Admittedly, although most people love tattoos, there will come a time when they have no further need for it or even lost interest on the design inked on their skin. When this happens, removing them will appear to be the most suitable option. While tattoos are meant for a lifetime, there are methods of removing them these days.

Laser removal is the most common method. In general, several visits are required for a number of weeks to months. Laser technology decomposes the ink within the skin and jump start the immune system of the body to remove ink that’s been treated with laser. This process in general is less invasive than others because it is bloodless. It is considered the least painful and safest option. Another method, the dermabrasion involves abrading or scratching or rubbing the skin using a wire brush or diamond fraise. This is frequently used to even out the deep pitted acne scars and fine lines due to aging. This works like a chemical peel and is slightly painful. This is rarely used today.

Scarification includes using an acid solution. For half a century, chemical peels have been used in different forms. In the last two decades, 25 percent TCA or trichloroacetic acid became available. It peels the skin off and fresh and new skin is revealed. However, this method is rarely used nowadays. Surgical removal includes excising the whole tattoo along with the skin affected by the ink of the tattoo. Then skin is sutured back if the defect is small. If the defect is big, skin grafts are needed to close it. This is a last resort for very big tattoos and only made when all other methods failed.

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