How do You Remove a Tattoo
About Tattoo Removal
Deciding to get a tattoo can be one of the most painful and regrettable things you will ever do. Be sure that the tattoo you get is perfect and in a not so obvious place. The pain and cost of getting the initial tattoo should be worth the investment. The tattoo should not be in a highly visible area since getting a job while sporting a tattoo is much harder than having a tattoo and only needing to cover it up during the job interview and during working hours.
Removing a tattoo is much costlier and quite possibly more painful than getting one in the first place. Tattoo removal can be extremely painful and very, very expensive. The preferred method of removing a tattoo is by laser. Owning and operating a laser removal system is generally handled by a dermatologist, a medical specialist who charges according to a steep fee schedule.
There are other methods of tattoo removal including: micro-dermabrasion (sanding of the skin); cryosurgery (freezing the skin and ink); surgical excision (cutting the ink out) and burning/scarring (burning or branding the skin). Laser tattoo removal is currently the safest and least painful option.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Targeting only the ink is the feature most desired during laser tattoo removal. The laser pulses light down into the depth of the skin where the ink resides. The light pulses break up the ink into micro fragments which are absorbed by the lymphatic system and carried off as waste.
The lasers only target the specific color of ink programed, so it is important to get pure ink colors while getting a tattoo. Tattoo artists use all kinds of ink, so ask first or better yet, get and keep a sample of the ink used in your tattoo. The lasers do not normally target normal skin pigment.
It may take an expert in tattoo ink to program the wavelengths, depth and duration of the laser light pulses. Don't skimp on the costs when it comes to tattoo removal.
Tattoo Removal Creams
Creams sound cheaper and perhaps more effective than laser tattoo removal. The truth is that is will take months of dedicated applications of the creams and balms to achieve the best results. If the tattoo is small, you may want to try the creams first.
All of the tattoo removal creams work on the same principal. They are microdermabrasion systems and they do remove and/or bleach the skin. Rumor has it that Michael Jackson used these creams to lighten his natural skin pigment. Bleaching creams obviously worked for him, but you will have to keep using the cream as the pigment will eventually return.
The most effective cream found during my research is WreckingBalm which is available from many reputable stores like WalMart. It is also available through online outlets, but be sure to buy from a recommended store.
Removing a Tattoo the Hard Way
Using excision, freezing, burning and scarring to remove a tattoo is incredibly painful. When you got your tattoo, you had no idea you were ever going to want to get rid of it, but things change. That is why you should never get someone's photo or name as a tattoo. Think through the tattoo process. You may have your tattoo for the rest of your life.
Excision is the actual cutting and removal of the epidermal layer containing the ink. If the ink is very deep, skin grafts may be needed to cover the area. This is the most dangerous way to remove a tatt. Infection and gangrene are a serious consideration.
Freezing and burning are quite similar. They destroy the epidermis and thereby the ink carried in the layer of skin being frozen or burned. This process is very effective, yet very painful and it will leave a permanent scar. Only a dermatologist should perform such a procedure.
Scarring has become rather popular lately. Small metal rods are heated to some extreme temperature and briefly applied to the tattoo much like a branding iron. Some tough guys like to do this without any sort of anesthesia. Multiple applications are needed to eradicate the tattoo, but skilled branding artists (as opposed to tattoo artists) can also create patterns and a new kind of tattoo-like impression in the skin.
Laser tattoo removal
safe, mostly painless, fast
cost is high, some pain involved
Tattoo removal cream/balm
cheap, diy, FDA approved
slow, gradual removal, moderate cost, slow
fast complete removal
must be done by doctor, painful, may leave a large scar, may lead to infection and skin grafts
Freezing and Burning
fast complete or partial removal
extremely painful if not done by a doctor, leaves a big scar, may lead to infection, possible skin grafts
May be done a little at a time, may become a whole new design
painful, need to find a branding expert, will leave scar tissue
Tattoo Removal Magic
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Take Care of Your Tattoo
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