What is Saline Tattoo Removal, and Why is it a Better Option than Laser Removal?

By Dec 02, 2021

There are times when some people want to get rid of their tattoos. It usually happens when the tattoo is poorly executed, the design no longer appeals to the person, or the ink begins to discolor. A salt/saline solution is an effective method of lightening tattoos. While saline tattoo removal is a slower process than other procedures, it is safer than other tattoo removal treatments.

Ideal candidates for saline tattoo removal are those who have dark skin tones, sensitive skin, or allergic reactions to tattoo pigment. Saline treatment can lighten tattoos on any area, including around the eyes.  

Saline Tattoo Removal Process:

Saline tattoo removal is a minimally invasive process of getting rid of undesired permanent makeup. Firstly, the specialist implants the saline solution using a machine into areas that require correction. The mixture breaches the tattoo pigment and elevates it out of the skin through osmosis. In response to the treatment, you might feel slight bruising and possibly minor bleeding. When the pigment rises to the surfaces, the skin’s top layer forms a scab. As the removal area heals, you will gradually notice a lightened tattoo.

Session Required for Saline Tattoo Removal

It usually takes more than one saline session to get rid of the tattoo. There are several factors that can influence the time taken to complete the procedure, such as:

  • The type of pigment
  • The pigment’s saturation
  • Location of the tattoo
  • Sensitivity of skin
  • Duration of tattoo
  • Healing of the skin
  • Proper following of aftercare instructions

Saline vs. Laser Tattoo Removal

In the laser tattoo removal treatment, the specialist uses a concentrated beam of light to break up the pigment under the skin. However, opt for this method when your tattoo is single and of dark color, as varying colors must be treated with a different wavelength of light.

Choose the saline tattoo removal treatment if your tattoo has more than a few colors. Moreover, laser treatment cannot break down white ink. Therefore, if your tattoo or permanent makeup contains white, you should opt for saline treatment.

Laser treatment doesn’t expel the ink: it is broken down and absorbed into the body. Also, with laser treatment, you have to consider several side effects. Laser therapy can knock out your hair in the targeted areas. So, if you want to remove permanent makeup in the brow area, avoid going with laser treatment.

Hair follicles affected by lasers often take years to recover. Certain skin types, especially darker skin tones, are vulnerable to burns, hyper- or hypo-pigmentation, and scarification. Laser treatment is not an ideal approach for removing permanent eye makeup or tattoos near the eyes.

Wrapping Up

If you are not content with your tattoo and like to get rid of it, look for a professional offering saline tattoo removal.

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