Do You Need Tattoo Removal
“Is tattoo laser removal the only answer?”
Tattoo removal methods offer many different options including medical procedures, creams and some questionable home remedies.
Due to the cost and pain involved in these cheap tattoo removal solutions, it is greatly encouraged to put a lot of thought into getting a tattoo in the first place.
And, although removal is possible, the pain and scarring after removal should be a top consideration when originally getting the tattoo. This may be something you will want to consider.
Prior to the availability of surgical or laser removal of tattoos there were several other options for doing away with an unwanted tattoo. This would include tattoos with names a person no longer wished to display, badly done tattoos and pieces in conspicuous body locations.
These early options included either applying topically or injecting the tattoo with wine, lemon or lime juice, garlic and even pigeon fecal matter. These rarely, if ever, worked; causing only skin irritation, infections and scarring.
Tattoo removal surgery
Excision, dermabrasion, salabrasion and cryosurgery were the next methods to be developed for removing tattoos. These techniques are still currently used with different levels of success. These removal methods should also always be carried out by a professional! The risks of infection and severe scarring are greatly reduced and the chances for successful removal are greatly increased.
Excision – This option for removal involves literally cutting away the layer of skin that holds the ink of the tattoo. For very small tattoos this option can work well. For larger areas several sessions are required and there can be a possible need for skin grafts for the area to heal properly.
Dermabrasion – This method is performed by a “sloughing off” of the layers of skin that contain ink. The doctor applies a local anesthetic with creams and/or injections until the area is numb. After this the area is then frozen to create a hard working surface and the layers are then “sanded” off.
Salabrasion – Somewhat like dermabrasion, salabrasion includes numbing of the area and then scrubbing a salt compound over the skin to the point of bleeding. This procedure typically requires repeat sessions and is not as successful as the other options.
Cryosurgery – This procedure is actually used in conjunction with dermabrasion to remove the affected layers of skin.
Tattoo Laser Removal
Laser removal has become the most common method for complete removal of unwanted tattoos. Though costly, in most circumstances, it is completely effective. This method is completed by using either a continuous wave of laser or a series of pulses of light.
There are several lasers used for this process, these are called “Q-switch lasers”. This means they are very high intensity lasers. The lasers, when directed at the skin, are able to vaporize the affected skin and tissue thereby removing the tattooed skin.
Tattoo removal cream?
Among the many removal methods there are also a variety of creams on the market which purport to be able to remove tattoos from the skin.
This method is known as the “tattoo fade” or “tattoo erase” method. These creams all contain a chemical or chemicals that cause skin bleaching. One of these chemicals is Hydroquinone, believed to contribute to skin cancer.
These creams require regular usage and their ability to work is based on the ink used in the tattoo, the age of the tattoo and the skin on which it was applied. It is important to research any product and its ingredients you intend to apply to your skin. Allergic reactions and infections can be dangerous, and there is always a possibility of scarring.
The issue of tattoo removal should actually be considered prior to getting any tattoo. The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true here. Any method you choose for removing the tattoo is going to have a cost associated with it that could have been avoided before getting the ink.