Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal is a form of removal where a strong pulse of energy is applied to the tattoo to enable photochemical impact to shatter the ink into small particles. These small particles will then be broken down by the body’s lymphatic system. This specific method is particularly effective for deeper pigments such as body tattoo ink. We are proud to be using Candela’s PicoWay Laser system.

The PicoWay uses picosecond technology to deliver ultra-short bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second to enable pressure waves. The photomechanical impact shatters and targets without injury to the surrounding skin & hair follicles.

PhiRemoval / Glycolic Acid Removal

PhiRemoval also known as Glycolic Acid Removal is to remove any unwanted permanent make up, body tattoos, and/or emergency removal. We have two removal solution options: One is a Bacillus Ferment (Bacterial Protease Enzyme) base and the second one is a glycolic acid base. Both can be used on PMU and body tattoos. The technician will determine which solution will best suit your removal needs. 

Glycolic Acid Brow Removal$120/session
Glycolic Acid Eyeliner Removal$120/session
Glycolic Acid Lip Blush Removal$120/session
Glycolic Acid Body Tattoo Removal Starts at $120/session, pricing may vary based on size of removal area
Packages Available:Please email info@merakibeautybar.ca for more information!
$400 for 5 sessions
Emergency Glycolic Acid Removal $120 subject to an additional $20/hr

In all removal treatments we begin with numbing. Once numbing is complete, we will cover the treatment area with the removal solution. Using the microblading tool or rotary PMU machine, we will deposit the removal solution into your skin. Depending on your skin type, this step will be repeated at a minimum of two times. Processing time is required each time the solution is deposited into your skin.

Numbing is available as an add on. Please ensure to select this option when booking your appointment as additional time is needed. If you are removing a big piece of body tattoo or SMP, we recommend you purchase a full tube prior to your treatment date. You will need to apply the numbing cream 30 minutes prior to your treatment time and have it wrapped in plastic to your appointment.  Throughout the treatment, ice packs are used for spot numbing and to finish to calm & cool. The technician will perform test pulses to check how your skin & pigment reacts to the laser and continue when proper frosting occurs. Once your treatment is complete, a generous layer of petroleum jelly will be applied on the treated area and bandaged up with non-stick gauze.

Eyebrow Removal Aftercare:

  1. DO NOT pick scabs or rub area aggressively until scabs have shed off on its own.
  2. Keep the area clean and clear of any products(moisturizer, make up, chemical solutions-including swimming pools) for 2 weeks.
  3. Stay out of the sun & sunless tanning. If you must, apply a minimum of SPF 30 after 7days post treatment.
  4. Do not sweat excessively for 24 hours.
  5. Do not use any harsh chemicals for 2 weeks: tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  6. Do not use the following in the treated area for 2 weeks: Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana.
  7. Do not wax or use any hair removal products/tools for up to 2 weeks. 
  8. Do not use growth serums for 3 weeks. 
  9. Botox & Fillers can be performed 3 weeks post treatment.
  10. Steroid, Antabuse or Cortisone creams are not to be used for 6 weeks

Eyeliner Removal Aftercare: 

  1. DO NOT pick scabs or rub area aggressively until scabs have shed off on its own.
  2. Keep the area clean and clear of any products(moisturizer, make up, chemical solutions-including swimming pools) for 2 weeks.
  3. Stay out of the sun & sunless tanning. If you must, apply a minimum of SPF 30 after 7days post treatment. *Please use sunglasses when in the sun for the first 2days.
  4. Do not sweat excessively for 24 hours.
  5. Do not use any harsh chemicals for 2 weeks around your eyes: tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  6. Do not use the following around your eyes for 2 weeks: Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana.
  7. Do not use lash growth serums for 3 weeks. 
  8. Botox & Fillers around the area can be performed 3 weeks post treatment.
  9. Steroid, Antabuse or Cortisone creams are not to be used for 6 weeks

Lip Blush Removal Aftercare:

  1. DO NOT pick scabs or rub area aggressively until scabs have shed off on its own.
  2. Keep the area clean and clear of any products(lip balm, make up, chemical solutions-including swimming pools) for 2 weeks.
  3. Do not sweat excessively for 24 hours.
  4. Stay out of the sun & sunless tanning. If you must, apply a minimum of SPF 30 lip balm after 7days post treatment.
  5. Do not use any harsh chemicals around your lips for 2 weeks: tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  6. Do not use the following around your lips for 2 weeks: Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana.
  7. Do not wax or use any hair removal products/tools around your lips for up to 2 weeks. 
  8. Botox & Fillers can be performed 3 weeks post treatment.
  9. Steroid, Antabuse or Cortisone creams around your lips are not to be used for 6 weeks

Body Tattoo Removal Aftercare:

  1. DO NOT pick scabs or rub area aggressively until scabs have shed off on its own.
  2. Keep the area clean and clear of any products(moisturizer, body oil, make up, chemical solutions-including swimming pools) for 2 weeks.
  3. Do not sweat excessively for 24 hours.
  4. Do not use steam rooms, saunas or soaking(hot tub, bath) for 2 weeks.
  5. Stay out of the sun & sunless tanning. If you must, apply a minimum of SPF 30 after 7days post treatment.
  6. Do not use any harsh chemicals for 2 weeks: tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  7. Do not use the following in the treated area for 2 weeks: Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana.
  8. Do not wax or use any hair removal products/tools for up to 2 weeks.
  9. Do not perform laser hair removal around the treated area for 6 weeks.
  10. Botox & Fillers can be performed 3 weeks post treatment.
  11. Steroid, Antabuse or Cortisone creams are not to be used for 6 weeks

-Keep bandages on for no more than four hours. Once bandages are removed, please ensure to reapply a generous layer of petroleum jelly. 

-Ice the treated area often. 

-If your arms or legs were treated, please ensure to keep it elevated when resting. -Stay active and hydrated as this will help break down the pigment to be passed through your system.

-Do not pick if scabs or blisters forms.

-Do not sweat excessively for 24 hours.

-Do not use steam rooms, saunas or soaking(hot tub, bath) for 2 weeks.

-Stay out of the sun & sunless tanning for a minimum of 4 weeks. If you must, apply a minimum of SPF 30 after 7days post treatment.

-Botox & Fillers can be performed 3 weeks post treatment. (for PMU & SMP)



What is PhiRemoval?
Unlike traditional laser removal, PhiRemoval can remove any colour. The tissue will heal quickly and it does not leave long lasting post treatment effects such as redness or damage to the tissue of your skin.

As this treatment enables the preservation of healthy skin, PhiRemoval solutions will continue to provide skin regeneration and skin renewal post-treatment to gradually accelerate the renewal of skin cells. It slightly improves and smoothes the texture of your skin while reducing the appearance of scars and imperfections. It also regenerates scars and provides improvement in the structure of skin and hair growth in the eyebrow area.

What is emergency Tattoo/PMU removal?
Emergency removal is removal treatment done within 24 hours of PMU or body tattoo. This provides the most effective outcome as pigment is still in the process of saturating into deeper layers of your skin.

How is it different from Laser or Saline removal?
With EnzymePower(Bacillus Ferment) removal solution, it works as an enzymatic peel which helps speed up the skin’s metabolism. It removes dirt and moisturizes the skin making it soft, smooth and gentle. During this stage, it will destroy the pigment therefore, after several sessions, the tattoo will slowly but surely disappear.

With the Light S(Glycolic Acid) removal solution, it works like a chemical peel. When the solution is in contact with the original tattoo ink, it will immediately push the pigment upwards through the skin. As the removal treatment heals, the pigment will continue to lift from under the skin and remove through the scab. After several sessions it will, too, slowly disappear.

Whereas, laser tattoo removal works by blasting the ink filled molecules to smaller pieces so your lymphatic system will drain them, like tiny pieces of waste in your body. Some tattoos will only fade instead of disappearing from laser removal. One main downside to laser tattoo removal is that some people will form blister bubbles during the healing process, leaving the area very tender. This may cause hypopigmentation once it heals.

Saline Removal works by driving the saline (salt & water) into your skin to try and push the pigment from under and cleanse your skin. Over several sessions, it is hoped that the tattoo will fade, but it does not guarantee the disappearance of the ink pigmentation.

What is the down time?
The maximum down time is six weeks . Within this time there are some treatments that are safe to be performed depending on the treatment. Please speak to your removal artist in regards to what treatments are deemed safe during down time.

How long do you have to wait in between sessions?
A minimum of four weeks' time is required in between sessions to allow the skin to heal internally.

How many sessions are required?
Visible changes may occur once your third session has healed. However, you should see minor changes after the first session has healed. Total sessions will vary as it depends on the technique and ink used on your original tattoo. Your skin type also plays a huge role in the removal process.

Is it painful?
Numbing is provided for all removal treatments. Additional numbing during the session is also available. For those who wish to proceed without numbing, it is said by clients that it is less painful than tattoo procedures.

Can I do PhiRemoval if I have had laser tattoo removal previously?
Yes, as long as your laser removal treatment has fully healed at a minimum of six weeks from the last treatment date.

Can I go back to laser tattoo removal after PhiRemoval treatment?
Yes, if you wish to go back to laser removal or proceed with laser removal after you’ve had PhiRemoval, you can proceed after six weeks from the last PhiRemoval treatment.

Can I do PhiRemoval if I have had Saline Removal?
Yes, as long as the Saline Removal treated area has fully healed at a minimum of six weeks from the last treatment date.

What laser tattoo removal do you offer?

Candela’s PicoWay picosecond laser technology machine.

 

What are the benefits of the laser tattoo removal you offer?

Picosecond laser technology uses ultra short bursts of energy(pressure wave) to the skin, enabling photomechanical impact to shatter targets(pigment) without injuring the surrounding tissue and hair follicles. 

 

Will I lose hair from laser tattoo removal?

No, with picosecond laser technology it does not reach your hair follicles to kill its growth. Immediately after your laser tattoo removal session, you may see the hair in the treatment area turn lighter however the hair color will revert to its natural tone during the laser tattoo removal recovery time. 

 

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

If you have had laser hair removal, the sensation is very similar. The feeling is often described as snapping a rubber band on your skin. Personally, the sound of the “zap” often startles me more than the actual procedure itself. 

 

Is numbing available for the service?

Yes, we offer lidocaine cream at an additional cost. For PMU brows and freckles the cost is $15 per session. For body tattoo removal, depending on the size you may need to purchase an entire tube at the price of $45. Also, for body tattoo removal, you may need to pick up the numbing cream prior to your appointment date and you will need to apply the cream 30 minutes before your appointment time and cover up with plastic wrap to your appointment.

 

What is the recovery/down time for this treatment?

You can resume your daily activities after the treatment. A minimum of eight weeks is required between treatment sessions. Please be advised the time between each session is really crucial as your body uses this time to break down the pigment and flush out of your system through your lymphatic system. 

 

Are there preparations required for this treatment?

Absolutely no tanning of any sort four weeks prior to your treatment. This includes natural sun tan, tanning beds and self tanning lotions. Avoid any retinol and tretinoin products in and around the treatment area. 

Come to your appointment in loose clothing if you’re removing a body tattoo. Bring a hat if you are removing PMU or SMP. 

Do not consume alcohol within 24 hours of your appointment. 

Do not take any blood thinning medication within 5 days of treatment (ie., Advil, Aspirin)

 

What are some side effects from last tattoo removal?

Erythema(redness), Edema(swelling), Bruising, Tissue carbonizing(skin turning dark tone), Pain/stinging/irritation, Punctate bleeding or micro-haemorrhages(tiny broken capillaries) under or on the surface of skin, Blistering, Aerosolizing of tissue, Rupture of a blood vessel.

 

Are there any conditions that are not suitable for laser tattoo removal?

Pregnant individuals, Person who suffers from Heart conditions, Haemophilia or Herpes simplex virus, Individuals who are prone to Keloid scarring, Metal plates in treatment area, Usage of Gold salts(medication), Individuals who suffer from Skin cancer, Individuals who is on Photosensitizing medication or Accutane. 

 

How many sessions of removal treatment is needed?

Amount of laser tattoo removal varies from one person to another. The ink used, the age of the tattoo/PMU, the treatment area and the individual’s immune system are factors that will assist in the number of sessions required. 

If you are removing a tattoo/PMU to proceed with a cover up piece or a new PMU session, less sessions are required compared to a full removal back to a blank canvas. 

 

What is the aftercare?

Keep the treatment area dry and clean for 24 hours, only apply a generous layer of petroleum jelly(Aquaphor/Vaseline) twice a day for at least 7 days. Ensure to keep the treatment area out of the sun for a minimum of two weeks. Wear a minimum of SPF 30 in the treatment area. 

 

Are there any areas you will not treat with laser tattoo removal?

We do not provide laser tattoo removal service for eyeliner PMU or lip blush PMU. We do offer PhiRemoval treatment for these areas.

Before you book, you are unable to continue with the procedure if you have any of the following:

• Pregnancy
• Breastfeeding
• Under the age of 18 (need parental consent)
• Botox (wait at least 3 weeks before booking an appointment)
• Fillers (wait at least 6 weeks before booking an appointment)
• Have taken alcohol 2 days before procedure
• Have taken blood medication
• Hepatitis/Jaundice
• On Accutane within one year
• Eczema on the area of procedure
• Epilepsy
• HIV

Must advise physician and provide a DRs note before booking
• Undergoing chemotherapy
• Diabetic
• On any heart medication
• On any medication that causes higher risk of bleeding/bruising
*If you are unsure the medication you are taking may affect our procedure, please email us prior to booking your appointment for approval*

Note:

• The deposit will be forfeited if you show up to the appointment with anything listed above.
• An additional $5 Covid fee charge is automatically applied to all services due to the increase in prices for PPE and cleaning supplies

Please send a clear photo of your current removal for approval prior to booking.

DEPOSITS, CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING

Please be ON TIME for your appointment. Should you be late 15 minutes or more, your deposit will be forfeited and you will need to book a new appointment with a new deposit.

All appointments require a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 deposit towards the full procedure. If you wish to reschedule your appointment, you must notify us 72 hours prior to your initial appointment. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of your deposit. If you reschedule more than once, another $100 deposit is required. If you wish to cancel your appointment, your deposit remains non-refundable.

Deposits made cannot be transferred to other services.

Policy: 

Before you book, you are unable to continue with the procedure if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Under the age of 18
  • Botox & Fillers (for PMU & SMP)
  • Have consumed alcohol 2 days before procedure
  • Have taken blood medication
  • Hepatitis/Jaundice
  • On photo sensitizing medication
  • On Accutane within one year (oral or topical)
  • Eczema on the area of procedure
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV

Note:

• The deposit will be forfeited if you show up to the appointment with anything listed above.
• An additional $5 Covid fee charge is automatically applied to all services due to the increase in prices for PPE and cleaning supplies

Please send a clear photo of your current removal for approval prior to booking.

DEPOSITS, CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING

Please be ON TIME for your appointment. Should you be late 15 minutes or more, your deposit will be forfeited and you will need to book a new appointment with a new deposit.

All appointments require a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 deposit towards the full procedure. If you wish to reschedule your appointment, you must notify us 72 hours prior to your initial appointment. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of your deposit. If you reschedule more than once, another $100 deposit is required. If you wish to cancel your appointment, your deposit remains non-refundable.

Deposits made cannot be transferred to other services.

Removal Specialist