Tattoo Removal Methods That Don’t Work

alternative tattoo removalIf you’re considering tattoo removal, then you’re probably overwhelmed by all of the available options.

Though some tattoo removal methods may seem tempting because they cost significantly less than others, the irreversible damage they can cause isn’t worth it. Skin damage caused by some chemicals and exfoliants can cause scarring that will prevent you from being able to remove your tattoo using any other method.

Here are five tattoo removal methods that simply do not work.


Dermabrasion is a deep exfoliation. Essentially, it sands down the skin with a fast-moving brush. This method painfully removes the top layer and the dermis layer of the skin, where the ink is held. As with other tattoo removal methods, dermabrasion requires multiple treatments and often leaves the skin raw and vulnerable for infection. Also, there’s little accuracy, and excessive amounts of skin are often removed. Ultimately, you will be left with a scar that is much more obvious and unappealing than the tattoo itself.


Some tattoo artists have been known to use saline to fade tattoo ink by tattooing it into the skin surrounding the ink. While this method seems safe, it can only be used on older tattoos and doesn’t successfully remove tattoos. It can, however, fade the ink enough for a more successful cover up. Since this tattoo removal method is controversial, it may be hard to find a tattoo artist who’s willing to perform the procedure.


Most tattoo removal creams on the market have an appealing price tag, but they often cause more damage than other tattoo removal methods. Since they contain chemicals that are applied at home rather than by a trained professional, skin damage is likely. Along with false hope, this tattoo removal method often provides itching, peeling, and permanent scarring. Your tattoo may fade a bit, but since creams aren’t able to reach the dermis layer, where the ink rests, they will never fully remove your tattoo.

Acid Peels

Acid peels such as glycolic acid peels, TCA peels, and acid injections fade tattoos by removing several layers of skin. Similar to tattoo removal creams, the chemicals have dangerous and often permanent side effects. Since many of these products can be purchased online and applied without a professional technician, users have been left with severe chemical burns and permanent scarring.


Surgically removing your ink, or literally cutting your tattoo out of your skin, sounds like it will lead to a successful removal, but surgeons are often unable to cut deep enough in order to remove all of the ink. Also, the scars left behind are unsightly, and discoloration and bumps usually form after a few months, making it impossible to cover the scars with another tattoo.

Finding tattoo removal places near you is the only solution that is proven to successfully reach ink in the dermis layer and lead to complete tattoo removal over the course of several sessions. The pain associated with the process is minimal, and scarring is unlikely. Most tattoos that undergo laser removal treatments show a 75 percent or greater clearance after just one treatment.

Our highly knowledgeable licensed laser technicians will ensure that you’re comfortable during your sessions. Located in the South Florida area, we’re the only laser clinic that provides a free lifetime guarantee for all of our laser tattoo removal clients. Our convenient night and weekend hours make it easy to find time for an appointment. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 866-708-8645 or visiting one of our laser centers near you.

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