Posted on February 13, 2021

How Does Microblading Work?

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing, also known as permanent makeup, 3-D brows, or brow feathering. Proper Microblading goes down to the third layer of skin and is done with a hand held tool called an 18 blade U-needle to create natural, hair-like strokes.

How Deep Does Microblading Go?

If microblading is only done on the surface level, or epidermis, then it will fade away very rapidly. If it done too deep, or down to the hypodermis, the ink will blur and loos its hair-like quality.

Microblading goes down to the second layer of the skin, known as the dermis. It is vital that the technician hits the “sweet spot” of the skin for clean strokes and great brow retention. By going down to the second layer of the skin, the microblading artist is ensuring that your brows will heal well with thin clean strokes, as well as last a minimum of nine months and a maximum of three years.

The Microblading Process

In order to get down to the right layer of the skin, an artist must do two passes. At Microblading San Diego by A. Samara Beauty, we want our clients to be comfortable throughout the whole process therefore we apply a topical numbing cream for 45 minutes for maximum absorption and relief. After that we map out the brow, show the client the shape, and get final approval before beginning. Then we begin the first pass. The first pass is where all the artistry is, and does not go down to the second layer of the skin. The second pass of Microblading goes down to the second layer of the skin and ensures you will have beautiful, long-lasting results.

The Touch Up

5-6 weeks after the initial microblading session, a “perfecting touch-up” is required. During the healing process approximately 85%-95% of the eyebrows remain, and the perfecting touch-up fills in any of the remaining strokes that may have faded during healing. After the two microblading sessions, your brows are all set and ready to go makeup free!

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know before microblading.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, used for the purpose of reconstructing sparse eyebrows or simply to enhance already full brows. The proper ink is chosen and mixed to fit your exact skin tone to look the most natural and realistic. We then create small, hair-like strokes to perfectly mimic natural and gorgeous eyebrows.


Healed microblading results last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, results usually fade a little faster than those with dryer skin types. Touch-ups are required to maintain the microbladed look. First touch-up is included.


Please read the faqs page completely to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for microblading. Prior to your procedure: -Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E ,drink alcohol or take caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure, go tanning within 24 hours of the procedure, make sure to not have had facial fillers done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Do not do facial fillers at least 2 weeks after the procedure.


-Anybody can get microblading done as long as the following does not apply. Those who are: Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor),Viral infections and/or diseases,Epilepsy, A Pacemaker or major heart problems, Had an Organ transplant, Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.), Sick (cold, flu, etc.), Pregnant or Nursing. Please contact us if you have had any facial fillers in the past two months*. Please contact us if you have used any prescription acne medication in the past year*.


Microbladed brows typically take 6 weeks to fully heal. Within the first week the pigment will appear much darker, and your eyebrows will look very bold. Do not worry! This is part of the healing process and it means that you are healing properly. After the first week the eyebrows will begin to get lighter, as by now the scabbing should be taking place. This is also normal! Around week 2, most of the scabbing should be done, and you will begin to see your full and natural eyebrow shape come through. Let it heal naturally, and only begin to wash your eyebrows with a mild foamy anti-bacterial soap after 14 days.


There should be absolutely NO picking at your eyebrows for the first 10 days. The first 10 days are the most crucial for having healthy healed eyebrows. Let the epithelial crust and natural scabbing occur on its own. After the first two weeks, you are allowed to begin washing them again. Try to keep the area as dry as possible in the first 10 days. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure. Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, avoid:Water, cleansers, creams, makeup, heavy sweating in the brow area, tanning and heavy sun exposure, Facials, facial fillers, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion.


Discomfort is minimal, although a numbing cream is applied to alleviate any discomfort.