One of the biggest questions we get asked all the time is, “How many Li-FT® sessions will it take?” The answer, as simple as it may seem is, we really don’t know. There are several factors that play a roll in how many Li-FT® sessions a particular client may need. So just ask yourself a few questions and you can narrow it down to a solid guestimate.
- What color of pigment are you removing?
- The color of pigment plays a big roll in how many Li-FT® sessions you will need. Different colors will remove more quickly than others. Carbon, being the smallest molecular pigment tends to remove the fastest. Because of it’s size you can think of it in a way that carbon would be the “lightest” pigment, therefore when performing Li-FT® it will reach the surface much more easily then colors such as Red, Pink, or White.
- Titanium (white) being the largest molecular pigment can be considered the “heaviest” color to remove.
- How deep was the pigment implanted?
- The depth of pigment is important because Li-FT® works off the process of osmosis. If the pigment you are trying to remove was implanted very deep, it will take longer to Li-FT® that pigment to the surface of the skin.
- How saturated is the pigment?
- Saturation is a key factor in determining the number of Li-FT® sessions. You can see saturation immediately. What this means is that the previous artist really implanted a ton of pigment into the skin. The more saturated the pigment, the more sessions you will need.
- Where is the tattoo located that you are going to remove?
- Believe it or not, tattoos located in certain areas will take longer to remove.
- What is the client’s skin type?
- The same with Permanent Makeup, the client’s skin type during Li-FT® is also a determining factor. Are they oily? Are they a more mature skin type? Do they have big pores? These are all good points to consider when performing Li-FT® and “guestimating” the number of sessions it will take.
- What is the client’s healing process?
- The healing process is extremely important in Li-FT® removal. You should always make sure that your client is following proper aftercare. If a client is not following the aftercare, it can profoundly affect the progress of your Li-FT® removal.
Please keep in mind, that although these points can help narrow down the number of Li-FT® sessions, it is still not guaranteed. We recommend never promising your client how long it will take. You can always give them a general “Maybe 2-3 sessions” but make sure your client has proper expectations. And the most important thing of all, is to TRUST THE PROCESS!
How many times have you turned away a client who had a migrated eyeliner? Maybe you just didn’t know that it could be fixed? Maybe you thought that something like migration wouldn’t be possible to remove. But luckily, Li-FT® can and WILL fix migration and it does so beautifully.
First, let talk about what migration really is. In the Permanent Makeup Industry, we think of migration as just eyeliners gone bad. But be aware that migration can be found in body tattoos as well. Migration happens for a couple of reasons.
- Carbon Based Pigments
- Carbon is an exceedingly small particle sized pigment, so small in fact that it can travel underneath the surface if not used properly. The first thing to ask yourself when using carbon is, Does the client have visual surface capillaries. If they do, that is your very first indication that Carbon is not a good choice for them. Instead of using carbon, stay safe and go with an Iron Oxide pigment instead.
- As with all PMU, depth is vital. If an artist goes too deep while using carbon, even slightly too deep, they are risking migration.
- Needle Angle
- Not using the proper needle angle with carbon can also cause migration.
When an eyeliner or body tattoo has migrated, it means that the carbon did not stay in the place that it was implanted. It actually spread out underneath the skin and this causes a cloudy, blurry or bruise looking effect. For a very long time, years even, Teryn would not even touch a migrated eyeliner. It was believed that removing or lightening a migration would just cause the pigment to spread further. And although this can happen, if you use the proper technique, you can Li-FT® migration safely and effectively.
Never use a spreading technique such as circular movements or whip shading when performing Li-FT® on migration. Instead, you should use the Pointillism technique which is a non-spreading movement. Also keep in mind that it is very important to already be skilled and experienced in tattooing permanent makeup eyeliners before attempting to remove eyeliner and migration.
Several artists who are not familiar with Li-FT® Tattoo Lightening, may think that the product itself contains chemicals or acids. But we can most definitely assure you that there are no acids or chemicals in this amazing product.
Li-FT® is an all-natural salt/saline lightening product with some of the best results in the industry today. Li-FT® is made by Li Pigments who are a licensed, highly credentialed, and respected cosmetics manufacturing lab. All Li Pigments (including Li-FT®) are Certified Vegan and Li Pigments follows all FDA guidelines. Li-FT® has gone through extensive testing from an outside, independent lab for safety and purity.
- Li Pigments chose certain types of natural, clean salts in combination with each other in extremely specific percentages to achieve ultimate lightening and results. These special salts are then ground down to a fine powder, eliminating any grit and allowing quick and easy implantation.
- Lemon Seed Extract and Orange Seed Extract
- Both extracts are remarkably effective in fading and exfoliation. The combination of the two are a powerful force to be reckoned with. Having not one, but TWO fruit extracts contribute to achieving optimal lightening results.
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera is a rich emollient known to promote healing to damaged or dry hair and skin. Scientists have found that Aloe has anesthetic, anti-bacterial, and tissue restorative properties. Aloe Vera also helps in the healing of burns from flame, sun, and radiation. It can be used on abraded, blistered skin and cold sores. Aloe has salicylates which have both anti-inflammatory and pain killing characteristics. It also has magnesium lactate, which is a substance that can inhibit histamine reactions of the sort that can cause, among other things, itching and irritation of the skin.
- Calendula is a plant known for it’s moisturizing, soothing, astringent, antiseptic, healing, cooling, anti-inflammatory, invigorating, and aromatic properties. This flower can also be used to make medicine and is commonly used for wounds, rashes, infection, inflammation, among many other conditions.
In addition to these amazing ingredients, Li-FT® has no separation and the consistency is perfect for both machine and manual users. Because of the careful execution by Li Pigments to manufacture such a safe product, Li-FT® quickly became the number one saline lightening product in the industry and continues to prove itself worthy of that title!
I ask myself this question during ever consultation for someone who has been botched. “Can I simply color correct & enhance the shape or is this tattoo over saturated & requires lightening first?” Why do I ask this question? Simple, because every time we touch that skin with a needle tattooing we are creating some level of scar tissue. The more scar tissue created the potential for less retention, nothing tattoo’s quite as well as virgin skin.
We need to weigh the risk to reward every time we do a correction. I do a thorough consultation & investigation to determine the best course of action. I look at the area, I find out how many times that area has been tattooed (how many layers of color are there), what technique was done (specifically brows; were they microbladed, powder/shaded, or combination of both) & when was the last time it was worked on. It is also helpful to know what pigment was used, was it an organic color, inorganic color, or a hybrid of both due to the molecule size differences of organic vs inorganic colors. I know if it is an organic carbon based pigment the molecules with be smaller than an iron oxide inorganic pigment. I also take a light to the skin of that tattooed area to see roughly how many pigment particles are still present in the skin. If I shine the light & it looks solid I know there is quite a bit of ink still in that skin (even if visually it doesn’t look heavily saturated the colorants could of faded leaving behind the pigment particle that will affect how new color takes.) If I shine the light and I see very little pigment particles present & visually it doesn’t appear over saturated as long as the present shape is workable I proceed with color correction. (Brows I always color correct via powder/shading, never with hairstrokes because that undesired color with pop through in between each stroke.)
There is no need to remove/lighten & cause additional scar tissue if the shape is workable and the area isn’t over saturated. If the shape is very off and not something I can correct without some level of removal (2 tails present for brows, very asymmetric, brows too close together/too long/too thick, pigment implanted in undesired areas ect.) then regardless of the area being over saturated or not removal/lightening must be performed. If the shape is workable however there is just too much pigment present in the skin, AKA over saturated or heavily saturated then full removal is not my goal, however lightening is. I need to pull some of that pigment out to make room for the new pigment.
If you try to tattoo & color correct an area that is already packed full of pigment the client will leave looking just fine, but once that tattoo heals that new color will not stick. Therefore you just created more trauma & scar tissue to that skin for no reason. Think of it like a glass of water, only so much can fit in that glass before it spills over. We must dump some of that water out to make room for the new water. Same with tattooing/pmu, we must pull some of that old pigment out to make room for the new pigment. Depending on how saturated the brow is and how well the clients skin responds to Li-FT treatments will dictate how many sessions of Li-Ft I perform.
We take it a session at a time. Roughly 30% comes out each session, sessions are 8 weeks apart. Performing Li-Ft vs laser to lighten or remove pigment will result in less scar tissue therefore getting better retention once it is time to re-tattoo the area. I let all correction clients know that results vary and corrections are a process to give them realistic expectations.
Elsa Torresiani, CPCP
Corrections can be made with color and shape if the pigment is not too saturated. However, if you are looking to have your eyebrows microbladed or powdered over old, highly saturated work, you will need to have the existing pigment removed for optimal results.
There are different modalities of removal — lightening peels, dermabrasion, surgical removal, laser removal, saline removal, etc. Of these techniques, most technicians remove permanent makeup and tattoos with lasers or a saline solution. Laser removal uses intense pulses of light to penetrate the pigment, breaking it up into microscopic fragments that the body then absorbs and eliminates through the body’s lymphatic system. Different wavelengths of light are used to target specific colors, making some colors difficult to eliminate. Lasers do not target Titanium molecules that can be present in lighter pigment colors, and have the capability of turning black after a session of laser removal. Once the titanium has turned black it is solidified in the skin and almost impossible to remove. Another risk you are facing with removing permanent makeup with laser is damaging the hair follicles indefinitely. Certain wavelengths that target specific colors overlap with the same wavelengths used in laser hair removal, so the client may lose eyebrow hair or lashes during the process.
The skin in the treated area also many times will not accept pigment anymore, meaning that the area will not have ability to be re-tattooed. Saline Removal will be a better solution for most clients with permanent makeup. With proper technique, saline effectively removes the pigment and leaves the skin capable of re-tattooing the area. The hair follicles remain healthy and functioning. The amount of pain a client should expect is equivalent to their initial tattooing/microblading session. Numbing agents are used throughout the process. A saline solution is implanted into the skin by a machine or hand tool. The salt in the solution causes a magnetic pull, by means of Osmotic Pressure, on the pigment particles and forces them to the surface layers of the epidermis. The treated area will scab, enclosing the lifted pigment. And as the scab flakes away, so does the pigment. The saline method is much healthier and safer for the body, as the pigment/ink does not have to filter through the body’s lymphatic system. Depending on the level of pigment saturation, removal can be accomplished in one to four sessions, spaced eight weeks apart. Saline removal can get your skin back to a “clean slate” and ready for Microblading or Powder, to get the brows you’ve always dreamed of.