Tattoo Removal

I once heard someone say that a tattoo is a permanent reminder of a temporary emotion. Removal of the tattoo, however, is not that simple.

Fortunately there are several ways in which a tattoo can be removed, though none of them are easy and quick, and some methods are downright painful, and in most cases some scarring or color variations remain. How obvious these blemishes are, depends on a variety of factors.

  • The size of the tattoo that is removed
  • Location on the body
  • The individual’s healing process,
  • The manner in which the tattoo was applied,
  • How long it has been on the skin
  • The kind of ink used. (There is a group of medical doctors in the US that are currently working on developing tattoo ink that will be removeable! They have tested it with great success and apparently it was submitted to the FDA for approval. This will be really awesome once it hit the market, so keep an eye out for that. I will advise you of any progress with this.)
  • The experience of the tattoo artist, and this sounds silly, but an experienced tattoo artist will be more inclined to inject the pigment in the same level of the skin than an inexperienced one.

    Here is a short description of the different methods of tattoo removal for your information. It is always good to read these before deciding to get tattooed.

    Excision (This is probably the most invasive method of all)

    With this method a local anesthetic is injected in the area where the tattoo has to be removed. This numbs the skin. The tattoo is then surgically removed. The edges of the skin is then pulled together and sutured. With larger tattoos it might be necessary to take a skin graft from another part of the body to cove the incision left by the excision.

    The benefit of this removal technique is that smaller tattoos can be removed entirely in one sitting with relatively little scarring. Larger tattoos may have to be removed in stages, starting with the center and then doing the sides at a later stage.


    With Dermabrasion a small area of the tattoo is sprayed with a local anesthetic to numb the skin. A rotary abrasive instrument is then used to basically “sand off” the tattoo. With this method there will most likely be quite a bit of bleeding, and the practitioner should apply a dressing right away to prevent infections of the skin. Depending on the size of the tattoo that has to be removed, it is probably a good idea to get this done in stages.

    Salabration (Notice how it sounds like celebration!)

    Salabration is a centuries old method that is very similar to dermabrasion. As with dermabrasion and excision, a local anesthetic is applied. Then a solution made of tap water and table salt is applied to the tattoo. The tattoo is then sanded in very much the same way as with dermabrasion. In some instances the practitioner will use a small wooden block wrapped in gauze to vigorously sand the tattooed area. When the skin becomes a deep red color, the action is stopped, and a dressing is applied.

    Several applications are usually needed to get completely rid of the tattoo.

    Laser (Thank heavens for Laser!)

    The development of the Laser Technology in recent years, have made tattoo removal a lot less invasive with less probability for scarring, however, it is extremely expensive!

    Laser removal of a tattoo is much more effective than any of the other methods, and must be done by a licensed practitioner.

    As with all the other tattoo removal methods, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the skin prior o the treatment. Pulses of light are directed onto the tattoo from the laser. These light pulses break up the tattoo pigment. The body then removes the treated pigmented areas over the next few weeks. Depending on how deep the pigment was injected into the skin, more than one treatment may be needed to remove all of the pigmentation.

    I have found an awesome site with so much more information on laser removal of tattoos.

    Chemical Removal

    This is probably the least painfull of all tattoo removal techniques, but it is also the slowest. The chemical process works pretty much the same way that the laser removal works in as so far that it breaks down the pigment of the ink bit by bit. These are then reabsorb by the skin and discarded in a normal way. The benefit of chemical removal over laser removal is, that it usually leaves no scars. The drawback is definitely the time it takes to be completed, but then you also have to remember that is costs the fraction of what laser removal would cost, and it is painless!!

    The most reputable company for chemical removal is TatBGone. They have tested their products for years before sending it into the market, and as a matter of fact, I am currently using the fading system on the tattoo that I hate so much, (Read the home page then you will know what I am talking about!) and I have to say that it is working! I have only been using it for just over a month, and there is already a very visible fading of my hated tattoo. I took before pictures, and will take intermediate pictures and after pictures, to show you guys as evidence!

    So if you have any friends that have tattoos that they would like to get rid of, send them this link, they will thank you for a long time.

    Now that you know what the removal of a tattoo will entice, you will be able to make an educated decision as to whether getting a tattoo is the right thing for you to do or not.

    I compiled quite a nice selection of tattoo designs for you to download. Feel free to browse My tattoo design gallery. There are many diffent design for you to download and use absolutely free of charge and with no strings attached. Just enjoy them.

    If you cannot find anything you like, but you have an idea or want to make a new design by combining two or more designs from the galleries, please contact me via email with your ideas. Maybe we can figure something out together for you.

    If tattoo removal is not an issue for you, please browse the rest of our site for your enjoyment.

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