Tattoo Removal Methods—What You Should Know

July 20, 2018   671

Are you not happy with your tattoo? It means that you must be thinking to get rid of it. Right?

Once a cool piece, it now feels like a burden over the skin. There can be many reasons prompting your to remove a tattoo, from a breakup, workplace policies to the changing trends. Tattoo regret is also common among celebrity couples like Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, and Nick Carter and Paris Hilton. They started to hate the ink art that reminded them of their ex-partner.

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Luckily, there are many things you can use to remove your tattoo.

However, a laser is the most effective (in fact, the last resort) to get rid of your unwanted tattoo.

Before discussing laser for tattoo removal, let’s have a look at some simple tattoo removal options given below…


Salabrasion is the technique to peel away the upper layers of the skin by sanding it with the salt compound. It is easy to make as you need to mix tap water, abrasive device and table salt. Just mix a tbsp. of salt in water and apply it directly to the area. Start rubbing the area gently till you notice the raw skin. You will end up with a bruised skin you should not worry over. Apply antibiotic and secure it with a bandage.

See a doctor if you notice signs of infection like increasing pain and redness. Repeat the process after 3 days to fade the tattoo appearance.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera fades the tattoo appearance when being used with Paederia Tomentosa and Vitamin E. Mix aloe vera juice with 1 tbsp. of Paderia tomentose and vitamin E capsule. Stir well to get a thick paste. Massage your tattoo area with this paste for 10 minutes. Wash off the area with warm water. Repeat the method every day.

Lemon Juice with Salt:

Lemon juice is an effective bleaching agent to lighten up the tattoos. When it is mixed with an abrasive material like salt, you get a useful combination to remove your tattoo. Just mix 100 mg of salt with a lemon juice to obtain a sticky substance. Use a cotton ball to apply it over your tattooed skin. Leave it for some time. Later, rinse it off with warm water.


Take 2 tbsp. each of yogurt, salt, aloe vera juice and honey. Mix well to get a thick paste. Apply this paste to the tattooed skin. Rinse off after half an hour.

Laser Tattoo Removal—the Last Resort to Get Rid of Unwanted Tattoo

If abovementioned remedies don’t work, laser tattoo removal is your last resort. Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down ink particles with intense laser beams.

Keep in mind that, it is not an overnight process as you may be required to come for multiple sessions depending on age and ink pigmentation. Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses to go while larger ones are removed using more pulse. After each sitting, your tattoo should become significantly lighter.

But laser tattoo removal is painful due to the intense laser beams. It hurts if you have a low pain threshold. Experiencing the falling of the beams on the skin rapidly is quite discomforting as if the skin is being snapped with a rubber band. Don’t forget that there may be multiple sessions on the go.

Don’t worry! Your laser practitioner will recommend you a numbing cream or topical anesthetic. It dulls the pain receptors, thereby leading to the desensitization of the skin. And you don’t feel the laser beams on the skin. Dr. Numb is a popular numbing cream for all laser treatments including laser tattoo removal. It contains 5% lidocaine and keeps your skin dull for couple for hours. Use the cream an hour before the process.

Make sure to choose an experienced laser practitioner for your laser tattoo removal. Get it done from a certified and specialized clinic.

Besides, you should follow the aftercare regimen after laser tattoo removal. Having blisters and scabbing on that spot is natural during the healing process. Common side effects during laser tattoo removal are swelling, blistering, scabs, hyperpigmentation, bruising and redness.

So these are the tattoo removal methods you can try to remove an unwanted tattoo. However, laser tattoo removal is the most effective and can give you results.


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