How To Remove A Permanent Tattoo


Sometimes, you don’t really make a good choice when it comes to getting yourself inked. A botched relationship, bad tattoo art and wrong choices can leave you up in arms with your tattoo.

How to Remove a Permanent Tattoo

The bad thing about tattoos is that it is a real pain when it comes to its removal. There are new procedures being developed every day, but all of them are either too painful, way too expensive and take eons of time. But if you really need to get it done, read on to know more on how to remove a tattoo.

List of 10 Methods To Remove Permanent Tattoo

Here is a post on how to remove a permanent tattoo.

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1. Laser It Away

This is the most common and popular way to remove a permanent tattoo. Though it is one of the most effective processes, it is also painful and heavy on your pockets. The laser is pinpointed on your tattoo and over a period of a couple of sittings (depending on the size of your tattoo, the sittings may be more or less), the laser breaks down the pigments in your tattoo. These tiny bits of the pigments are disposed by the body.

Cost: Rs 8000/hour
Pain: On a scale of 1-10, almost a 11! (It is painful as heck).

Laser treatment to remove Tattoo

2. Make-up Cover Up

If you can’t make up your mind for an expensive laser removal method, you can also use makeup to cover up a botched tattoo. Till you make up your mind for a laser removal, you can camouflage it with a concealer. This is one way you can adopt if you have been thinking on how to remove permanent tattoo. These are not like normal concealers, but are made especially for tattoo cover ups. One of the best ones available in the market is the one formulated by the famous tattoo artist Kat Von D. It’s called ‘Lock-it Tattoo concealer’ and is available in most Sephora stores. This is an easy way to remove tattoo at home.

Cost: Rs 1192/-
Pain: On a scale of 1-10, 0

Tattoo coverup Cream

3. Wrecking Balm

This one sounds too good to be true! It’s a balm which you can use to fade away that regretful tattoo. It is a revolutionary product for those looking for a tattoo fix. Unfortunately, this takes a humongous long time. You have to be religious and diligent about it. It works, but it’s slow and expensive. It won’t be painful to your body, but certainly painful to your pocket! So, there you go, one more way on how to remove a tattoo!

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Cost: Not available in India yet, but you can order it online on Amazon for $150
Pain: On a scale of 1-10, 0

Best Tattoo Removal Cream

4. Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is the quickest fix available and also one of the less expensive and painful ones. If you cannot go through the entire process of laser, you can have your plastic surgeon graft another layer of skin on your botched tattoo area. This one is popular with many people.

Cost: Starts from Rs 10,000/- and goes up to Rs 75,000/- depending on the requirement and area.
Pain: On a scale of 1-10, 5, you will have to be admitted to the hospital for a few days.

Plastic surgery Tattoo Removal before and after

5. Salt Scrub

This method could be a savior. If you wanted to know how to remove a tattoo, then you are just at the right place.

This method involves over exfoliation. Though it is not a good thing to scrub away your skin, this is the last resort method to get rid of an eyesore on your skin. You can use the salt scrub for a long period of time to scrub the tattoo away, but you also have to be careful about not hurting your skin too much. It’s an inexpensive method, but can leave lasting damage on your skin.

Cost: The H2O Plus Sea Salt Skin Smoother Scrub costs Rs 1625/-
Pain: On a scale of 1-10, 4

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Salt Scrub for Removing Tattoos

6. Salt And Lemon Juice

Using salt and lemon juice is one of the ways to remove a tattoo. Instead of opting for laser tattoo removal, you can use these ingredients to remove your tattoo naturally.

To use this method, mix 100 gms of salt with lemon juice and soak a cotton ball in that solution. Now rub this soaked cotton ball on your tattoo covered skin for about 30-60 minutes till the mixture is deeply absorbed by your skin. Once done, you can wash it off using warm water.

Lemon and Salt to fade tattoo

7. Profade Tattoo Removal Cream

If you are looking for a tattoo removal cream, then you can try out the Profade tattoo removal cream which consists of three creams. It is one of the best tattoo fade cream. With a claim of removing tattoos within 3-9 months, each cream has a different purpose to serve.

The first cream is used to prepare your skin for the next two creams. The second cream begins the process of breaking the ink particles etched on your skin and the final cream is used to further enhance the process of eliminating the tattoo from your skin.

Profade Tattoo Removal Cream price

8. Saline Tattoo Removal

You can try out this method for eyebrow tattoo removal. You would have heard about permanent makeup application, right? Well, it is the same procedure but instead of injecting the pigments, a saltwater/saline solution is injected in the brow area.

The injected salt gently extracts the skin out of your skin without causing you much pain. Your skin will also remain intact. It can take up to 4-6 weeks for this procedure.

Saline Tattoo Removal method

9. Honey

One of the best ingredients for how to get rid of tattoos naturally is honey. Follow the below instructions to prepare the best tattoo removal natural cream.

You will need fresh aloe vera gel, salt, sugar free yogurt and honey. Mix all the ingredients until it forms a cream like paste. Before applying the cream, make sure you thoroughly clean the tattoo covered area. Now apply the cream until it is completely absorbed by the skin so that it can remove the tattoo ink.


10. Lemon

Is tattoo removal painful? Yes, it is. That is why you need to try out this natural tattoo removal without laser method. Lemon is one of the most common ingredient found in our houses and it can be used for tattoo removal instead of of opting for some tattoo removal technology.

Start by cleaning the tattoo area with warm water, squeeze some lemon juice and rub it on the tattoo area. After rubbing the melon juice, wait until it dries up and your skin becomes hard. Once it is dry, you can rinse it off using warm water. Definitely a cost effective way to remove tattoos at home.

Check out the below before and after tattoo removal image using lemon juice.


The best and the least expensive and painful method of removing a permanent tattoo is no doubt the decision to “NOT GET A BAD TATTOO!” The wise ones say that you should get a temporary tattoo and see how it suits you before you decide to have it permanently! Remember, this is your body and you should definitely make a very wise choice about it before deciding to ink something.

3 Best Tattoo Removal Creams

Tattoo Removal Creams are selling out faster than you can think due to unwise tattoo decisions. These creams make your tattoo removal process all the more easier and effective, they are worth the buy. A few tattoo removal creams that have gained immense popularity for their fruitful results are :

1. Tat B Gone

Tat B Gone is a well rated and reviewed cream for skin alterations. It helps in effectively fading away the tattoo on the skin. This cream has gained a massive market to market itself due to the bang on affordability and productivity. It works in a three step process but is known to work better than most of those 3-step processes that exist.


  • Affordable
  • Easy
  • Guaranteed Results


  • Takes time to work
  • One month supply

Cost: $65

Tat B Gone

2. Profade 3 Step Action

This cream comes in three steps. First step is the preparation, second step is the activation, third step is elimination. So, the first step prepares the skin for the process, the second step begins the removal process and the final step removes the tattoo.


  • Mild Cream
  • Low cost
  • Natural Ingredients


  • Takes Time To Show Full Results

Cost: $56

Profade 3 Step Action

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3. TCA Home Skin Peel Kit

This product doesn’t solely belong only to the removal of tattoos, but extends to a wide range. It works on stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, moles, acne, freckles and much more. An all in one kit, is definitely worth a buy and try! Its easy in-home use and ideal package lets you save time while working on your issues.


  • Suitable to all skin types
  • Makes you feel younger
  • Improves skin


  • Causes a burning sensation sometimes

Cost: $49

TCA Home Skin Peel Kit

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While there are ways to remove permanent tattoos, the delicate tattoos that are done, such as eyebrow tattoos, lip or cosmetic tattoos might be a little difficult to get rid of. So make sure you think twice on the decision to get a permanent tattoo and then removing a permanent tattoo.

Hope you enjoyed this post on how to remove a permanent tattoo. Please share your comments with us.


  1. hi.

    I just want to know on a +- basis how long would it take to remove my tattoo using these methods, because I desparatly need to get rid of this tattoo.

    looking forward to your reply,

  2. I Have 3 Tattoos 1 Is 20 Sq inch 2nd Is 8 Sq inch And 3rd Is Also 8 Sq Inch And I Want To Remove My Tattoo From Root So Can You Help Me?
    What Can I Do For Removing This Tattoo?
    Which Procedure Is Best-(LASER Or Plastic Surgery)
    And If Choose Plastic Surgery Then What Are The Charges?
    I Am In Delhi.
    Please Help Me

    • If you want go for laser tattoo removal, better to consult Dermatologist doctor, he/she will suggest treatment based on tattoo age and color.

    • Laser might be the best option to remove your tattoo. Consult a dermatologist for the appropriate type of removal based on your skin type. It depends on how much detail you had in the tattoo and how long it has been on the your skin

    • It depends on tattoo age, design, how big it is and what colors are used in it. Laser might be the best option to remove your tattoo. Consult a dermatologist for tattoo removal based on your skin type. Laser removal will take some session to remove your tattoo. Each section takes 30 to 45 days for healing time in between.

  3. I did a cover up but I regret doing that I js wish I could of just stocked with the one I had before cuX this one is stressing me out I feel so bad of getting this done so I hope u all could help me out

  4. This post is well written. The first point is a great option, Laser Tattoo Removal. Unwanted dark and multi-colored tattoos can be safely and effectively eliminated with Alma’s Harmony XL Pro. Alma’s ClearLift laser treatment comes with various laser wavelengths that focus on different ink colours. They also use high-intensity high beams, to create a shock wave that breaks up the ink particles. Definitely recommend Alma’s Laser treatment for Tattoo Removal.


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