Home Tattoo Removal
The words “tattoo removal" were probably not on your mind the day you got your first tattoo.
is, after all, invincible, all-knowing and clairvoyant to boot. Fast
forward a few years however, and what seemed like a good idea at the
time is possibly not so appealing any more.
Fashions and bodies change, tastes shift, but a tattoo is forever –
unless you can afford the time, money and discomfort of tattoo removal.
methods are painless and there seems to be no free tattoo removal or
even low cost tattoo removal. Either there is a high monetary cost of
tattoo removal or there is the cost of tattoo removal scars.
are, by their very nature, permanent. They don’t wash off, grow out or
disappear with age. They do however, tend to fade, blur and distort over
time, especially with changes in age, weight and skin texture.
Homemade tattoo removal
starts out as an attractive design might end up as an unrecognizable
blob which will have you investigating home tattoo removal and pouring
over tattoo removal pictures.
The outer layer of skin regularly
sheds cells and if tattoos were restricted to this portion of skin, they
would simply go away by themselves. Tattoo ink is injected into the
deeper layers of the dermis though, where it tends to stay. For this
reason, at home tattoo removal is not advisable. Do it yourself tattoo
removal is risky, sketchy and unpredictable. Tattoo removal creams are
unreliable, but, thanks to the wonders of modern science before and
after tattoo removal pictures can seem convincing.
There are only a
few options for tattoo removal and none of them are pretty. That tattoo
removal cream, lotion and potion that supposedly removes tattoos is a
bit suspect. Anything that claims to penetrate deep enough to reach and
dissolve the tattoo ink is either going to damage your skin, or your
pocket by doing absolutely nothing.
Tattoo removal bleach is not psychic - it will not just concentrate on tattoo ink removal and leave skin unscathed.
next option is dermabrasion tattoo removal, which works by sanding away
a few layers of skin and rubbing the tattoo out. As you can imagine,
this is painful, invasive and in almost all cases leads to scarring. It
requires several treatments too. Glycolic acid tattoo removal is equally
unkind to skin.
Excision is one of
the more drastic tattoo removal methods, which entails tattoo removal
surgery. The offending patch is cut out with a scalpel and the resulting
wound stitched up. Obviously this will leave a scar.
Tattoo laser removal
The most efficient, albeit most expensive, and best tattoo removal option is laser tattoo removal.
tattoo removal clinics, intense light pulses break down the pigments in
the tattoo and these are then disposed of by the body’s waste disposal
system – the lymphatic system.
This is a long process carried out
over multiple sessions at a tattoo removal clinic. Depending on the
size, complexity and condition of the tattoo, laser tattoo removal cost
is anything from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
done tattoos are harder to remove than amateur ones, as are older
tattoos. Some colors, for instance green, orange and light blue are
generally more difficult to get rid of than black, red and dark blue.
Tattoos on thin skinned areas such as ankles present more of a challenge
than ones in places where there is more fat, such as the thigh.
By Gizelle Bichard
Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with this page on home tattoo removal
- Basic tattoo care
- An infected tattoo
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