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Can’t You Just Remove a Tattoo at Home with Salt?

The answer, in short, is NO! While you may see stories online about tattoo removal with a mixture of salt and water, this practice not only does not remove the tattoo, but also increases your risk of skin damage, infection and permanent scarring. When it comes to saying goodbye to a tattoo, laser tattoo removal is your safest and most effective treatment option.

Why Salt Doesn’t Work

The idea behind salt removal is dermabrasion. The abrasive salt is rubbed into the skin, essentially trying to sand down the skin and remove the tattoo. But the tattoo ink is not on the surface, so this dermabrasion technique must go down multiple layers into the skin. Unfortunately, while this can reduce or, in some cases, remove a small tattoo, it also tears away at the skin. This sort of dermabrasion also opens it up to infection and can leave behind permanent scars.

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Laser tattoo removal, such as the PicoWay, delivers light in short pulses directly to the ink within your skin. This process breaks down the ink molecules so that your body can absorb and remove them. While it may take a few treatments for completely remove the tattoo, this is a much safer, more effective method of removal that does not result in scarring.

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Can’t You Just Remove a Tattoo at Home with Salt?
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Can’t You Just Remove a Tattoo at Home with Salt?
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Dr. Stephen Small of Ocean Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Toms New River, PA discusses how tattoo removal works, and if using salt is really an option.
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Ocean Plastic Surgery
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