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A saline solution is a common, effective approach to lightening tattoos. Although it is a slower process than other treatments, this method is popular because it is safer than other tattoo removal procedures. In addition, a saline solution treatment is ideal for those with darker skin tones, sensitive skin, and those who have had an allergic reaction to tattoo pigment. This method can lighten tattoos on any area, including around the eyes.


The first step of the saline treatment is similar to the process of traditional tattooing: a DermaHealth technician will use a device similar to an ink gun to tattoo the saline solution into the treatment area. This punctures the top layer of skin, opening the area. Then, a salt paste is applied to the skin, which draws the tattoo pigment to the skin’s surface and gently exfoliates it away. Our technician can treat up to a  4-by-4-inch area in one sitting.

Clients should expect three to four procedures before they see desired results. With this method of tattoo removal, clients can expect the tattoo to become lighter, but a full removal should not be expected.  The skin can be re-tattooed after the treatment area heals.

Treatment for Those with Tattoo Pigment Allergies

We require a consultation (at no cost) prior to this treatment for those who have had a history of allergic reactions to tattoo pigment. Clients should consult their doctor about the allergy prior to treatment. We will develop a treatment plan according to the severity of the allergy, the area to be lightened, and the doctor’s recommendations for the client.


  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours prior
  • Do not take any pain medications unless necessary
  • Do not sun tan or have sunburned skin
  • Be prepared to follow the aftercare


Performing the correct aftercare will directly affect how well the treatment is received. Without following the aftercare there is a significant chance of failure to pull pigment or scarring.

  • Do not touch your removal area
  • For the first 7 days avoid water and moisture near the removal area
  • After the first 7 days wash once a day with mild unscented soap, rinsing well, pat dry
  • Do not apply any creams or ointments
  • Do not pick at the scabbing [can lead to scarring] and do not rub the scabbing
  • Wear loose clothing as not to dislodge any scabbing or irritate the area, it must exfoliate off naturally
  • No sun exposure or tanning while healing [can lead to scarring]
  • Be patient, the healing process takes time, but it is necessary to achieve a pull of the pigment.


What can the client expect during and after treatments?

During treatment, the client should expect some minor bleeding and some bruising. The treated area will also be tender for a few days. The skin should scab over and heal over the course of a few weeks. Fading will happen gradually over several months.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

The tattoo will become lighter and may possibly fade completely over time. This removal technique is safe for all skin types. The saline tattoo removal is safer and has fewer risks of hypo/hyperpigmentation, blistering, and scarring than laser removal treatments. The skin may be re-tattooed once the area has sufficiently healed.

Who are the best candidates?

Individuals who are patient and willing to follow aftercare instructions are ideal candidates. Clients on blood-thinning medications or who expect immediate results are not ideal candidates for this treatment.

What final results can the client expect?

Clients should be realistic in their expectations. They should expect a lightening of the tattoo, not full removal. Clients should expect three to four procedures before they see desired results.