Fellow tattooed friend,
I know what’s on your mind. And to answer your lingering question…
Yes – there is a better way to remove your tattoos than by using concentrated lasers to burn away the problem.
Tattoo artist and remover Dorian Davis here. Like you, I love showing off the things I care about through my tattoos. I have couple full sleeves myself! And if I had to give you a number of tattoos that I’ve put on and removed — I’ve done about 5000 at this point? Give or take 1,000.
Here’s the thing we’re going to talk about in this brief guide: Natural removal
Something I know deeply about; after all, of the thousands of tattoos I’ve helped remove
– exactly 0 of them were burned off using lasers! So how did I take them off? You’re about to find out. In this guide you’re going to learn:
- Why the conventional tattoo removal wisdom, that laser removal is the only option or the most effective – not only hurts your wallet – but also sometimes leaves you with completely avoidable scars!
- Then we’ll talk about some all-natural approaches to skin ink removal that have been used for thousands of years with great success. (And there’s absolutely no reason you can’t use them yourself nowadays).
That statistic comes from the British Dermatological Association. The numbers in the US are similar as well, which has turned the modern tattoo removal industry into the big, booming cash cow it is. The American Medical Association has been quite happy about this. They have gone on to train an army of MDs to capture what was traditionally a simple, naturally focused industry.
The rise of the laser
Picture yourself at a laser removal clinic. You decided to pull the trigger. “What will it be like?” you silently wonder to yourself.
As you’re sitting there in nervous anticipation, a concentrated beam of energy is targeted at the sub-skin ink that makes up your tattoo. The medical professional does his best to hit your skin cells with the proper wavelength of light, to allow just the proper amount of penetration of the skin. Of course, the laser has to be strong enough to break down the ink pigment as well.
All of this sounds well and good. And for many people who do laser treatments, this does work effectively. But there are two points I want to bring to your attention:
- Laser tattoo removal almost never fully works in one session due to the nature of the procedure. Three or more sessions are common at a cost of $200-$500 each time.
- It is extremely difficult to get the exact intensity right with the laser, even for a trained medical professional. Heat burns are common, as is scarring. Sometimes the damage fades away, other times it can be permanent.
That said, laser is still by far the most popular way for people to remove their tattoos.
Is it because laser removal is so much more effective than other methods out there?
As you’ve already seen there are significant drawbacks to lasers. But laser tattoo removal has been big business for the American Medical Association and their Hollywood-sized promotional budget. The unfortunate consequence is that many people continue to be trained to believe that laser removal is the only viable option with the unwanted tattoo.
The all-natural option
You may be surprised to know that all-natural tattoo removal is not only possible, but it has been used far before lasers were even invented. In fact, natural methods have been around since tattoos themselves!
Are they truly effective? Well, take a look for yourself. Here’s one person going through the process I’m about to describe:
Now this didn’t happen overnight. Just like laser removal, the best results happen after a certain amount of time. There’s a huge difference between this method and laser, though. This man had his medium/large arm tattoo removed for just a few dollars at home. If he went to a clinic, I can tell you a tattoo of that size would’ve cost him about $300 per session with a minimum of three sessions, most likely four. $1,200, in other words.
That’s not even considered expensive compared to a full sleeve or chest tattoo removal, which can be several thousand dollars! Crazy!
So you can see that all natural methods can both work and be a heck of a lot easier on your wallet.
How did this man remove that tattoo for only a
Salabrasion is one of the techniques I use with my clients, and also teach to people looking to remove their tattoos at home without my direct involvement. Salabrasion basically accelerates the skin’s natural exfoliation process – that is the automatic removal of the top layers of the skin. By accelerating the process, we can go deeper down to where the tattoo ink is normally hidden away, and bring those ink layers up to the top where they are then rubbed away with a simple skin exfoliating mixture.
The downsides of a simple, home-based method
Salabrasion takes weeks, not days, for the tattoo to fully remove. So if you’re in a hurry, you may need to try another technique. But if you have a few weeks to fade and eventually eliminate your tattoo, this is one of the very best methods. It’s cheap, pain-free, and can be done with ingredients found at the house or in the grocery store. There are other techniques just as effective as Salabrasion, which I encourage people to also consider. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. And I guarantee if you compare them to laser removal, they’re all a heck of a lot cheaper and less painful!
If you’d like to learn more about Salabrasion and the other all-natural techniques, you might want to check out “The Laserless Tattoo Removal Guide™” . It’s the guide I put together as a 23-year tattoo artist and all-natural remover.