Tattoo removal methods

The art of tattooing has been practised by man since time immemorial. All major cultures of the world had their own natural methods of tattoo imprinting. Usually, tattoos are the result of colour pigment injection done on the skin surface. Though, it is a permanent mode of body art, for various reasons people want to get them removed.

But there are many instances in which tattoo removal methods have resulted in the formation of body scars, skin allergies and wounds. The success of tattoo removal options are largely based on certain factors such as size, location, concerned person’s healing system, the duration of the imprint etc. It is based on these factors that physicians generally decide on the particular method of removal.

If the tattooed area is relatively smaller, excision method is widely opted to get it removed. Even if the tattoo is a bigger one, sometimes excision method itself gets administered in a phased manner. After the surgical removal of the tattoo, the edges will be brought together and stitched and there will only be minimal bleeding.

Dermabrasion is another tattoo removal method in which a solution gets initially sprayed on the tattooed area in order to freeze it. Using an abrasive instrument, the tattooed skin is then peeled followed by a dressing up which prevents further bleeding.

Laser surgery is one of the best available methods of tattoo removal. Here a cream is applied on the tattooed skin surface for making it numb. Laser light pulses are then directed on the tattoo in order to break up the colour pigments. The treated areas will be gradually healed in a few weeks by the body’s scavenger cells.

Salabrasion procedure is another tattoo removal method that is quite old. In this method a local anaesthetic is first administered on the tattooed region. After that process, a solution of tap water dipped in common salt is applied. An abrading tool then removes the tattoos. Sometimes a wooden block wrapped in gauze is also used. The area will immediately appear to be deep red in colour and later bleeding will all be effectively checked by proper dressing.


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