What is Chemical Tattoo Removal?
As tattoos are becoming more popular, and widely available, more people are regretting their decision to add a permanent name or picture to their bodies. With this widespread regret, chemical tattoo removal is becoming one of the easiest ways to get rid of unwanted tattoos. Chemical tattoo removal was one of the first methods used to remove a tattoo, and it continues to be a favorite for many people.
Chemical tattoo removal uses chemical peels to slowly work tattoo ink out of a person’s skin. Glycolic acid chemical peels and TCA chemical peels are most often used for tattoo removal. The peels arrive as a clear liquid that almost looks like water. The chemical peels are applied to the surface of the skin where the tattoo lies using a cotton swab or cotton ball. The liquid is then allowed to sit for a specified amount of time. During this process, the peel will remove layers of skin containing the ink and a scab will form. Clients may feel mild discomfort when the peel is applied, but it should stop when it is neutralized. A simple saline and ice solution applied to the area after the peel is removed will ensure any residual pain disappears quickly.
Following the instructions is vital when using a chemical peel to remove a tattoo. These peels are much stronger than those used on the face and elsewhere on the body, and they can cause discomfort or scarring if left in place too long. After the chemical peel is neutralized, the client should put moisturizing ointment or Vaseline on the area. This will help the skin heal faster. In the next few weeks, the client will notice the scab over the tattoo start to peel. At this point, the ink will begin coming away from the tattoo. It is important to keep this area clean while the skin regenerates itself. Clients may want to cover the area, especially if they plan to be in a dusty environment.
Chemical peels for tattoo removal are far superior to laser treatments. Since chemical peels have been used for this purpose longer than lasers, more is known about the possible side effects and the effectiveness of peels. Chemical tattoo removal works better for tattoos with bright, vibrant colors than laser removal. They are also better at removing small tattoos without concerns of permanent scarring that can come with laser tattoo removal.
When faced with an unwanted tattoo, chemical peels should be considered before any other option. Chemical tattoo removal can easily be completed in one’s own home and is far less painful than laser removal. Changing your mind about a tattoo is always possible. If this happens, turn to chemical peels to get rid of the regretful ink decision.