There are a few excellent methods of tattoo removal available today. It is important when considering the removal of a tattoo that you gather as much information on the different procedures as possible to find the best method for you.
Tattoos are desirable for numerous reasons. Many times it's simply for decorative purposes. Other times the designs represent an important person, time or event in a persons lifetime. On the other hand there are many different reasons why one would want to have the tattoo removed. Reasons may include the art was bad, the tattoo itself came out wrong or it is merely no longer wanted.
Tattoos are very durable things. The ink is injected deep within the skin, into the secondary layer of skin known as the dermis. The repeated injections deposit the ink in this area of the skin for the purpose of lasting a lifetime. Having tattoos removed can prove to be quite an involved and sometimes expensive process.
One thing to keep in mind is that some scarring is likely to occur while having a tattoo removed. After care will be needed likewise and may include bandage changes or a suture removal. Even with tattoo removal, some people will still experience some colored areas on the skin that have only been lightened.
Many factors can influence the success rate of a tattoo removal. The tattoo size and color have a great effect on how, and even if, the tattoo can be removed completely. The location of the tattoo on the body will also affect it's removal.
There are a number of different methods for tattoo removal. Very small tattoos can be removed with a simple excision. This is the procedure when a small tattoo is just cut carefully away. An incision is made, the tattoo is removed and the skin is then sutured closed.
Larger tattoos can be removed by excision too; although it may require several attempts to remove the entire tattoo. Many times, the middle portion of the tattoo is removed and permitted to heal prior to any further attempts to excise the outer portions. Another technique for excising larger tattoos is to take a skin graft from another part of the body to enable it to close the incision.
A different technique is called dermabrasion. This method for tattoo removal involves the utilization of a special chemical that is applied to the tattoo design. The tattoo and skin around it are frozen, giving the effect of a local anesthetic. A rough surfaced tool is then used to rub down the tattoo in the same way that you would use sandpaper.
Lasers have recently grown in popularity in the medical field and tattoo removal has benefited greatly from them also. For the purpose of removing a tattoo, the laser is used to break up the ink and colors of the design. Cells in the body are then able to attack and remove these tinted cells naturally. When lasers are employed, repeat visits are needed to continue the break down of the ink that was used in the original design.
Tattoo removal can be done with any one of an assortment of methods. A medical practitioner is needed for this type of procedure. The medical practitioner should be consulted with any concerns regarding the size of the tattoo to be removed, the coloration, the location on the body and any necessary after care that will be needed once it has been removed.
A tattoo is thought of as something that lasts for a lifetime. Though they can be removed with surgery, lasers or dermabrasion, some scarring is likely to be encountered. Getting a tattoo should be carefully considered first and foremost as it will usually be an everlasting mark in the skin. Please remember that tattoo removal is painful, expensive and may not do the job completely.