The Evolution of Tattoo Removal Methods

If you’ve ever been wary about removing a tattoo, it’s probably because of a variety of good reasons. While tattoo removal is often thought to be painful, costly, and time-consuming, what many people don’t realize is that the process has improved significantly over the last few years.

At Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about tattoo removal and explain our tattoo removal methods so we can help determine which laser works best for your health and your wallet. Tattoo removal is virtually as old as tattooing itself, so let’s take a look at how it’s evolved over time.

The History of Tattoo Removal

A method for tattoo removal is described in a sixth-century medical encyclopedia using “resin of terebinth,” and bandaging. In those days, tattoos were likely to be found on slaves, prisoners and soldiers.

Well into the 20th century, prior to the advent of laser technology, there still weren’t many options to remove a tattoo safely and non-invasively.

Surgical excision required removing the inked skin entirely, while dermabrasion involved a wire brush to mimic sandpaper’s effect on the skin.

Regardless of which method was used, the outcome was often the same: highly irritated skin that was prone to bleeding, swelling, scarring and even infection.

Technology has made great advancements in the previous quarter-century and tattoo removal methods have greatly improved as a result.

Current Methods of Removal

  • Saltwater: Unlike laser therapy, the saltwater process involves the extraction of ink through equalization. The tattoo is “lifted” from the dermal layer of skin (where the ink is located) and brought up to the epidermis as your body tries to balance out the high concentration of saltwater on the skin’s surface. The ink is brought to the top layer in the form of a scab that eventually gives way to new skin.
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL): This method of tattoo removal begins with the application of a topical gel. Next, a wand is waved over the tattoo emitting pulses of high intensity light. The main difference between IPL and laser is the type of light involved – the former utilizing broad spectrum light that can treat general skin irregularities. IPL essentially burns away the epidermis and causes the tattoo to fade away over time until new skin has grown and it’s removed entirely.  
  • Laser: Arguably the most common form of tattoo removal today, laser therapy breaks tattoo ink into fragments that are then removed from your body during the healing process. Certain colors may be more difficult to remove, as are larger pieces; however, there have been several advances in the field of laser technology that have resulted in a gentler, quicker experience. PicoWay laser tattoo removal at Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon is one example of an advanced method.

The Advantages of PicoWay

Where traditional laser methods often fail in terms of effective ink displacement and success rates with darker skin tones, PicoWay is a pioneer in the industry. It delivers targeted, high-power energy with pulses so fast they’re measured by trillionths of a second (picoseconds).

As a result, clients see faster results with less scarring than they would with saltwater and other methods. In fact, the only situation when PicoWay is not recommended is for the removal of yellow ink, as the laser cannot target the color effectively. Not to mention, 82% of patients are seeking a PicoWay physician to remove their tattoos.

In addition to removing your tattoo more quickly overall, PicoWay offers:

  • High power removal, resulting in fewer treatments
  • Decreased risk of long term skin damage
  • Visible results after initial treatments
  • Minimal pain
  • Ability to target even the smallest ink particles

Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon

If you find yourself researching Phoenix tattoo removal specialists, be sure you have a good understanding of the methods involved, along with a total cost and time estimate.

Removing a tattoo requires serious commitment – the last thing you want to experience is an empty wallet and a faded tattoo that looks worse than it did before you started. Call Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon at 602-343-6355 for a free consultation where you’ll learn more about PicoWay and, together, we can set reasonable expectations for lasting results.



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