As the number of people having tattoos increases, the number of people having tattoo regrets also does. When people start to regret having a tattoo, they then begin to look into ways that they can remove their tattoo.
There are times when we like something so much at one point in our lives, that we want to leave it on our skin forever. The keepsake may be a great love, a symbol that identifies us, words, phrases, characters – anything goes. However, although we do it because we want to express ourselves, many have tattoos solely for aesthetic or fashion purposes.
It Is Hard To Remove Tattoos
Before getting a tattoo, you have to be truly sure about it because, among its many characteristics, it is one of irreversibility. To remove a tattoo, you will have to invest in treatments; most of them surgical, which besides being expensive, are usually very aggressive against the skin, so they are not very pleasant.
However, in the last years, some effective treatments have appeared that allow the elimination or reduction of the visibility of the tattoos utilizing more natural methods of cosmetics. To help you in your choice of treatment, we will tell you which are the best Ways To Remove A Tattoo and everything you should know about them.
8 ways to remove a tattoo.
1. Tattoo removal cream.
Nowadays, thanks to the advances in the world of cosmetics, there is a great variety of creams explicitly created for tattoo removal. This method is excellent if you have a low tolerance to pain, since it does not usually hurt, and it does not tend to leave scars either. If you’re looking for an option that allows your skin to look good aesthetically and is also affordable, this may be the best technique.
One of the most significant disadvantages of this way of removing a tattoo is the amount of time it takes to work and to start seeing results. The tattoo you want to remove can take from 3 months to even a year to be removed entirely. The process is quite tedious also since you will typically have to apply the cream many times and follow precise instructions to avoid problems.
You should apply the tattoo removal cream by massaging the tattooed skin in a circular motion, following the product’s instructions. You can choose from a variety of different products. Still, it is a good idea that the product you select has among its components trichloroacetic acid since this is very beneficial for removing tattoos and other types of skin imperfections.
In many cases, instead of single cream, you will have to use three very similar creams. These creams are interspersed over time, depending on the stage you are at with the tattoo removal. This type of treatment with more than one cream is usually more expensive, but at the same time, more productive.
When using tattoo creams, you should pay close attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines and contraindications. Many of them, for example, specify that the skin of the tattoo should a. If you do not follow these instructions, you may suffer from severe burns, blisters, or even large scars.
This is an example of how you can remove a tattoo at home with homemade solutions.
This technique consists of rubbing salt with water on the skin to heat it and remove the upper layers of the skin. These layers are the ones that contain the ink of the tattoo.
The process must always be performed by a professional since if you do it yourself, you run the risk of suffering burns and irreversible scars and skin damage.
This technique can cause pain or stinging since the professional will have to massage the tattoo area little by little. However, this is a very effective technique, since the salt penetrates the layers where the ink is found and makes it disappear. However, if your skin is very sensitive or the tattoo is very large, this option may not be the best for you.
In this method, a qualified professional will spray a numbing solution on your skin and then sand it down to reveal the blotchy layers of skin underneath the tattoo, which will also cause the tattoo ink to release from the skin slowly.
A local anesthetic will be applied to avoid pain, but it is still normal for the area to bleed a little and feel painful, even with the anesthetic.
As an advantage, the cost is lower than other highly sought after professional treatments, such as the laser option.
After the treatment, for ten days, you will not be able to expose the treated skin to sunlight, and you will have to apply a specific gel on the affected area to calm the pain. Keep in mind that if you are prone to scarring or hypopigmentation, this technique is not for you.
4. Aloe vera.
This plant seems to be the skin friend par excellence. It can heal burns in a matter of days, reduce scars, and moisturize the skin. And yes, it’s also an ideal method of removing your tattoos.
You should remove the skin from the plant and spread the gel inside on the surface of your tattoo. You have to do this three times a day until it disappears.
Aloe vera is the only natural and homemade method that can work to remove a tattoo, but as with creams, the process is usually slow. If the tattoo is very large, it may be even harder to remove. Another disadvantage of this method is the uncertainty of time since it can take from one month to more than a year to work.
This is one of the homemade tattoo removal methods.
This method, as well as most of the ones mentioned above, must be performed by qualified professionals. In this case, a tattooist is not enough. The person who performs the surgery must have valid medical training, since this is one of the riskiest methods, not only for your skin but also for your health.
The surgery process is quite simple. Under local anesthesia, the qualified professional will remove the skin containing the tattoo. The surgeon will then stretch the ends, to form new skin. This method is not the best when it comes to extensive tattoos since the loss of skin can be too important to let it heal on its own. In many cases, the skin is removed little by little, with different sessions. The graduality avoids problems such as infections, but it has the disadvantage that instead of a single scar, you will have many small scars, so aesthetically it may not be as nice.
It is necessary to emphasize that this method can have very serious aesthetic consequences, such as scars or wounds that do not close. Even if the skin does not have scars, it will be very sensitive for a while, so you must take this into account if you are dealing with areas that may be very exposed to sunlight.
6. Tattoo Removal With Laser Technology
This method is one of the most effective, whether for the removal of large or small tattoos. It is an expensive process that requires several sessions, so you must take into account the price and commitment you assume when starting the treatment.
During a laser treatment to remove a tattoo, alternative movements of light are propelled over the skin at a very high temperature and concentrated to make the tattoo’s pigments explode. The tattoo becomes less visible, and the ink injected under the skin is transformed into fine particles expelled by the body, thanks to blood circulation.
This process must be carried out by a professional, since, contrary to what you may think, tattoo removal requires a special type of laser. This laser is known as an ultra-short pulse laser. These lasers work by emitting extremely hot, short, and fast bursts to heat and separate the ink particles.
The ink pigment that you want to erase becomes significant with the use of lasers to remove a tattoo. The significance is because different pigments absorb different wavelengths of light. Thus, for the laser to break down the ink, it must be set to the correct wavelength. Tattoos with different pigments will need to use more than one adapter to break down each type of ink particle.
One of the main advantages of this method is that, although it is painful, it does not hurt as much as other more invasive methods that scrape the skin directly. On the other hand, if you decide to remove your tattoos with this method, you will avoid possible scars, bleeding, and infections.
7. Intense Pulsed Light Treatment.
Finally, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) helps to stimulate collagen production, providing a significant improvement in our skin. It is a treatment that is used on the upper layers of the skin to burn the tattoo.
In general, it is a less painful technique than the laser one, and it is a more economical process since it requires fewer sessions to work. The skin will need several months to heal completely; generally, you will have to wait twelve months to see the final results.
As with the laser, this technique does not usually leave visible scars.
This technique consists, as its name indicates, in covering your previous tattoo with a new one made for this purpose. This method works great when the tattoo you want to cover is small or not very striking with intense or unusual colors.
To make a tattoo covering, you must take into account the shape of the original tattoo, all the lines it contains, the colors and shades, and of course, the texture.
Tattoo covers can be done in two ways, using the elements of the tattoo already on the skin as a base for the new design or covering it completely. If you cover the tattoo in the first way, the design will be partially determined by the old tattoo. It will be the root from which the tattooist starts, but by taking advantage of the old lines without totally covering it.
In the second case, there is a risk that, by completely covering a tattoo with the tattoo covering, the relief of the old one can be seen in the new one. Therefore, very often, it is recommended to apply a few sessions of laser or pulsed light treatment to remove the depth of the tattoo you already have and, thus, that the new one will predominate.
There are methods you can use to remove a tattoo you no longer want on your skin. In this regard, it is always necessary to investigate which one may be most appropriate for you.
To do this, take into account your skin type. If you have any disease that may prevent you from using any specific method, this is also important. Your tolerance to pain is (since each way of removing tattoos generates a different pain) an issue. The other things that matter are the size of your tattoo, as well as the inks used for it. Its colors can profoundly affect the result you get if you try to remove it. Tattoos done by non-professional tattooists with inferior quality inks or dubious precedence will be more complex to remove than those done with all the regulations in place.
We hope we have helped you make the best decision.