Saline Tattoo Removal Pricing
Saline Tattoo or Permanent Makeup Removal - $150 per session
Please note: We are typically booked up to 6 weeks in advance, so please plan ahead. Great results are worth the wait!
New clients: Please be sure to review the studio policies on our booking page.
What is saline tattoo removal?
Non-laser removal, also known as saline removal, is a method of removing pigment from skin cells using simple solutions rather than lasers. Though there are a few solutions out there, I use A+ Ocean, a hypertonic saline solution created in 1980 by John Hashey, master cosmetic tattoo artist. A+ Ocean is all-natural, carcinogen-free, and the number one selling all natural removal solution on the market. This solution is “tattooed” into the skin over the unwanted tattoo, and causes the skin cells to immediately begin releasing pigment particles.
Will this work on my tattoo?
This works on both cosmetic tattoos and conventional tattoos, done with any type of machine or manual tool. Your tattoo must be at least 30 days old before removal. Saline removal is not suitable for medium-large tattoos. Black tattoos are often more resistant to removal, meaning you may need an extra session or two. If your unwanted tattoo is covered in thick scar tissue, it may require more sessions to remove. In that case, microneedling over the area between sessions will help to break up the scar tissue and make for more effective removal appointments.
Does it hurt?
Most clients find that it causes a similar discomfort to getting the tattoo in the first place. But prior to the procedure, you’ll be numbed with a topical cream for maximum comfort. While you may see some blood, this is normal and necessary for creating the “controlled scab.” The solution also contains pure aloe vera gel to calm the skin throughout the service.
Why should I choose it over laser tattoo removal?
Traditionally, this is just as effective as laser tattoo removal. The hypertonic saline inspires skin cells to release pigment and rise to the surface. It is moreso a matter of how many sessions are needed to pull the pigment out completely, than whether or not it is possible. Whether your tattoo is 1 year old or 30 years old, saline removal will get it out. It does not permanently damage the tissue like lasers do, and is more affordable and less painful than laser treatments. Particularly if you plan to cover the area with a new tattoo once healed, saline removal will be in your best interest, as lasers can cause damage that prevents the skin from accepting/holding any new pigment.
How long will the procedure take?
Each session takes about 1 hour. Depending on the size of the tattoo and the pigment used in it, 3-6 sessions per 1"x1" section are typically needed to remove the tattoo completely. You must wait 30 days between sessions on the same spot, and 2 weeks between sessions on different sections of the same tattoo.
Tattoo Removal Aftercare: How To Get The Best Results
After 30 minutes of leaving your appointment, remove the gauze and let your skin breathe. For the first 24 hours, do not wet the area at all. The skin should appear bright red and gradually begin to scab. During days ~2-4, or until the scab falls off naturally, keep the area clean and dry! No makeup on skincare should go within 1" of the area from immediately after your service, until scabbing is complete. Cleanse gently twice daily with unscented Dial hand soap, avoid touching/rubbing/picking, and do not apply any type of balm/ointment or covering. While a scab is forming, the area should be kept dry. AVOID: soaking, a constant shower stream hitting the area, swimming, saunas, hot tubs, tanning beds/booths, and intense exercise. Once the scab has fallen off on its own, begin applying a high-quality vitamin e oil or ointment 3x daily. No other creams or chemicals should be applied within 1" of the area during this time. Keeping up with this vitamin e routine for a minimum of 4 weeks will reduce the risk of scarring or discoloration. The skin may appear pink or discolored for a couple weeks before returning to its original shade by week 4. Sometimes pigment that had spread underneath the skin may rise to the surface before coming out completely. In these cases, it may appear that the tattoo has “bled” to surrounding tissue. This is all part of the process, and will be corrected during future sessions. Saline removal is a process, not a fast-track. Desirable results take an average of 3-6 sessions per 1"x1" section depending on the depth & pigment of the unwanted tattoo, among other factors. In the rare event of increasing discomfort during the healing process, increasing redness and swelling, unusual discharge, or any other signs of infection, please contact us.