Tattoos are meant to be permanent; however, most people do not consider the fact that they may change their mind after committing to one. While some people are forever happy with their tattoo decisions, many people face regrets later on in life. Whether you made a mistake earlier on in life or are looking for blank space to put a new tattoo, it is important to be cautious when choosing the method on how to remove a tattoo.
There are lots of ways that have been advertised for removing tattoos, but that does not mean that they work or are safe enough even to be worth trying. Methods like creams, dermabrasion, surgical excision, and acids can be painful, and some of them can leave behind scarring worse than the tattoo itself. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective and safest way to successfully remove tattoos. Here is a list of removal methods to avoid:
Tattoo Removal Creams
Some companies advertise tattoo removal cream intended to remove tattoos quickly and painlessly. You may even find recipes for lotions you can mix in your own home. While a homemade lotion mix may make your body smoother, it will not penetrate the skin deep enough to impact the pigmentation of your tattoo. Over the counter creams, even if sold at your local pharmacy, are even more dangerous as they dissolve the tattoo by breaking down what is in your skin. This can irritate your skin, like rashes, and breakouts, as well as more extreme side effects like burning and scarring. For cream to remove a tattoo, it would need to remove many layers of skin along with it―something very dangerous to be done by a product found in a bottle.
Acids and Cryotherapy
While some people want to avoid any painful route for tattoo removal, others consider pain to be a necessary step in the recovery period. Examples of this are removal with acid treatments or cryotherapy, both of which kill layers of skin to expose the deepest layers where the tattoo lies. The hope is that by killing that skin will rid the body of the tattoo.
With cryotherapy, frostbite is intentionally given to areas of skin, and then the destroyed skin is sanded off, repeating this process until the tattoo is gone. With acids, there are two methods of removal, both of which fail to remove the tattoo entirely. Some acids are applied to the skin, killing layers little by little and working their way down. Other acids are injected into the skin to break down the ink and force it to the surface, where it is then expelled in the form of a scab or blister. Both methods are painful, and often result in scars and infections which can sometimes cause even larger issues. Not only are these removal methods hazardous in regards to the look of your skin, but they are harmful to your overall health as well.
Dermabrasion and Surgical Excision
Dermabrasion is another painful method to remove tattoos which usually requires a local anesthetic. As is indicated in the name, dermabrasion involves abrasion of the skin, rubbing the skin on top of the tattoo away with a wire brush, sandpaper, or another rough tool. The hope is that with enough rubbing, you will eventually be able to scrape the tattoo out and off of your skin, however, due to how deep tattoos go into the skin, the pain, recovery, and possible scarring are often in vain.
Surgical excision is as bad as it sounds. Like other methods, the skin is removed by a doctor who takes the skin off as they cut out the tattoo, and then repairs the cut up skin with stitches. This method creates an open wound that the body cannot heal naturally and will almost certainly result in unpleasant scarring; especially in cases where the tattoo is much larger.
The Right Way to Remove a Tattoo
After the discussions on each removal method, you may wonder what is left. Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective, and most highly recommended method for removing tattoo ink. Laser tattoo removal, which targets each ink color individually, is often much less a chance for infection. It also has much more success in actually removing the ink of the tattoo without compromising the integrity of the rest of your skin. At a reputable laser salon, most clients will see their skin return to its normal coloring without excessive scars, permanent swelling, or marks.
If you are interested in laser treatments or want to learn more about tattoo removal, contact Delete Tattoo and Laser Salon for a free consultation to find out how your tattoo removal needs can be met.