Lately, tattoos have become more popular than ever. From small and simple designs to large and intricate pieces, there are endless numbers of design options to choose from. However, what happens if you decide that you no longer want your tattoo? Or what if you had your eyebrows Microbladed and you don’t like the result? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we discuss six methods of body art tattoo and Microblading removal. We also include information about emergency tattoo removal. So whether you’re looking for a quick and easy solution or are willing to put in a little more effort, we’ve got something for everyone. Keep reading to learn more!
Here are the pros and cons of 6 popular tattoo removal methods.
Lasers are the most common way to remove tattoos. High-intensity lasers break the ink into tiny particles and push them deep into the dermal layer. Lasers are color blind and can’t remove tattoos that have colors like red, orange, and yellow in them. However, white tattoos will turn black when hit with a laser beam. Some ink colors have small amounts of other colors mixed in, making them impossible to remove completely.
Not all lasers are the same. Some lasers work better than others to remove colors from tattoos. The advantage of using a laser is that it is usually very effective. However, there are risks such as burns, blistering, scarring, or skin damage. Another thing is that lasers can also remove the natural color of your skin. Some people say that it feels like your skin is being popped with a rubber band. Laser is the best method when the tattoo covers a large area. It is not used for emergency tattoo removal.
2. Surgical Removal
Another option for tattoo removal is surgical removal. This involves cutting away the tattooed skin and stitching the wound closed. This method is usually quite effective, but it is also invasive and can be pretty painful. It can also be costly because insurance will not cover the cost of surgery. As long as the tattoo has healed for at least four months, you consider surgical removal.
Dermabrasion is a tattoo removal method that removes tattoos by sanding down the skin. It is effective but also very painful. The wounds created due to dermabrasion could take longer to heal than those made by laser tattoo removal. As a result, it could take 10-14 days to heal. Only Physicians trained in the proper technique should perform Dermabrasion. This is not a good method for removing/lightening new tattoos.
4. Chemical Peel
Another option for tattoo removal is a chemical peel. A specialist applies acid on the tattoo area to make it peel off. It might be a little painful, but doesn’t need an anesthetic. Because the skin will be open after the procedure, risks include scarring and infection. You will need to clean it every day with soap and water, apply antibiotic ointment, and wrap the area until it heals. Healing should take five to seven days. Wait to use chemical peels until the tattoo has healed for at least eight weeks. Generally, chemical peels can remove/lighten Microblading.
5. DIY Tattoo Removal
People often try to remove their old tattoos with products like lemon juice, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. These household products are not very effective and can cause scarring because tattoo ink is in the dermis, below the top layer of our skin. The epidermal layer of our skin protects us from infection by trapping the ink within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
There are a few ways to get the ink out of a fresh tattoo. It is important to act fast. If you don’t do anything, the ink will heal into the skin and be harder to remove. Anything applied over a new tattoo is going to be very painful. Be careful not to scrub too hard or use ingredients that are harmful to your skin. Keep reading to learn more about this idea.
6. Saline Tattoo Removal (We offer this in Orlando!)
Saline tattoo removal is becoming more popular. This is because people offer Microblading services and they haven’t had enough training. As a result, many women have botched eyebrows.
Microblading is a method of tattooing eyebrows using a row of needles that create fine lines to mimic hairs in an eyebrow. Some people saw Microblading as a way to earn money quickly. Unethical trainers offer only one to two days of training, and this has resulted in many people who are not trained well.
Some cosmetic tattoo artists provide saline tattoo removal. They use tattooing techniques, but instead of ink in the needle, they use saline tattoo removal liquid. Salt is the active ingredient in saline tattoo removal products. Many manufacturers boast about other ingredients added like aloe vera or citrus. These ingredients don’t affect the results of the tattoo removal. It’s mostly marketing. Salt is effective because it creates an imbalance of salt in the tissue. Your body sends fluid to push the salt out and rebalance its natural sodium levels. The scientific term is called osmosis. The area forms a scab and when the scab falls off, the top layer of ink goes with it. The average healing time is five to seven days.
The area will be numbed with lidocaine before the removal procedure begins. However, the technique is typically uncomfortable by the end because there is salt in an open area of the skin.
At About Face and Body, our clients use an additional step. We created a salt ointment that clients apply at home during the first three to four days of healing. We have found this improves the results because more ink attaches to the scab.
Saline tattoo removal is effective with all colors. Some colors like red and white are slow to move and may need more sessions. Eyebrow colors are usually some version of brown. Mixing several colors together, including red and orange, makes brown.
Saline tattoo removal is a great method for eyebrows, eyeliner. It’s most effective when the tattoo is smaller than the palm of your hand. Large tattoos need a lot of sessions because of the size of the area. Using a laser is faster on large tattoos.
A trained professional can do emergency saline removal/lightening on a fresh tattoo within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Four to six removal sessions are probably required to receive the best results.
The final result of tattoo removal/lightening depends on how deep the ink is in your skin. The deeper the ink, the harder it will be to remove. You might not be able to remove the tattoo completely, but it will at least lighten.
Here is an example of Saline Tattoo Removal after only one session at our studio in Orlando, Florida:
Always consult a professional, no matter what method you choose. If you have any questions about tattoo removal, please contact us. We offer free consultations over the phone.
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