We often have clients come in for consultations who are unhappy with a previous cosmetic and are looking for our help.
Sometimes we are unable to help these clients because they are dissatisfied with the overall shape, placement, symmetry, and color.
In these cases we reccomend laser removal. If a pigment was used that contains titanium dioxide, the laser cannot identify it as a color and will turn the cosmetic black or grey. There is no way to know how the laser will react to each individual and a test session is usually performed to see how it will react.
To break it down a little bit further, cosmetic pigments are made with different colors, these colors all have different size particles. Titanium dioxide (white, light colors, flesh tones) being the biggest particle and the hardest to remove, Carbon (black) pigment being the smallest and easiest to break down, and then all the colors in between. Think of it as titanium being a big boulder rock and carbon being a small rock, which one will be easier to carry up a hill? Carbon, of course.
There are a few different methods of removal, Laser being one and saline removal being another, both very popular. However these two removal techniques work very differently. Laser pulsates a light to the pigment, it breaks up the particle and then pushes it back into the body where it is removed by the body’s lymph and waste system.
One benefit of Saline, is that it lifts the pigment up to the surface of the skin and out of the body. Saline does not recognize color, it recognizes pigment uniformly, therefore can remove ANY pigment. Still take into consideration the size of the pigment particle, the bigger the particle the harder it is to remove, however, another benefit of saline is there is NEVER a risk of turning black or grey. It may take longer sessions to remove, but it can be done with patience and time.
Q: How many sessions will it take?
A: How many session will depend on many different variables. It’s determined by, the pigment(s) used, how many times the pigment was implanted into the skin, how deep it was implanted into the skin, if there are layers of pigment over top of one another, if it was done multiple times over years by different artists, if it is deeply saturated in color, the clients own skin and healing process, and how well the client follows the aftercare regimen. An 8 week healing time in between each session is required.
Q: How do I know if I’m a candidate for removal?
A: An in person consultation is required where we will discuss what you currently don’t like about your permanent cosmetic, what your goals are, and what the realistic expectations are based off of you individually.
Q: Who isn’t a good candidate?
A: Anyone who is prone to Hyper/Hypopigmentation, Keloids, Pregnant or Nursing- No Exceptions. Lasers or Facial Peels- Must wait 1 month or longer depending on how strong the treatment, Sunburn, Moles, Skin Tags, or Open Wounds (In the area to be treated), Accutane- Must be off 1 year prior to appointment, Retin A- Must stop 7 days prior to appointment, and wait 30 days after treatment (completely avoiding treated area from then on after), Blood Thinners- 24/48 hours prior to appointment, Any ongoing medical conditions that may affect the healing of removal.
We’re excited to introduce this service to our clients that weren’t successful with laser removal, and will be launching February of 2019!
Please email all inquires to BrowArtistryByDanielle@gmail.com