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Saline Tattoo Removal

With Vanessa's double certification in saline tattoo removal, she can safely and gently begin to remove old, discolored, or just plain BAD permanent makeup.  

Are you tired of the shape or color of your tattooed brows? Or, maybe you just want to start fresh with some new brows, lips, or eyeliner without the undertones of previous work. This is also great for people who want to fade that old body tattoo to prep yourself for a more seamless cover up tattoo or PMU (must be smaller than a deck of cards).

An "Emergency Removal," can be done within 48 hours of having PMU performed. This is the MOST effective form of removal as the pigment is freshly applied and has not yet healed fully.


I’m sure MOST of you have heard of laser tattoo removal. Here’s the scoop on that:

Laser Vs. Saline Removal 

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. In some cases, such as with black ink, laser can be very effective at lightening color. Lasers are among the most common tools used to remove tattoos.


Lasers can be extremely painful and cause scarring. When used on the face, there are limitations for removal, such as near the eyes. Also, it can change eyebrow hair color permanently, and/or cause hair to temporarily or permanently fall out. Lasers can also make cosmetic tattoos darker instead of lighter. 

Finally, if someone desires to have another tattoo or cosmetic procedure after removal, sometimes

they will be unable to do so over lasered skin. This is because sometimes the skin will no longer accept pigment after being lasered.


What is Saline Tattoo Removal?

Pigment is removed from the skin using a saline solution mixed with soothing, skin-loving ingredients. It is implanted over existing permanent makeup or small tattoos using a tattoo machine. 

Because I have years of experience tattooing and hold a state license to do so, I am familiar with all techniques and materials needed to safely provide the service. 


Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and begins to lift the pigment from the skin. Osmosis is a process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane. In the case of saline removal, pigment pulls toward the surface of the skin thanks to the saline solution, and becomes a scab. The scab then falls off and leaves a lightened tattoo.


Who is a good candidate for Saline Removal?

The simple answer is, anyone that has had poor permanent makeup or tattoos that they want removed from their bodies. That said, there are certain people who will be poor candidates before you even get to a point where you can assess their work to see if it can be removed. Those situations are listed below.


Who is NOT a candidate?

•People taking blood thinners/bleeding disorders may bleed lightly during this procedure and should consult with a doctor before proceeding.

•People with skin irritations near the area such as sunburn, severe acne, eczema or psoriasis would be extremely sensitive to the procedure and it will be painful, resulting in poor retention. If they have this issue when they come in for an appointment they will have to reschedule for when their skin returns to normal.

•People using acids, anti-aging, acne and retinol products - These will make them bleed more and make them very sensitive. T​ hese should be stopped at least 2 weeks prior to the appointment.

•People who have used accutane within last year - This compromises the skin and therefore makes it unsuitable for tattooing.

•People with a history of keloid scarring - It’s possible they would be candidates, assuming they’ve had tattoos with no evidence of keloiding. Advise them as with any injury, it’s possible they could develop keloiding.

•People will uncontrolled auto-immune deficiencies - Lupus, Alopecia, etc. They typically have less than average retention if they’re not in the best health. Make sure they are healthy before proceeding to ensure the best heal.

•Pregnant women - We do not work on pregnant women or women who think they might be pregnant due to the chance of an infection during after care which could harm the baby or cause pregnancy complications.

•patients undergoing chemotherapy will need to wait until their treatment is complete and they are healthy.


There is no way to know exactly how many sessions it will take to lighten pigment significantly. In some cases one session will be enough, but in many a few will be needed. It’s critical that the skin is given adequate time to heal between sessions - approximately 6-8 weeks, no sooner. 

Some factors that may affect ability to remove pigment:

•How deep the pigment was implanted into the skin

•Type and color of pigment being removed 

•Age of the tattoo, older=sometimes more difficult to remove 

•Area of the body on which the tattoo is located 

•Client’s ability to follow aftercare instructions 

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