Tattoo and Permanent Make up Lightening/ Removal FAQ

Microblading and SPM lightening FAQ

    Does it hurt?

  • Everyone has a different pain tolerance, but typically there tends to be more pain associated with removal than there is with getting permanent or semi-permanent makeup done. We do use a topical anesthetic to help relieve pain and discomfort. It is applied prior and throughout the treatment.

    It is advised to take a couple of Tylenol or Non-Aspirin an hour prior to procedure to help reduce swelling and pain as well.

    What product do you use?

  • I use A+ Ocean Saline Removal. It was created by John Hashey in the 80’s and was the worlds’ first all natural saline removal product. A+Plus Ocean all natural tattoo removal solution continually proves to yield outstanding results on the most difficult procedures.
  • How does it work?

  • The area to be lightened is tattooed using almost the same process as traditional tattooing. A topical anesthetic is applied to the tattooed area, and then a device similar to an ink-gun, deposits the A+Plus Ocean Removal to puncture the dermis or top layer of the skin. Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and begins to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis.

    os-mo-sis /äzˈmōsəs/

    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.

    The pigment is slowly pulled to the surface of the skin and heals into a scab. When the scab falls off, that pigment falls off with it, leaving a lightened tattoo. Skin cells are created in our lowest level of the Epidermis and then rise up through the top. As new skin cells are created, old skin cells die and slough off. Because of this process you will continue to see lightening as your skin goes through it’s natural shedding cycle, after the scab has fallen off.
  • Who shouldn't do Saline Removal?

  • Saline removal is safe for all skin types. However, it is not advised for clients who are or have:

    Pregnant or nursing

    On blood thinners (Most get written Dr approval)


    Undergoing Chemotherapy (Most get written Dr. approval)

    Viral infections and/or diseases

    A Pacemaker or major heart problem

    Had an Organ transplant

    Skin irritations near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)

    Sick (cold, flu, etc.)

    Used Accutane in the past year

  • What are the benefits of Saline Removal?

  • The lightening process has fewer risks than laser treatments and other forms of treatment.

    It’s less painful than other methods of removal

    It’s typically less expensive than other methods of removal

    It won’t cause scarring, blistering or hypo or hyper pigmentation.

    The treatment is safe for all skin types.

    Skin can be re-tattooed once the treated area has healed completely.

    It works will all pigment colors

  • What are the risks associated with Saline Removal?

  • During the procedure, patients will experience some bruising and minor bleeding in the treated area.

    It may take months for any fading to actually occur.

    Treated areas will be sore and tender for a few days after treatment.

    Like any type of treatment that breaks skin, there is risk of infection.

  • What's the difference between Saline and Laser Removal?

  • With laser, a laser beam that must be specific to the type of color needing removed breaks up the ink and all of that ink is then entirely absorbed through the body. With Saline, the majority of the ink is broken up and then lifted up and out of the skins surface.

    Laser tattoo machines can only break up certain colors of ink, for instance white reflects light so a laser can not be used to target white ink, where as Saline works on all colors of ink.

    Laser removal and Saline both take several sessions, however, laser removal sessions are a lot more costly and certain colors may still be left once all of the treatments are completed.

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