If you’ve had semi-permanent makeup treatment either in Kent or further afield that you’re no longer happy with, there are two main methods you can consider. The first, and most commonly known procedure is the removal of tattoos using a laser. The second is the relatively new process of using salt and a saline solution.
The drawbacks of laser tattoo removal
Whilst still popular, using a laser to remove an unwanted tattoo can be a slow, laborious and expensive process. It can often take 10 or more individual sessions to get the desired results and even then, the tattoo may not be removed completely and you may well be left with some fragments in your skin. If you have dark skin, a suntan or have a fake tan, it’s not recommended to opt for laser removal either. It’s also worth mentioning that some colours don’t fade as well as others.
The benefits of salt/saline tattoo and permanent makeup removal at our Kent clinic
This technique is safe for all skin types so if you have darker skin, this is definitely the preferred method to choose. There’s also less risk of hyper/hypopigmentation (blotchy patches on the skin) afterwards and there’s less blistering and scarring than conventional laser removal treatments. It’s also safe to have another treatment at our Kent clinic over the area if you wish, once your skin has had a chance to fully heal.
Using the salt and saline method is a more natural, holistic approach and unlike laser treatment, isn’t colour selective, meaning that it’s equally effective on all ink colours. This means that if your tattoo consists of several shades and colours, the net result will be more consistent and look far more natural. Also, if you’re concerned about hair growth in the treated area, you needn’t worry as hair growth isn’t affected within the area that’s been treated.
Why you might be considering this treatment
You may have had a permanent or semi-permanent makeup treatment and on reflection, have had a change-of-heart about how it looks. Perhaps the shape isn’t right or the procedure wasn’t done to your liking. Similar to choosing a hairdresser, some stylists are great whilst others… not so much.
Whatever your reasons, our Kent clinic can offer salt/saline SPMU tattoo removal treatment and it’s the ideal solution to removing undesired permanent makeup treatments and in some cases small tattoos.
What should I expect at your Kent Clinic?
Consultation and cost analysis – Prior to undertaking your treatment at our clinic in East Malling, Kent, we’ll go through a consultation with you. This will include discussing your medical history. We’ll chat about your expectations and This is also the perfect time for you to raise any concerns or ask any questions before going ahead; it’s important to us that you feel happy and relaxed before going any further. Depending on how you feel, you can either have your first treatment there and then, or you can go away and think over what’s been discussed before you make any commitment.
You will, of course, want to know how much your individual plan will cost. Once your initial consultation is complete, we’ll be able to give you the overall price of your treatment plan together with the cost per session.
Your treatment plan – During the consultation, we’ll walk you through your prospective treatment plan – It’s important that you’re fully aware of how long the entire process will take, and also how long each session is likely to last. Unlike some of the other semi-permanent services we offer in Kent, the salt/saline removal process requires more commitment and dedication on your part and you should fully understand what part you’ll be required to play.
Duration – You’ll usually be required to attend multiple sessions at our Kent clinic to achieve the best results. This is largely dependent on the size, colour(s) and location of the area that’s about to be treated. Some treatments for smaller tattoos can be completed in as little as 2 or 3 individual sessions but larger, more complex areas can require up to 6 or even more visits to our clinic. You’ll also need to factor in the time between each visit. Each session requires allowing a sufficient time afterwards for your body to heal so your visits will normally be spaced five or six weeks apart. If you’re not sure how long each session takes, it’s typically around 30-45 minutes but this again depends on the size of the area being treated.
Aftercare – As previously mentioned, your commitment to the overall success of the treatment is important. We’ll discuss this with you all the way through and also provide you with a detailed set of aftercare instructions to take home with you.
There are a few basic, but nevertheless important guidelines you’ll need to follow. Whilst you can go about your normal daily routine immediately after any session and wash the area treated as normal, you will find that there will still be some discomfort to the freshly treated area of skin. You’ll probably experience some redness and tenderness to the area, accompanied by mild swelling. This is perfectly normal and is no cause for concern and all of these symptoms will subside after a day or so.
Initial healing will take place over the course of one to two weeks and you’ll notice a light, scablike crust forming over the treated area, which can scab in some clients. You must not be tempted to pick at, or keep rubbing the area as it’s vital that healing takes place at a pace that’s right for your body. The crust will, and should, be left to fall away naturally. As the weeks progress, you’ll notice your tattoo will begin to lighten and fade away.
What will the final result be like?
You should be realistic in your expectations. Large, complex tattoos with the ink placed deep under the skin can be extremely difficult to eradicate completely with either this method or laser treatment. Whilst your tattoo will lighten, it may not disappear completely. We can only advise as to what the likely end result will be on a case by case basis. This, of course, will be discussed in detail at the initial consultation stage.
How does the treatment work?
The process is surprisingly similar to having a tattoo and works in much the same way. We tattoo a special salt/saline solution into the area of skin where your tattoo is. Once the skin is broken and the area is slightly exposed, a salt paste is put on to the surface of your skin. The layer of salt begins to draw the ink/pigment to the surface by the process of Osmosis. If you’ve never heard this term before, it’s slightly technical to try and explain here but to give you a rough idea of how it works, it’s the gravity-defying process that plants use in order to draw food and water up their stems. If you’re not sure what this all means, we’ll be happy to explain more at your first visit to our Kent clinic.