If you are considering tattoo removal, then you are probably overwhelmed by all of the options available to you. Though some tattoo removal methods may be tempting because they seem to cost less than others, the irreversible damage they can cause to your skin simply isn’t worth the risk. Skin damage caused by some chemicals and exfoliants can cause severe scarring and pigmentation changes which will prevent you from eventually being able to remove your tattoo using any other method. Almost every day at Eraser Clinic we see a client who has permanently damaged their skin with one of the methods below.
Here are five alternative tattoo removal methods that simply do not work.
Dermabrasion is a deep exfoliation — think “sandpaper”. Essentially, it sands down the skin with a fast-moving brush. This method painfully removes the top layer and the dermis layer of the skin, where the ink is held. As with other tattoo removal methods, dermabrasion requires multiple treatments and often leaves the skin raw and vulnerable for infection, often taking months for the skin to heal. Also, there’s little accuracy, and excessive amounts of skin are often removed. Ultimately, you will be left with a scar that is much more obvious and unappealing than the tattoo itself.
Some tattoo artists have been known to use saline to fade tattoo ink by tattooing it into the skin surrounding the ink. While this method seems safe, it can only be used on older tattoos and does not successfully remove tattoos. It can, however, fade the ink just enough for a more successful cover up. Since this tattoo removal method is controversial, it may be hard to find a tattoo artist who is willing to perform the procedure.
Most tattoo removal creams on the market have an appealing price tag, but they often cause more damage than any other tattoo removal method. Since they contain acids or bleaching chemicals that are applied at home rather than by a trained professional, skin damage is highly likely. The best case scenario is that nothing at all happens! Along with false hope, this tattoo removal method often provides itching, peeling, permanent scarring, and pigmentation issues. Your tattoo might fade a bit, but since creams are not able to reach the dermis layer, where the ink rests, they will never fully remove your tattoo.
Acid peels such as glycolic acid peels, TCA peels, and acid injections fade tattoos by dissolving several layers of skin. Similar to tattoo removal creams, the chemicals have dangerous and often permanent side effects. Since many of these products can be purchased online and applied without a professional technician, users have been left with severe chemical burns and permanent scarring.
Surgically removing your tattoo, or literally cutting your tattoo out of your skin, sounds like it will lead to a successful removal, but surgeons are often unable to cut deep enough in order to remove all of the ink. Also, the scars left behind are unsightly, and discoloration and bumps usually form after a few months, making it impossible to cover the scars with another tattoo.
To sum up, laser tattoo removal is the ONLY method approved by the FDA proven to successfully reach ink in the dermis layer and lead to complete tattoo removal over the course of several treatments.
At Eraser Clinic we are the tattoo removal experts. We offer free consultations and will happily answer any questions you may have about laser tattoo removal. So book your Free Consultation with us today at our locations in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston!