Salt and Saline Tattoo Removal

Written by: Lisa Henning



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What is Saline Tattoo Removal

If you've ever had aĀ microblading disasterĀ or need to fix your eyebrow tattoo, I'm sure the thought of having them reworked has crossed your mind.Ā For decades, saline tattoo removal has been the most popular option amongstĀ cosmetic tattooists for safely and effectively lightening cosmetic tattoos, microblading and permanent makeup, and removing tattoo ink particles

With some salt saline removal solutions, the procedure can be harsh and uncomfortable. Botched Ink was developed especially for the face and saline brow removal treatments, so is more gentle than others that are also used for body tattoos. Saline brow removal can be used on all skin types. What is saline tattoo removal? It's not just salt and saline!

Introducing Botched Ink Saline Tattoo Removal

Key points in this video:Ā A different way of thinkingĀ -Ā Rescue & ReviveĀ -Ā The Botched Ink Difference -Ā Minimising Inflammation & IrritationĀ -Ā Botched Ink does the Work -Ā Remove Deep Pigment, GentlyĀ -Ā Soggy Bottoms - Preventing Soggy Bottoms -Ā Dried Out Skin Scab

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Does Saline Eyebrow Tattoo Removal Work?

Yes! A saline solution likeĀ Botched InkĀ is widely used by professional microblading and permanent makeup artists to lift, lighten and completely remove the unwanted tattoo eyebrows microblading. Salt saline was one of the first removal methods adopted for the results achieved. Saline removal is the most popular removal process

What is Salt and Saline Tattoo Removal?

Historically salt saline removal was as simple as a pile of salt and a pod of saline,Ā unfortunately this is harsh on the skin and painful for the client; ā€˜rubbing salt in the woundā€™ isnā€™t a pleasant experience. Today, thankfully there's specially formulated solutions, and Botched Ink Ā® is well known amongst industry professionals, and clients researching salt saline removal

Each brand of salt saline solution works differently, with the added ingredients making a difference to the implant method, healing and results - Botched InkĀ® Ingredients

Why is Saline Tattoo Removal Different?

The salt saline microblading removal technique is perfect for clients who want their brows reworked with pigment in the future. Ingredients vary between brands, Botched Ink and Li-Ft are the most popular examples; however the method, client comfort, healing and aftercare between the brands is quite different

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Saline Tattoo Removal Using Botched Ink

Now you understand what is saline tattoo removal, it's worth looking at the different types of salt saline removal solutions available. A saline solution like Botched Ink has added ingredients to prevent scarring, even when saline removal is repeated multiple times

How does Saline Tattoo Removal Work?

When Botched InkĀ® is implanted into skin, the area quickly dries out. If the skin contains tattoo pigment this will dry out too, lifting and removing the pigment during the skins natural healing process

Cosmetic tattoo pigments, like those used for microblading and permanent makeup, respond so well and safely to salt saline tattoo removal, that itā€™s the removal solution most recommended by technicians for any bad or unwanted work that needs fixing, improving or removing

What Happens During Saline Tattoo Removal?

The saline solution is implanted using a tattoo machine orĀ hand tool, the salt dries out the skin itā€™s implanted into. Treated skin forms a dried-out scab during healing, and during treatments youā€™ll see the scab contains some of the tattoo pigment

Saline tattoo removal is the most widely used and recommended product for cosmetic tattooing, used to lift, lighten and correct bad or unwanted microblading,Ā permanent makeup, and scalp micropigmentation. For decades salt saline has been trusted by technicians so be safe and effective removing pigment

Botched Ink saline solution has a gentle method, client comfort during treatments and healing, plus easy aftercare

How Many Sessions does Saline Removal Take?

Sadly, there are no guarantees how many saline microblading removal sessions will be needed to get the results you desire. Some unwanted pigment will take just one session, some will take 6 or more. At Botched Ink we always advise that you emotionally and financially budget for 3 sessions for best results. Now that doesn't mean the tattoo will be gone in 3 sessions, but we will have a better idea how easily the tattoo pigment is removing with Botched Ink saline solution

Results Depend on How Deep or Saturated the Pigment is

Achieving desired results depends on many factors. How old is the tattoo? Was it microblading or a machine tattoo? How deeply has the pigment been implanted? Is the color dark and solid? Are you trying to remove the tattoo completely or just lighten it enough to tattoo something different?

Botched Ink saline solution removes all colours pigments used for microblading or permanent makeup. Even if the tattoo looks most black, there will still be other colours as a shade of brown was used, and this contains black, red, yellow and white. Correction pigments are orange and green. Laser tattoo removal has difficulty with several of these colours, and the types of pigments we use for brows. Laser removes black first, revealing the other colours

In many cases only a percentage of the tattoo pigment needs to be lightened or removed with Botched Ink saline solution, and then we can continue the correction or complete removal process. Numbing cream or topical anesthetic is used during a saline removal procedure

Can you do Saline Tattoo Removal at Home?

DIY salt saline tattoo removal can be done, however this is not an option we would advise under any circumstances. You might think how bad can it be - Salt in an open wound hurts, it feels like an eye-watering burn, even worse than laser removal!

Amazingly some professionals still use basic salt and saline. At least in a professional environment aĀ saline removal solution can be managed and prevented from rolling into unwanted place, like the eye. Hard to do that yourself!

Unfortunately some professional grade salt saline removal solutions are available to purchase online by anyone, with or without training! The risk of permanent scarring is greatly increased in the hands of an untrained person. We only supply Botched Ink saline solution to our officially trained technicians

Do I need Training for Saline Tattoo Removal?

To carry out any kind of tattoo removal on anyone, you must understand what is saline removal, the osmosis process and theory underlying the treatment and understand its potential side effects as well as potential risks. Microblading and permanent makeup involve implanting pigment, and recovery time as the skin heals the color remains in the body as a tattoo

If you are looking to offer a free consultation, and seeing clients for a saline tattoo removal session using saline solution, you'll need treatment insurance and training

We have 100s of officially trained and approvedĀ Botched Ink techniciansĀ around the world

Saline Tattoo Removal Aftercare

After a salt saline procedure it is critical to follow all aftercare instructionsĀ to prevent complications, scarring or sensitive skin, and to achieve optimum results

Non-laser tattoo removal creates an open wound, so it carries more a higher risk of of infection and the area must be completely healed before any makeup or active skincare is used. Each type of salt saline solution has their own aftercare, another reason why the treatment is best carried out by a trained professional who knows the product they're using

What is the Healing and Aftercare Process?

Depending on the type of salt saline solution used, some require the skin to be left dry, others to re hydrate. Some need you to apply vitamin e oil, others just to keep the treatment area very clean, wash gently with purified water and dry with a clean paper towel. Botched Ink and Li-FT are examples of saline solutions with different aftercare methods

Some salt saline removal solutions cause the skin to get wet during the healing process, Botched Ink was developed to prevent this happening. The wetness is lymph fluid drainage and would need to be regularly cleaned, if not this can cause the scab to become quite thick, and a good candidate for non-laser tattoo removal will resist picking the scab, the scab falls off usually within 5 to 7 days

A Botched Ink scab is thin dried out skin, much nicer to look at and manage. The full healing process takes around 8 weeks, for another few weeks after saline removal treatment

Leave at least 16 weeks if you want to have new microblading or permanent makeup on top layer the treated area

Who is not an Ideal Candidate for Saline Removal?

Those not suitable for saline microblading removal are people who are under 18 years old. Must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Individuals with skin ailments, including skin infections such as psoriasis, skin diseases, skin infections, undiagnosed skin rashes or active skin cancer

Saline Removal and a Process Called Osmosis

When a saline solution is implanted into the skin, minor bleeding happens, and a process called osmosis is induced. This releases fragmented ink particles, drawing them out of the skin. The skin will then scab over, heal and the ink/pigment will be lifted away as the scab falls off. Overtime each saline removal treatment will allow the tattoo to become lighter.

What is The Osmosis Process

So let's start with what is saline. Saline is a mix of salt and water; it has many uses:

Lower concentrations of salt

Isotonic saline is used to hydrate cells by osmosis. Saline solutions used for eyewash are 0.9%, saline IV drips are normally 0.9%, sports drinks contain salt to replace salt lost due to sweating. Isotonic saline is not effective for tattoo removal

Higher concentrations of salt

Hypertonic salt and saline solutions dehydrate cells by osmosis. When heated, salt on pork fat dries out for crispy crackling. salt soaks up freshly spilt red wine, and salt does bubbly things to snails! Hypertonic saline is effective for tattoo removal

The hydrating and dehydrating of cells by osmosis is quickly visualised using the example of a drying out and drooping plant, brought back to hydration with a drink of water. The dried-out cells puff back up and the plant no longer droops

Botched Ink is a hypertonic saline tattoo removal solution, quickly drying out skin containing tattoo pigment. Causing little if any inflammation or irritation, the skin recovers quickly, even improving scarring and patchy eyebrow hair!


Salt saline tattoo removal has long been favored by cosmetic tattooists as a safe and efficient method for lightening microblading andĀ permanent makeup eyebrowĀ tattoos.Ā This technique is widely used on all skin types. Historically, saline removal involved simple salt and saline, often resulting in skin irritation and discomfort for the client

Some saline solution products and methods are still painful, however, with Lisa Henning's advanced knowledge and understanding of this treatment, the Botched InkĀ® saline solution was developed, offering a more gentle and effective approach

Lisa offers saline removal trainingĀ to cosmetic tattoo professionals around the world

Lisa Henning owner of Botched Ink saline solution

The Author: Lisa Henning

Lisa Henning is the owner and developer of Botched Ink, an industry leading saline removal brand offering comprehensive training, online and in-person, and our exclusive Botched InkĀ®Ā saline removal solution. Contact Lisa directly on Instagram, Facebook, or by Email