Tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure done to remove unwanted tattoos. As tattoos are placed beneath the top layer of the skin to ensure it remains permanently in the skin, tattoo removal can be a complicated procedure.
Although there are tattoo removal creams in the market, home treatments do not offer the same results and are likely to cause skin irritations compared to professional tattoo removal procedures.
Laser tattoo removal is performed using Q-switched lasers that release energy in a single, powerful pulse. Your skin will be numbed with a local anaesthetic injection prior to the procedure. A powerful pulse of energy is applied to the tattoo to heat and shatter the tattoo ink.
- Surgical removal
Surgical tattoo removal involves removing the skin where the tattoo is and stitching the edges of your skin back together. This tattoo removal method is very effective but could leave a permanent scar.
Dermabrasion involves sanding down the skin to deeper levels with a high-speed rotary device with an abrasive wheel or brush attached to it. This will allow the tattoo ink to leach out of your skin.
Following the treatment, you will find that the affected area feels sore and raw for several days. This method, although commonly used for tattoo removal, does produce unpredictable results. Some doctors will recommend dermabrasion in combination with laser or surgical removal to fully remove a tattoo.
Never attempt tattoo removal on your own. Always seek medical and professional treatments to safely and effectively remove tattoos.