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.
While it is technically possible, most dermatologists would not recommend this route.
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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,
Home treatments won’t penetrate deeply enough to help.
idea behind an at-home saltwater scrub is that the abrasion process will
gradually wear through the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and down into the
dermis (where the tattoo ink actually lies), allowing access and removal of the
ink in that fashion. First of all, abrading your skin down to the dermis would
be incredibly painful, not to mention the potential risks of scarring and
infection, either of which would probably be far more unsightly than your
existing tattoo. I definitely recommend laser tattoo removal over any at-home method. Not only are lasers safer
for your skin and your overall health than a homemade saltwater scrub, but they
also offer the best chance that you’ll get optimum results.
In order to remove a tattoo, you must wait 6 weeks from the time it has been placed. We are unable to tell how many passes over the tattoo it takes, it depends on your bodies ability o break to the tattoo and get rid of the ink. Every patient is different. We know that black does better than color, smaller is better than larger, non-smokers do better than smokers, older tattoos do better than newer and tattoos close to the heart does better then on the extremities.
The R20 means that the tattoo can be removed in less visits to the office.
Home tattoo removal
I believe what you are talking about is salabrasion, which is essentially removing the tattoo with a salt slurry. This is an abrasive technique that will remove all the layers of the skin down to the layer where the ink is residing. Basically you end up with a bad road rash in the area, which can have unsightly scars. I would recommend laser tattoo removal with the latest technology, as the scarring is minimall with this technique. At our medical spa and laser center, Chic Esthetiq, we use the Revlite SI laser tattoo removal system. Instead of the the ink particle absorbing the thermal energy, the laser will photoacoustically shatter the ink particles, which can lead to less thermal damage from the laser.
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