The History of Tattoo Removal

03 January 2016 / By Beloved

The History of Tattoo Removal

The removal of tattoos has been performed using a number of strategies. Tattoos were often eliminated either partially or fully by the use of specialized dermatological treatments.

Initially, before the laser-based tattoo removal methods were used, some of the predominant techniques involved the use of dermabrasion and trichloroacetic acid, an acid that eliminates the upper skin layer. The acid goes deep into the skin to where the tattoo ink was injected.

Another predominant technique used for the elimination of tattoos involved the scrubbing of the skin with some salt. This process is referred to as salabrasion.

More examples of early tattoo removal techniques include the application of lime, wine or even the excrement from the pigeon.

The laser technique has been commonly used since it because commercially available in the 1990s.

Laser tattoo removal refers to a non-invasive technique where Q-switched lasers eliminate tattoo pigmentation. Black and dark ink can be removed completely.

There is an additional tattoo removal technique that is in its early stages. One is the use of a cream that is applied to skin’s surface. Using the cream –which is being developed by a PhD student named Alec Falkenham – supposedly aids in the removal of a tattoo without the tattoo holder experiencing pain.


Tattoo Removal by Replacement:

Many people who regret their tattoo decide that they want the tattoo covered by a new one. In most cases, this is referred to as a cover-up. The old tattoo may be completely covered up and rendered invisible. This procedure is usually performed by an artist who specializes in the inscription of the tattoos. The cover-up is greatly dependent upon the size of the tattoo, the style that was used in the design, the color and, most of all, the technique used creating the previous tattoo.


Laser Tattoo Removal:

The removal of tattoos is usually performed by the use of laser technology. Laser tattoo removal breaks down the ink particles that are present in the tattoo. The ink is then sunk into the body where the particles disintegrate, fading the tattoo. In order for an effective treatment to be completed, the tattoo laser must be produce sufficient energy within the absorption spectrum of the tattoo pigments. There are some tattoo pigments that present a challenge in the treatment, especially when it comes to yellow and the green tattoos.