|The Differences Between Chemical, Laser Light, and Other Tattoo Removal Processes
Unfortunately, getting a tattoo is fairly easy and affordable. I say "unfortunately" because so often people do not consider the costs and health risks associated with tattoo removal.
There are several methods and processes for tattoo removal and anyone considering getting a tattoo should be aware that costs are higher than others depending on how long the tattoo has been on the skin, how deep the tattoo ink goes into the skin, as well as how large the tattoo is.
So, before you run out and get a permanently-inked tattoo, you need to read on about these removal processes. Also bear in mind that some tattoo removal procedures may result in scarring. In addition, always consult with your dermatologist or physician to discuss the best tattoo removal procedure for you, especially if you have existing skin or medical conditions.
Tattoo Removal Using Laser Light
There are several types of intensed light or laser light tattoo removal processes.
1. Carbon Dioxide (CO2): Carbon Dioxide or CO2 laser removal uses infrared light to vaporize the tattoo ink. This removal process almost always leaves scarring on the skin.
2. Q-Switched or Rapid Pulsed Nd-YAT: For many people, Q-Switched or Rapid Pulsed Laser tattoo removal is preferred but is the most costly. It takes several sessions to "explode" the tattoo ink but the results leave little to no scarring on the skin.
3. Q-Switched Ruby Laser: Most often used on red and green tattoo ink, the Q-Switched Ruby Laser tattoo removal process can cause bleeding or breakage of the skin. Some people say that this process leaves little to no scarring.
4. Alexandrite Laser: Used most often for the removal of very dark blue, green or black tattoo ink, the Alexandrite Laser tattoo process leaves little to no scarring but can require several sessions.
Tissue Expansion Tattoo Removal
With tissue expansion tattoo removal, the process requires the insertion of a "balloon" under the skin and frequent inflation to stretch it.
Later, the excess skin where the tattoo sits is removed by surgical excision and scarring is inevitable.
Surgical Excision Tattoo Removal
Surgical excision tattoo removal is exactly what it says: the skin where the tattoo resides is cut out and the edges of the skin stitched back together.
Sometimes a skin graft will be needed in the case of a larger tattoo and surgical excision always leaves a scar.
Dermabrasion Tattoo Removal
Dermabrasion tattoo removal is a process where the skin is "sanded" using a rapidly-moving, diamond tipped instrument.
You would think that dermabrasion/sanding of the skin would not scar the skin, but it does---always. It falls into the same category as laser surgery tattoo removal.
Tattoo Removal Using Chemical Peels
TCA-based chemical peels not only remove tattoos, but also skin damaged by the sun and other skin problems.
Chemical peel tattoo removal processes are a great option for most people because they most often do not leave scarring and are the most cost effective ranging in price from $300 to $700.
The chemical peel tattoo removal process is simply applying the solution to the tattoo. Some people may experience tingling or a slight burning sensation that can be reduced by blowing COOL air from a blow dryer to the area.
Depending on the type and depth of color of the tattoo ink, the chemical peel solution may take several applications to remove the tattoo entirely.
Tattoo Removal Using Creams
Tattoo removal creams such as WreckingBalm work much the same way as chemical peels for tattoo removal.
The nicest thing about tattoo removal chemical peels and creams is that there is the convenience of removing the tattoo yourself at home.
No matter what type of chemical peel or cream you use, do be sure to check the FAQs on websites and consult a physician or dermatologist about any possible adverse effects from the ingredients in these type of tattoo removal products.