TATTOO REMOVAL WITHOUT LASER

TATTOO REMOVAL WITHOUT LASER

There are many methods to rid yourself of your tattoo. Not all of them are suitable for a gentle and scar-free removal of the unloved ink under your skin. Even if lasering is the most effective and gentle way of removing tattoos, there are other methods to remove tattoos and permanent make-up without laser.


OVERVIEW OF TATTOO REMOVAL METHODS
WITHOUT LASER

1. COVER UP

An often clever solution is a cover-up tattoo. The unwanted tattoo can be integrated in a new tattoo. Or: you put a larger, flashy tattoo on top of a smaller, fine tattoo.

UPSIDES

low cost

quick result

current image (rework)

DOWNSIDES

Tattoo usually gets larger

colourful and fine tattoos are difficult

Tattoo still existing

2. DERMABRASION

This is a method to abrade the top layer (epidermis) of the skin. Usually there is a sandblasting unit or milling machine in use. This is a purely mechanical procedure. It has been carried out since 1960.

UPSIDES

All colours can be treated

Pigments are removed mechanically

DOWNSIDES

high risk of scarring

local aneasthetic necessary

not for all tattoos suitable

3. DIATHERMY (WITH ELECTRICITY)

Electricity is induced into the skin and creates heat. The pigments dissolve (by “burning”) the surrounding cells die off, too. After the treatment the dead tissue is shed to the outside and the skin renews itself from the inside.

UPSIDES

all colours possible

pigments are removed mechanically

DOWNSIDES

intense scarring

local anaesthetic necessary

a lot of pain during healing

proximate tissue is also treated

Healing takes months

4. CHEMICAL PEELING

Similar to abrasion the skin also gets removed with a chemical peeling. Not mechanically but with a chemical substance. These are applied to the skin, (e.g. fruit acid) so that some skin layers exfoliate. So the colour-carrying skin layer is exposed. Then the colour pigments can be removed (by water, sandblasting or chemical substances).

UPSIDES

all colours possible

pigments are removed mechanically

DOWNSIDES

intense scarring

local anaesthetic necessary

long healing phase

surrounding skin layers will get damaged as well

5. Waterjet Cutting

In this process the skin is being cut open by a waterjet, to get to the colour pigments and flush them out. This treatment requires a general anaesthetic.

6. EXCISION (SURGICAL REMOVAL)

Smaller tattoos can be surgically cut out in an operation. The wound of a smaller tattoo can directly closed by a suture. Sometimes special methods like skin transfer or stretching are necessary.

Vorteile

UPSIDES

Only small tattoos

DOWNSIDES

surgical procedure

scarring

possibly several excisions necessary

local anaesthetic

not possible in all body parts

7. LIQUID TATTOO REMOVAL

Usually this is done with lactic acid. The liquid is being inserted into the skin, similar to the process of tattooing. The body is supposed to reject the colour pigments, according to advertising promises. This methods works with 40% L(+) lactic acid. The German Institute for Risk Assessment already warned against this method in 2011. Even the amount of 20% lactic acid can lead to health impairments. It is true, that this substance is natural product, but even nature has its poisons.

UPSIDES

all colours can be treated

DOWNSIDES

health impairment

intense scarring

irritation of skin and mucous membranes

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The here introduced methods should give a first overview about tattoo removal without laser. Please get a thorough consultation at your physician or laser expert regarding possibilities, as well as risks and side-effects of the used method. Tattoolos decided to work with modern laser systems, because this is the most gentle and effective of all methods.

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