• Surgical Excision: A physician cuts out the tattoo and sutures the edges of the skin back together.

 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: 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 as well as the tattoo’s colors. Laser tattoo removal is popular for removing body art, but few physicians use lasers for permanent makeup removal because of the risks, especially with eyeliner and lip color. In addition, Also, laser can also turn permanent makeup black.

• Saline Removal: Saline or concentrated salt water solution 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.