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					Want To Get That Tattoo Removed?

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Summary:
Getting a tattoo is a painful enough process. Unfortunately, removing an
unwanted tattoo is even more painful, both physically and financially.
Laser tattoo removal has brought an easy, less painful solution to people
who want to get rid of their tattoos . Read on to know how.


Keywords:
removing tattoos, tattoo removal, Laser tattoo removal, tattoo removed


Article Body:
People get tattoos for any reason, and sometimes for no reason. We get
tattoos express your love, to express one’s own self, as a fan or admirer
of some idol, under peer pressure, to be up with the Jones’es or maybe
just because its hip to get one.

Whatever the case is, many of us in adult life end up regretting this
youthful adventure. It could be because the tattoo reminds you of a
broken love relationship or may be that visible tattoo is coming in your
way of getting good job or joining a coveted university. In other words,
you desperately need to get it out of your way, but the very memory of
the painful procedure you went through to get it done gives you cold
feet.

There are several ways a person can undo a tattoo or at least make it
less visible. All, barring one, are very painful and cumbersome. But
before discussing ways to remove tattoos, let’s first understand what is
a tattoo.

<b>What is a Tattoo</b>

A tattoo, or dermal pigmentation, as the term self explains is a mark
made on the skin by inserting pigment into the skin. It is accomplished
by injecting this pigment into small deep holes made in the skin. Tattoos
made this way are relatively permanent.

Apart from permanent tattoos there are also temporary tattoos. They are
more like body sticker, similar to a decal. Temporary tattoos are made on
the skin by transferring the design on the skin, rather than inside the
skin, using water. Temporary tattoos are waterproof, but can be removed
with oil-based creams, and are intended to last only a few days.

<b>Methods of Tattoo Removal</b>

There are several methods of tattoo removal available today showing
variable performance, result wise and procedure wise. It is the size of
the tattoo, its location, and the length of time it has been on the skin
which make the physician decide upon the method to be used. The patient’s
healing prowess also plays its part in deciding the method to be used.

Let’s now discuss the methods.

<b>Surgical Method</b>

It is one of the most popular methods around, especially when the dyed
area is small. The major advantage here is the removal of the entire
tattoo in one go, particularly if it is small tattoo. Larger tattoos,
however, require multiple surgical sessions where the centre of a tattoo
is removed first followed by removal of sides at a later date.

The surgical removal process involves an injection of a local anesthetic
to numb the area after which the tattoo is removed. The edges are then
brought together and sutured.

With this procedure, there is minimal bleeding which is easily controlled
with electrocautery. In some cases involving large tattoos, a skin graft
taken from another part of the body may be necessary.

<b>Rubbing the tattoo off</b>

In this method, the tattoo is literally scrapped off. It is quite painful
and cumbersome procedure but practiced nonetheless. There are two ways by
which a tattoo is rubbed off the skin:

•    <b>Dermabrasion</b>

This procedure of tattoo removal involves spraying of a portion of the
tattoo with a freezing solution, after which that part is sanded with a
rotary abrasive instrument causing the skin to peel. Because some
bleeding is bound to occur, a dressing is immediately applied to the
area.

•    <b>Salabrasion</b>

This is an age old method of tattoo removal. As with the other methods, a
local anesthetic is used on and around the tattooed area after which a
solution of ordinary tap water dipped in table salt is applied. An
abrading apparatus such as the one used with dermabrasion, or an even
simpler device such as a wooden block wrapped in gauze, is used to
vigorously abrade the area. When the area becomes deep red in color, a
dressing is applied.

<b>Laser</b>

Laser tattoo removal is considered as the best of the solutions
available. Though it is costly and might require multiple sessions, it
ensures that tattoo removal is relatively pain free and blood free. Also
the results have been quite encouraging and tattoos have been either
totally removed or there were dramatic fading.
Laser tattoo removal procedure involves exposing the tattoo to the pulses
of light from the laser, usually Q-switched Nd:Yag, Q-switched
Alexandrite and the Q-switched Ruby. This exposure breaks up the tattoo
pigment, which are removed from the body by the scavenger cells. More
than one treatment is usually necessary to remove the entire tattoo.

				
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