Saline Tattoo Removal/Lightening is a specialized, all-natural saline solution. At Cosmedic-Ink Aesthetics we use LI-FT by Li pigments, which is a solution that is implanted over your existing permanent makeup or small tattoo via a tattoo machine of hand-tool. LI-FT is a pigment lightening solution formulated for cosmetic tattoos on the face and for areas of body art to lighten tattoos. LI-FT contains: Finely Milled Sea Salt - To put the process into Osmosis Sterile Water – Purified, Distilled or filtered water is not safe enough Lemon Seed Extract – Helps with Fading and Exfoliation Orange Seed Extract – Helps with Fading and Exfoliation Aloe – Skin Conditioning."
By introducing a high concentration of saltwater into the dermis where the pigment is, creates the process of Osmosis. os-mo-sis /äzˈmōsəs/ A process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semi-permeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated solution. This achieves the same amount of concentration on each side of the membrane.>
Water in the cells beneath the pigment contains lower amounts of salt and water, which means they will rise to an area containing the higher concentration of salt, which is called Equalization. Equalization forces the pigment from the dermal layer up to the epidermis by Osmotic pressure. 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 the laser to penetrate and break up that color of pigment and push it back into your body. Over time, your body's immune system will absorb the pigment and you will see the lightened tattoo.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND AFTER THE PROCEDURE
During the Procedure: Some clients (not all) will bleed and get very red, which is normal for some.
· Some clients will bleed a lot, some will bleed less.
· Some clients will get super red, some do not.
· Some clients swell, some do not.
· If at any time the skin breaks down or seems too fragile, the procedure will be stopped.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
· Aftercare is VERY important to the success of saline removal.
· Each client will be provided a very detailed Aftercare Sheet, vitamin E Oil, and a Follow-Up Appointment
· You WILL Scab. This is part of the process. Do not help the scabs fall off, let them fall off naturally.
· The area can stay pink or discolored for several weeks as the area heals.
· On some clients, it may take a few months for all the pink/redness to completely heal away (This may be post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation)
· There may be some clients that experience the skin always being slightly discolored.
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LASER AND SALINE TATTOO REMOVAL:
· When a laser is used for removal, all the removed ink is absorbed into the body but with saline removal, most of the ink is lifted through the surface of the skin. Now, who really wants all that old bag pigment back in your body?
· Each Laser machine only emits certain wavelengths of light, which means that certain machines can only break up certain colors of ink. The laser is also unable to remove white because when an object appears white, it is reflecting the entire spectrum of visible wavelengths of light and not absorbing light. This means you cannot target it with a laser (Many PMU colors contain white molecules).
· Saline removal is color-agnostic, which means it works on ALL colors of pigment.
· When utilizing Saline Removal, your brow hair will remain intact. Laser tattoo removal will remove the hair on your brows and it may or may not ever grow back.
In short, Saline Tattoo Removal/Lightning offers a less invasive method of removing unwanted cosmetic tattoos and body tattoos.
A week of scabbing is better than a lifetime of looking at something you are unhappy with.