When to Correct & When to Remove a Brow Pigment Tattoo

How do I know when to correct or remove?

It's reported that at least 2 in 10 brows need correction or removal when visiting for a top up or retouch!  That's a pretty big statistic.  So, for you as a PMU or Microblading professional, knowing how to remove or correct is a must!

Do you know when to do what!

When a brow is too close together, has too long a tail or is just way too big for the face, then it's usually obvious you need to remove first!  If it's oversaturated and you just wouldn't get any more ink in that skin layer, then yes it's time to remove!

How many treatments does it take to remove?

It's usually a several treatment process to remove.  Whether you're using a LIFT process for removal or you're going to laser tattoo remove, then your client can expect to see you on a regular basis for several months.

When will you know it's enough?

When removing old or over saturated pigment you often get to a point where you think is that enough to now add more.  The indicator that I use to tell ‘is it ready to now start adding again’ is

1. are there any funky colours visible and

2. is the remaining pigment sheer enough to add more ink? 

If the answer is yes, then you can start to re-tattoo.

When do you correct?

You would normally correct when there are colour issues, or when you may be enlarging a brow.  So, if there is colour to correct then do this first.

Also before adding more ink or promising a client that you can re-tattoo their brow first measure and draw the template that you are considering.  Mapping the brow shape correctly will tell you if more needs to be removed to get the required shape.  

How many treatments will I need to deliver once I've removed?

You often find thatyouI need to do 3 treatments rather than the average 2 after removals.  It’s as if the skin is still in removal mode and you lose more in in the healing than you would if you hadn’t removed. 

What are the methods of removal?

At TCA we train 2 methods of removal: LIFT solution to lift out the pigment and bring the ink particles to the surface.  Laser tattoo removal is the alternative method.  Often we use a combination of both.