Unfortunately tattoos often last longer than love, removing a tattoo
is no easy process and an important point that people should
understand BEFORE getting a tattoo. However there is one other
option, a cover-up. You could get your tattoo covered by a new
tattoo that may need to be around 50% bigger to effectively hide the
existing tattoo. If this is not an option then laser treatment may
be your best bet.
How do you remove a
There are various methods available to
remove tattoos :
Laser treatment is the most common
method. Different wavelengths of light are used for different
pigments. The laser beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by
the ink. This causes the ink to break down so that it can be removed
by the body's lymphatic system.
If the tattoo is too deep for laser
treatment, or is quite small in size, the skin with the pigment can
be cut away and the edges sewn together to close the wound.
If the tattoo is too large for the wound to be closed with sutures,
it is sometimes possible for a piece of skin from another part of
the body to be grafted onto the site. Unfortunately, this causes two
scars - at the site of the tattoo and at the site of the 'donated'
skin, although it is usually taken from an area of the body that is
not normally exposed. The scars should settle and fade over time,
and further surgery is sometimes possible to further minimise the
Dermabrasion literally rubs the tattooed
skin away with an abrasive tool, over a series of treatments. If the
tattoo is deep, a skin graft may also be necessary to 'level out'
the surface of the skin.