What Tattoo Removal Option is Best for Me

You’ve decided it’s time to let go of your tattoo and have it removed, but don’t know what is the best tattoo removal option in your case?  To get an idea about what tattoo removal method is optimal for you, you need to inform yourself about all the options available.

Complete versus Partial Tattoo Removal

First of all, you need to have a clear picture in mind regarding the post-treatment expected results.  Do you want your tattoo to be completely gone, or are you thinking to just change its appearance into a faded image? Depending on your answer to this question, you should be capable of narrowing your tattoo removal methods down to fewer options.

Tattoo Removal Options

There are lots of different ways to achieve a full or a partial tattoo removal, and knowing as much as possible about each method may help you get an idea about the treatments available.  Subsequently, after calculating your budget for the tattoo removal treatment and after having a long, detailed discussion with a tattoo removal specialist, you will be able to decide upon what tattoo removal option is best for me?

The most common way of having your tattoo removed is through laser.  By subjecting yourself to a tattoo removal laser treatment you should be able to achieve satisfactory results, but multiple treatment sessions will be needed. Your treatment results will vary according to the size and type of your tattoo, according to your skin, to the number of laser treatment sessions undergone etc.

The laser tattoo removal method is done by targeting a powerful laser beam at the tattoo and breaking apart the ink which is afterwards eliminated by the organism.  The cost of this treatment is quite large, ranging from a few hundreds of pounds to over a thousand.  So, depending on the number of sessions you need to have, those expenses may be too much for your budget.

A similar tattoo removal option called IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is even more expensive, because the costs associated with this treatment option are determined per pulse of light, and are usually about £10 per pulse.  These two treatment options are preferred by those who desire a less invasive tattoo removal method that minimises scarring and other nasty side effects.

More invasive tattoo removal options include surgery incisions that remove the tattoo completely, but can be used only for smaller tattoos, followed by other unpopular methods such as dermabrasion, and salabraison - both being a form of abrasion.  During the abrasion procedures, superficial layers of the skin are simply scraped off using a special abrasive tool, but are less used nowadays because they are highly invasive, damaging the skin and requiring multiple sessions to notice the fading of the tattoo.

Another popular and affordable tattoo removal method consists of DIY tattoo removal creams such as Tattoo-OFF and TatBGone.  These are less expensive than the tattoo removal procedures done in the office of a specialist, but they’re still not as affordable, the price for a two month supply being over £100.  These creams do not guarantee the complete removal of the tattoo, and the user has to keep following the treatment for months in order to notice the fading of the tattoo.

Tattoo removal options that are known to fade a tattoo are suitable for those who desire cover-ups, which consist of covering an old tattoo with a new one. The costs of tattoo cover-ups are no less than the costs of regular tattoos, and have their limitations.


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