Tattoo Removal

Gentle Tattoo & Permanent Makeup Removal

At Halcyon Cosmetic Clinic, we specialize in non-laser tattoo removal known as “tattoo lifting”. Appropriately, we use a tattoo lifting solution LI-FT – a product of Li Pigments – a well known and trusted maker of permanent makeup pigments. Our clients come to us from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and far reaches of Greater Vancouver because of our tattoo removal expertise and medical background.

LI-FT works using osmosis and your body’s natural healing process to gently lift tattoo pigment up to the surface. This gentle method of removal minimizes the chance of causing lasting damage to your melanocytes (colour-producing skin cells), and permanently affecting the integrity of your skin.
We don’t advocate laser removal for permanent makeup removal as it works by both breaking up pigment particles to be absorbed from within your body, as well as causes scar tissue that “buries” the pigment. In many cases laser removal make it difficult for your skin to accept future pigment. In addition, the heat generated by laser tattoo removal is much more likely to permanently disable your pigment-producing cells, leaving a “ghost image” of your tattoo. Due to the rising popularity of “microblading”, and the abundance of poorly trained technicians and unskilled applications, we are very experienced at removing misshapen and discoloured brows!
Halcyon Cosmetic Solutions Ltd is the official Canadian distributor and trainer for LI-FT.

Make an Appointment

Book an appointment for tattoo removal or permanent makeup removal. Call or book online. We’ll provide a consultation and make recommendations.

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Our Tattoo Removal Professionals

Kelly Hallam
Kelly Hallam, RTNM CPCP
Stephanie Wilson, PMU artist Coquitlam
Stephanie Wilson, CPCP CTAE

Tattoo Removal FAQ

What type of tattoo removal and permanent makeup removal method do you use?

At Halcyon Cosmetic Solutions Ltd, we exclusively use LI-FT pigment lightening solution. LI-FT is produced by the very reputable Li Pigments, a US company that has produced permanent makeup pigments and pigment removal products for over 25 years. It is a salt-based product that also contains citrus seed extracts to promote fading and aloe to promote healing.

Can I just use salt?

No! This is not table salt or drugstore saline and it must be applied by someone who is professionally trained in removal. Despite what you might read on the internet, attempting removal on your own will very likely result in permanent scar tissue. LI-FT is a professionally manufactured, sterile, safe and 100% pure tattoo removal product that is appropriate for tattooing into the skin.

How is LI-FT permanent makeup removal and tattoo removal done?

After the application of an effective numbing agent, LI-FT solution is applied using an appropriate array of tiny needles designed to maximize dermal penetration while minimizing skin damage. This is done with either a hand tool or a machine, depending on the area being treated.

How does LI-FT pigment lightening solution work?

LI-FT solution is introduced into the dermis where its high concentration of solutes causes fluid to move towards it from within adjacent cells and interstitial space via osmosis. The osmotic pressure created causes excess saline (and pigment particles), together with your natural body fluids that are produced as a response to the dermal injury, to rise to the surface of your skin. During the healing process a crust is formed and as your skin continues to heal from underneath, the crust crust eventually dislodges, and takes the pigment particles with it.

What should I expect after a LI-FT tattoo removal or permanent makeup removal treatment?

Immediately after each treatment, the area will appear quite red, or sometimes the colour of the pigment being removed. We clean the treated area but do allow a slight pooling of fluids to encourage coagulation and the formation of a crust. The appearance is initially very similar to that of a scraped knee.

How long does it take for the crust to fall off?

The treated area should be kept dry and left alone as long as possible. The longer the crust stays in place, the better your tattoo removal outcome. Generally this is 7-10 days.

How do I survive having crust on my face as my skin heals from permanent makeup removal?

Fortunately, the treated area is in exactly the shape of your tattoo. So in the case of eyebrows for instance, although a crust will be present, it may just appear as darker eyebrows to those around you. Most of the eyebrows we remove are FAR worse than surviving a few days of crusting!!!

What do I do once the scabs fall off?

Continue to keep the area clean and dry and protect the area from sun for at least 4 weeks or until your next appointment. It is normal for your skin to appear pink for several weeks. No matter how healed your skin appears on the surface, we wait a full 8 weeks for skin to be thoroughly healed before retreatment.

How many LI-FT tattoo removal treatments or permanent makeup removal treatments will I need?

The number of LI-FT removal treatments required depends upon several factors including your skin type and the depth, age and type of tattoo or permanent makeup pigment used. It also depends on your desired outcome. In some instances lightening is adequate before covering the area with new work, and in other cases complete removal is desired. Generally 1-5 tattoo removal treatments are needed.

Is there a limit to the size of tattoo that can be lightened with LI-FT?

Yes. This is an appropriate tattoo removal method for permanent makeup or body tattoos smaller than a deck of cards. Larger body tattoos can also be removed but will be done so in sections.

How does LI-FT tattoo lightening solution differ from laser tattoo removal?

LI-FT solution relies on your body’s natural healing mechanism to gently lift the pigment up and out to the surface of your skin. Laser tattoo removal involves the application of bursts of heat to break up large pigment particles which are then absorbed from within your body.

Laser tattoo removal can also cause pigment to be pushed deeper and underneath the scar tissue that it creates. In this case your tattoo may appear lighter but it is still present underneath the scar tissue. This may affect the ability to apply a new tattoo or permanent makeup pigment in the future. In addition, the heat damage caused by laser tattoo removal may cause permanent damage to your melanocytes (pigment-producing cells), which is why it is common to see a white “ghost image” of a tattoo removed by laser.

How does the pain of LI-FT pigment and tattoo removal compare to laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is EXTREMELY painful and many providers do not provide numbing. If numbing is used, a half-hour cream application is often followed by numerous injections. Both LI-FT permanent makeup removal and tattoo removal are started after applying a topical numbing agent, and additional numbing is applied during the procedure to make it as comfortable as possible.

Will LI-FT pigment removal affect my brow hair?

No. Unlike laser tattoo removal, your hair will not be affected.

Are there contraindications?

Yes. We will not perform LI-FT tattoo and permanent makeup removal if you:

  • are under the age of 18
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • are on acne medication or have been in the last year
  • have keloid scarring
  • have vitiligo
  • have uncontrolled diabetes
  • have dark skin and are prone to hyperpigmentation

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • No exfoliating skin care products on the area the week before your treatment, including Retinol
  • Pain tolerance is reduced just before, and during, menstruation. Keep this in mind when timing the booking of your appointment.
  • If you tend to get cold sores anywhere on your face, please ensure you have a prescription antiviral on hand.
  • Make sure you don’t have any significant events planned for several days after your treatment. The treated area will appear quite red/dark immediately after treatment and crusting will be present for 7-10 days.

Do you ever refuse to do cosmetic tattoo or traditional tattoo removal?

Yes. We reserve the right to refuse treatment for any reason.

What payment methods do you accept?

We  accept cash, major credit cards and e-transfer. GST will be added to all prices.