Many people today are finding that the tattoo they acquired as a teenager or in their early twenties is no longer the cherished body adornment that it used to be and the search for a method of tattoo removal has become a major priority. These tattoos were often applied on the spur of the moment or even after careful consideration in some circumstances but without really considering the permanence of tattoos. Or at least twenty years ago a tattoo was permanent. But with today’s advances in technology, there are more and more methods that are proving to be relatively safe and effective for removing these no longer wanted relics of an earlier life.
One of the problems with tattoo removal is how it was applied in the first place. One would think that removing a tattoo that was originally applied professionally would be far more difficult than one applied at home or at a drunken party. But strangely enough this is not the case. A tattoo that was applied by a professional tattooist has the ink at a uniform level below the skin that makes removal by a dermasurgeon far easier. Once they know the level of the ink, they can easily apply the method at that level over the entire tattoo.
Another factor of tattoo application that effects tattoo removal is the colour and quality of the inks. Darker inks including dark blues and blacks are much more difficult to remove and will often take several treatments. Apparently dark green can also cause a problem when removing tattoos as well.
The main methods of tattoo removal are outlined below:
- Tattoo laser removal – This involves visiting the dermasurgeon at their tattoo removal clinic where they apply laser treatment to the tattoo. Different lasers are used for different ink colours. This is considered to be one of the safer and more effective methods of tattoo removal though several treatments will be required that can cause the cost to mount up.
- Dermabrasion This involves a visit to the clinic where the tattoo is sanded off. Yes, it sounds painful and is, so a local anaesthetic is used along with pain killers afterwards
- Surgical tattoo removal involves a trip to the clinic to have the tattoo cut out with the wound being stitched up afterwards. This method is fast and effective though you have to be careful not to get the wound infected.
- Tattoo removal cream is a long term method that is cheaper than the other surgical methods but is also quite controversial as to its effectiveness.