If you have a tattoo you no longer want and you have looked at laser removal, you will know how expensive it is. Depending on the tattoo, between ten and twenty treatments are required for complete removal, with an interval of around six weeks between sessions. The cost can run to thousands, and take months to accomplish. At home, or do-it yourself methods are becoming increasingly popular.
How To Remove Tattoos Yourself.
- TCA (Trichloracetic acid) peels are a cosmetic treatment used to remove fine wrinkles, acne scars, age spots and other skin blemishes and is a very effective method of tattoo removal. A solution containing around 20% TCA is applied directly over the tattoo. This causes a controlled inflammation to the top layers of the skin, which will begin to peel away about a week after the treatment, revealing a new layer, which has formed underneath. With each peel, the ink is gradually broken up and moved toward the surface with the newly formed skin. This new skin will be sensitive for the first few weeks. You will need to wait between 4 and 6 weeks between peels, and protect It from the sun until it is fully healed. If you have darker skin, the treated area may appear lighter after a peel, but will soon return to normal.
- Tattoo removal creams. Although more expensive than TCA, they offer a gentler alternative, with no discomfort, peeling or scabbing. Depending on which brand you choose, they come as a kit containing either two or three different creams. Applied daily, they gradually fade the tattoo by breaking up the ink, which is then absorbed harmlessly into the body. How long it takes the tattoo to fade away will depend on the color and the depth of the ink. Lighter colors will tend to fade away quicker than darker colors.