What is Saline Tattoo Removal?

When preformed with saline, tattoo removal leaves no scaring. And can remove ALL colors. 

Unwanted ink or pigment will be brought to the skin’s surface. A slight scab will form  over the procedure site. This will eventually naturally slough off taking the unwanted pigment with it. Multiple treatments may be necessary (2 to 8). If full removal is not possible, the lightened tattoo can be camouflaged with micro-pigmentation.

Progression of 8 sessions

The specially formulated saline is implanted over your existing permanent makeup or small tattoo. It contains finely milled sea salt, purified water, and aloe. You will not find any carcinogens or other products used in the saline formulation that other saline products contain or that have FDA warnings. Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and begins to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis.

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.

So… how is this different than laser?

Laser tattoo removal works by an entirely different mechanism. A laser is just an intense beam of monochromatic light. When we see color, we are really seeing certain wavelengths of light bouncing off the surface of an object. The rest of the wavelengths are absorbed by the object. So, each color of your tattoo will need to be targeted with the correct wavelength of laser to penetrate and break up that particular color of pigment. Over time, your body’s immune system will absorb the pigment and you will see the lightened tattoo.

Primary differences between laser and saline tattoo removal:

1. With laser, all of the removed tattoo ink is absorbed into the body. With saline removal, most of the tattoo ink is lifted up through the surface of the skin. (If you’re not sure of the quality of the ink used for your tattoo, this can be an important distinction.)

2. Each laser tattoo removal machine only emits certain wavelengths of light. Saline removal is color-agnostic. This means that certain machines can only break up certain colors of ink. Newer machines are more likely to work on the widest range of colors. The beautiful thing about saline removal is that it works on all colors of pigment.

3. Laser tattoo removal cannot target white ink (included in many saturated, light colors of tattoo ink and permanent makeup pigments.) Again, saline is color-agnostic.

4. Laser is often more expensive than saline removal. Laser can run you $250-$500 per session. If you are undergoing sessions by a laser machine that cannot target all of the colors used in your tattoo, there may be certain colors that won’t go away! While saline with us starts at just $199+

If you’re interested in learning more about saline tattoo removal and having us evaluate your current tattoo, you can:

Schedule a Consultation 403-877-1395 (Lindsay)