Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are chosen by people for a variety of reasons throughout the United Kingdom and the world.  Most of us choose to have a tattoo when we are young, but what happens as we age and we decide we do not like or want the tattoo anymore?  Thankfully there are now a number of tattoo removal methods that can help to remove the tattoo that you no longer like.  Some of these methods are described below.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser is one of the most effective methods of tattoo removal and this is likely why it is so popular.  In this process, the intense laser beam is directed towards the ink of the tattoo.  The laser divides the ink into tiny segments which are then consumed by the skin’s immune system.  Laser tattoo removal will consist of anywhere between four and eight sessions depending on the size and colouring of the tattoo.  Each session will require a six week gap to enable the skin to completely heal.

Tattoo Removal Creams

These are the cheapest method of tattoo removal and arguably the least effective.  Tattoo removals are made to be rubbed into the skin and their aim is to fade the tattoo until it completely disappears.  This can take up to four months of regular application and still may not completely remove the tattoo.  It is also a good idea to check the ingredients of the specific cream you choose to use as there have been cases of allergic reactions caused by the unsupervised application of these creams.


This is thought of as the most dramatic tattoo removal method.  Excision literally means cutting the scar away from the body and it is usually only possible on small scars.  Larger scars that are removed this way will require a skin graft to be placed over the removal area.  Excision is the most permanent tattoo removal method but also the most dangerous, as there is a good chance of infection in the healing period if the wound is not cared for properly.


Dermabrasion is one of the oldest tattoo removal techniques but it is not so popular now.  This method is performed by a machine which works to scrape away the skin and thus takes the tattoo with it.  Due to the wounds this method can cause there is a possible chance of infection if the area is not cared for and left to heal properly.  Dermabrasion usually takes between four and six sessions and there needs to be a period of about six weeks between each session to allow the skin to completely heal.

Each tattoo removal method varies depending on the size of the tattoo, the colours and also the age of it.  The cost of each method also varies and those seeking tattoo removal should book a consultation with a specialist to discuss their options and receive a price estimate.  It is important to be fully knowledgeable about the specific tattoo removal method you choose and also know what to expect during the healing and post treatment periods.

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