Evolution Of Tattoo Removal

Way back when, during the early days of tattoo removal, the only way to remove a tattoo is to strip away several layers of your skin until the tattoo is not there anymore. It was a very painful process. The risk of infection and scarring was also huge. Because of obvious reasons, most people just chose to keep their tattoos to avoid the side effects of tattoo removal.

Years later, dermabrasion, surgical excision, camouflaging, chemical peels, and salabrasion were the primary options for tattoo removal. Below are their descriptions:

  • Dermabrasion. This involves scratching or rubbing the skin with a diamond fraise (a sanding disc) or a wire brush, covered with topical cryogen. The topical cryogen causes the brush or the disc to freeze up, developing a rough surface that abrades the upper layers of your skin.
  • Surgical excision. Here, the tattoo remover uses a scalpel to surgically peel the area of the skin that has the tattoo. Because part of the skin is removed, the open wound needs to be stitched up to heal. For large tattoos, a grafted skin is placed over the open wound. It is a very invasive procedure that invites massive bacterial infection and mandates longer time to recover.
  • Camouflage. This process involves injections of skin-toned pigments into the tattooed part of the skin.
  • Chemical peels. Also known as scarification, this process makes use of acidic solutions such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) in peeling the tattooed layers of the skin.
  • Salabrasion. Here, a salt solution is rubbed vigorously on the tattooed area to remove the layers.

Today’s modern method of removing tattoos is performed through laser treatments. The Q-switched ruby laser works by heating up the particles of tattoo pigments, making the break into various pieces. The pieces are small enough to be excreted by the body as natural waste products. Other laser treatments are Q-switched neodymium, Candela pigmented lesion lasers, and Q-switched alexandrite are more effective and versatile in removing tattoos. Because of modern developments in laser technology, experienced healthcare professionals make laser tattoo removal an effective method in removing tattoos you do not want.

Tattoo removal has gone a long way since those painful days, twenty years ago. Laser tattoo removal is the only way to go now, but when you decide to go for it, be sure to prioritize your health and safety.