Tattoos are usually meant to be permanent. Therefore, removing a tattoo is not as easy as getting one. This does not mean that getting rid of a tattoo is impossible. Indeed, tattoo removal is old as tattoos themselves. For years, people have used many crude and often painful techniques to remove tattoos from their bodies. Luckily, today there are safer and less painful tattoo removal options offered by trained professionals such as processes offered by plastic surgeons at Peach Medical Group. If you think that having a tattoo was not a good idea and you would like to get rid of it, below is a rundown of the options that you have for removal.
Dermabrasion and Salabrasion
Salabrasion is one of the oldest tattoo removal techniques. It involves the abrasion of the dermis and the epidermis using a salt-based solution. Dermabrasion is quite similar to Salabrasion only that it makes use of a mechanical method that involves the abrasion of the dermis and the epidermis using a rotating mechanical instrument. Although these techniques can be effective, they can be quite painful and they have the potential to cause long term damages to the epidermis.
Subcutaneous injections involve injecting a glycolic acid-based solution or any other safe liquid solution that can affect the tattoo ink. Unfortunately, the results tend to be inconsistent, since the mixture of ink and the injected liquid may not be easy to expel from the dermis to the epidermis. Besides, the solution may negatively affect the skin and leave long term burn-like marks and scars.
Skin excision involves removing the tattooed skin surgically. The procedure may also involve skin grafts. However, this technique is only applicable in dealing with small tattoos since using it on large areas may be undesirable, difficult, or even impossible. Besides, it can leave scars, whose size may vary depending on the tattoo size.
Tattoo Removal Cream
The idea of simply applying a cream on the surface of the skin may seem attractive due to its simplicity and low cost. However, this treatment is quite limited. The truth is that getting rid of tattoo ink from the dermis using tattoo removal cream is an impossible task. The best result that you can achieve with creams is the superficial fading of tattoo ink in the epidermis.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal is perhaps the most advanced tattoo removal technique. This technique makes use of laser energy to break down the tattoo ink in the dermis and the epidermis. The ink is then removed from the body gradually through the lymphatic system. Therefore, you are not going to see the results immediately after the treatment session. It is also imperative for you to note that you will need to go for several treatment sessions to get rid of the tattoo completely.
Overall, it is apparent that although there are many options when it comes to tattoo removal, laser tattoo removal is the best of them all. The technique is not only effective but also safe and painless. Feel free to get in touch with professionals at Peach Medical Group for more information about tattoo removal.