ABOUT   

 

Non-laser removal, also known as saline removal, is a method of removing pigment from skin cells using simple solutions rather than lasers. Saline removal actually removes ink from the body, whereas a method such as laser removal, breaks up the ink into smaller fragments and may push pigment deeper into the skin, only to then be processed by your

lymphatic system.

PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Please email or text a photo of the permanent makeup or tattoo prior to booking, to determine if this service is right for you. Not all PMU/tattooing is fit for saline removal! 

  • Do not have electrolysis, laser hair removal, or any waxing done in the area within 1 week prior in case of burning/irritation.

  • Minimize sun exposure and avoid tanning beds/booths for 2 weeks prior (we cannot work on sunburnt skin).

  • Do not have botox or fillers done within 6” of the area within 2 weeks prior.

  • Do not schedule any spa-grade peels within 6 weeks prior.

  • LIP LINER REMOVAL CLIENTS ONLY: If you have ever had a cold sore, you must partner with your PCP to begin an oral antiviral regimen at least 1 week prior to your service, and plan to continue treatment until 1 week after. The trauma to the skin is likely to cause breakouts for those that have experienced them in the past, and can even trigger breakouts in those that have never experienced them.

  • LIP LINER REMOVAL CLIENTS ONLY: In the 3 days prior to your service, you may want to begin a regimen of Arnica tablets (found at Whole Foods) & pineapple. Both of these will help to prevent excess swelling, which means a better healed result. (We are not medical professionals; These suggestions are based on personal experiences and our advanced education. Always consult your doctor before using any new vitamins or supplements.)

THE PROCESS

Saline tattoo removal is a method of removing pigment from the skin using a simple saline solution rather than lasers. A sterile, disposable hand tool or machine 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. The number of sessions recommended ranges depending on the saturation of the tattoo and the desired outcome. Session's normally range from 2-6 appointments. After your first appointment we will schedule a 4-week consultation to asses if you need more removal sessions. All removal appointments must be at least 8 weeks apart to ensure you are fully healed.  

 

WILL THIS WORK FOR MY TATTOO?

 

This works on both cosmetic tattoos and conventional tattoos, done with any type of machine or manual tool. Your tattoo must be at least 30 days old before removal. Saline removal is not suitable for medium-large tattoos. Black tattoos are often more resistant to removal, meaning you may need an extra session or two. If your unwanted tattoo is covered in thick scar tissue, it may require more sessions to remove. In that case, microneedling over the area between sessions will help to break up the scar tissue and make for more effective removal appointments.

 

MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF...

If medical contraindications listed here prevent you from getting your service done on the day of, a cancellation fee will be processed, so please read this page thoroughly and reach out to me with any questions right away. If you choose not to follow through with your procedure after arriving for any reason, a cancellation fee will be processed.

If any of the following apply to you, you must discuss details with us for your own well-being ASAP, as we may need to:

 

Postpone or alter your removal

  • steroid or immunosuppressant use

  • prescription antacid use

  • having waxed the area within the last 48 hours

  • electrolysis within the area within the last 5 days

  • piercings in/around the area that cannot be removed

  • alcohol/drug use within 24 hours

  • chemo treatments within the last 6 months

  • staph or mrsa

  • allergies

  • eczema or psoriasis

  • use of Retin-A within the last 2 weeks

  • hepatitis

  • botox/fillers near the area within the last 2 weeks

  • prescription antibiotics within the last 2 weeks

  • blood pressure issues

  • chemical peels near the area within the last 6 weeks

  • spa-grade AHA usage near the area within the last 2 weeks

  • pregnancy

  • plans to breast feed within the next 3 months

  • sunburnt skin on the area to be treated

  • prior Acutane usage*

  • lesions/moles or broken skin in the area to be treated

 

Get a doctor’s note

  • ANY regimented medication

  • epilepsy

  • anemia

  • diabetes

  • artificial heart valves

  • heart problems

  • blood problems

  • liver disease

  • diabetes

  • hemophilia

  • previously been through chemo
     

Rethink performing this service

  • allergies

  • HIV/AIDS

  • lupus

  • history of keloid scarring

  • immunodeficiency

  • Accutane

*If you've taken Accutane, the length of time you took it = the length of time you must be off of it. For example, if you took Acutane for one year, your last dosage must be over one year ago.

WHY SALINE OVER LASER?

 

Traditionally, this is just as effective as laser tattoo removal. The hypertonic saline inspires skin cells to release pigment and rise to the surface. It is more so a matter of how many sessions are needed to pull the pigment out completely, than whether or not it is possible. Whether your tattoo is 1 year old or 30 years old, saline removal will get it out. It does not permanently damage the tissue like lasers do, and is more affordable and less painful than laser treatments. Particularly if you plan to cover the area with a new tattoo once healed, saline removal will be in your best interest, as lasers can cause damage that prevents the skin from accepting/holding any new pigment.

 

APPOINTMENT TIME

 

Each session takes about 1 hour. Depending on the size of the tattoo and the pigment used in it, 3-6 sessions per 1"x1" section are typically needed to remove the tattoo completely. You must wait 6-8 weeks between sessions on different sections of the same tattoo.

POST PROCEDURE

It is critical to follow all aftercare instructions to prevent complications, scarring and to achieve optimum results. Please read carefully.

1. KEEP AREA CLEAN and open to the air. Do not cover with a Band-Aid or anything else, leave open to air. Air/oxygen provides good and faster healing. You should not be touching the area at all but if you find yourself needing to please make sure your hands are exceptionally clean.

2. CLEAN BY BLOTTING AREA with saline 3 to 4 times a day using a paper towel or gauze. NO ICE.

3. DO NOT SOAK the treated area in water. You can shower as normal but keep the area out of the shower spray the best you can and do not let the area stay wet for more than a few minutes. It is best to keep it dry but if you do get it wet gently pat dry.

4. NO BATHING, SWIMMING, SAUNAS, HOT TOBS, TANNING, OR EXERCISE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

5. DO NOT disrupt the scabbing process (i.e. no picking, scratching, etc.) All scabbing needs to fall off naturally. If you force or pick a scab off you will disrupt the process and possibly cause scarring. It is critical to keep the scabs on as long as possible to achieve optimum results.

6. TREAT AREA WITH TLC. DO NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL THAT COULD CAUSE ISSUES OR PROBLEMS TO THE TREATED AREA.

7. ONCE ALL SCABBING HAS NATURALLY FALLEN OFF, apply one drop Vitamin E Oil 3 to 4 times throughout the day for a minimum of 4 weeks, or until next lightening session. DO NOT start applying the Vitamin E oil UNTIL all scabbing has naturally and completely fallen off. It is our goal to keep the area as dry as possible until all scabs have naturally fallen off.

8. LIPS please drink all liquids with a straw until all scabbing has naturally fallen off. Brush with Toms of Maine or Classic Crest (no whitening, no peroxide toothpastes. Cut food into small bites....no biting into a sandwich. Try to keep mouth expressions to a minimum.

  • It is important to the process and integrity of the skin that 8 full weeks of healing take place before another lightening session can be done. No exceptions

  • Lightening and/or removing unwanted pigment is a long process and patience is required. This is true whether you are choosing a lightening product service or laser. Please be patient and give the process a fair chance to work. Expect visible and wanted results in 2 to 5 sessions. How many sessions needed will depend on how saturated the pigment is, how deep it was implanted and how much needs to be removed for the desired result. In many cases only a percentage of the pigment needs to be lightened/removed and then we can continue the correction process by color correcting or color shifting. In those cases where we have pigment misplaced or in an unwanted area, color correcting will not be an option and removing as much of the pigment as possible will be our ultimate goal.

  •  Results cannot be foreseen, predicted or guaranteed.

  •  If you have any questions or concerns please call.

PRICING

$200/hour

AFTER HEALING

 

After your initial appointment we will schedule a 4-week check-up appointment. At that appointment we will assess if another removal session is needed in about 4-weeks. All removals must be 8-weeks apart.

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