Are you thinking tattoo removal is going to be both painful and expensive?

It doesn’t have to be 🙂

Getting rid of an embarrassing tattoo is a huge problem for millions of people.

In fact, in the US alone, thousands upon thousands of people a month search for “tattoo removal,” so you are in good company 🙂

There are many methods of tattoo removal…


But the laser clinics would have you believe their painful and expensive treatments are the only option.
Not so.

(Btw, never accept the offer of cheap laser treatment…the operator may only be “Manufacturer Trained.” This is  nice way of saying they have read the Instruction Manual… and they may hoping to practice on you!).

Read on for an inexpensive method of tattoo removal you’ve probably never even considered… it has been the answer for thousands, upon thousands of people 🙂

In fact, if you are in a hurry and want to see my recommendation for getting rid of your tattoo… which is

  • dermatologist approved and
  • scientifically proven to work

with

  • no pain
  • no scars
  • no nasty chemicals
  • no side effects
  • no matter how old your tattoo is
  • no matter how dark the ink
  • no matter what colours are in your tattoo

read my review of “Get Rid Tattoo Naturally.” 🙂

Alternatively, if you would like to know about more about all the methods of tattoo removal before making up your mind which method suits you best, read on…

Why do people need tattoo removal?

Diagram showing the three layers of the skin.

There are many reasons:

  • some tattoos are gang related…when people leave the gang, they want to get rid of the tattoo
  • some people want a name removed when a relationship comes to an end
  • sometimes a tattoo has been inked very badly, perhaps with an error in the spelling or date, or
  • perhaps your have outgrown your tattoo.

The most serious reason of all is where your tattoo causes problems in your working life…

  • it might mean you have to cover it the whole time, or
  • perhaps you are not allowed to deal with customers because you have a tattoo, or
  • you have been denied employment because of your tattoo.

Whatever your reason for wanting to know more about the methods of tattoo removal, read on for the facts you need…

Removing any tattoo takes time…

Fact: what ever method of tattoo removal you decide on, it take time (months, years even) to remove a tattoo.

  1. The time taken to remove a tattoo also depends on the
    • position of the tattoo on the body… those furthest from the heart e.g. ankle are removed more slowly because there is less blood flow
    • size and shape of tattoo
    • colours used
    • age of the tattoo
    • depth and concentration of ink – all the ink in a coverup takes longer to remove, as you would expect.
  2. There are two types of tattoos:
    tattoo removal takes longer with a professional tattoo

    Diagram showing tattoo ink being injected into the dermis.

    • amateur, where the ink is not embedded so deeply and may only be in the epidermis and is therefore easier to remove and
    • professional, where the ink is embedded deep in the dermis… the second layer of skin.
  3. Some colors are easier to remove than others
    • There are many colours available to the the tattoo artist, some of which are more difficult to remove than others.
      (This has very important implications for laser removal, as the laser operator has no way of knowing the composition of the tattoo ink used. This can make the results of laser tattoo removal somewhat uncertain…)
    • Amateur tattoos are more likely to use ingredients like Indian ink, or soot and are more easily removed.

How does the body get rid of the tattoo ink?

The removal method breaks down the injected ink into minute fragments. It is removed from the body either in the lymph system, or in the scabbing that takes place with many methods.

Methods of tattoo removal.

You have quite a choice, but you need to choose wisely to avoid

  • pain, injury and possible scarring.

Many of the methods still in use today

  • are painful and/or dangerous and
  • are not to be recommended.

Have a look at some horrifying videos on You Tube if you need convincing.

The very fact that some people are willing to put themselves through these barbaric methods indicates just how desperate they are to get rid of an unwanted tattoo… when they could do it safely…

If only they knew the method I will share with you shortly 🙂

But first of all, let’s look at all the methods of removing an unwanted tattoo which are still in use today…

And then you can choose which method suits you best…

Methods of tattoo removal you can carry out your self.

The oldest methods of tattoo removal are salabrasion and dermabrasion.
Both involve scrubbing off the top layers of skin down to the tattoo ink and then scrubbing it all out.

As it’s name indicates, salt is used as the abrasive in salabrasion.

With dermabrasion, people used to use pumice. This can still be used today, although some people use ground up walnut shells or similar harsh ingredients.

Some people will tell you that “minor bleeding” may occur when using these methods…

This is probably the understatement of the year.

If you have a strong stomach, have a look at a part completed salabrasion, where you will see a bloody mess… and much more scrubbing needs to be done to get the ink out. Can you imagine how painful it will be?

There are, of course, “modern variations” of these barbaric methods…

  • using a knife/razor blade to slice off the tattoo or
  • burn it off with an iron, curling wand etc
  • various bleaches, domestic or industrial, either applied to the tattoo or injected into it
  • various acids – domestic or industrial applied to the tattoo – more on this in a minute.

Permanent scarring is the inevitable result of all these methods…so although the initial treatment may be inexpensive, you might need to consider adding the cost of plastic surgery.

Not keen on trying these brutal methods?

Ice cubes are used in cryosurgery

Diagram showing example of Cryosurgery

How did I guess 🙂

Methods requiring professional help.

Let’s look at how a dermatologist or medical practitioner can help…

Both salabrasion and dermabrasion can be carried out under local anaesthetic, but most people opt for other methods to remove an unwanted tattoo, as scarring will inevitably result.

Cryosurgery is a variations of dermabrasion, where the blood flow is staunched with ice.

Excision is another method of tattoo removal where the tattoo is cut out.

Obviously, this method

Excision as a tatoo removal methos always leaves scars

Diagram showing the skin being stitched back together after Excision.

depends on the position of the tattoo and is not a suitable method for a neck or wrist tattoo.

Depending on the size and position of the tattoo, it may all be removed at once.

Or, for a very large tattoo, it may be removed in stages. You may need to factor in the costs of  plastic surgery to hide the scars.

Using an acid to burn off the tattoo.

As mentioned, some people like to use acid on themselves which can result in permanent unsightly scars.

If using acid is your chosen method, you would be advised to consult a dermatologist, who will advise you on the suitability of using this method for removing your particular tattoos…

They will also be able to carry out the treatment for you, following all the safety guidelines. Many of those using acid at home to remove a tattoo often ignore these.

As you probably already know, laser surgery is the most popular method of tattoo removal today…

And the clinics would have you believe it is the only sensible option.
Not necessarily so, but it is definitely preferable to some of the brutal methods listed above.

But having said that, there are many, many dangers associated with laser tattoo removal which the clinics would much rather you did not know about…

Including to your finances 🙂

Checklist

  • Be prepared for the fact that the cost per session and numbers of sessions needed may differ greatly from your initial impression. This might be related to the colors of ink, position or size of your tattoo. You can get an idea of the cost of removing your tattoo by using the industry standard.
  • Check the qualifications of the person operating the laser and their training. A medical qualification does not qualify them to use a laser. As mentioned earlier, reject the offer of cheap laser treatment. Sometimes, this is offered as a Home visit.
  • Check also the type(s) of laser used at the clinic. Will it get rid of all the colored ink in your tattoo? Some colors are more difficult to remove than others. For example, black, brown and blue ink break down quite easily. Purple, red, green,yellow, turquoise, orange and flourescent colors are much more difficult to remove.
    Does the clinic have all the necessary lasers available to remove all your ink, or will they need to refer you elsewhere? If so, what are the costs involved there?
  • Check how much time the Clinic suggests should elapse between sessions. Read what an industry insider told me, so don’t be conned into spending much more than you need to.
  • Ask about pain relief. Many laser tattoo removal clinics claim on their websites that tattoo removal is not painful. Others say it is like being twanged with an elastic band, or spattered with hot fat. How much are they going to charge you for pain relief? Do they offer a cream or an injection? Some charge an additional $50 per treatment.

The following quote is attributed to one member of staff from a tattoo removal clinic in NY …an example of blisters from laser tattoo removal

“The laser pulse penetrates the skin and heats the pigment sometimes to a temperature of 900 degrees C. This causes the pigment to break down and migrate to the surface in the blister that forms when the water in the skin boils…You could throw kerosene on it (the tattoo) and light a match. That would be the same thing.”

You can understand why the quote is anonymous 🙂

So, having given you all this info on tattoo removal and the pros and cons of the above methods, have I left you with a dilemma about which method to use?

If so, I’m probably going to confuse you even further…

Have you ever thought of removing your tattoo at home?

You may have realised I have not mentioned tattoo removal creams, which have a very dubious reputation.

But there is one tattoo removal cream I am happy to recommend, which you can either make yourself or buy ready-made…

For the last six years, I have been recommending a resource which shows people how to get rid of their unwanted tattoos at home 🙂

It’s

  • dermatologist approved and
  • scientifically proven to work.

It’s designed by a Professional Tattoo Artist and Coverup Specialist who needed to remove his former wife’s name from his chest and legs. He had seen the results of too many tattoo removal disasters in his studio, so did not want use any of the usual methods.

But to move on with his life after his divorce, he desperately needing to get rid of some of his tattoos. This was his inspiration to start experimenting on himself…

His results astonished his clientele…who wanted to know how he had removed his unwanted tattoos.

Just a few moments of your time will save you thousands of $$$$ and help you achieve the tattoo removal you have been looking for…

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You’ll be glad you did 🙂