Permanent Makeup Correction Techniques
Kalon Aesthetics corrects other technicians’ poor work on a regular basis. If pigment removal is not necessary, Kalon Aesthetics can improve the tattooed makeup using color correction and tattooing techniques:

Color Adjustment: This technique is used when the shape of the eyebrow, eyeliner, or lip liner tattoo is good but the color is poor such as orange, blue, or purple. A corrective pigment color is implanted (tattooed) over the faded makeup to “neutralize” it toward a more natural shade. Usually the improvement is immediately noticeable, but it may take several weeks for the correction color to heal and stabilize to the desired result. Also, more than one appointment for corrective color micropigmentation may be necessary to achieve the best healed coverage. 

Faded Eyebrow Tattoo Color Correction Before (by another person)

After (by Kalon Aesthetics)

Shape Adjustment:
Sometimes the shape of permanent eyebrows or lip liner is not “terrible” yet it would look better with a few changes. In these cases, additional makeup tattooing might improve the shape, symmetry or balance of uneven permanent eyeliner or eyebrows. The tattooing necessary to correct the eyebrows or eyeliner may increase their thickness, st Kalon Aesthetics we will demonstrate the changes first with temporary pencil. Kalon Aesthetics and the patient will then decide together on the next step to achieve the best looking results. If the extra tattooing will not look good, then some of the old pigment must be removed first before proceeding with micropigmentation.

Uneven Eyebrow Tattoo Shape and Color Adjustment

Incorrect Method to Repair Permanent Makeup
Warning: Since New Zealand does not regulate permanent cosmetics training or schools, there are many poorly trained and inexperienced technicians who make mistakes. If a technician has made an error on your face, DO NOT let her “fix it” by tattooing over with flesh colored pigment. An opaque (“cloudy”) pigment must be used to cover the darker permanent makeup. That will look unnatural because your skin will lose its translucency (transparency). Also, the pigment color may not closely match your skin tone. (See photos below.) In addition, if you decide later to have it removed by a laser, the laser will turn the flesh colored pigment black. The best options for repairing permanent makeup mistakes are cosmetic tattooing for color and design adjustment and/or one of the removal methods.

Methods to Remove or Lighten Permanent Makeup

It is faster and easier to obtain a body or makeup tattoo than it is to remove either one. Several methods are available to remove body art tattoos and, sometimes, permanent makeup:

Surgical Excision: A physician cuts out the tattoo and sutures the edges of the skin back together. The skin over and around the tattoo may need to be stretched first.

Dermabrasion: The tattooed skin is “sanded” by a physician with a special device. The top and middle layers of the skin that contain the old ink or pigment are removed.

Laser Technology: Pulses of light are used to break up the tattoo ink under the skin so the body’s cells can “eat it up.” Results vary depending on the type of laser and wavelength of light used. Laser tattoo removal is popular for removing body art, but few physicians use lasers for permanent makeup removal because of the risks. Removing permanent eyeliner with lasers is extremely difficult and expensive. Physicians are cautious about using lasers to remove permanent lip liner because the lips are so vascular (bleed easily). Also, they are concerned about lasers turning permanent makeup black which can occur any time a laser is used on or near the pigment.

Saline Technique: Similar to the Salabrasion process that was used by physicians, the saline or salt water technique uses the scientific principles of osmosis and equalization. Saline or concentrated salt water is tattooed over the unwanted pigment or ink to draw it up to the surface of the skin and out of the body into a scab. Once the scab falls off, the pigment will be gone or its color will be lighter. The treated area will be pink from the new skin that has formed. Dr. Reed uses this method to remove permanent makeup because the “controlled scabbing” that occurs is very precise.

How Long Does Saline Salt Removal Take?

Every tattoo removal method (including laser and saline) requires multiple treatments. The number of sessions depends upon the color, size, shape, and location of the makeup tattoo. After a procedure, the treated pigment may continue to fade for up to several months because the body’s lymphatic system will internally absorb the pigment. How quickly the person’s skin heals will also be a factor in how far apart the removal sessions can be scheduled.

Will the Saline Removal Method Cause a Scar?
Although any type of permanent makeup or tattoo removal can cause some skin color changes or scarring, the salt water or saline method has a low risk of creating heavy or raised scars. Usually the skin is slightly red or pink for several weeks to months. This color gradually lightens as the new skin is reformed and collagen rebuilds.