PMU Pigment Lightening + Removal

Effect: Your tattooed or microbladed brows back to their closest natural look

If you are unsatisfied with your old eyebrow tattoos or microbladed brows, we can now use pigment lightening to either remove (old work) or restore your brows, as close as possible, to their natural appearance. Using similar microblading techniques, this treatment deposits pigment into the old PMU work with lighter shades. Depending on the depth of the old tattoo or PMU work, it may require single or multiple applications until the desired color is achieved. It is the best alternative to laser tattoo removal. However, for larger tattoos, laser removal is still the more efficient method.

Recommended for:

  • Various skin types
  • PMU work in which the ink has not gone way too deep into the skin
  • Only for eyebrow tattoos or other PMU work using various microblading techniques and NOT for large tattoos

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How is Pigment Lightening + Removal Done?

Pigment lightening + removal deposits another layer or layers of pigment over the old eyebrow tattoo or PMU work. After the required number of applications, layer by layer, the brows return to their normal appearance. A slightly different type of pigment will be used in order for the old ink to “lighten” and be covered with a more appropriate one. You and your artist will determine the shade and color that is closest, if not the exact match, to your natural brows.

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How Does it Feel While Receiving the Treatment?

Each client experiences varying levels of discomfort during the procedure. It depends on the individual’s pain tolerance and skin sensitivity. In general, clients only feel little to moderate pain. Remember that even though treatments using similar microblading techniques create micro incisions, -they only get to the outer or superficial layers of the skin.

Preparing for Your Enhancement:

  • Expect to be at the studio for 2.5 to 3 hours – Some appointments can take shorter or longer, depending on individual circumstances.
  • For eyebrow enehancements: Avoid eyebrow tinting, waxing, tweezing or threading at least 7 days prior to your appointment.
  • Other skin enhancements: Avoid visiting tanning beds and receiving other skin treatments at least a week before your enhancement.
  • Consult with your physician regarding the hold of blood-thinning medications, which should not be taken three days prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid consuming caffeine as well as any sort of supplements like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Vitamin E, fish oil supplements, and Niacin at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Aftercare & Maintenance:

  • Your artist will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions and discuss your follow-up appointments.
  • It’s important to clean the brow or treatment area with the recommended aftercare products in the first 4 hours after your procedure and follow the cleaning method and schedule stated in the aftercare kit.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and using tanning beds, engaging in sports, excersise and activities that cause intense sweating, as well as long-distance travels for the first three weeks to maximize healing.
  • On average, full healing occurs between 6 and 8 weeks. *varies per individual
  • Touchups are recommended every 6 to 12 months. Some may require more frequent touchups, as frequent as every 3 months.
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Consultation required ($50). Pricing starts at $100 a session. Multiple sessions recommended.


Why is pigment lightening better than traditional tattoo removal procedures?

The most common tattoo removal procedure is laser tattoo removal which could also work for newer semi-permanent cosmetic works like microblading. This removal process uses laser light is used to pulse light energy directly onto the tattooed area which can be very painful. The removal procedure that we use via pigment lightening only involves minimal discomfort. It is also more practical and less time-consuming.

Will removal through pigment lightening be effective for me?

The effectiveness of tattoo removal through pigment lightening would depend on several factors such as the depth of the previous ink, the age of the tattoo (i.e. how long ago you’ve gotten the tattoo and if it has healed enough, and the current integrity or condition of your skin.

How much money can I save by getting pigment lightening compared to laser tattoo removals?

Getting a tattoo removed is 10 times more expensive than getting a tattoo. Removal through pigment lightening is much more practical since it follows a pricing that is close to most microblading procedures.

What if I have developed new scars on my old eyebrow tattoo or other PMU work done on my body?

Whether the scars in and around your tattooed area were caused by the PMU work or were acquired after, pigment lightening cannot completely remove that scar unless you combine it with another treatment called correction or in some cases, medical PMU. (redirect to corresponding treatment pages)

Who shouldn’t get pigment lightening?

Pigment lightening is not recommended for those who want to remove large-sized tattoos. In those cases, laser removal may be the better option. Since PMU removal through pigment lightening uses similar microblading and microshading techniques, most of the same restrictions apply. See microblading FAQs here.