Is saline tattoo removal cheaper than lasers?

I saw on Youtube that the doctor puts salt over the wound at the end of the procedure. I'm not sure what the purpose is, probably to absorb the ink, even though it must be pretty painful. However, if it does the job and it's way cheaper, I would give it a try in a heartbeat. I have a ridiculously bad tattoo from when I was in high school and I've never had the courage and money to have it removed. What should I know about saline tattoo removal?


F, 30, Utah

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Saline tattoo removal is definitely a cheaper method than laser surgery. Because laser tattoo removal uses machines that usually target different colors, it may take several sessions to get rid of a single tattoo. These sessions can be very expensive based on the size of the tattoo and the color present. If you compare this to saline tattoo removal which is done in far less treatments and is effective in removing the entire tattoo, the winning procedure is clearly the one that takes less time and less money. My aunt says it was a lot more pain than she bargained for but in the end she saved way more money and still got the tattoo removed so it was worth it in her opinion.

If you are like me, you have very, very sensitive skin. Yet now, we want to get rid of that tattoo that just did not go right. Using the saline tattoo removal process was recommended because of my skin type. It still didn't feel good, but it was definitely worth it since my skin seemed to take it very well.

The way this works is by the tattooed area being opened up and then a salt paste is applied basically to the open wound. The salt works by pulling the ink particles to the surface as the paste dries. Then, they wear away naturally as long as you do not sit there and pick at it.

This could be considered a cheaper process since you will only need three or four treatments. If you consider laser removal treatments, you could actually need several more, meaning spending more money. But, do not expect the tattoo to go completely away. My tattoo was mostly black, and this process lightened considerably which made it possible for me to get a much better tattoo in that spot.

It obviously depends on how complex your tattoo is, but it can be cheaper than laser for sure. I’ve heard up 70% faster. The cost per treatment is about the same, but it takes fewer treatments. It took me 4 sessions to have my tattoo faded. There’s lower risk of side-effects, but the tattoo won’t fully go away like it could with laser removal. The saline removal process is pretty simple. They essentially tattoo a saline solution into your tattoo and put a salt paste onto the open wound. The salt will draw the pigment out and then it can be wiped away. It has a similar healing process to laser. It will still scab over and be tender, but like I said before it takes fewer treatments to get the tattoo faded significantly.

I ended up trying a saline removal because lasers seemed a bit too risky. During the process, the person basically tattooed over my tattoo with a saline solution before patting a salt paste onto it. They said that the salt helps to push the tattoo ink closer to the top of the skin, so it can be exfoliated away. Due to the size and color of my tattoo, it ended up being about $200 per session for saline removal, which was over $100 cheaper than the laser removal places in my area. The saline removal took longer and didn't remove the tattoo entirely like a laser removal, but it did lighten it enough for me to get a coverup.

Calling this process a tattoo removal can be a little bit of a misnomer. The tattooed area is opened up, and then a salt paste is applied. As it dries, the tattoo ink pigment is brought to the surface and naturally wears away.

This process was recommended to me because I have very sensitive skin. Laser tattoo removal treatments can take several treatments spread pretty far apart, but with this kind I only needed four treatments.

Now, as to the misnomer... This will only lighten the tattoo, but it is quite pale in comparison to what it used to be. The good news about this process though, although it causes a bit of bruising, but as soon as my treatments were done, I was able to get a much better tattoo instead of the messed up one that was there in the first place.

This is especially useful since my original tattoo was very dark and I really wanted to add some color to my skin.

Saline tattoo removal is usually cheaper than laser removal. I can't find any exact numbers on the saline treatment but laser treatments can run you $200 to $500 for each treatment. Most places that provide saline tattoo removal claim that you will need 50 to 75% fewer sessions than you would with lasers but I can't find anything to support that.

The main reason for that is that the saline method can remove all colors at each sitting while the laser settings need to be adjusted for different colors. It isn't a hugely popular solution for people and I feel like that's because laser is a more appropriate and proven tactic to remove any unwanted tattoos.