Salibrasion: The Oldest Way in the Book!

Salabrasion is the oldest method known to man when when it comes to removing tattoos. First used by a Greek physician named Aetius around 543 A.D., this method is definitely painful. Destruction of the tissue above and where the tattoo is located is the goal of the procedure.

First the doctor abrades the superficial dermis (past the point of bleeding) with coarse granules of table salt and a moist gauze pad. Then more salt is applied to the wounds surface and is left under surgical dressing for 24 hours. The process is then repeated.

Although this method was extremely popular before more modern methods were developed, it’s not practiced anymore on it's own. Sometimes salabrasion is used in conjuction with other methods. Salt is used as an abrasive to peel away the tattoo surface and underlying layers. Several salabrasion treatments may be required. The salabrasion procedure can cause substantial discomfort for some patients and it cannot remove pigment in deeper layers of skin.

Local anesthetic is administered to minimize discomfort. Healing requires several days. Healing takes several days that could turn into weeks if not done properly. When compared to other methods, salabrasion is one of the least effective methods for tattoo. If your serious about getting a tattoo removed, it would be better to look into the other methods listed on the navigation bar.