Is salabrasion for tattoo removal painful?
Definitely. A high pain threshold is essential to even consider using this method, no matter how desperate you are to remove a tattoo.
For many years, salabrasion was one of the few methods of tattoo removal. Dermabrasion was another. It’s a very similar process – the difference being …
- salabrasion uses salt to scrub down into the tattoo ink
- dermabrasion uses harsh items like powdered pumice, brown sugar crystals or apricot kernels instead of salt.
These methods are rarely used today. They may be carried out by a dermatologist or other medic when a local anaesthetic will be given.
However, you can carry them out at home and it’s an inexpensive method of tattoo removal …
Which, of course, is very attractive, particularly when compared to the cost of laser treatment.
To be honest, it’s not a method I can ever recommend to anyone …
It’s probably the most agonizing, uncomfortable and painful method of tattoo removal you can use.
This is why you need to be sure you have a high pain threshold before you begin – or you will be left with a part removed tattoo which could look worse than the original …
Unfortunately, you will find many pages on the web recommending salabrasion and dermabrasion as a “quick and easy methods of tattoo removal.”
There are inexpensive, painfree methods of home tattoo removal you can use instead 🙂
Towards the bottom of this post, I have included a picture to show the reality of a part-completed salabrasion session. You can judge for yourself if this is a tattoo removal method you want to use. It’s a gory mess, so click away now if you are squeamish.
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