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Saline Lip Tattoo Removal

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Before we start talking about lip tattoo removal, let’s define what is permanent makeup in general.

By using permanent makeup, you can completely transform your appearance. It can change the shape of eyebrows and lips, change their color, mask scars, and eliminate asymmetry. Despite the simplicity of the procedure, only trusted clinics and the most qualified technicians should be trusted with this procedure. Experienced specialists use manipulative pens and machines with sterile needles for the process. The outcome depends on the technique used, the quality of pigments, and the client’s body type.

Saline Lip tattoo removal: how it works?

Today, tattooing isn’t considered to be a lifelong process. With the right pigments and techniques, permanent makeup can last 1.5-2 years and gradually fade away without leaving any unwanted colors. If the result isn’t to your liking, you can always remove it with a remover or laser. These methods have both been proven to be safe and effective.

A tattoo remover that contains saline penetrates deeply into the epidermis without damaging the skin and has a mild effect on it. Microneedles do not damage lip tissue, and removers are injected shallowly. Collagen stimulation is not affected by the removal procedure.

Saline tattoo remover is a sensitive procedure, so artists will apply topical anesthesia, just as when applying Lip Blush. The procedure will take no more than 40 minutes. The number of sessions depends on how complex and deep the tattoo is, its age, and the pigment color. More saturated colors fade slower than less saturated colors. Just one procedure can remove a fresh tattoo without leaving any traces.

Once the skin has completely healed, you can repeat the lip saline removal process. It is advisable to wait at least 1 – 1.5 months between sessions.

Tattoo removal with a remover becomes a popular solution after failed permanent makeup. Unfortunately, unskilled work by the artist can result in:

  • A dull color on the lips;
  • A harsh contour line can be seen;
  • Pigment shade selected incorrectly;
  • Incorrect depth of pigment application;
  • Changing the shade of the pigment;
  • Uneven symmetry of lips.

You need to choose the correct lip remover in order to achieve maximum results when removing an old tattoo. It may take several sessions. Our masters have many years of experience and use professional tools so that you can easily remove unsuccessful pigment from your lips.


With Saline tattoo removal you receive

  • Painless procedure
  • Quick recovery time
  • Smooth experience
  • Great results
  • Faster and better healing

How saline removers work and what they consist of

After each session of saline cosmetic tattoo removal, you need to let the skin heal completely before the next session. This can take on average 4-8 weeks for saline. 

A scab will form over the area treated with either treatment type, and it can take a few weeks to heal. Make sure to follow aftercare instructions, such as not pulling at the scab, to avoid scarring and infections.

During tattoo removal, a chemical composition dissolves the pigment. The remover is injected under the skin with sterile needles. It doesn’t harm the body and does not cause allergic reactions.

It is similar to the Lip tattoo process. A special substance is injected under the skin to the depth of the pigment, where chemical reactions cause the pigment to dissolve.

The chemical composition of removers can be acidic, saline, or alkaline. They are liquid suspensions that bind to pigment molecules and bring them to the surface of the skin.

Acid removers. Removers containing acid may include AHA-acids in skin-safe concentrations to dissolve the bond between the skin and pigment. Types of acid removers:

  • lactic acid;
  • citric acid;
  • malic acid;
  • glycolic acid;
  • tartaric acid;
  • hydroxyacetic acid;
  • hydroxysuccinic acid.


Some manufacturers add barium sulfide or resocine to acids as a means of improving the effect. Acids cause clotting. Remover can form a dense crust that eventually falls off.

Saline remover. A long time ago, heavy metal salts were present in the composition of liquids. Today, manufacturers use ordinary sea salt to replace hazardous metals. After the procedure, there are no scars, and even existing scars can dissolve. The saline contained in the remover not only removes pigment but also contributes to the rapid regeneration of the skin. The skin will heal quickly with proper care following the procedure.

Alkaline removers. It is possible to remove even old tattoos of any shade with the help of such lip removers. Sodium, calcium, and potassium hydroxides are the most effective and gentle. It is easier to remove old tattoos of any shade with alkali-based suspensions because they thin the tattoo pigment under the skin and do not form a hard crust. Alkali-based suspensions do not leave scars or burns.

When should lip tattoos be removed?

There are a number of reasons why women want to remove their lip tattoos:

  1. Asymmetry. Inexperienced artists may make mistakes when drawing contours. The most common mistake is drawing the lip contour on one side shorter or larger than the other side, or having double curves. Correction occurs by thickening the lines, which wasn’t intended before. The end result is not what you expected. Only removing excess pigment will help in this situation.
  2. Wrong shape. There is no doubt that an experienced specialist will be able to determine exactly what shape will complement your face. Unfortunately, many specialists make mistakes that accentuate existing imperfections instead of masking them. This is why lip removers are extremely useful.
  3. Wrong shade. Choosing the right color pigment depends on your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. In some cases, the choice is not about skill, but rather about shade. If a blonde has a light tattoo, her lips can look dull or pale when she changes her hair color. A brunette who decides to become blonde after a tattoo will look out of place if she has vibrant lips. If a light shade is corrected with a darker tone lip pigment, then a dark tone can be removed with a lip remover. Moreover, saline removal can make your lip blush appear more natural as it softens the existing color.
  4. Choosing the wrong technique. It is critical to inject the pigment superficially and at the same depth during the permanent makeup procedure. When the master injects the dye too deeply, permanent makeup must be completely removed.
  5. Gaps in the tattoo. There may be uneven pigment penetration during the healing process. This may be due to poor-quality pigment, body characteristics, or improper aftercare.

The benefits of removing permanent makeup with a remover

It is possible to eliminate unwanted colors or make your lips much softer using a remover in a short amount of time. There are a number of advantages to using a remover:

  • One session is all it takes to remove a fresh tattoo
  • All shades of lip pigment can be removed with a saline remover
  • It is suitable for all skin types
  • An affordable price and a safe product

Getting ready for the procedure

You must prepare in advance for the procedure in order for the result to meet your expectations:

  1. Avoid drinking alcohol the day before and coffee and energy drinks on the day of saline removal.
  2. It is wise to refrain from sun exposure one week before the session, as ultraviolet rays can negatively affect the skin.
  3. Prevent herpes/cold sores from appearing in the lip area by taking Aciclovir or Valtrex for a couple of days prior to the procedure.

Steps involved in removing permanent makeup

After your consultation, the specialist starts working:

  • Cosmetic residues are removed;
  • An antiseptic is applied to the skin;
  • A local anesthetic is applied;
  • A remover is injected beneath the skin.

What to do after a lip tattoo removal procedure to take care of your skin

Following the lip tattoo removal, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Leave the residual layer on; do not wash it off;
  • Keep the crust; DO NOT PICK THE SCAB;
  • During the first few days, do not wash your face;
  • For one month, refrain from using decorative cosmetics;
  • Avoid exposure to the sun;
  • Until the skin is completely restored, avoid the pool and sauna.

Lip Tattoo Removal: Side effects and contraindications

This method is not suitable for people with the following diseases:

  • Cancer;
  • Diabetes mellitus with insulin dependence;
  • Disorders of the heart rhythm;
  • The epilepsy syndrome;
  • AIDS and HIV.
  • Also, it is not recommended to perform the procedure during pregnancy.

Laser or remover: which is better lip tattoo removal

It is best to get rid of the old pigment before creating a new tattoo, rather than cover it. Overlapping often does not result in a good outcome. Colors can mix and give unpredictable results, and besides, clear contours and a natural look are unlikely to be achieved.

Keeping undesirable consequences to a minimum is a priority for our artists at Brows & Lips. Before the session, the specialists explain how many corrections you need and ask if you have already removed or overlapped the pigment to prevent scarring or burns. The condition of the skin is taken into account before the procedure to determine the most appropriate removal method with a laser or remover.

It is possible to target only the pigment with a laser pulse with certain properties without affecting clean skin. After the laser is applied, peeling and redness are almost invisible, but it takes 3-4 sessions to completely remove the pigment. Pigment particles are destroyed and excreted by the lymph. After the laser, the healing process is longer than after applying the remover. Although this technique has many advantages, it isn’t for everyone. If your lips were colored with cheap pigments, the color after laser removal could be grey/dark brown. Laser is best suited to dark eyebrow tattoos, while the liquid is usually best for lips.

Lip tattoo remover is a universal tool, as it effectively removes all types of tattoo dye. Lasers remove pigment well, but yellow and red shades are more difficult to remove. It is possible to alternate between the remover and laser to minimize the number of sessions and achieve a quick result.

When it comes to lip tattoos, eyebrows, eyeliner, and any other type of permanent makeup, Brows & Lips permanent makeup studio features professionals who can select the appropriate technique and remove unwanted pigment without leaving a trace.

Please find more information and aftercare instructions here in our blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lip tattoo removal is a procedure designed to eliminate or significantly lighten unwanted lip tattoos. It typically involves the use of advanced techniques and solutions to safely and effectively remove tattoo pigment from the lips.

Discomfort during lip tattoo removal is generally minimal, and numbing agents are often used to minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Lip tattoo removal typically requires multiple sessions, and results may vary depending on factors such as the tattoo’s age, size, and ink colors. Improvement is usually seen over several sessions.

After the procedure, you may experience swelling, redness, and scabbing on the treated area. It’s essential to follow post-procedure care instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of scarring.

While many lip tattoos can be significantly lightened or removed, complete removal may not always be possible, especially for very old or deeply inked tattoos. Consult with your technician for a personalized assessment.

We recommend removing the lip tattoo with a saline solution which costs AED 1000 per session. 

Yes, aftercare is essential to promote proper healing and minimize complications. This may include avoiding sun exposure, keeping the treated area clean, and following any instructions provided by your technician.

Individuals with specific medical conditions or skin issues should consult with their healthcare provider and the technician before undergoing lip tattoo removal.

The duration of a lip tattoo removal session can vary depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo. It typically ranges from 30 minutes to an hour.

Most technicians require clients to be at least 18 years old to undergo lip tattoo removal.

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