5 Common Tattoo Removal Techniques
Studies have shown that many people with tattoos regret getting one and there is a significant number of people interested in having their tattoos removed. Below we have put together a list of the most common tattoo removal methods.
Laser Tattoo Removal is the most popular technique used today and it is the technique used by Beloved Laser Tattoo Removal.
The first step in laser tattoo removal involves the application of cream onto the tattoo. This is to desensitize the skin. Next, pulses of laser light are shone on the tattoo, which breaks up the pigments in the dye. The result is not immediate. Over the course of several weeks, your body removes the pigment as part of its natural rejuvenation process.
Using laser technology, black tattoos are easier to remove completely. Colorful ones require more complex attention. The pigment for each color has to be treated with laser pulses of a different wavelength. Several treatments may be necessary over the course of several weeks, depending on the size, color and depth of the tattoo.
Surgical Tattoo Removal. As the name suggests, this procedure refers to the removal of the tattoo by cutting away the skin. The skin is then closed by sutures and allowed to heal. A skin graft may be applied. This method is often used to remove small tattoos.
Dermabrasion. This terms refers to 'skin rubbing'. For this procedure, a professional will spray the tattoo with a solution that freezes and hardens the skin. A skin abrasion device – similar in design to that of rotary orbital sanders commonly found in workshops – is used to lightly peel the skin off. Some bleeding is likely to occur and must be treated immediately. This method is often used to remove amateur and “shallow”
Salabrasion.This is one of the oldest tattoo removal techniques and is quite painful. A saline solution of water and table salt is prepared and applied to the tattoo. A local anesthetic is also applied. In the past, a small, hard block wrapped in cloth or gauze was used, but this has widely been replaced in favor of the rotary abrasion device used in dermabrasion. The block or rotary device is used to peel the skin off the tattooed area.
Several sessions are required for best results. Like dermabrasion, this method is used for shallow tattoos.
Scarification. The method is as scary as it sounds. The tattoo is removed, but replaced by a scar. An acid is applied to the skin where the tattoo is, and a variety of methods –such as scratching and etching – are used to remove it and induce scarring. Further scarring may be caused while the initial wound heals to achieve patterns of scar tissue.