Saline tattoo removal
At Perfectly Applied we are able to advise on tattoo removal and colour correction. We are also able to help those who have undertaken permanent make-up treatments by other clinics who are not satisfied with the work that was carried out and advise on the best course of action.
It's important to state that you will need multiple treatment sessions for tattoo removal - each stage will lighten the tattoo - and full removal may not be possible. We will assess the tattoo size, location on your body, depth and intensity of the ink implanted, and your personal situation to give you a realistic expectation of results.
At a glance
What is saline tattoo removal?
A specialized, all-natural saline solution (we use Li-FT by Li pigments) is implanted over your existing permanent makeup or tattoo. Li-FT contains finely milled sea salt, purified water, lemon seed extract, orange seed extract, and aloe.
Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and begins to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis. The tattoo ink was implanted into your skin cells. By introducing a saline (salt) solution next to the membranes of those cells, the saline acts to pull the water right out of the cell through a semi-permeable membrane, with the old ink still attached to its molecules.
Thus 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.
At Perfectly Applied we are also able to advise in colour correction if the pigment has faded to an unwanted colour, all which can be discussed during a complimentary consultation. Treatments are affordably priced and start from £150.
Frequently Asked Questions
- With laser the removed pigment/ ink is absorbed into the body, in comparison with saline removal where most of the pigment is lifted up through the surface of the skin.
- A laser machine emits certain wave-lengths of light targeting only certain colours within the pigment mix. Saline removal does not just target one colour, meaning by using saline removal all colours can be removed from the skin.
- Laser tattoo removal cannot target white ink, which is included in many saturated colours in permanent make-up pigment, whilst saline removal can.
- Laser is often more expensive then saline removal. Laser can often cost £200-500 per session and if you are undergoing laser removal some colours will not be diminished.
Unlike other types of tattoo removal, with saline tattoo removal, the skin remains intact and the process is much less painful than other removal processes. As the saline is introduced to the pigment, the ink will be extracted from the skin by osmosis. The ink will then scab on the surface of your skin and will fall off as your scab does through your natural healing process. You must wait 4-6 weeks between treatments.
LI-FT contains: pure sea salt, hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), lemon and orange seed extract, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, aloe, barbadensis leaf juice and purified water; which is a non-toxic, non-acidic fading solution. LI-FT does not contain ingredients that harm or damage the client’s melatonin skin pigment.
This removal technique is safe for all skin types. The salt/saline tattoo removal is safer and has fewer risks of hypo/hyperpigmentation, blistering, and scarring than laser removal treatments. The skin may be re-tattooed once the area has sufficiently healed.