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Semi-permanent make-up removal using Saline 

Salt saline removal is a commonly used method of permanent make up removal that lightens and lifts pigments that have been implanted in the skin during permanent make up procedures such as microblading and semi-permanent brows and lips. Clients will usually require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. 

Using a permanent makeup machine and needle cartridge the artist prepares the skin by creating channels within the pigment and following this the salt and saline lightening solution will be applied over the prepared pigment:  The solution is designed to draw the pigment out of the skin.


The pigment will also continue to fade in the weeks following the procedure due to the active ingredients of the lightening solution. Once the skin has healed the client may have an additional session and repeat the process until the maximum amount of pigment is removed. 

The process:


First we use a numbing cream to prepare the skin for treatment.

We then sterilise the area that is to be treated.


Using a specialised  semi-permanent makeup tattoo machine, we create channels within the pigment.


We then apply the solution to the skin: the solution then works by breaking up the pigment and pulling it out to the outer surface of the skin through a process called osmosis.


This may be repeated three times in one session of removal.


The extracted pigment heels into a scab and what's it falls off you'll find your tattoo or pigment being noticeably lighter.


The healing process takes about 8 to 10 weeks depending on how fast your skin heals. More than one session might be required but only once the skin has completely healed.


How does it compare to laser?

Depending on the quality of the ink that was used it might be a lot safer to use the saline removal technique.  With saline removal procedure the ink is pulled out of the skin into a scab that falls off, with a scab that is formed on top of the skin: when using a laser the inks are absorbed by the body.  

If there is white ink in your tattoo or pigment then saline solution may be more effective as a laser works with alternative wavelengths which need to be appropriate to the colour of the pigment. If the laser doesn't pick up that particular hue of colour it might be hard to remove the tattoo. This is always a case for white ink as it reflects all colours and lasers can't identify it to remove it.

Laser treatment can be significantly more expensive than saline removal and for people with darker or sensitive skins this is a great alternative because we can prevent scarring from occurring if correct care is carried out after the treatment.


What is the aftercare?


Once the procedure is completed it is best to let the wound dry heal.


If you work in high-risk facilities such as gym schools or hospitals, please make sure you cover the wound to avoid any infections.


It is imperative that you do not pull off the scab.  please let it fall off naturally otherwise it might not heal properly I'll be done with the osmosis process of lifting the ink. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS.


Often the wound may present with some lymph fluid which will appear on the surface of the skin, if there is lymph fluid on the surface clean gently with a clean cotton pad -do not rub just pat and ensure this is done gently.


Make sure not to use any cosmetic products on the area as it will delay healing and may even infect the area.


Last night make sure not to wet the wound in the shower the area must be left dry for best results as a scab needs to form for the process to work correctly.


After the scab falls off you may use vitamin E oil just a few drops to rehydrate the skin but please do not use this until the scab falls off the treated area.


The area to be removed will form a scab similar to the way your skin reacts after having a tattoo. The area can look thickened and dark and after the scab falls off naturally for fresh heal skin below often looks a bit pinkish but will return to normal colour usually within a few weeks- IT IS IMPERATIVE TO USE SPF and avoid saunas, spas and sunbeds (heat) as the skin will be sensitive. 

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