DIY Tattoo Removal Creams
Some tattoo removal procedures can be quite costly, so these over-the-counter creams may seem like an inexpensive place to start. However, they are usually more effective at fading the tattoo, rather than removing it completely. It can take a long time before you see any results. In many cases, they don't work at all. Also, most of these products contain dangerous chemicals that can cause burning, scarring, or discoloration of your skin. While they may be inexpensive, they are also typically ineffective, so you will likely be wasting your money.
Although this method is often suggested, chemical peels will never completely remove a tattoo. You may notice some significant fading, but the markings will still remain. Tattoo ink is injected quite deeply into the skin, and chemicals peels do not penetrate through enough layers to reach all this ink. Also, the harsh chemicals used in the peels can often cause scarring and discoloration.
This is a procedure that involves sanding off or removing the top layers of skin. Generally, a local anaesthetic is given, and the skin over the tattoo is scraped away, taking the ink with it. Again, since tattoos can be quite deep, it is difficult to completely remove them using dermabrasion. Multiple sessions are required, with several weeks needed between each treatment to allow for healing. This method can be painful, and there is some risk of infection. Since dermabrasion can be very aggressive, scarring is usually expected.
Sometimes, doctors will recommend surgically removing your tattoo. Results are immediate, tattoos can be removed completely, and recovery is quick. Since it leaves a scar, this method is usually reserved for smaller tattoos. It is not the best solution for large tattoos.
Lasers are the most common, most popular, and most effective means of removing tattoos. Pulses of high intensity light/energy beams penetrate the skin and shatter the ink into tiny particles. These fragments are then removed through your body's natural processes. The tattoo will slowly fade over the course of several sessions.