With tattoos on the rise in our society, there is no question that tattoo removal is on the rise as well. We change our minds on which curtains REALLY bring our home to life every week, so why wouldn't we change our minds about the decorations on our bodies as well? No matter how fast you want your ex's name off your body, there's a right and wrong way to do it.
1. Using Honey/Lemon/Salt/Aloe Vera to "lighten" your tattoo
Yes. Believe it or not, people actually try this method. To lighten your tattoo using lemon, honey, aloe vera, salt or any combination of these is ineffective. Applying natural ingredients topically has no way of penetrating deep in the dermal layer and into the scar tissue where the ink is encapsulated. Please don't do it.
2. Tattoo Removal Creams
There are an array of tattoo removal creams on the market. Although they may advertise that it will raise the ink from the dermal layers of your skin so that it will peel off like a scab, chances are you may end up like Pasuda Reaw and be left with a scar far worse than any tattoo. Not to mention physical and emotional trauma from the "incessant pain and itching", according to Pasuda. Reaw’s experience was not unprecedented: In 2015, a woman suffered serious burns after applying a tattoo removal treatment to her arm, and in 2014 a man was left with bumpy scars on his chest after removing a tattoo. In fact, both Health Canada and the FDA have warned against using do-it-yourself tattoo removal creams, cautioning that they can cause burning, rashes, and scars.
3. At Home Peels or Pastes
You just read about tattoo removal cream products...... need we say more?
Also known as salt scrubbing, salabrasion requires you to scrub away your skin using salt and an abrasive device. You need an extremely high pain tolerance for this technique. The results are a scar and high risk of infection. The wound generally takes 3 weeks to heal and then the excruciating experience starts again.
5. Sandpaper/Grinding stones
We don't think we have to do much convincing with this one; this even SOUNDS painful! The idea behind this method is to grind away at your skin until the ink is gone. This will just leave your skin raw, weak, and thin. There are two certain outcomes - pain and a scar. This is before even talking about the high risk of infection.
With each of these DIY methods, there is something in common. The idea of scrubbing away at your skin to draw out the ink. This is just not obtainable, nor is it safe or healthy in any way. Although tattoo removal with a laser may seem expensive, it is worth every cent to be in a safe, clean enviroment under medical supervision with your tattoo.
At Skin Ink & Laser, we offer state of the art technology with our PicoSure laser. PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond laser and the only advanced tattoo removal laser with PressureWave technology, which works with your body to remove unwanted ink. PicoSure delivers laser energy that specifically targets tattoo ink, resulting in the successful shattering of just the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissue.
PicoSure works effectively on:
- Multicolored tattoos, including reds, blues, and greens
- Hard-to-remove black ink
- Stubborn, previously treated tattoos
If you are interested in learning more about tattoo removal at Skin Ink & Laser, we offer free consultations with our Registered Nurse who will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call now! 479-755-2024
Sources: https://www.quora.com/ ; https://blog.smootherskin.com.au ; https://www.snopes.com ; http://www.picosure.com