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Key Points:
  • This procedure is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing
  • You should check to confirm that the artist is licensed and certified
  • Disposable blades should only be used once, reusable blades should be properly sterilized

What is it?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing, creating fuller brows. The treatment uses a pen-like tool with a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end. These needles do not penetrate the skin, just scratch the surface. The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes. Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the color fades within 18 months.

Who can perform it?
Since the blades do not penetrate passed the first layer of skin, the procedure does not need to be done by a nurse or higher clinician. Microblading can be done in salons and tattoo parlors that are approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, but recommends the following of the individual technician:
  • Bloodborne pathogens training with certificate (required)
  • Body Art Practitioner Certification
  • Microblading Certification
Always ask about their training and look for certifications posted on the walls.

According to dermatologists, microblading, if done properly, is safe, but in unsterile conditions, you risk a skin infection like staphylococcus or streptococcus. Ask how the tools are cleaned between patients and if they are using disposable or reusable blades. If the blades are disposable, they should never be used on more than one patient. Ensure they are using a new blade by asking them to open the package in front of you. If they are using reusable blades or handles, they need to be sterilized after every single patient.


Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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