The PhiRemoval process uses a Glycolic Acid based solution that immediately begins to penetrate the skin once applied. The technician uses a manual method, using a 3 point or 2 point needle, where a staccato like motion is performed on the upper dermis layer of the skin. This motion assists the solution in pulling the ink up to the surface of the epidermis. The technician may make up to 6 passes on the treated area before a Neutralizing solution will be applied to stop the reaction of the Glycolic Acid. This entire process of applying the initial solution and ending with the Neutralizer will take up to 30 minutes and the client will be numbed the entire time.
In the first two days following the treatment the treated area should be wiped 3-5 times a day with a damp cotton pad and baby soap. The client is doing this to remove the lymph and allowing the scab to form properly.
After 48 hours, use Aftercare cream will be given to the client that will aid in the healing and protecting of the area. Apply the aftercare cream at least 2 to 3 times per day until the crust falls off and scab shedding is completed. This may take 7 days, possibly more.
The client will need to avoid excessively sweating, saunas, direct sunlight or tanning beds, and pools for the next 7 days. No facial or body treatments can be performed on the area for 3-6 days after the PhiRemoval procedure.
The treated area may be sensitive to the touch for a day or two after the treatment. Scabbing is expected to form over the next few days that will contain even more unwanted ink. A secondary scab will most likely occur and it too will have pulled more ink out of the treated area.
**It is important to note that all scabs should fall off naturally and not be picked due to the risk of scarring and hypopigmentation of the skin.
The majority of clients who have permanent makeup removed from a facial area (eyebrow, eyeliner, lipliner) have great results and usually only need two to three treatments. Small tattoos are harder to fully remove and usually require three to six treatments depending on the area and saturation of the tattoo.
Most removal sessions require multiple sessions, with healing time of 6 to 8 weeks in between sessions.