A salt/saline solution is a common, effective approach to removing tattoos. Although it is a slower process than laser treatments, this method is popular because it is safer than other tattoo removal procedures. It requires less treatments but needs the time in between to heal properly. In addition, a salt/saline solution treatment is ideal for those with darker skin tones, but safe for all skin types. Those with sensitive skin, and those who have had an allergic reaction to tattoo pigment. There are fewer risks of hypo/hyperpigmentation, scarring and blistering than laser removal. This method can lighten tattoos on any area, including around the eyes. The best candidates for this service are those who are patient and willing to follow aftercare instructions. The tattoo will become lighter and may possibly fade completely over time. Once healed the area can be re-tattooed if you like.
The first step of the treatment I will use a device similar to an ink-gun to tattoo the salt/saline solution into the area of the tattoo. This punctures the top layer of skin, opening the area. Then, a salt paste is applied to the skin, which draws the tattoo pigment to the skin’s surface and gently exfoliates it away. If the tattoo is large in size I treat small areas at a time. Every client can expect three to six procedures before they see desired results.
It is important to have realistic expectations. For some the tattoo will lighten but will not be 100% gone. Although the tattoo will become lighter it can possibly fade completely over time. During the service I use a topical numbing agent. Some things to expect are some bleeding and scabbing. From there you will want to leave the scabbing alone and let it take its course. This should heal over the course of a few weeks. Fading of the tattoo will happen gradually over several months.