Types of Tattoo Removal

Surgical Method of Tattoo Removal

This method requires local anaesthetic to numb the area, your surgeon will then begin cutting out small sections of the tattoo. The smaller the tattoo the faster the process, if your tattoo is relatively large then the process could take a few months. Your surgeon will begin with small extractions of skin and will remove each section once the initial section has healed. For larger tattoos you may need to have a skin graft from elsewhere on the body. The surgeon will then stitch together the remaining skin once the tattoo is finally removed.

Benefits & disadvantages

There are specific benefits to this procedure which include the process being relatively painless as the area will be numb, the results are drastic and immediate following each session, if the tattoo is small the process will be quite quick and effective, the scars usually fade and to most people are much better than having the original tattoo, the process is exceptionally successful and will of course offer you the results you require. There are however specific disadvantages associated with this method these include a tender feeling to the area for a specific amount of time, it may also cause some severe bruising,  as local anaesthesia is used there is a risk of allergic reaction to the substance this can in some instances be severe, as everyone’s bodies heal differently your scarring may fade slower than others and in some instances not at all, if your tattoo is larger you may require a number of sessions and this could take a substantial amount of time, you may also require a skin graft if the area is large.

Laser Method of Tattoo Removal

This method requires a number of sessions to remove the ink from the area through pulses of laser light. The lasers are used to separate and fade the ink within the area, various lasers can be used and some may be more effective than others. You may also find that if you have certain colours within your tattoo that you may require a specific laser to be used, or a certain amount more sessions to ensure the removal of the colour. It is however not 100% that all of the tattoo may be removed as it can be exceptionally hard to fade specific colours. Your clinician will assess your tattoo prior to your first session and should be able to provide you with a much more precise answer as to how many sessions you might require.

Benefits & disadvantages

The majority of people who undergo laser treatment point out that the benefits include a low risk of scarring and it does not require any incisions to be made near the tattoo. Many consider this method to be the most effective and least painful method of tattoo removal. However some people have been known to point out that the process can cause some significant pain it can often depend on your pain threshold. It is also seen that if your tattoo includes specific colours such as green and red the laser method may have some significant trouble removing them, you may require additional sessions to fade these colours, or the colours may not fade at all. One of the main disadvantages is known as skin de pigmentation, this is due to the lasers removing dark pigmentations within the tattoo and sometimes it may remove the dark pigmentation in your skin, this will cause your skin to turn white, however this will usually disappear within a few months or years and in some instances may not disappear.

Creams for Tattoo Removal

As there are many tattoo removal creams on the market it is often best to perhaps attend a consultation with a private clinic, they will be able to assess your tattoo and perhaps recommend a specific cream. One cream Wrecking Balm has been rated as high as 10 out of 10 on specific tattoo removal sites. During your consultation you will find that if your tattoo has specific colours in it that it might be difficult to completely remove that section of the tattoo. Other creams include Rejuvi cream, which is injected into the area through small needles, this cream forces the ink to come to the surface, scab over and then drop off.

Benefits & disadvantages

The cream method is usually applied a specific number of times a day and are at a much lower price than surgical or laser treatments, and there is no pain associated with this method what so ever.  Tattoo removal creams have however never been considered 100% effective, and often as results can take a longer amount of time than results with other methods some people can sometimes get impatient. Rejuvi creams are seen as relatively effective and are sometimes considered more effective than laser treatment, as it can force all colours out of the skin. It is also seen as one of the least painful treatments and usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks for the scar to form and drop off.

Other treatments

There are a number of other treatments which aren’t as popular as laser treatment, surgical removal or the use of creams, these include a method named dermabrasion. Dermabrasion will entail the freezing of the specific area of skin; this area will then be in a way ‘sanded’ down with a tool similar to a razor. This can often lead to permanent scarring as some tattoos may be settled quite far down into the skin, it may also cause a substantial amount of bleeding, and will require you to wear a bandage for a certain amount of time to reduce infection. It will usually take up to 3 months for the wound to heal and settle down and can often take up to 6 months for the itching or burning sensation to disappear. The results do however permanently erase all evidence of the tattoo as the skin is worn down where the tattoo originally was.

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