Can TCA Peels Remove the Tattoo?
Tattoo had become a staple in the popular culture with 1 in every 4 people has a tattoo. Some people acquired their tattoos due to peer pressure and they later regret their decision of having one. The next best thing would be to discard the tattoo for good. There are some options in removing a tattoo, one of which is TCA. However, not all people are convinced of its effectiveness.
TCA peel is better known as a chemical peel. is a water-like acidic solution. TCA is generally safe to use in removing tattoo hence it is a non-prescription solution. TCA works in two ways. First, you may use it to completely remove the tattoo and second, it can be used to lighten ink colors that laser removal technique cannot easily remove. In this way, lesser laser treatment would be required.
Further, TCA is applied on the tattooed area which can eventually cause controlled inflammation. The tattooed area will then start peeling after a week or two of TCA application. Ink pigments will then break apart and these will be shed along with the old and dead skin on the upper layer of the skin. In fading or removing the tattoo, there will be a need for 6 or more peeling. This is the reason why TCA has to be reapplied after 4 to 5 weeks.
It would be definitely impossible to predict how long the tattoo would be completely removed. This will depend on the size and color of the tattoo. This also depends on who inked the tattoo. Compared to professionally inked tattoos, those tattoos inked by amateurs tend to have higher success rates. Evidently, TCA is highly effective and highly advisable if you want to get rid of unwanted tattoo(s).
Scarification effects of the TCA then will depend on many individual factors as well that are not really tattoo-related. One of these factors is the skin type. Because of this, the reactions of our skin to chemicals also vary. It would be best to conduct a test so that you may determine if your skin will react harshly when you apply a small amount of TCA. Nevertheless, TCA is generally safe to use that is why it can be purchased even without prescription.