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Saline tattoo removal is a method of removing pigment from skin using a simple saline solution rather than lasers. A sterile, disposable hand tool is used to deposit the saline solution into the skin. This solution binds to the pigments, breaks them down and draws them out of the skin within 10-14 days.
The saline method is a lot less painful in comparison to laser removal, but is not equally effective. Saline removal is ideal for those who need a good lightening session before adding new pigment to preexisting pigment, while laser treatments are sure to get deep with every session. I always make sure to point my client's in the right direction while helping them make an informed decision. I partner with trusted, local laser technicians in the area who give my clients special pricing on their laser treatments before re-doing their brows with me!
Saline removal is effective on all types of tattoos, regardless of age, color and location. This includes both cosmetic tattoos and conventional tattoos, done with any type of machine or manual tool. Unless contacted within 24 hour emergency removal, your tattoo must be at least 30 days old before removal otherwise it is unsafe to disrupt the skin during its healing phase. Black tattoos are often more resistant to removal, meaning you may need an extra sessions. If your unwanted tattoo is covered in thick scar tissue, it may require ProCell Microchanneling to break up scar tissue and remove. In that case, Microchanneling over the area between sessions will help to break up the scar tissue and make for more effective removal appointments.
We use Li-Ft Saline Solution. Li-Ft is all natural and the highest quality removal product on the market. A topical numbing cream is also used prior to the procedure to keep our clients as comfortable as possible.
During and immediately after the procedure you may see a small amount of bleeding, this is normal and necessary for creating the “controlled scab.” For the first 24 hours, the skin may appear red and gradually begin to scab. During days 2-4, scabs will be present and eventually fall off naturally. The scabbing process is highly important and will contain the pigment that has surfaced from the procedure. After the scab falls off, the skin may appear pink or discolored for a couple of weeks before returning to its original shade by week 4. Sometimes pigment that has spread underneath the skin may rise to the surface before coming out completely. In these cases, it may appear that the tattoo has “bled” to surrounding tissue. This is all part of the process and will be addressed during future sessions.