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Tattoo Removal Methods

There are Many Different Tattoo Removal Methods

There are wide variety of tattoo removal methods people try when attempting to remove an unwanted tattoo. Some of these tattoo removal methods are effective, others are not. The tattoo removal method you choose will determine if complete removal is possible, total tattoo removal cost , the length of the process, and the amount discomfort you experience. Before you decide, it is helpful to understand the available tattoo removal methods and how they work to remove a tattoo. Making an informed choice of the tattoo removal method you wish to use provides you with the greatest chance of being happy with the results.

Tattoo Removal Creams

One tattoo removal method people try is a topical cream that is rubbed into the skin. There are several different brands of tattoo removal creams that you can buy over the counter. Chain stores and drug stores usually carry them, or they can be ordered online. Unfortunately, the marketing does not live up to the hype. Tattoo removal creams might fade your tattoo a little bit over time, but they cannot completely remove it. The tattoo ink is placed too deep in the dermis for a topical cream to completely remove a tattoo.

In order for the tattoo removal cream to work well, it would need to penetrate the skin all the way down to the bottom layers, where the ink is placed. The skin is a very good protective barrier, and it doesn’t just let things in. The cream just sits on the top layer of skin. It can’t reach the all of the tattoo ink. There is no realistic way that the tattoo removal creams on the market today are going to be effective in removing your tattoo.

Injected Chemicals

Another tattoo removal method is to inject chemicals into the tattoo. These chemicals could also be placed on the skin instead. Garlic, wine, lime, and even pigeon excrement have been used to try and break up tattoo ink. Besides not being successful this tattoo removal method can cause serious infections and other health risks.

Injecting chemicals into a tattoo is still possible, as there are chemicals that could be used or developed. This is not a method that has no potential, but it is one that is not highly popular and that has not seen a lot of success as an effective tattoo removal option. As tattoo removal methods come and go, it is possible that there will be new chemicals developed that will work well when it comes to injecting into the skin in the hope of fading or dissolving a tattoo to the point that it is no longer seen. Risks for this method currently outweigh any benefits.

Salabrasion and Dermabrasion

Abrading the tattooed area is another of the tattoo removal methods people try. Dermabrasion attempts to remove the first few layers of skin to with sandpaper or other rough materials.  Salabrasion involves scrubbing the skin with salt. The idea behind these tattoo removal methods is that the tattoo ink will fade when the skin is removed.

In order for dermabrasion to work effectively on tattoos, it often must be done aggressively enough to target the ink that is placed deep in the skin. This leads to scarring, slow recovery and lots of pain. Additionally, dermabrasion is not that affective in really removing tattoos. There is often still pigment left in the skin, and a faded look will be about the best that can be achieved. The skin damage caused by these tattoo removal methods is something most people want to avoid.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

Another of the tattoo removal methods that people try is Trichloroacetic Acid or TCA.  Many people use TCA as part of a chemical peel, which has an overall end result similar to dermabrasion. Instead of gently buffing or sanding the skin away, though, TCA is an acid that breaks down the skins layers, removing dead skin and surface layers to allow newer skin to appear. To remove a tattoo the acid has to remove many layers of skin to get a good result. Like Dermabrasion and Salabrasion there is a significant chance of skin damage and an incomplete removal of the tattoo, even after many treatments.


Cryosurgery is also used to attempt to remove a tattoos. This tattoo removal method uses extremely cold temperatures to kill or destroy skin tissue. The theory is that the tattoo will be removed by destroying the tissue that contains the tattoo ink. While that seemed like a good idea in theory, it is difficult to target only the tattooed skin, and can lead to damage to a lot of healthy skin which may not heal as expected. This is another one of the tattoo removal methods that causes scarring.

Excision and Skin Grafts

Among the most drastic ways to remove a tattoo is excision. This involves cutting the tattoo out and using skin from another area of the body to graft onto the area where the tattoo was removed. That is a much more drastic measure than a lot of people want to go to in order to have a tattoo removed.  The is a great risk of problems such as improper healing, scars, and infection. Most people who need to remove tattoo ink focus on tattoo removal methods that have lower risks of harm and damage.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Removing a tattoo with a Q-switched laser is the most effective tattoo removal method available today. Laser tattoo removal can deliver great results, at an affordable price with minimal discomfort. All clinics and lasers are not the same. Many different types of lasers are used to remove tattoos. The most modern clinics use multiple lasers to safely remove all ink colors on all skin types. Laser tattoo removal technology is evolving.  To minimize the risk of scarring it is important choose a clinic that offers the latest Q-switched laser technology.

About Fresh Start Laser Clinic

At Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic we use the Astanza Trinity to quickly and flawlessly remove tattoos.  Astanza has the best technology available today. We know it works not only because we did our research, but because we have used it to remove our own tattoos. Our three lasers safely remove all ink colors on all skin types.

There are other lasers available, but don’t be fooled. They aren’t able to remove all colors effectively. Blues and greens are generally the hardest to remove, but no matter what color tattoo you have the Astanza Trinity will be effective on it. It offers the right laser combination for targeting tattoo ink effectively and efficiently.

The light wavelengths that are used by this type of laser also work on every skin type. By choosing a laser that will be safe for your skin, we can help keep our clients happy and ensure that they get the best chance to see complete tattoo removal without long-term damage to their skin. The peak power of the Astanza Trinity is the highest offered in the Q-switched laser industry, and other lasers pale in comparison to what it can do. It really is the gold standard in laser tattoo removal, and using a laser is the best of all available tattoo removal methods.

When you aren’t sure what method would be right for you, it’s best to know your options. Then consult with us, and see what our laser can offer you. We focus on high quality tattoo removal in as few treatments as possible, and for a price you can afford. We also use the best technology for removing your tattoo, and offer the Zimmer Cryo for the most comfortable procedure. No matter whether your tattoo is big or small, recent or from years ago, we can help you love your skin again. Contact us online or call us at 512-249-0000 to schedule your free consultation.