There are many reasons for wanting to remove your tattoos. Many regret the tattoo right after they get it. Some regret it after some social awkwardness. Some women who have tattoos on their stomach or lower areas will have problems with skin stretching when they get pregnant. For whatever reason it is, they need to get their tattoos removed.
There are 2 effective ways of removing tattoos. There are also many not very effective ways also.
The most common treatment for Tattoo Removal is Laser Removal.
This treatment is one of the most effective ways of partially or completely removing a tattoo from the skin. It is known as the least painful out of all treatments, but it is also known to be quite expensive. The removal process takes several visits. Depending on the size and number of visits, the costs can range from a couple hundred to a thousand dollars. Even certain colors are difficult to remove and will require long multiple visits.
Laser removal is essentially using the latest laser technology that causes the ink to decompose by kick starting the body’s immune system. Make sure to speak with your dermatologist before this treatment. There have been cases of hyper pigmentation or hypo pigmentation and even allergic reactions because of the ink removing process.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
This is the latest in tattoo removal treatments. Intense pulsed light therapy involves not a laser, but a high intensity light that has the same effects as a laser. This method is suppose to be safer and less painful. However, the problem comes with the price tag. This therapy requires “pulses” of light to shine on the tattoo. Many places charge by the pulse! Some ranging from 5 to 10 dollars per pulse. Depending on the tattoo, that can easily break a thousand dollars.
There are also very ineffective methods of removal. Dermabrasion is what is sounds like. It is the process of scraping away the skin until the skin that holds the tattoo is no longer there. It uses wired brushes or sometimes sanding discs. This turns out to be one of the most painful methods of tattoo removal. This obviously causes terrible scars, and this type of treatment is almost never used anymore.
Scarification is the process of removing the tattoo with acid. There are surgical ways of removing the tattoo. One of which is actually cutting out the skin that holds the tattoo. The skin is than sutured and leaves a terrible scar.