STRIIIKE PIGMENT REMOVAL
WHO IS THIS SERVICE FOR?
Our Pigment Removal Service is a uniquely customizable approach to removing unwanted pigment from the skin. This revolutionary & proprietary process is minimally invasive without the use of lasers.
Designed and created by Kristie Streicher and Eric Podnar, this service offers clients a way to soften or remove pigment from their brows due to microblading* or other forms of semi-permanent and permanent make-up services. It is not uncommon for the pigments from these services to shift and/or fade to an unnatural-looking tone such as ashy grey, black, or peachy pink.
Pigment Removal is a multi-faceted service that offers an approach to a more natural-looking and softer brow. Treatments are tailored to the needs and wants of the client. We can simply soften and fade the current pigment to look more natural if too dark or "blocky", we can fully remove the pigment and restore your native brow, or we can reduce current pigment then add a soft and subtle Microfeathering® session to achieve your original goal.
*original microblading or permanent make-up does not need to have been performed at STRIIIKE
In a virtual consultation with our specialist we can discuss your goals, evaluate if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and answer any questions you may have. We will also go over any products and/or procedures that will need to be discontinued pre-procedure.
When you arrive to the studio for your appointment, we will make sure you are comfortable and apply a numbing agent to the area.
Procedure: Step 1
A device is used to create micro-perforations in the skin.
Procedure: Step 2
An alkaline oxide solution is then applied to the area which bonds itself to the pigment and extracts it through the skin. Pigment is then gently wiped away.
Four after-care products that are integral to the pigment softening and healing process will be provided to you. It is imperative to use these products and carefully follow all instructions for use.
ERIC PODNAR, Pigment Removal Specialist
Born on a hundred acres of land outside of Akron, OH, Eric always dreamed of living in California. When he was scouted at just 16 years old for his acting and dancing abilities, that dream was realized. Later, after many years of working alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Eric changed paths and began a career in the beauty industry. He soon noticed a commonality amongst his clients—regret over the tattoos they’d previously received. Eric set out to become the solution and devoted his professional life to helping those wishing to have their disappointing permanent makeup and tattoos removed. His nurturing demeanor, empathic sensibility, and exceptional talent make him the perfect fit for Pigment Removal here at STRIIIKE.
“With just a few easy appointments, Eric was able to eliminate the pigment that had turned pinkish red on my skin from a previous microblading treatment. The results were remarkable and created an ideal and more effective canvas to get microfeathering done so it looked beautiful, natural and has been super easy to maintain for an effortlessly full look.”
- MELISSA MAGSAYSAY • Writer, Author
WHY NOT LASER?
Laser removal is cost-intensive, color-selective, and can create color dispersion in the skin. Our Pigment Removal service can specifically target all pigment colors with fine microscopic detail. The pigment is extracted through the skin completely while lasers push the pigment particles into the skin and then get absorbed into the lymph nodes.
HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK?
This two-step process utilizes a device that creates micro-perforations in the skin. An alkaline oxide solution is then applied to the area and bonds itself to the pigment and extracts it through the skin. The pigment is then wiped away. Some laser and other pigment removal options can push the pigment into the skin and deeper tissues which are then absorbed into the lymph nodes. This method allows pigment to be safely and effectively removed.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT COLOR THE PIGMENT IS?
Absolutely not! Pigment Removal can target all pigment undertones like red (warm) or blue (ash) on different skin types, and varying degrees of pigment saturation to create the desired effect.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Mild pain is expected. Topical numbing is provided prior to the service and throughout the procedure, as needed.
DOES IT CAUSE ANY BROW HAIR LOSS?
It is not uncommon to shed a few brow hairs during any brow treatment, including a simple brow tint or shape. Our Pigment Removal process does not damage the hair follicle or cause an unnatural amount of brow hair shedding. Pigment Removal only penetrates .5mm - 1mm into the epidermis, whereas the hair follicles grow from the dermis (deeper skin tissue). Studies have shown that hair growth on the eyebrows may actually improve after removal service.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSIONS TAKE?
Each session is approximately 60 minutes, including 30 minutes of numbing. You will need to allow 6-8 weeks of healing in between sessions.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Depending on your skin type, pigment depth level and desired effect anywhere between 2-4 sessions may be required. The number of sessions is determined after the first treatment. You will need to allow 6-8 weeks of healing in between sessions. Depending on the skin type and pigment used in your original service, you may need up to 6-8 treatments for the pigment to be completely removed.
IS SCABBING AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THEREMOVAL TREATMENT?
Yes, these scabs will be very dark in color as the pigment continues to exit through the skin. It is important to allow the scabs to fall off naturally. Typically, scabs resolve in 7-10 days, but this time varies from person to person.
WILL IT SCAR?
When performed correctly, scarring is rare. Please advise If you are prone to scarring or keloids and we will provide an additional step to your after-care regime. Though it is not possible to guarantee zero scarring, our service and after-care significantly diminish the risks of developing scarred or damaged skin.
IS THERE AFTERCARE REQUIRED?
Yes. Included in the cost of the treatment are four aftercare products that are integral to the pigment softening and healing process. It is imperative to use these products and carefully follow all instructions for use.
IS THERE DOWNTIME?
Yes, there is about a week of downtime. You can expect redness immediately following the service, and scabs may develop in the area of removal by the second day post-treatment.
* Depending on skin sensitivity, you may develop slightly pink or red skin that lasts for approximately 6-8 weeks following treatment.
IS THE REMOVAL A SALINE SOLUTION? WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS?
The solution is not a saline solution. It is a revolutionary alkaline oxide solution. The ingredients are Water, Glycerin, Talcum, Hamamelis Virginian, Pentylene Glycol, Aloe Leaf Juice, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium PCA, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Iodide, Sulfur, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, and Disodium EDTA.
WHAT IS THE COST?
$250 per session. Each session is approximately 60 minutes, including 30 minutes of numbing. You will need to allow 6-8 weeks of healing in between sessions.
2 WEEKS PRIOR
Stop use of any topical growth serums such as Latisse, GrandeBrow, Vegamour, etc. If you have had a cold sore or shingles, speak to your doctor about obtaining a prescription to prevent an outbreak prior to or after the procedure.
5 DAYS PRIOR
No Electrolysis, tanning, or purposeful sun exposure.
2 DAYS PRIOR
No alcohol or caffeine, waxing, tweezing, or tinting.
24 HOURS PRIOR
No blood thinners such as: Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, or Ibuprofen. No skin irritations like a sunburn or acne breakout in the brow area.
Excessive exercise not recommended the day of the procedure.
Please contact STRIIIKE in advance of your appointment should you have any additional questions or concerns.