Presently laser tattoo removal is one of the most effective means of fading the appearance of a tattoo; this safe modality of tattoo removal exists to delivers better results than highly debated creams and (high-risk) dermabrasion. Dermabrasion Dermabrasion for tattoo removal is an outdated technique and is seldom used anymore. This method for tattoo removal are not the most effective or safest method. During dermabrasion, the skin is “sanded” to remove the layers of skin containing the ink, and excision, in which a doctor removes the skin with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches, depending on the area of the body where the tattoo is found. Both of those procedures are much more dangerous and only used in very special cases. For our purposes we’ll review the two previous mentioned accepted methods to help you choose which is best for you. Dermabrasion should not be mistaken for microdermabrasion which is an effective method of improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tattoo removal using cream is a frequently debated technique. These are bought in month-long supplies where the cream is applied to the skin on a daily basis. Most creams claim to fade or lighten the tattoo within a few months of using the creams. However, there is no evidence that these creams are guaranteed to work and may only have a small effect on the tattoo, if not cause skin irritation as well as other allergic reactions.
Laser Tattoo Removal
A more proven result comes from laser tattoo removal. It has become the standard treatment for tattoo removal because of its low risk. Typically performed over the course of several treatments, the laser emits wavelengths of light in short flashes that break up the ink particles small enough to then be removed by the body’s immune system. However, exercise wise judgment in choosing a provider. Treatment may take longer than expected and provide disappointing results if not performed by an experienced medical professional. Select your provider by evaluating their experience and knowledge of the procedure during your consultation.
Different colors of ink are more difficult to remove than others. Blue and black is much easier to remove than green and yellow. A specifically designed technique known as Q-switching , referring to the short, high energy pulses, have been developed for the removal of tattoos. The Q-switched Nd: YAG is particularly advance in removing red, blue and black inks are all used for the removal of tattoos. It is wise to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to feel assured they are educated in proper techniques as well as any potential side effects such as bruising, blistering, and scaring of the tissue. If the procedure is done right, however, you should be able to fade your unwanted tattoo, which may have been an innocent mistake or one regrettable decision.