Laser Removal, Saline Removal and MM Removal for PMU / SMP

Laser Removal, Saline Removal and MM Removal for PMU / SMP

PMU stands for Permanent Makeup, which refers to the application of tattoo-like pigment in the skin to enhance features like eyebrows, eyeliner, lip colour.

Then we have SMP Scalp Micropigmentation which is the process of building tiny impressions to mimic hair follicles or add density to the scalp.

  • What if it goes wrong?
  • What if you make a mistake as an artist
  • What if your client has a change of heart and doesn’t want PMU or SMP anymore?

I have outlined below 3 removal methods that I use regularly.



Laser tattoo removal is one of the most common methods used to remove PMU / SMP. It involves using a high-intensity laser beam that breaks down the tattoo pigment into smaller particles, allowing the body's immune system to gradually eliminate them.

Laser tattoo removal works by targeting the specific wavelength of light that matches the colour of the PMU pigment. Different colours may require different laser wavelengths for effective removal.

The number of laser sessions required for PMU / SMP removal varies depending on factors such as the size, depth, and colour of the pigment. Typically, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are needed to achieve satisfactory results.


Saline tattoo removal is another technique used to remove PMU / SMP. It involves tattooing a saline solution into the tattooed area to break down the pigment and promote its removal through the skin's natural healing process.

Saline tattoo removal is considered less invasive than laser removal and may result in less discomfort and faster healing. However, it may require multiple sessions, similar to laser removal, for complete pigment removal.



Tattoo removal technique using MM Tattoo Remover is a process of chemical extraction of tattoo pigment and the product is tattooed into the skin.

For many years the most commonly used colouring pigments for PMU or for tattooing are inorganic metal oxides, such as iron oxide, carbon black (cosmetic), chromium oxide or titanium dioxide, etc. These inorganic metal oxides are insoluble in water and in most organic solvents, therefore, after application to the skin, it can remain there for a long time, unchanged.

The technique of chemical extraction of pigment from the skin is based on the principle of "like attracts like". Several inorganic oxides, similar in chemical, physical properties and molecular size to tattoo and PMU pigments, are part of MM Tattoo Remover.

With physical contact of MM Tattoo Remover and the pigment in the skin, the pigment is gradually absorbed by its formula - a biochemical process takes place, then MM Tattoo Remover mixed with pigment particles is pushed out of the skin.


I personally use all 3 of the above methods and in most cases combine them at different intervals during a removal process. I have recommended reputable training providers below.

All of the above removal methods can cause temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, blistering, or scarring. However, these side effects are usually mild and resolve over time, if performed correctly.

The success of PMU removal depends on various factors, including the expertise of the practitioner, the quality of the pigments used, and the individual's skin type and healing ability.

In some cases, complete removal of PMU may not be possible, especially if the pigment is deeply embedded in the skin or if it contains certain colours that are more resistant to removal.

After PMU removal, it is crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions provided by the practitioner to promote healing and minimise the risk of complications. This may include avoiding sun exposure, applying topical ointments, and keeping the treated area clean and protected.




Laser Training:

Carla Cooper-Gale - Skintastic Aesthetics

Mike Murphy - DermaLase Laser & IPL Training


Saline Removal:

Layla Hinchen - PMU Circle


MM Removal:

Natalia Cox - MM Removal

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