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Saline Lightening & Removal vs. Color Correction

by Teryn Darling May 11, 2023

When does a poorly done procedure need to addressed with Li-FT® Saline Removal and when can it be color shifted and corrected? I have been correcting botched permanent makeup for over 15 years using both the saline removal method and the color & shape modification method. 

The best course of action for your specific client will depend on a few things. Most importantly, the level of saturation (how much pigment is there) and the shape of the procedure will determine if saline removal or color correction will be the best option for your client.  A few other considerations would be…How many times has that specific area been tattooed? What technique was used, specifically brows; were they microbladed, shaded, or combination of both? When was the last time the client had them done?  What type of pigment was used?  You must evaluate the specific case and situation to discuss and explain the best way forward to a new and attractive procedure for your client.

There is no need to perform saline lightening or removal if the shape is workable and the area isn’t overly saturated with pigment. Meaning if the color is fairly light and the placement of the pigment can be re-worked into a beautiful and symmetrical design…saline removal would not be needed but rather color and shape shifting would be suggested and performed.  Even if the pigment has turned gray, blue, orange or red…as long as it is light, we can color correct and shift it back to a beautiful brown.

If the shape is super unsymmetrical, too thick, too high, too low, too close together, you have two tails…an overall unattractive shape then we simply cannot modify and re-design. Li-FT® Saline Removal may be your only option for your client. If the shape is nice, they are the right color BUT there is just too much pigment present in the skin and they look too solid then Li-FT® Saline Removal may be the best option in achieving a less solid and more natural look for your client.  If the area is too solid and its gray, blue, orange or red, then Li-FT® Saline Removal may be your only option to achieving an acceptable brown or blonde tone. We may need to pull some of that existing pigment out in order to make room for the new pigment and for it to last.  Key word…last.

Attempting to put new pigment over a brow or any area that is already too solid with pigment does not work well, it will not last long term and is just putting a temporary fix on the problem. That old, unattractive color will show up again rather quickly and then you’re back to square one. Think of it like a glass of water, only so much can be poured into that glass before it spills over.  We must dump some of that water out to make room for the new water. Same with permanent makeup and correcting bad work…we must pull some of that old pigment out of the skin to make room for the new pigment.



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