How permanent makeup removal works

It’s a process. But the results are worth it. 

Cosmetic tattoo removal is achieved when our LightSense® laser and your body team up to clear any unwanted ink. You don’t need to be a laser expert (that’s our job) but it can be helpful to know a little about the process. What makes permanent makeup permanent? And how does laser removal actually work? Let the science lesson begin…

How laser tattoo removal works

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When permanent makeup is applied, white blood cells called ‘macrophages’ head straight to the scene. They see your new ink as a foreign body and try to remove it, but the ink particles are too big. Instead, they encase the ink and trap it in the dermis. This makes your permanent makeup, permanent! 

The macrophages sit happily in the dermis until the LightSense™ laser comes along. Precise pulses of energy break down the chemical bonds inside the ink pigment, fracturing the ink into tiny particles through a combination of photothermal (heat) and photoacoustic (light) ablation. Now, these ultra-small ink particles can be absorbed by new macrophages and naturally clear through your lymphatic system.

It’s a clever system. And it works.

How long does it take to remove permanent makeup?

It takes 3-5 sessions on average to fully remove cosmetic tattoos. Permanent makeup is as unique as you are, which means these figures can sometimes be less, sometimes more. Three factors determine how long removal might take: the permanent makeup itself; your health and lifestyle; and your bespoke treatment plan.

PERMANENT MAKEUP STYLE

BALANCED LIFESTYLE

PERSONAL TREATMENT PLAN

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All cosmetic tattoos are different. From microblading and lip blushing to scalp micropigmentation, the depth, density, color, and type of ink all influence treatment length. 

Speak to one of our experts to learn more about how long your permanent makeup might take to remove.

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Strong immune systems are more efficient at flushing away ink particles. Help optimize results with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Hydration:

Water is your best friend. Help your lymphatic system flow by keeping hydrated. 

Healthy diet:

Being well-rested and eating a balanced diet will get you the best results. Unsurprisingly, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may slow the process, so this is a great excuse for a health kick.

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Your permanent makeup is one of a kind - so too is your treatment plan.  Our expert consultants and dermatologists will assess your cosmetic tattoo, discuss your lifestyle, and ask about your removal goals. You’ll then receive a bespoke treatment plan and tailored aftercare protocol to follow between treatments.

What happens in a permanent makeup removal appointment?

It’s ok to feel a little apprehensive about starting permanent makeup removal. You don’t know what to expect - but we do, and we’re here to help. 

After checking you in, our receptionist will show you to a seat and offer a drink (the immune-boosting shots and craft coffees are our favorites). 

We love a before and after photo, so you’ll receive regular imaging by our photographer throughout your tattoo removal journey. These photos are incredibly satisfying for both you and us, and are a reminder of how far you’ve come. 

In the treatment room, your consultant will talk through your bespoke treatment plan and answer any questions you might have. We use a Zimmer machine to actively cool and desensitize the skin during laser treatment, and your consultant will talk you through the session so you always know what to expect. 

Once the treatment is complete and aftercare has been discussed, your consultant will take you back to reception where we will book your next appointment. You’ll also receive an aftercare card with our key tips for looking after your skin in the days following treatment.

How many sessions to remove my tattoo?

No, after 27,000 successful treatments we can confidently answer.

Our low-energy LightSense® laser is designed to be incredibly gentle on the skin (without compromising on results) and safe for all skin types

Yes, we are able to completely remove tattoos. There are three factors that determine the efficacy of tattoo removal: the tattoo, the tech, and your lifestyle. 

 

Read more about these here. To see the best results, we recommend booking a 1-1 tattoo assessment with our consultants.

We can remove most tattoos of all sizes, ink colors and designs, as well as permanent makeup and cosmetic tattoos. We’ll create a bespoke treatment plan to achieve the results you’re looking for.

There are however limitations on treating color ink tattoos on Fitzpatrick 4-6 skin types.

Yes, we can successfully fade tattoos for cover-ups and we do partial removals as well. We usually recommend five sessions for tattoo fade, though this can vary between different tattoo styles, colors, and designs.

Read more about lightening a tattoo here

On average it takes 8-12 sessions to completely remove a tattoo, treating as often as every 2-3 weeks. 

Following our expert guidance - for example by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, ensuring you read our safe sun exposure guidelines, and applying aftercare creams - will help speed up your removal results. NAAMA Plus will supercharge your removal. 

Unfortunately, no - maybe one day! For now, tattoo removal is a process that takes multiple sessions to complete (8-12 on average).

However, one of the great things about our pioneering technology is that clients are able to come in for treatment more frequently. This means we see tattoo removal in months, rather than years.

Speak to us today to see how many sessions might be needed for your tattoo.