Methods to Avoid
If you google ‘tattoo removal’ you’ll most likely come up with this list of suspects. Read up on them and then avoid them. Tattoos may no longer be permanent but Scarring will be!
Don’t work. We have had many clients who have tried fade creams for months and even years with no effect. Since Tattoo ink lies beneath the skin and these creams are applied to the surface of the skin, it is unreasonable to expect they would be able to fade your tattoo successfully.
Are very dangerous as they employ very powerful acids normally used industrially. Unfortunately we have had clients with horrific permanent scarring after using acid peels – making their tattoo more difficult to remove later with laser.
Tattooing the area with Pastes or Chemicals
This method will always result in scarring. Some of these that have recently been promoted as "NEW" are Rejuvi and Tat2 Away. Unfortunately these methods are neither new nor do they yeild desireable results (see examples below). Chemicals and pastes have, in the past, been tattooed in over the top of an existing tattoo in an effort to fade or remove the tattoo. This method will never remove the billions of ink particles trapped under your skin. It may even involve the extreme step of removing the scab before healing. Not only will this stop your body forming new skin under the scab, but you will be exposed to infections and irreversible scarring.
Dermabrasion & Salabrasion
Dermabrasion is a painful type of surgical skin planing that was practiced before the advent of lasers and involves the controlled wearing away of the upper to mid layers of the skin. A variety of strong abrasive devices including a wire brush, diamond wheel, sterilized sandpaper are used. This method can cause serious scarring.
A fairly drastic measure that was once thought a viable solution for tattoo removal.