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Permanent Makeup Removal: How It Works, Benefits & More

The perfect solution to remove your permanent makeup! Your only decision will be: To reapply masterful cosmetic tattoos or not!

Permanent Makeup Removal with a PicoWay Laser

Laser tattoo removal with the PicoWay by Candela is the most efficient system for removing cosmetic tattoos.

If you are looking for the best cosmetic tattoo removal laser available, you have found it at DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo. The PicoWay laser effectively performs permanent makeup removal with cutting-edge picosecond technology, PicoWay administers ultra-short energy pulses to the target area, facilitating precise and efficient treatment with fewer sessions and less discomfort than other lasers.

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Why is Permanent Makeup Removal Important??

There could be several reasons why someone might choose to remove their permanent makeup:

  1. Change in Preferences: Over time, people’s preferences and styles can change. What might have been appealing at one point may no longer be desired.

  2. Unsatisfactory Results: Sometimes, the results of permanent makeup may not meet expectations. This could be due to poor application, fading, or changes in the appearance of the skin over time.

  3. Career Changes: Some professions may have strict guidelines about makeup, and permanent makeup might not be acceptable in certain jobs.

  4. Allergic Reactions: In rare cases, people may develop allergic reactions to the pigments used in permanent makeup, leading to discomfort or health concerns.

  5. Skin Changes: Changes in skin texture or color over time may make the permanent makeup appear unnatural or uneven.

  6. Desire for a Natural Look: As trends change, some people may prefer a more natural appearance. They might want to remove their permanent makeup to achieve this. Even if it is to reapply permanent makeup with a more natural approach.

  7. Mistakes: Mistakes can happen during the application of permanent makeup, leading to asymmetry or other issues that the person wants to correct.

  8. Age: As people age, their features may change, and what once looked flattering may no longer suit them. Removal can make reapplication possible.

The good news is that with advanced laser technology, permanent makeup removal can be done with minimal pain, no downtime, leaving the canvas clean for reinvention.

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Why Does Permanent Makeup Fade?

Permanent makeup can fade due to several factors, including:

  1. Exposure to Sunlight: UV radiation from the sun can break down the pigments used in permanent makeup, causing them to fade over time. This is especially true for areas of the face that are regularly exposed to sunlight, such as the eyebrows and lips.

  2. Skin Cell Turnover: The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) naturally sheds and renews itself over time through a process called skin cell turnover. As new skin cells replace old ones, the pigments from the permanent makeup gradually migrate to the surface and are shed, leading to fading.

  3. Body Metabolism: The body’s metabolism can affect the longevity of permanent makeup. Individuals with faster metabolisms may experience faster fading as their bodies break down the pigments more quickly.

  4. Skin Type and pH Levels: Factors such as skin type and pH levels can influence how well the pigments hold in the skin. Oily skin types may cause pigments to fade faster, while dry skin types may retain pigments better.

  5. Quality of Pigments and Technique: The quality of the pigments used and the skill of the technician performing the procedure can also affect how long the permanent makeup lasts. Higher-quality pigments and proper application techniques can lead to longer-lasting results.

  6. Chemical Exposures: Exposure to certain chemicals, such as those found in skincare products, makeup, and chlorine in swimming pools, can accelerate the fading of permanent makeup.

  7. Medications and Health Conditions: Certain medications, medical treatments, and health conditions can affect skin health and contribute to faster fading of permanent makeup.

  8. Inadequate Aftercare: Improper aftercare following the permanent makeup procedure can lead to premature fading. This includes exposure to water, excessive rubbing, and failure to follow post-procedure instructions provided by the technician.

  9. Age: As people age, their skin undergoes changes, such as loss of elasticity and collagen, which can affect the appearance and longevity of permanent makeup.

Can Permanent Makeup Be Refreshed?

In most cases permanent makeup can be refreshed. But for some, laser removal is a welcome opportunity.

Lip blush tattoo, eyeliner tattoo, and brow tattoos all have the ability to be refreshed and most commonly are refreshed, but sometimes removal may be the best option.

Most commonly brow tattoo removal comes into question for removal as a matter of course, while eyeliner and lip tattoos are typically only removed when the work was done improperly, and a correction is required.

Many of us have had brow tattoos for years, refreshing them every 3-5 years or so.  This continuous refreshing, along with aging, can leave us with brows that simply need color correction or shape correction.

The advent of the PicoWay laser has made complete removal an option that simply didn’t exist a few years back. 

Laser removal is a welcome opportunity for those of us in this situation. Not only can the cosmetic tattoos be removed, but the laser also improves our skin texture, leaving a better canvas for your master artist to give you some fancy new brows!

How is Laser Permanent Makeup Removal Done?

Cosmetic tattoo removal with the PicoWay laser is surprisingly easy and yields no downtime:

  1. The technician will numb the area prior to any laser work being done.
  2. They then remove the numbing cream and proceed to use the laser to begin the removal process.
  3. It feels like a light rubber band snap and the session with the laser is very quick, taking just a few minutes.
  4. You will immediately see a lightening of the previous tattoo and the lightening will continue as your body starts to eliminate the tiny particles of pigment that result from the laser ‘breaking the particles up.’
  5. You will return every 4-6 weeks for another session until your cosmetic tattoo is eliminated to your preference. You may not need full removal to reapply new cosmetic tattoos, or you may prefer to completely eliminate the old tattoo so you can choose to have them done again or leave the canvas clean.
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How Many Sessions Does it Take to for Laser Permanent Makeup Removal?

The number of laser sessions required to remove permanent makeup varies depending on several factors, including the type of pigment used, the depth of the tattoo, the individual’s skin type, and the specific characteristics of the permanent makeup. However, generally speaking, several sessions are typically needed for complete removal.

Picoway laser is one of the effective lasers used for tattoo removal, including permanent makeup. It utilizes ultra-short picosecond pulses to break down the pigment particles into smaller fragments, which are then gradually removed by the body’s immune system.

On average, with a PicoWay laser, it may take 3 laser sessions spaced approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve significant fading or complete removal of permanent makeup. However, this is just a general estimate, and the actual number of sessions required can vary, especially depending on the layers of pigment.

How Long Do Laser Removal Sessions Take?

We set aside an hour for your permanent makeup removal session, but the actual laser work just takes a few minutes. Most of the time is spent waiting for the topical numbing to take effect. Your session may be done as quickly as 30 minutes from start to finish, leaving some time add on a laser skin treatment on your face, neck, hands or decollete’s.

Why not leave even more stunning than when you arrived?

Laser Permanent Makeup Removal Aftercare

After undergoing laser cosmetic tattoo removal, proper aftercare is essential to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications. Here are some common aftercare procedures recommended by specialists:

  1. Keep the Area Clean: Clean the treated area gently with mild soap and water. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the area vigorously.

  2. Apply Ice Packs:  If you feel the need, apply ice packs for short periods, around 10-15 minutes at a time, several times a day during the first day.

  3. Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect the treated area from direct sunlight and UV exposure. Use sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or above) if you need to go outside, and cover the area with clothing or a bandage.

  4. Avoid Hot Showers and Baths: Hot water can increase swelling and irritation. Stick to lukewarm water when showering or bathing.

  5. Avoid Picking or Scratching: While there will be minimal to no scabbing, you may have light flaking and it’s important not to pick at or scratch the treated area, as this can increase the risk of scarring and infection.

  6. Moisturize: Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Avoid products containing harsh chemicals or fragrances that could irritate the skin.

  7. Avoid Makeup and Skincare Products: Refrain from applying makeup or using skincare products on the treated area until it has fully healed. These products can introduce bacteria and irritate the skin. 

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How Does the PicoWay Differ from Other Lasers?

The PicoWay Laser is one of several types of lasers used for tattoo removal, and it offers unique advantages compared to other types of lasers. Here’s a comparison of the PicoWay Laser with other common lasers used for tattoo removal:

  1. Technology:

    • PicoWay Laser: PicoWay uses ultra-short picosecond pulses to break down tattoo pigments into smaller particles. These shorter pulses are faster and more efficient at targeting pigment particles.
    • Q-Switched Lasers (e.g., Q-Switched Nd:YAG, Q-Switched Alexandrite): Q-switched lasers use nanosecond pulses to shatter tattoo pigments. While effective, they are slower than picosecond lasers.
  2. Speed:

    • PicoWay Laser: PicoWay delivers pulses in picoseconds, which are much shorter than nanoseconds. This allows for faster treatment sessions and can reduce the number of sessions needed compared to Q-switched lasers.
    • Q-Switched Lasers: Q-switched lasers deliver pulses in nanoseconds, making them slower compared to picosecond lasers.
  3. Effectiveness:

    • PicoWay Laser: PicoWay is highly effective at removing a wide range of tattoo colors, including stubborn pigments like blue and green. Its shorter pulse duration enables more efficient pigment fragmentation.
    • Q-Switched Lasers: Q-switched lasers are effective for tattoo removal, but they may struggle with certain colors, especially lighter ones like blue and green. Multiple sessions are often needed for complete removal.
  4. Comfort:

    • PicoWay Laser: PicoWay is known for being less painful than some other laser systems. The shorter pulse duration minimizes heat buildup in the skin, reducing discomfort during treatment.
    • Q-Switched Lasers: Q-switched lasers can be more uncomfortable during treatment due to the longer pulse duration and higher heat generation.
  5. Safety:

    • PicoWay Laser: PicoWay is generally safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones. Its ability to deliver energy in shorter pulses minimizes the risk of thermal damage to the surrounding skin.
    • Q-Switched Lasers: Q-switched lasers can be less safe for darker skin tones, as they have a higher risk of causing pigmentary changes or scarring.
  6. Side Effects:

    • PicoWay Laser: Side effects with PicoWay are typically mild and temporary, including redness, swelling, and blistering. These usually resolve within a few days to a week.
    • Q-Switched Lasers: Side effects with Q-switched lasers can include similar temporary effects, as well as a higher risk of pigmentary changes or scarring, particularly in darker skin types.

In summary, the PicoWay Laser offers faster, more effective, and more comfortable tattoo removal compared to Q-switched lasers, with a lower risk of side effects. However, individual factors such as tattoo characteristics, skin type, and treatment goals should be considered when choosing the most suitable laser for tattoo removal.

How Much Does Laser Permanent Makeup Removal Cost?

Per session cosmetic tattoo removal costs $250.

Check out our full pricing here.

Where to Get Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal Done?

DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo is a trusted source for all cosmetic tattoos as well as cosmetic tattoo removal, laser esthetic skin treatments, and removal of traditional tattoos.

With multiple Daela Cosmetic Tattoo studios to choose from, you can trust our team of skilled artists to help you achieve your desired look!

Check out our online reviews and you will see that thousands of customers have honored us with 5-Star reviews. Our customers travel from all over the world to see us and DAELA Studios have seen over 17,000 customers. Come see us and you understand that we truly care about our customers results.

Why Choose Daela Cosmetic Tattoo?

DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo’s trusted artists and services offer several benefits to our clients:

  • Outstanding customer service: You will be well cared for before, during, and after your procedure. DAELA has served over 17,000 customers and has earned over 1300 5-Star reviews.
  • Competitive Pricing: We offer competitive pricing because setting the standard for customer service, studio cleanliness and quality of artists doesn’t mean you have to over-pay!
  • Full-service studio: You can have all your cosmetic tattoos and tattoo removal done by trusted staff.
  • Training: All of our artists are master artists or trained by master artists.
  • Natural products: We use natural products with pigments chosen for endurance and lack of color change.
  • Financing: We accept all major credit cards. We offer financing through a third-party provider and an easy in-house prepayment plan free of interest or other fees.

Laser Permanent Makeup Removal FAQ

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Is Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal Worth It?


With current PicoWay laser technology your unwanted work can be fully removed with minimal pain and no downtime, leaving you free to reinvent yourself, again. 

Is Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal Safe?

Yes, laser cosmetic tattoo removal is generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects that should be considered.

Here are some key points regarding the safety of laser cosmetic tattoo removal:

  1. Qualified Practitioner: It’s crucial to have the procedure performed by a licensed and trained laser specialist who has expertise in laser tattoo removal.

  2. Assessment and Consultation: Before undergoing treatment, the practitioner should conduct a thorough assessment of your skin type, the type of tattoo, and any medical history to determine the most appropriate treatment plan and assess potential risks.

  3. Risk of Side Effects: While side effects are usually mild and temporary, they can include redness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), and texture changes. These side effects are typically temporary and resolve within a few days to weeks.

  4. Pain and Discomfort: Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable, and some people may experience pain during the procedure. However, most practitioners offer methods to minimize discomfort, such as applying numbing cream or using cooling techniques.

  5. Skin Sensitivity: Individuals with sensitive skin or certain medical conditions may be at a higher risk of experiencing side effects. It’s important to inform your practitioner about any skin conditions, allergies, or medical history before treatment.

  6. Risk of Complications: While rare, there is a risk of complications with laser tattoo removal, including infection, scarring, and changes in skin texture. These risks can be minimized by following proper aftercare instructions and choosing a reputable practitioner who utilizes the best laser technology.

  7. Multiple Sessions: Complete removal of cosmetic tattoos often requires multiple treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart. This process allows the skin to heal between sessions and reduces the risk of complications.

  8. Realistic Expectations: It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the results of laser tattoo removal. While significant fading or complete removal is possible, it may not be achievable in all cases, especially with certain colors or pigments.

Does Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal Hurt?

  • Cosmetic tattoo removal with the PicoWay Laser is minimally painful.
  • We use a topical numbing to minimize pain even further. 
  • The removal sessions are very quick, with less than 5 minutes under the laser.

Is There Downtime After Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal?

There is no discernable downtime after a laser removal session with a PicoWay laser for cosmetic tattoo removal. 

You will want to avoid sun exposure (wear an SPF), as well as avoid excessive heat, and excessive exercise for a few days, but other than that you can resume your normal daily activities.


Will Laser Removal Completely Remove Cosmetic Tattoos?

Complete removal of a cosmetic tattoo with laser treatment is possible in many cases, but it’s important to understand that it may not be achievable in every situation. The factors that influence the success of complete removal include the type of pigment used, the depth of the tattoo, the colors involved, the individual’s skin type, and the expertise of the practitioner. Here’s a closer look:

  1. Type of Pigment: Some pigments respond better to laser treatment than others. This will result in potentially more sessions to completely remove.

  2. Depth of Tattoo: Tattoos placed deeper in the skin may require more treatment sessions to reach and break down the pigment particles. Amateur tattoos may be shallower and easier to remove, while professional tattoos are often deeper and more challenging.

  3. Expertise of the Practitioner: The skill and experience of the practitioner performing the laser treatments are critical factors in achieving optimal results. A qualified and experienced practitioner can tailor the treatment plan to the individual’s needs, adjust the laser settings appropriately, and minimize the risk of complications.

Is Complete Removal Necessary?

This depends on your goals.

You may want to reapply a new brow treatment that may not require complete removal, like Ombre Powder Brows.

If your goal is to have Machine Nano brows, with no shading, then you may want to continue sessions until complete removal is achieved.

If you have no desire to have new cosmetic tattoos, then you may also want to continue until you feel you have reached your desired results.

Do I Need to Shave My Brows Before a Laser Removal Session?

No, you do not need to shave your brows before a PicoWay laser removal session.

The laser may cause a bit of singing of your existing brow hairs, but they will regenerate as usual, and no long-term hair loss will result.

Can Permanent Makeup Be Removed?

Yes. Permanent makeup can be removed effectively with laser tattoo removal. The PicoWay by Candela is the best laser removal system on the market, yielding less pain, fewer sessions and no downtime.

What about emergency saline cosmetic brow tattoo removal?

Emergency brow tattoo removal must be done within 72 hours of having permanent makeup brows applied.

  • In this instance a saline solution can be used to remove the unhealed work.
  • When people call us about emergency removal, we always consult first. In most cases the person is experiencing ‘brow shock’. This simply means that the new brows are darker and shockingly bold. They will heal lighter. So, if the shape is lovely and the strokes are good, then patience is required.
  • In the case of ‘bad brows’ we can perform the emergency saline removal.
  • The saline It creates a really angry red brow for a week with scabbing, but the color should mostly resolve removing up to 80% with one session. 
  • After the single saline session, we would proceed with final removal (after the brow heals) with either a single session of laser or a single session of UNDO Tattoo removal.


What is UNDO Tattoo Removal?

We use UNDO Tattoo Removal as another tool in our toolbox! 

UNDO is a good removal option for those who can’t get laser done, for various reasons. 

It works for all tattoos and can be used on the breast area where lasers can’t be due to implants and surgeries.