Your permanent makeup removal questions answered

MAY 3, 2023

Cosmetic tattooing doesn't always go as planned. Perhaps it’s more intense than you expected, looks faded, or you’re simply ready for a change. If you’re looking for permanent makeup removal but aren’t quite sure what to expect, you’re in the right place.

We took your most frequently asked questions to our specialist nurses and got the answers.

Can I remove my permanent makeup?

The good news is that yes, you can. We offer a number of permanent makeup removal treatments at NAAMA, including:

  • Eyebrow tattoo removal, including microblading; microshading; and ombre.

  • Permanent lip blushing; lip liner; and lip color tattooing.

  • Face and scalp treatment removal, such as hairline microblading; scalp micropigmentation; and freckle tattoos.

How soon after having permanent makeup applied can I have it removed?

You can come to NAAMA for permanent makeup removal as early as six weeks after it’s done. However, the safety of your skin is our priority, so we will not treat it until it’s fully healed.

If you’re unsure whether your skin is ready for treatment, please contact us for a consultation.

How many sessions will I need?

Permanent makeup removal is not ‘one size fits all’ and each case is completely unique.

As a guide, we suggest 1-3 sessions for light microblading removal and 3 minimum for machine brows or denser eyebrow tattoos. Many clients get their desired results in 3-5 sessions, but this varies. Our removal packages are a great option to explore for better value per session. The timescale is similar if you’re looking to come to NAAMA for lip blushing and lip tattoo removal, too.

How long do I need to wait between treatments?

Not as long as you might think! With NAAMA, you can return for treatment more often.

Our revolutionary LightSense® laser uses significantly less energy than traditional laser tattoo removal systems. With our skin-safe technology, you minimize the risk of skin damage and require less downtime between sessions.

More sessions = faster results!

Will I see results straight away?

Everyone responds differently to treatment, but it’s worth remembering that you’ll need time to see the full results of each session.

That’s because our laser’s job is to break down the ink particles. Once your session is over, your body takes over and your immune system flushes away the new, smaller particles we’ve created.

We give you plenty of aftercare tips at the end of each session, but optimizing your immune system with a nutritious diet is at the top of the list.

The color of my permanent makeup has changed. Can you fix this?

There is always a risk of oxidation with permanent makeup. When permanent makeup oxidizes, we usually see the ink develop red and then yellow tones.

Prior to treatment, we will assess your skin according to the Fitzpatrick scale. On Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin tones (lighter), oxidized ink can be treated successfully.

On Fitzpatrick 4-6 skin types (darker), permanent makeup tends to oxidize to red and purple tones, which is more difficult to successfully treat. In this case, we use a 1064 nm laser - a wavelength that’s particularly good for tackling black ink - to lighten the ink. Seeing success in these instances is challenging, but our specialist nurses will be able to recommend a treatment course that is right for you.

Lip blushing can be removed on Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types. However, there is a risk of oxidation to gray, which remains throughout the treatment process.

If you’re concerned about oxidation, speak to us about arranging a patch test.

What will my skin look like after my sessions?

Side effects are generally very mild for eyebrow tattoo and microblading removal. You might temporarily see some slight redness around the area or experience what we call ‘frosting’

Frosting is a natural reaction when the laser hits the targeted ink and isn’t any cause for concern. It usually goes away after 10 minutes or so, but can last for up to 48 hours in some cases.

If you have particularly dense eyebrow tattooing, you’re more likely to experience some redness or pinpoint bleeding as we need to work deeper to target the ink. However, we’ll discuss this with you during your consultation so you know exactly what to expect.

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Will my eyebrow hairs be burned?

Don’t worry, your eyebrows will not be burned during treatment (this is why we don’t need you to shave prior to your session!). Our revolutionary laser system is superior when it comes to skin-safety and you can apply makeup to the treated area as soon as the next day.

In very rare cases, clients may temporarily experience mild hair loss following treatment. However, as we do not work deep enough to target the hair follicle, there is no long-term damage and the hair will regrow.

What is the best laser for permanent makeup removal?

Our favorite question!

  • Our innovative LightSense® laser system is gentle enough to treat the skin around the face, significantly reducing the risk of lasting damage and downtime between sessions. It’s exclusive to us, so you’ll only find it at NAAMA.

  • With a super-small spot size that's 11x more precise than average Pico lasers, we can treat with next-level accuracy and care.

  • Our system is adept at removing colored inks, making it ideal for permanent makeup removal (and remember, we’re the only studio in the world to use it).

  • You’ll receive a bespoke removal plan, completely tailored to you by our expert nurses.

  • Enjoy a warm welcome and a 5-star service in our state-of-the-art studio. It’s a treatment, after all!