You Want It, Then You Don’t – Tattoo Removal
Both the procedure of and cost of getting a tattoo are relatively minor in comparison to having it removed at a later date. It may be wise to consider these facts before visiting your local tattoo artist with design and cash in hand.
The first method involves removing a piece of skin from a less-noticeable part of your body, and grafting it on top of the tattoo. Another popular method is to simply go to a tattoo artist and have another design tattooed on top of the unwanted one.
Even when this method is performed by a licensed physician, you will likely decide that the resulting scar is worse than the original tattoo. The reason for the scarring is that removing a tattoo by this method means going through the tattoo and the underlying skin. Of all tattoo removal methods currently in practice, dermabrasion is the method which will leave the most noticeable scarring.
Excision rarely presents a satisfactory alternative, either. As its name implies, the excision method of tattoo removal consists of having the tattoo surgically cut out of the skin, and the surrounding skin then sewed back together. The scar may not be as noticeable as one from the dermabrasion method, but the rather gruesome excision procedure itself more than makes up the difference in terms of a procedure which you will probably not like going through.
A variety of creams are sold for tattoo removal. Whatever new concoction is sold under the guise of being a sure method of getting rid of a tattoo, a potential customer should keep in mind that since the tattoo is not simply on the top of the skin but deep into its layers, over-the-counter creams sold for this purpose will do little if any good.
Currently, the use of lasers is one of the most common methods of tattoo removal. It has been said that the laser removal method can be quite painful.
The most recent tattoo removal method is Intense Pulsated Light Therapy. It is considered to be less painful, and produces better results than removal by laser, it is also much more expensive.
The most common sense way of looking at the subject is that if you’re planning to get a tattoo, you should plan on keeping it. None of the methods currently available for tattoo removal are guaranteed to produce satisfactory results, and those that show any amount of success in the final results are quite expensive.