Archive for September, 2012

Explore The Different Methods Of Tattoo Removal

September 30th, 2012

Tattoos have had a surge of popularity in recent years. The stigma of a tattoo is not the same as in the past, and improved colors and custom designs have made them appealing to both men and women. But what if we change our minds about a tattoo, or don’t like the finished design? What if there is a case of buyer’s remorse? There are new and improved methods for removing a tattoo making it easier than ever to have it done. Researching the different tattoo removal options available will ensure the job is done right.

Surgical procedures such as excision can be performed by a doctor. This procedure works best for tattoos that are small in size because it results in less scar tissue after surgery. The tattoo is cut out of the dermis by a surgeon and allowed to heal. Look for doctors that are experienced in this procedure.

A simpler, but more time consuming method, is dermabrasion. Dermabrasion uses an exfoliation to remove the top layers of skin, in the hopes the tattoo will eventually fade and disappear. There is also a popular saltwater method of exfoliation called salabrasion that can be used. There is a higher risk of scarring, and dermabrasion can be painful.

Laser tattoo removal is fast becoming one of the more popular tattoo removal options. However, it is one of the most costly, especially for larger size tattoos, because of the large area to cover and it takes more than one visit to remove it. The procedure does cause some pain, and requires some down time after the procedure. Swelling and redness are common. The cost can increase if the tattoo is dark or complicated because it will require more repeat visits to remove completely.

Over the counter removal creams have varied success rates, and take quite awhile to complete the removal process. They are less painful but should be tested on a small area of the skin before fully applying. Ask the tattoo shop if there are any creams they could recommend that work.

TCA is a cosmetic procedure that uses a skin peel similar to those that are used in beauty treatments. Skin peels can be performed by a doctor or in the privacy of your own home. However, this method can be slow, taking several months for a complete removal. Skin reactions to the peel can be a common side effect.

Intense Light Pulse therapy is another option for permanent tattoo removal. It is different than laser therapy in that a concentrated beam of light, instead of a laser light, is applied to the tattoo in quick pulses. It can be just as costly as laser therapy, but the healing time is shorter and there is less pain involved.

No matter which tattoo removal option you choose, always be sure to proceed safely to avoid infection, scarring and damage to the skin layers. A dermatologist with experience in tattoo removal can give you the right advice, depending on the type of tattoo to be removed.