You might have though it was cool years ago getting a doplphin on your ankle or a ancient chinese symbol all across you lower back... But now that the years have passed and coolness is no longer your priority, what can you do to get rid of the visible memories of the past.
Several reasons will call for tattoo removal. You may be having a tattoo that symbolizes a group or an engagement to something that you no longer belong to. May it is a romantic relationship that has broken up and now you don’t want that tattoo to remind you. More importantly, tattoo that seems to be a stumbling block to your career or achieving something in life, so you need to get rid of it!
Traditional methods for tattoo removal
Methods such as injecting or application of wine, garlic, lime or pigeon excrement were used in the early days. Later on, more methods were employed such as dermabrasion, which involves repeatedly rubbing of the tattoo area with an abrasive friction that will scrub away the top layer of the skin thus removing the tattoo. Excision is where the part of the skin with the tattoo is cut out through an operation and the skin is sewn back together.
Salabrasion involves scrubbing the affected skin area with salt. Trichloroacetic acid when applied to the affected skin area, it burns and removes the top layers of the skin reaching as deep as the layer in which the tattoo ink is.
Modern methods for tattoo removal
Q-switched, Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL machines) are the modern methods as they employ the use of advanced technology in tattoo removal. With thousands of tattoo pigment particles, which are pierced deep in the skin layer, these are the most effective methods that can be used to remove tattoos.
Laser tattoo removal
Tattoo ink in the skin is broken down into tiny fragments by a single wavelength, which are then absorbed into the blood stream and transported away. The greater the color contrasts between the ink and the skin, makes it easier for this method in tattoo removal. The method is advantageous on small tattoos and light skin that has black ink.
IPL tattoo removal
Unlike laser, which uses a single wavelength, IPL tattoo removal machines uses a flash of light containing hundreds of wavelengths that penetrate deep the layers of the skin to break ink into tiny particles. The well-filtered IPL light breaks down the color pigments in the tattoo into tiny components, which are easily absorbed into the blood stream, which transports them away.
The advantage of this method is that it is suitable for both small and large area skin tattoos as the light density can be adjusted to fit skin surface. Also it is fit for all skin types. Before choosing which method to use, consider the effectiveness and efficiency that it has. When deciding on the best beauty salon equipment for tattoo removal it's a good idea to talk to a skin and ipl treatment expert. You will get the right advice on which method is going to best suit you and what type of equipment should be used.