Complete Guide: How To Remove A Tattoo Safely & Effectively
If you have recently come to the conclusion that you no longer want the tattoo on your body, it’s time to start the removal process, but how do you know which method to use? There are several safe and effective ways to remove tattoos from your body, but each one comes with its own set of potential drawbacks and risks—some higher than others—that you need to be aware of before deciding which technique you will use. Our complete guide on how to remove a tattoo safely and effectively will help you choose the best method for you and your tattoo.
Different tattoo removal methods?
Laser removal – The procedure involves breaking and lightening the ink within the tattoo, which then gets absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. Most tattoos are removed with a Q-switched laser, which sends out energy in one strong pulse. This pulse of energy heats up the ink in your skin to dissolve it. You’ll need to receive a number of laser treatments over several weeks or longer to remove your tattoo.
Surgical excision – Excision tattoo removal involves cutting off the tattooed skin and stitching the remaining skin back together. It is usually done in a plastic surgery office. You’ll be given a local anesthetic before the surgeon uses a sharp, knife-like instrument called a scalpel to cut away the tattooed skin.
Dermabrasion – It is a process where layers of skin are removed using a sanding device to allow ink to leach out. During a typical dermabrasion session, a clinician will administer a local anesthetic to reduce any pain. They’ll use a high-speed rotating abrasive device that sands off the top layers of the skin to let tattoo ink escape.
You can try some home treatments as well:
1. Tattoo removal cream: – Tattoo removal creams and chemical peels are the most common and the least expensive. However, there is no conclusive evidence that they work. Due to the high risk of skin irritation and allergic reaction, experts don’t recommend using DIY tattoo removal creams to get rid of your tattoo.
2. Mix aloe Vera gel, apricot, and some vitamins in an equal proportion. Apply the mixture on tattoo and massage in circular motion. Then leave the mixture for some time and wash it off with cold water.
3. Apply sand powder and aloe vera gel to the tattoo and rub gently with pumice stone. Apply it on the tattoo and repeat this 2 to 3 times a day and you will see your tattoo fading.
Covering it over
If you don’t like the design of your tattoo but don’t mind getting another one, a cover-up can be an effective way of concealing it. A cover-up can be a cost-effective, quick option for disguising the tattoo you already have. This method is a good option if you don’t like the design of your tattoo but wouldn’t mind another tattoo.
The best way to do so is to pick colors and/or textures in a new tattoo that differ significantly from your old tattoo. When done correctly, a cover-up will blend in perfectly, concealing any existing lines and colors.
Few things to keep in mind before getting a tattoo remove
1. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider before removing a tattoo, because of the risk of scarring or infections.
2. Be careful when selecting a laser removal clinic. Not all clinics are created equal. Avoid getting a laser, or anything at all, if you know that it is likely to leave burns and scars.
3. Removing tattoos is not cheap and can range from $250 – $1000+ per session. It may take more sessions, longer healing times, and longer laser wavelengths to remove your hair.
4. Finally, be aware that removing tattoos can take upwards of 40 sessions or more depending on the size of the tattoo, the type of ink used, and other factors. Different people may see different results from different treatments and be more or less successful in finishing the entire course. It takes some extra time between sessions for your body to flush out the ink.