I have a small tattoo on my bikini line and I think I want to remove it and put it elsewhere. I saw online people use salt (mixed with water) at home to remove small tattoos. Is that safe? What are the pros and cons of doing it this way vs laser treatment?
Is It Safe to Remove a Small Tattoo at Home with Salt? (photo)
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Home Remedies for Tattoo Removal
Using a salt and water mix to abrade the skin is not only an ineffective way to attempt to remove a tattoo, but it's also potentially harmful. You'll be irritating the epidermis (uppermost layer of your skin), causing inflammation and leaving the area prone to infection. You will not reach the dermis (the location where ink is placed in a tattoo) and if you did, you'd be causing much more harm than good. The simplest, MOST effective technique for tattoo removal is a pigment laser such as the Q-Switch Alexandrite. I recommend you find an experienced and knowledgable physician to help you get rid of the tattoo.
Best of luck!
Removing Tattoo at Home with Salt Is Not Worth the Risk and Pain
There are safe lasers that eliminate this color ink fairly easily and fairly quick — so I would advise against using salt and go find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has tattoo lasers and let them do it right — and in the end you will be much happier.
Don't remove a tattoo with salt
Please don't try this. You can potentially cause a lot of damage and scarring by "sanding" away a tattoo with salt. A safer and more effective way would be to see a professional who can use a laser to remove it. In our practice, we use the Picosure laser, which is the most advanced technology for removing tattoos.
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Salt Water Does Not Remove Tattoos
This would not work because the tattoo ink is placed in the dermis of the skin. The salt water would only irritate the upper layers. A laser light however would bypass the upper layers of the skin to target the tattoo pigment in the deeper layers and fragment them to facilitate removal.
Please understand your risks in this type of self solution. There is a safe way to remove this tattoo, and you can be assured you won't be left with scaring. We suggest you take the time to have a consultation to get your cost, and weigh it with the risks of trying to remove it yourself. It's very small, and cost should be reasonable.
While it is technically possible, most dermatologists would not recommend this route.
Salt at hone
Home Tattoo Removals aren't the best idea
Take with a grain of salt
Salt is of historical importance only for tattoo removals
Tattoos, as one knows, are placed in the very deepest layers of skin, and hence dermabrasion needs to go to this depth. Can or does this work? The answer is yes! Do we use it now? No. This is because the chances of scarring is very high, and selective lasers that target pigment, such as Q Switch lasers are much more effective, and infinitely safer. Laser removal has taken tattoo removal out of the salt age( Stone Age) .
Even newer lasers such as the Pico are better than the current Nano lasers.
Dr Davin Lim
Consultant Laser Dermatologist,
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