Tattoo Removal Methods
No one gets a tattoo anticipating its removal. The tattoo artist, whose goal is to create a permanent image, embeds the ink deep within the dermis. The ink is below the outer layers of skin, the epidermis, so the ink won’t be effected by shedding of the skin or external factors acting on the surface of the skin. Removing this ink is possible, some methods more acceptable than others.
Wrecking Balm, Tattoo B Gone, lemon juice, and other lotions can lighten the top layer of the skin over the tattoo, possibly making the tattoo appear lighter. This skin is constantly shedding off, so reapplication is ongoing. Basically, this method includes any bleaching of the skin and only has a minimal effect. The ink itself is never effected.
Salt scrubs, sandpaper, and dermabrasion can remove tattoo ink only if the epidermis is scrubbed off, exposing the ink in the dermis. Then this deeper tissue must be scrubbed away. Abrasion is a method that is usually left unfinished due to the extreme pain, scarring, and risk of infection.
Various acids can be purchased online. The acid is placed on the skin covering the tattoo, which must be removed along with the tattoo ink. Again, this method is rarely used beyond an initial trial run. Deep scars and possible infection will result from this painful method.
Saline injection is a newer fad in tattoo removal. A tattoo machine is used to open the skin down to the level of the ink, and a saline solution is injected to wash away the ink. This method has resulted in extreme scarring and, unfortunately, doesn’t remove most of the ink.
Surgical excision is a viable method of tattoo removal. Most tattoos will require a skin graft, so a skilled surgeon is required for this procedure. While it will fully remove the tattoo, there will be scarring and considerable expense.
Laser tattoo removal is the only successful method available that will not leave a scar, if the Quanta Q Plus laser is used. Lasercare Tattoo Removal is using the only Quanta Q Plus in Alaska. Our laser tattoo removal technology has been designed to safely remove even the most stubborn tattoos. It works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues. Light beams radiated by the laser are absorbed by tattoo pigments, which then fragment. The body then absorbs and eliminates these pigment fragments.
Lasers other than the Quanta Q Plus will leave you with with an open wound that will take six to eight weeks to heal before you can consider another treatment. Healing of the skin is never an issue at Lasercare Tattoo Removal. We will completely remove your unwanted ink in fewer treatments than any other laser, and there will not be a scar when you are done. We would love to answer your questions and get you on the path to the results you want. Call today for a free consultation. (907)903-1558