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How to Remove a Tattoo
So you want to remove a tattoo. What happened? The lover whose name you got tattooed, in a gust of sudden elation, dumped you? The cute little butterfly seems to have flitted onto the shoulder of every little teenybopper who’s recently discovered tattoos? Or have you sincerely had a change of heart and are now hoping for a change of ink as a side order?
The truth is, there’s no easy way of removing the tattoo. It’s going to hurt you and it’s going to cost you. Well it won’t cost you as much if you decide on one of the many home remedies out there, which include, ‘Salabrasion’ and ‘Dermabrasion’… but it’s gonna’ cost you more in pain than it’s worth saving your money.
Best Method of Tattoo Removal?
Salabrasion involves salt and water being rubbed onto your tattoo until the area bleeds and a scar is formed. A similar method is Dermabrasion where the tattoo is frozen and then sanded off till the tattoo comes away with the skin. Both these methods require multiple treatments of excruciating pain, so you’d want to consider the spending money bit I spoke of earlier.
Laser removal is still considered the safest form of tattoo removal and causes much less damage to the skin. Oh and did I mention less painful? But at a cost. It’s still the most expensive way to get rid of a tattoo and doesn’t promise 100% results. In this method, the lasers shoot bursts of light into the inked area allowing the ink to break up. With each treatment though, the damage to the skin increases.
There is a method that’s said to be less expensive, less painful and cause less scarring. I know I should have gotten to this method right at the start and spared you the pain, but hey, you’re the one who got tattooed on an impulse! In this method they push a cream called Rejuvi into the skin, using an injection, so that it bonds with the tattoo and reveals the ink to the body, whose instant reaction is to reject the cream and the ink, sending them both back to the surface of the skin. And although I have said it’s less expensive, mind you, it’s still not cheap and could take anywhere from 6 months to a few years depending on the size and age of the tattoo.
The most unobtrusive method is still the tattoo removal cream, which lightens the tattoo over a period of time if applied regularly. But if you really want my opinion, you should opt for a cover up job. Cover up the old tattoo with something that’s more relevant. For this all you need is a really good tattoo artist and you could get some really beautiful art as opposed to the remnants of a giant scab or a tattoo removal gone wrong.