Tattoos were once considered permanent makeup procedure, but it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Tattoo removal is a very personal and sometimes dangerous decision that you'll have to thoroughly think through before you start doing anything.
Tattoo removal today usually refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments and is most commonly performed using Q-switched lasers that react with the ink in the tattoo, and break it down. The broken-down ink is then absorbed by the body. This technique is expensive, painful, may produce unwanted side effects (like skin scarring or burning) and often requires many repeated visits to remove even a small tattoo, and may result in permanent scarring.
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Some wearers opt to cover an unwanted tattoo with a new tattoo. This is commonly known as a coverup or cover-up. An artfully done cover-up may render the old tattoo completely invisible, though this will depend largely on the size, style, colours and techniques used on the old tattoo.
Note: Some shops and artists use laser removal machines to break down and lighten undesired tattoos to make coverage with a new tattoo easier.
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There is also a newer method of removal available which scars less than laser techniques. That newer method uses glycolic acid which is usually applied into the skin with a tattoo machine. The acid pushes the ink to the surface of the skin in the scab, which is later removed. Glycolic Acid claim to work but the reviews are mixed.
Tattoo remowal can be done also with TCA chemical peel, also called chemical exfoliation or derma peeling. According to company's product information, TCA is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although TCA chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Chemical peels are skin care product for tattoo removal without surgery. Click on the following link to find out more about Better Complexions TCA Chemical Peel
Overall, green-based tattoo ink is the most difficult to remove. Black ink is most readily broken down by the laser, and unprofessional tattoos done at home are the easiest ones to remove, due to the low quality of ink used, as well as the ineffective manner in which they were applied.
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