How to Remove Permanent Tattoo Without Laser

If you have a tattoo that you now regret there are methods of getting the ink removed. Every method of tattoo removal does create some risks to your health and skin.

The most common risks associated with tattoo removal are:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Possible need for corrective surgery
  • Pain

Before you engage in any method of tattoo removal check with a doctor or a tattoo specialist to find the safest, and most effective methods available in your area.

Surgical Methods to Remove a Permanent Tattoo 

Invasive surgical methods of tattoo removal are the most frequent choices. These methods will more than likely be effective at removing the ink design, but they can leave you with ugly scars that are unsightlier than the tattoo ink. 

Always weigh the surgical pros and cons, and give yourself plenty of time to make the decision before you agree to one of these methods.


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During tattoo removal, the laser will emit pulses of light. The pulses are strong enough to penetrate the outer layer of skin so the ink of the tattoo can absorb them and be broken into tiny fragments. Your immune system will then flush away the fragments over a period of a few weeks.


  • Most laser removals require between 5 and 10 treatments
  • Itching
  • Slight risk of infection
  • Costs more than other forms of removal
  • Skin pigmentation may be permanently altered


Cryosurgery involves freezing the skin where the tattoo is. After the skin is frozen it is basically sanded down until enough layers are removed to remove the ink. Yes, that sounds painful. It is performed using a local anesthetic to block the pain.


  • The skin around the tattoo will also be affected.
  • This method can leave severe scarring.
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Scabbing
  • Blistering

Surgical Excision

Surgical Excision for tattoo removal

This method of removal requires the tattoo to be cut off using a scalpel. It is not a recommended method of removing large tattoos.


  • Possible infection
  • Requires stitches
  • Skin discoloration that may be permanent
  • Scarring
  • All ink pigments may not be removed


This abrasive method of tattoo removal involves the use of saltwater and wooden blocks that have been wrapped in gauze. The blocks are soaked in the saltwater and then vigorously rubbed over the tattoo. After the process is done you apply antibiotic ointment. You must repeat this procedure every three days until you have sanded away enough layers of skin to remove the ink.


  • Painful you really need an anesthetic to stand the pain of this procedure
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Discoloration of the skin

Home Remedies for Tattoo Removal

lemon and salt for tattoo ink removal

Lemon and Salt

Lemon and salt are some of the most effective home remedies for tattoo removal. Both of these ingredients have natural lightning properties. This method is most effective when used on tattoos that are already fading.

The elements are natural and will not cause damage or allergic reactions. The lemon juice encourages the skin to heal so it increases the immune response that removes the fragments of ink and erases the tattoo.

Apricot Scrub and Salt

In this method, you combine salt with apricot scrub. The salt is abrasive and helps sand down the skin and the apricot scrub helps to lighten the ink.

Concealing it with Make-Up

Covering up a tattoo with make-up is effective for small tattoos in areas that will not encounter a large amount of exposure to clothing. You can use concealer or foundation make-up to cover the ink.

Many people also use bandages or cover their designs with clothing, scarves, bracelets, socks, and more. This method of covering is inexpensive and causes no pain.

Tattoo removal cream

There are a lot of recipes for tattoo removal cream that you can make at home. Most of them, like the aloe vera gel, vitamin E, and Paederia Tomentosa leaves are harmless substances that may help remove your tattoo but probably will cause you no harm. There are also suggested combinations of things that could be toxic, could cause scarring and could cause severe pain.

Before you try any DIY tattoo removal cream make certain that ALL of the ingredients are:

  • non-toxic
  • natural
  • something you are not allergic to

What Makes Laser Tattoo Removal Method the Best Choice

Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive method of removing the ink. The benefits of this method are:

  • While the procedure is often uncomfortable it is not really painful
  • The risk of infection is drastically reduced
  • No bleeding
  • Skin is not broken and there is no bruising
  • Is more effective than any other removal type
  • Leaves virtually no scarring but may cause some slight discoloration of the area

The laser removal is not going to cause the reactions, pain, and damages that so many other removals do. It is non-toxic and will not cause harm to you or the environment.

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