Tattoo removal

So, you want to have your tattoo removed, but don’t know how? Perhaps you want to get ride of a tattoo that you regret having done or it is stigmatizing you from holding down a good job or keeps you from reaching your goals. If you have a tattoo that is related to a particular gang and you want to dissociate yourself from it, taking off the tattoo is a first step.

Or perhaps, your tattoo symbolizes hate or prejudice. Then, having it removed is the right thing to do. If you still have a tattoo on which is a memory of a past love and now you have someone new in your life, isn’t it fair to get rid of this memory? No matter what your reason for removing a tattoo, first consider the options and then go in for removal. They are:

  • Laser: This is the commonest technique of tattoo removal. It targets the ink with pulses of high concentrations of light that break up the ink into tiny fragments. These fragments are then cleared away with your immune system. However, this isn’t all done with just one treatment. With repeated treatments, the laser penetrates the ink and destroys it, but take care that it does not damage your skin and cause you painful blisters and scabs that go on to scarring. This apart, laser removal is also expensive, with each session costing you $250-$850.
  • Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL): This is the most recent and the best dermal enhancer currently now in use. First, a gel is applied to the skin and then light is focused on the skin through a wand. This method is not only less painful than laser therapy but more effective and requires fewer treatment sessions, but it is certainly more expensive too.
  • Dermabrasion: Other methods of tattoo removal include dermabrasion, which “sands” away or abrades the top layer of skin through friction.
  • Excision: Here, the tattoo is cut and the skin stitched back again. But this method causes a lot of damage to the skin and leads to severe scarring, and is therefore used only in extreme cases.
  • Do-it-yourself creams: There are certain creams that help by fading tattoos without damaging the skin or causing pain. Though a lot more affordable than laser surgery, ask your doctor or a tattoo artist how wise it is to use these creams.
  • Fading with saline: If your tattoo artist uses a saline solution to fade your tattoo, it will show good results. This is particularly effective if your tattoo was done a long while ago, and though it won’t go completely with this method, you can fade it and quickly cover it up with a new tattoo.

These are the various methods of removing an old tattoo and getting a new one. Which one you choose depends on the advice of your tattoo artist, so see that you get the best advice on this before you have your tattoo removed.