Tattoos, Tribal tattoos, Celtic tattoos, tattoo designs, cross tattoos, flower tattoos, lower back tattoos, butterfly tattoos, sun tattoos, Free Tattoo

Monday, October 4, 2010

How To Remove Tattoos??

Choosing The Best Option For You:

There is a huge range of tattoo removal creams available in the market. However, most tattoo artists do not recommend this mode of tattoo removal because they it is not very effective.A customer considering this option should remember that despite the promises made in the advertisements of these creams, a tattoo is not just there on the top of the skin, but the ink actually penetrates into several layers of the skin.

Therefore, it is unlikely that these creams would do much in the way of removing tattoos completely. There is a more effective method of chemical peeling with trichloroacetic acid, which actually removes layers of skin.

Laser treatment is the most common tattoo removal option in use these days. Far from being simple, this method actually takes multiple sessions to produce results depending on size and details of the tattoo to be removed. These sessions are priced prohibitively from anywhere between $250 to $850 per session. Also this particular procedure is extremely painful.

The latest in tattoo removal technology is Pulsated Light Therapy. Though somewhat less painful than its laser cousin and more effective, it is far more costly than an already costly laser procedure.

One should therefore consider these problems in getting a tattoo removed before going for a new one. If you do get a tattoo, then it should be one that you plan to keep and not a result of some whim or impulsive decision. There are no tattoo removal procedures that are guaranteed to completely obliterate any traces of the tattoo. The costs involved are also a big deterrent.

Now that you are armed with so much information on tattoo removal, it won't be long before others start considering you as an authority in this field.

Tattoos have been around for centuries but they are more popular than ever now, with today’s young generation. They are an artistic vehicle for people to state their loves and convictions. Tattoos, however, are permanent whereas the emotions that motivated them may not be.

Fortunately, there are several options available today to get rid of tattoos.

Lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal. Intense beams of radiation are directed at the tattoo, generating enough heat energy to break apart the ink in the second layer of the dermis, where it is injected when the tattoo is put on. The body then rids of the ink particles through normal immune function. The amount of heat energy required to break down the ink usually causes the skin to blister. Even though a topical numbing agent is often given, this method can be uncomfortable. The laser treatments are scant in duration, but several are required to successfully remove most tattoos. The cost can range from a couple hundred dollars into the low thousands, depending on the size and color intensity level of the tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Dermabrasion refers to getting rid of the top layers of the dermis with a wire brush or a sanding disk. The method has been around for more than a century, but it more commonly used to treat severe acne scars and less usual for tattoo removal. The region is numbed with a freezing solution and then the skin is ‘sanded’ away until the layers containing the ink are gone. This takes several treatments. Although effective, it can be painful and typically leaves a scar.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL).

This method is similar to a laser in application. The difference is the source light. This method is commonly performed in spas or medical spas. It is said to be less irritating than the laser and require fewer treatments. On average, though, it is more expensive.

Surgical Excision.

The skin containing the ink can be surgically removed. In a small area, the surrounding skin is sutured together to cover the area where the skin was removed. However, for large tattoos, it may be necessary to cover the area with skin grafted from another part of the body. This can be painful and is usually done only when the more contemporary choices are not feasible.

Scarification Chemical Peel.

A less common method of tattoo removal uses an acid solution to cause the layers of skin to peel away. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is commonly used to remove acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks and age spots. It works by damaging the skin’s cell structure just enough to cause peeling. After several treatments, the top few layers of skin are gone and new skin is revealed. For tattoos, once the top layer is gone, the layers containing the ink will start to peel away. This method does not always remove the tattoo completely and often just causes substantial fading.

Tattoo Removal Creams.

There are now topical creams that claim to remove tattoos. Many of these tattoo removal creams contain Hydroquinone which is often prescribed to remove dark spots on the skin or under the eyes. Hydroquinone involves some risks if used long term. It is thought to be carcinogenic and there is evidence that long term use can lead to darkening of the skin, a condition known as Endogenous Ochronosis. It could take a year or more for creams to significantly fade or remove a tattoo. With the average cost $60 month, the cost may end up being comparable to laser treatment.

Though most people would never think of removing their tattoos, some realize theirs was a mistake, or perhaps they simply want to remove it and start over. While much of the pain comes at the time of getting the art put on, removing it can be painful as well. Knowing ahead of time how to deal with the possible pain can help.

If you don’t want to go through the tattoo removal procedure, you may opt to simply cover it with another tattoo. However, sometimes this is either not possible due to the size or shape or the art, or you just don’t want anything there in place of it.

You should know before the operation that lasers are used to remove the tiny pigments of color that make up the tattoo, and that many people require 8 to 12 sessions before it is entirely removed. This means planning ahead is important, particularly if you want it removed by a certain date.

Like other types of surgery, you can have anesthesia administered during the tattoo removal. It is usually the local kind, though you can also opt for topical anesthetic cream. In this case, it should be applied about an hour to two hours before the operation begins.

Be aware that if you choose local anesthesia, you could need more treatments since it often makes the ink on your skin spread out. This can make it difficult for the laser to remove all ink particles. Your doctor can talk to you more about which type of anesthesia is best for you, if you want to use it at all.

Afterwards, your skin will likely be discolored, ranging from white directly after the treatment to red later on as it heals. The area should crust to help with healing, which will slowly come off after a couple weeks. The leftover ink should then fade within the following months, and then you will be able to note whether you will need more laser sessions.

If you are considering tattoo removal, wondering about the pain involved is normal. However, in most cases, it won’t be any less manageable than the pain from getting the ink in the first place. Making the decision of whether to use anesthesia is good to do before the surgery, and it can also be discussed during the consultation with the doctor. Either way, being prepared for any surgery, even the simple one of removing tattoos, is a good idea.

No comments:

Post a Comment