There are 3 main methods for microblading removal. Keep reading to find out how they are done, how they work and how much they cost.
What’s inside (Click on the link to go to a specific step):
- What Are My Options for Microblading Removal?
- How Is Microblading Removal Different from Microblading Fading?
- Laser Microblading Removal
- Saline Microblading Removal
- Glycolic Acid Microblading Removal
- Is There a Way to Remove Microblading at Home?
- Is Microblading Removal During Pregnancy Possible?
- Microblading Removal – Main Takeaways
What Are My Options for Microblading Removal?
Here are the 3 most popular and effective for removing microblading procedures: laser removal, saline removal and glycolic acid removal.
Fading is a good option but it takes more time and effort so some opt for microblading removal instead. But in this case, the procedures are invasive, painful and take 6 weeks to heal.
Check out the links to get to know more about Microblading:
- All You Need To Know About Microblading
- Cost of Microblading
- Microblading Healing
How Is Microblading Removal Different from Microblading Fading?
Microblading fading relies on the skin shedding and regeneration so pigment doesn’t emerge with the new skin.
On the other hand, removal focuses on breaking down the pigment whether letting the body absorb it or extracting it. It takes longer to heal since it is doing more work on the skin but it gets the job done.
Check out this guide to learn more about Microblading Fading.
Laser Microblading Removal
What Is Laser Removal and How Does It Work?
This procedure allows a laser to take off pigment similar to tattoo removal.
With this treatment, laser beams go into the skin and remove the pigments which can be absorbed by the body. Compared to tattoo ink, the pigments used for microblading procedures are much easier to break down. It takes 4 to 6 sessions to get rid of all visible pigments but the skin needs time to heal in between.
The ingredients in the pigment can also affect how long it takes for the pigment to come off. Such as pigments with reddish or yellow tones due to the presence of high amounts of titanium dioxide which is difficult to remove even with a laser.
Who Is a Candidate for Laser Microblading Removal?
Microblading removal is a good option for clients who are unhappy with the result of their microblading treatment. It is best done if the pigments are light or once the shadow has faded significantly. It can be a problem to try to remove red and yellow pigments.
For treatments that have recently been done, the recommendation is to use fading techniques first before removal.
Note: Clients with darker skin tones should book artists with experience doing laser on their type of skin color. There is a higher risk for hyper-and hypopigmentation and keloid formation for darker skin.
The specialist can adjust the wavelength based on these factors. This can affect the number of sessions and how long it takes for the pigment to come off in darker skin.
Is Laser Microblading Removal Painful?
The procedure is painful which is why it comes with a local anesthetic.An ointment is applied after the session and a bandage is added to cover the area. Pain killers can also help once the anesthetic eventually wears off.
Another thing to consider is that this procedure does damage to the skin tissue which can result in scabs, redness and even bruising. Additionally, clients prone to keloids which are intense formation of scar tissue, might not be the best candidates for laser removal.
Aside from the pain and scarring, the procedure removes the hair and makes them fragile. The hair follicles will not be affected so eventually healthy hair will grow back.
What Is the Healing Process Like After Microblading Laser Removal?
The healing journey for a laser removal goes through swelling ,scabbing, redness, tenderness, flaking and eventually scarring. There are ointments prescribed to help relieve the skin especially in the worst first 3 days. After that period, there will only be some itchiness.
How Much Does Laser Microblading Removal Cost?
The average price of microblading removal procedures cost $215 but can start as low as $100 for each session.
Saline Microblading Removal
What Is Saline Removal and How Is It Done?
Also called reverse microblading, this procedure involves injecting a saline solution to break down the pigments. It started off as a spin off to microneedling by depositing a salt solution into the treated area to remove pigment. Once the area dries up, they can come off through the scabs that form.
This method is often advertised as a fading technique but eventually it does remove the visible pigment due to its efficiency.[image3]
Who Is a Candidate for Microblading Saline Removal?
This procedure can remove pigment but it is best for clients who have time and patience. It is best for lighter shades of pigment and can be done after a session or two.
Multiple sessions would be necessary for darker pigments but still with satisfactory results which is why this method requires patience. It is also effective on red and yellow pigments.
Does Saline Removal Hurt?
Clients generally report minimal pain for this removal method. It involves applying a topical anesthetic before the procedure. The pain won’t be as painful as the initial microblading procedure.
What Is the Healing Process Like After Saline Microblading Removal?
Compared to a laser removal, this method heals much quicker and it is similar to the healing process of a microblading procedure.
Here are some general aftercare instructions that your artist would recommend:
- Clean and dry the treatment area
- Keep the area dry and cover it when taking a shower
- Avoid touching the area when washing your face
- Refrain from taking long showers, saunas, swimming pools, sweating, working out and tanning activities
- Avoid touching or picking the scabs that form
- Apply vitamin E oil once the scabs heal
Emergency Saline Microblading Removal
An emergency Saline Removal can only be done within 2 days after the initial procedure. It is different from the usual procedure done once the brows have healed. In an emergency removal, the skin has not yet healed so the saline solution is applied to the open wounds.
Beyond 48 hours, it is no longer recommended to get an emergency treatment since scab may start to form and it risks getting permanent scarring.
How Much Does Saline Removal Cost?
Costs of saline removals may be computed per hour or per session. The average cost is $250 per session.[image4]
Glycolic Acid Microblading Removal
Similar to saline solutions, this removal method involved injecting a solution into the skin to break down the pigment. The chemical solution is made up of glycolic and lactic acids and other ingredients. This chemical formulation binds the pigments together so they can come off with the scabs.
It is more expensive at around $400 per session.
Is There a Way to Remove Microblading at Home?
Microblading removal methods should be done by professional and qualified clinics. But microblading fading can be done at home.
This can be done by using certain skincare products that can speed up fading such as using rosehip seed oil and massaging it into the brows up to 3 times a day for 2 weeks. The result can be lighter but it will not fully remove the pigment.
Is Microblading Removal During Pregnancy Possible?
It is not recommended to get microblading removal while pregnant in the same way it has risks to get microblading done while microblading or breastfeeding.
Any procedure that involves cutting or breaking the surface of the skin leaves a risk for possible infections. Antibiotics to treat infections cannot be taken while pregnant so it is best to postpone them after the client gives birth and is done breastfeeding.
There are 3 main ways to completely remove microblading procedures if you are not satisfied with the results.
However, the methods work best once the pigment has lightened so it is recommended to do microblading fading first. Laser removal is an aggressive approach to remove the pigment but it takes several sessions and time to recover in between. It also has a hard time breaking down red and yellow shades.
Other more effective methods are using saline or glycolic acid by injecting it into the skin to break down pigments. Each method also takes more than one session to fully rid of the pigment.