Tattoos are something people decide to have for all sorts of reasons and many people remain happy with them throughout their lives. For some people however as they get older and their circumstances change, they may decide they wished they no longer had them!
In the past tattoos were almost impossible to remove and for those who wanted rid of them they had little or no option but to just cover them up. As technology has improved however, tattoo removal is now a very realistic option and there are a number of different techniques that are currently available.
The main tattoo removal options are as follows:
Surgical tattoo removal: This is the most drastic solution and is only generally considered on large tattoos that have been applied in a professional manner (applied to the deeper layers of skin). Surgical tattoo removal literally involves removing the patch of skin where the tattoo is and then letting the skin heal over. Skin grafts are often required and scarring is common.
Laser tattoo removal: This is an effective way of removing tattoos and involves the use of a laser which effectively breaks down all the pigments that make up the tattoo into smaller particles. Please read our section on laser tattoo removal for more information.
Dermabrasion tattoo removal: This procedure is rarely used nowadays and it literally involves ‘sanding away’ the top layer of skin. A special medical instrument is used called a Dermatome and the skin is removed until the tattoo has disappeared.
Intense pulsed light tattoo removal: This is a similar technique to laser tattoo removal, only the tattoo is removed using intense pulses of light as opposed to a laser. Please read out section on IPL tattoo removal for more information.
Tattoo removal cream: This is considered a new method of tattoo removal and the 2 main types of creams are Rejuvi cream and Wrecking Balm cream. Please read out section on tattoo removal cream for more information.
Tattoo Removal Cost:
The cost of removing a tattoo will vary depending on numerous factors such as the size and colour of the tattoo. Smaller tattoos are obviously cheaper to remove than bigger ones and single coloured tattoos are also cheaper to treat than multi-coloured tattoos. For more detailed information on the prices involved you can read the following guide: A price guide to removing tattoos
Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Both surgical and dermabrasion tattoo removal will cause considerable pain but these methods are very rarely used these days. The other techniques do involve some discomfort but most people find it tolerable. Some people will naturally have a lower pain threshold and certain parts of the body are more sensitive than others. For those who find the treatment too uncomfortable, a local anaesthetic can be easily used.
Tattoo Removal Side Effects:
Following the procedure there is likely to be some bleeding and discomfort which will ease after a few hours.
Scabs, blisters and swelling are considered normal and it important not to pick them otherwise scarring can occur.
Expect the treated area to be back to normal within 4 or 5 weeks.