On almost all cases, laser treatment is the most effective and easiest way to get rid of a tattoo. In certain cases, though, a client may choose saline tattoo removal to laser tattoo removal. We’ll go into the benefits and drawbacks of saline elimination so you can make an educated decision.
What Is Saline Tattoo Removal and How Does It Work?
A saline solution is used to draw tattoo ink or dye out of the skin during saline tattoo removal. While it is not the most effective form of removal, it can be used to lighten or completely erase tattoos.
Whose Saline Solution Is Used to Remove Tattoos?
A combination of salt and water is used to make a saline solution for tattoo removal. Other ingredients differ by brand; some brands also contain aloe vera as an additive.
What Is the Best Use for Saline Tattoo Removal?
Though laser therapy is the most effective way to remove tattoo ink, some pigments used in cosmetic tattoos do not react well to it. These pigments may contain additives that vary significantly from those used in traditional paint, and laser treatment may alter the colour of others rather than lighten it. Cosmetic tattoo artists also receive saline tattoo removal instruction so that they can quickly erase unnecessary permanent makeup tattoos.
Smaller tattoos react more to saline therapy than larger tattoos. The handled skin remains very fragile before it cures because the procedure causes an open wound. It’s better to keep a smaller tattoo clean and safe.
The efficacy of saline tattoo removal is also influenced by how deeply the ink was deposited. “Cosmetic tattoos are normally deposited more superficially into the dermis, while normal tattoos are slightly deeper,” a professionally trained expert, explains. And small differences in ink depth may have a significant impact.
Tattoo Revisions of the Old School
While saline removal is often used for traditional tattoo edits, we strongly advise against it due to the risk of migration. Since they’re working with a substance, even a professional removal expert can’t monitor where the saline solution goes as they insert it into the skin. It’s difficult to target a spot with the precision of a laser. As a result, the approach and ink will move to places the client didn’t want to target. Furthermore, deep-injected ink can be drawn closer to the surface, rendering it more apparent where it was previously difficult to see.
Getting Rid of a Forehead Tattoo
The pigments used in brow tattoos can be easily removed with saline tattoo removal. Some people want to have their eyebrow tattoos removed because they dislike the form or appearance of their brows. Micropigmentation, a process that involves depositing tiny dots of pigment into the skin to produce fuller brows, is often used to create eyebrow tattoos. The same technique is often used with other types of permanent makeup.
Microblading that fades
Microblading is a procedure that involves making short, small cuts into the skin—more like light scrapes—and depositing ink or pigment into them to mimic fine hairs. Microblading may be used to fill in sparse brows or to give the impression of thicker hair on the scalp. Depending on the depth and form of pigment used, saline removal could be a feasible alternative.
What Is Saline Tattoo Removal and How Does It Work?
Since it involves puncturing the skin to deposit a substance, it has some similarities to both tattooing and microblading. The specialist is effectively saline tattooing the region. Saline tattoo removal is mostly done using a tattoo printer, but some makeup artists can use microblading pens. Since being deposited into the flesh, tattoo ink has persisted in liquid form, and saline tattoo removal requires an osmosis effect to draw it out.
Saline reduction persuades the cells to expel the ink or dye by osmosis. The theory of equalisation is used in osmosis. Water continues to migrate over a semipermeable membrane into a more heavily concentrated solution on one side in an effort to establish similar conditions on both sides when there is a more highly concentrated solution on one side. As saline is pumped into the flesh, water is drawn out from the dermis’ cells, and some pigment is dragged along with it. The dye becomes part of the scab that grows on the raw wound caused by the saline injection. Neath the scab, new cell development starts, and the scab gradually falls off.
The process has no negative effects on the body other than causing a temporary wound. When a serious infection occurs, it only affects the treated area. To avoid this from occuring, proper aftercare is needed.
To obtain the desired effects, this procedure is often repeated several times thus giving time for the skin to regenerate in between.
Tattoo removal with saline vs. tattoo removal with laser
Saline tattoo removal will take multiple sessions to lighten a tattoo significantly, and it rarely removes the tattoo completely. It’s difficult to say how effective the process would be for any given individual. Someone dropped a printer in Amber’s class a couple years ago, and it tattooed a thin line of cosmetic ink on her forehead. They added saline immediately in an effort to extract it, but it had little effect.
Meanwhile, cutting-edge laser processing, allows for complete removal in the vast majority of situations. When comparing these two methods, there are a few other things to keep in mind.
Between laser removal therapies, you’ll need at least six weeks to heal. Between saline removal sessions, the skin must recover for 8 to 10 weeks.
To prevent problems with any tattoo removal procedure, clients must closely follow the aftercare directions. Since saline tattoo removal causes an open wound, inflammation and scarring are more likely.
Both saline and laser tattoo removal are often less painful than getting a tattoo, but the area will still be sore as it heals.
Since laser tattoo removal is normally more efficient than saline tattoo removal, it costs more. For eg, while saline brow removal can cost $70–$100, laser brow removal may cost $150–$400. (Keep in mind that when it comes to brows, the hair must be shaved off first, which is why some people opt for saline removal instead.)
Darker inks take longer to remove with saline than lighter paints, while darker markers are often the easiest to remove with laser—especially black!
“A laser is going to be the most effective way to erase a tattoo,” Amber notes.
In short, laser is the best choice in most cases, but saline removal could be a better option in some cases (most notably cosmetic removal).
How many sessions would it take to remove a saline tattoo?
Laser hair removal usually takes 10 to 12 sessions to complete. On average, saline takes a comparable amount, although this varies greatly. “It’s a big guessing game of saline,” Amber notes.
What factors influence the number of sessions required? It is first necessary to determine the removal target for either treatment. If you want to totally erase the tattoo, the number of sessions would almost certainly be even greater. Total removal, for example, could require 11 saline tattoo removal sessions vs 5 or 6 for partial fading. Your body’s response to the medication will determine the exact amount.
The number of sessions needed is often determined by the colour of the ink that needs to be removed. For saline reduction, darker colours take longer than lighter shades, and with laser, it’s the other way around.
Saline Tattoo Removal Risks and Side Effects
For certain skin forms, saline removal should not induce hypo or hyperpigmentation, but scarring is a possibility. “You ought to be vigilant of scarring, which lasers don’t trigger so they don’t crack the skin open,” Amber says. If scars form, they are usually permanent.
Since you’re coping with an open wound, infection is also a problem. It’s important to keep the room tidy and obey the aftercare instructions to the letter.
Is it possible to remove a saline tattoo at home?
Never try saline tattoo removal at home–or any tattoo removal at home, for that matter. Get it done by a specialist at all times. Any form of DIY tattoo removal carries a high risk of causing permanent skin damage when removing the tattoo just partially.
“Do your homework,” Amber advises. “You should look for a trainer who knows what they’re doing. Questions should be asked, and meetings should be held. Take a look at people’s before-and-after photos to see what they’ve achieved.” Images aren’t deceiving! Before and after images of saline tattoo removal will show you the consistency of the effects you can get.
What Are the Steps in the Healing and Aftercare Process?
The below is a timeline for the saline tattoo removal healing process:
The day of your procedure: The region is tender and seems to have been burnt. It can appear bloated and red.
The region will scab over for the first few days.
About a week, the place is all scabbed over.
After two weeks, the scab has most likely come off. Since the skin is still healing, it appears pink or discoloured and delicate.
One month later: The skin has returned to normal.
After two months, the area has healed properly (hopefully!) and is ready for the next session.
To hasten the healing process, follow the removal specialist’s instructions to the letter. The below are standard tattoo treatment aftercare instructions for saline removal:
Covering the ground isn’t a good idea (unless you work in a place with a higher risk of infection, like a hospital).
Although the area heals, leave it alone. It should not be washed or picked at. Lotions and soaps should be avoided.
Keep the place out of the light as far as possible.
Avoid any movements that lead you to sweat, as well as submerging the affected region in water, until the scab has healed completely.