, the cartridge without a safety membrane often contains a spring that allows these fluids back through into the handpiece. The danger is, that when the handpiece is then used with the next client, they have a ten-fold increased possibility of cross- contamination. Terrifyingly this means exposure to infectious diseases like HIV, Hep C ,etc.
Finishing Touches Group will be inviting select UK micropigmentation market suppliers to come on board and support this campaign to safeguard against any cross contamination by these counterfeit needles. They will display the “Safety in Micropigmentation” logo on their website to help all the micropigmentation practitioners to differentiate between the genuine needles and the counterfeit ones.