Tattoo Removal Techniques

Nowadays it is easy to get a tattoo removed and while there will be a cost, some pain and the need to take care of the site for some time after the procedure is finished it will be well worthwhile going through the process.

There are many reasons why some people will want to do this.  Often they will have the name of a former partner and once the relationship ends, the new partner will not be happy that there is a permanent reminder on their skin.  Gang members have tattoos to show their allegiance and in an attempt to remove themselves from the gang having the tattoo removed will stop them being identified as a member.
There are a number of removal techniques and while laser is the most effective, popular and the newest, some people still choose the others.


Tattoo Removal Techniques

  • Laser.  Here a warm light is aimed at the ink and the colour is removed from the skin.  This tattoo removal technique works best on dark colours so some light tattoos may not completely disappear as it is the colour that attracts the laser.  It can take up to 5 visits to completely remove a tattoo but the size will ultimately dictate how many are needed.
  • Dermabrasion.  This is when the machine is rubbed across the skin and as the skin is removed so is the tattoo.  As a tattoo removal technique this will be more painful both during and after the process and there is also the possibility of scarring and infection.  As the skin can be breached it is important to look out for the first sign of an infection as if there is one and it is allowed to take hold, the scar left will be much worse than it needed to be.
  • Salabrasion.  This is when a mixture of salt and water is dabbed onto the skin.  It takes the colour out of the tattoo and while it is probably one of the safest methods it can also take longer than other ways.
  • Gel tattoo.  This method is not often used now as there are a number of problems that can be caused.  The gel is mixed with saline and then tattooed over the original tattoo.  The idea here is that the ink will connect with the gel and move to the top of the skin where it can then be removed.  The problems here are the fact that not all the gel or ink may be removed and there will be the risk of infection, scarring and gel retention meaning the skin will have a lumpy feeling.  This can also be painful and take a long time to heal so it is not surprising that this is no longer a popular method.


Whichever tattoo removal techniques are chosen it is important to make sure that the skin is protected and any signs of infection dealt with.  It will probably take longer to heal from a tattoo removal than it did when the tattoo was first done.  As long as all methods are carried out by a specialist the risks can be limited.

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