Studies have shown that a large number of individuals who get tattoos on their body eventually want to get them removed because of one reason or the other. Although painful methods such as excision or dermabrasion were the only options available to people in earlier times, tattoo removal has now become an easier process for anyone who wants to get their tattoos removed. It is also necessary to ensure that the tattoo removal method you select is not only effective, but safe as well. 

Tattoo Removal Methods 


Lasers are capable of breaking down tattoo ink into smaller fragments that can easily be absorbed into the body. As a result, the tattoo starts to fade quickly. This is the most common kind of tattoo removal process followed nowadays. Depending on the tattoo pigment, some tattoo colors may take longer to fade out than others. Colors that are most difficult to remove are yellow, green, and fluorescent as they fall outside the emission spectra of the laser.

Due to the recent improvements in technologies, you have a fair chance of walking away unscathed. However, scarring may occur in some cases. The process could be painful, even with local anesthetic used. Some doctors also cool the area to help relieve the pain.


Dermabrasion is the method that was most used in earlier times. This process is a little more complicated and painful. A specially formulated liquid is sprayed on a top of the tattoo to freeze the area. The tattoo is then rubbed and sanded to remove the upper layers of the skin. Because of the bleeding that might happen, bandages need to be implemented immediately.


Salabration is an even older method that is almost similar to dermabrasion. Cold tap water dipped in salt is applied to the area instead of a freezing solution. A similar abrasive tool is used to get rid of the skin layers. Once the area becomes deep red, bandages are applied. Discoloration of the skin and scarring can certainly occur with such methods.


Excision is generally used for smaller tattoos. The advantage of this method would be that the entire tattoo could be removed in one or two sessions, however scarring is almost guaranteed. A local anesthetic is applied to the surface, usually by injection. The tattoo is cut from the skin and the edges are then sutured to bring them together. Bleeding is minimal, and the healing process is faster if proper hygiene is followed. Larger tattoos may require a session to remove the central part of the tattoo and then another session to remove the edges. A skin graft may also be required.

Saline Injections 

Saline injections are given to break the tattoo pigment. These injections usually do not remove the tattoo but blur it significantly.

Intense pulsed light (IPL)tattoo removal:

This technique is almost similar to laser tattoo removal. The only major difference is that intense pulsed light is used instead of a laser.

Tattoo Removal Creams

Tattoo removal creams are effective in tattoo removal. Although most of the modern day products come with no side effects, it is important to consider the sensitivity of your skin before using the creams. The two main types of creams available in market are Wrecking balm cream and Rejuvi cream. 


Tattoo Removal FAQ

Can all tattoos be removed?

Most of the tattoos are meant to be permanent, so there is a chance that whole tattoo might not come out. However, this largely depends on the size, the color, and the area in which the tattoo is located.

Does tattoo removal hurt? 

Both dermabrasion and surgical processes of tattoo removal will cause significant pain. However, these methods are rarely used today. Other techniques do cause minor discomfort, however, most individuals are easily able to tolerate the pain. Local anesthesia can easily be used for individuals who are not able to tolerate the pain.


With modern day treatments, there is minor bleeding that stops after 2-3 hours. Blisters, scabs and swelling is normal and it is important to not pick them as this may cause scarring. The area operated returns back to the normal in 5-6 weeks of time.

Tattoos removal may sometimes cost more than getting the tattoo itself. So, make sure that you are getting something you will still like 10 years from now.