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DIY Tattoo Removal. The very good reasons you should leave it up to the experts.

January 19th, 2017 by Tattoo Removal in Tattoo Removal

In September of 2015 a story hit the news of a UK woman who, desperate to have a tattoo of her ex-boyfriend’s name removed from her arm, purchased a DIY tattoo removal kit online. The story, as the majority of mainstream news stories are, was not a happy one with a successful outcome. The tattoo removal cream she bought online left her with an horrific burn and the cream was eventually found to contain a banned chemical that is corrosive to human skin.

Over the years there have been more than a few misguided home tattoo removal methods attempted and, unfortunately, failed. Acid peels, like the product used by the poor woman in the UK, are but one of a number of home removal methods destined to fail.

Aside from acidic chemical peels, abrasion is one of the most common methods out there for home tattoo removal. Salt rubs are often the go-to method for people wanting a cheap tattoo removal solution. They work by rubbing away at the skin until they reach the depth of the tattoo, scrubbing and drawing the ink out of its permanent place of residence. Dermabrasion comes in other home application forms such as diamond wheels, wire brushes and sterilised sandpaper. That’s right. Acid and sandpaper. Removing a tattoo yourself involves either burning or sanding your skin off.

Rather that safely removing your tattoo at home, the likely outcomes of using these methods are painful burning, bruising, swelling, scabbing, bleeding, infection and permanent scarring. As for lightening creams and home concoctions that painlessly fade your tattoo away? As with all things that seem too good to be true. They are.

Let’s take a moment and cast your mind back to high school science classes. No, not that time that someone accidentally set fire to the desk with a Bunsen burner. The part where you were staring out of the window looking at a magpie while your teacher droned on about the boring parts of the human body. Aside from protecting you from pathogens and preventing your “entrails from becoming your extrails”, the skin is there to do a lot more than provide a summer glow after a long day at the beach. The skin has two layers; the outer epidermal layer and the dermal layer underneath. The epidermis is the layer exposed to the elements; it is the body’s barrier to the pathogens and uv light in outside world and is a self-renewing system. It takes just 48 days for every cell in the epidermis to be shed and replaced. Any ink that ends up in your epidermis during tattooing is either removed during the healing process or will slough off as the epidermis goes through its natural cycle.

When your tattoo artist deposits the ink into your skin, it is pushed into the lower, permanent layer of the skin, the dermis. So, logically any tattoo removal method with a chance of success has to pass through the epidermis which is there doing what it does best. Protecting the dermis from harm. Unless that flaky, cutaneous barrier is breached there is no way for your DIY tattoo removal method to have any effect on the ink you are trying to remove.

Laser tattoo removal works by sending a pulse of targeted light directly at the ink you want removed from your skin. When performed with a Q-Switched Laser, this laser treatment passes harmlessly through the epidermis to the ink trapped in the lower layer of skin. When performed correctly laser tattoo removal is safe, effective although not quite painless. Unlike any other method of tattoo removal be they performed in a beauty salon or in your mate’s man cave, Q-Switched Laser tattoo removal is unlikely to result in burning, scars, bleeding or setting your tattoo so permanently it will never come off.

So please do not take shortcuts when it comes to tattoo removal. Call us on 13 X INK (13 9465), fill in the contact form above or just learn to make peace with the skull with oddly placed dragon wings tattooed on your bicep.