Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are exciting and sound like a great idea in the heat of the moment. What is exciting today can be inappropriate or difficult to explain later in life.

Common reasons for tattoo removal:

  • Some branches of the military will not accept recruits with tattoos that are visible, demanding their removal before acceptance into the service
  • Some employers will not hire you if you have a tattoo in an obvious area (this may be tax deductible)
  • Many of the clients in my practice request the removal of another persons name or initials, divorce or the break up of a relationship being the main factor

I have been removing tattoos since 2002 using the salt water method. The salt water method is highly successful in tattoo removal. Since a tattoo is a scar with ink in it, the degree of scarring will vary depending on the original tattoo and the individual’s skin and healing properties.

Why salt? Salt is safe when utilized properly. The process is similar to the Salabrasion procedures once performed by physicians.

How does it work?

The skin is a semi-permeable membrane allowing only a certain size particle to pass through. By introducing a high concentration of salt water next to the dermis (where the ink is implanted) water in the cells beneath the surrounding the ink (containing lower concentrations of salt and water) will rise to the areas containing higher concentrations of salt. This is called equalization. In the process of equalization ink is forced from the dermal layer of the skin upward to the epidermis by osmotic pressure in an attempt to become equal to the higher concentration of salt and water.

Multiple treatments are necessary for removal and will vary according to tattoo size, location on the body, quality and depth of the implantation of the ink, and healing factors of the individual.

Common Tattoo Removal Questions

Laser Vs. Salt-Water

Lasers

Lasers use pulses of light to break up tattoo ink. Results vary according to the type of laser used, often leaving behind a white ghost in place of the tattoo. There are several factors that contribute to the success of laser tattoo removal. For example, the color and type of ink used in the tattoo may require several different lasers to be used. With rapid ink changes in the tattoo industry, it can be difficult to remove all colors and inks. The Q-switched Nd:Yag, Q-switched Alexandrite and the Q-switched Ruby are the most frequently used.

Salt-Water Method

The salt-water method is highly successful in tattoo removal. Why salt? Salt is natural and safe when utilized by a properly trained technician. Salt is much more gentle than laser removal. Finally, salt doesn’t recognize ink color and is not a factor in successful removal. This process is similar to the salibrasion procedure once performed by physicians.

How Does It Work?

The skin is a semi permeable membrane allowing only a certain size particle to get through. By introducing a high concentration of salt water next to the dermis (where the unwanted ink or pigment is) water in the cells beneath and surrounding the pigment (containing lower concentrations of salt and water) will rise to the areas containing higher concentrations of salt. This is called equalization. In the process of equalization pigment is forced from the dermal layer of the skin upward to the epidermis by osmotic pressure in an attempt to become equal to the higher concentration of salt and water. Unwanted ink or pigment brought to the skin surface is shed in the scab that forms over the procedure site during the healing process, revealing new pink skin. Multiple treatments are necessary according to the shape, size, and location of the tattoo, as well as healing factors of the individual.

Cost Comparison

The cost of salt-water removal is less expensive and less traumatic to the skin than laser, dermabrasion, and excision. All methods of removal involve multiple treatments with the possible exception of excision. Experience and success in removal is a main factor. Ask to see before and after photos when considering this service as well as an estimate of sessions required and fees.

Will I Have A Scar?

Regardless of the method you choose, some scarring or color variations are likely. It is a medical fact that any scar takes one full year from the last manipulation to be mature (fully healed and finished changing). Since a tattoo is a scar with ink in it, the degree of scarring will vary depending on the original tattoo and the individual’s skin and healing properties.

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Tattoo Removal Portfolio

View various stages of tattoo removal treatments.

  • Tattoo Removal Before

    Before Tattoo Removal

  • Tattoo Removal After

    After Tattoo Removal - Healed

  • Tattoo Removal After (Healed)

    The tattoo removal site will continue to change for a period of one year after the last tattoo removal treatment.

  • Tattoo Removal After (Healed)

    TOTAL TATTOO REMOVAL!

  • Tattoo Removal Before

    At seventeen this tattoo was important, years later, not so much!

  • Tattoo Removal After

    Minutes after section two tattoo removal.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    Minutes after section two tattoo removal.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    Minutes after tattoo removal # 2 on the upper section.

  • Tattoo Removal

    Tattoo removal in progress, note the difference in the upper portion where the after care was not followed. After care is extremely important in the success of any removal.

  • Tattoo Removal

    Work in progress! Minutes after tattoo removal treatment.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    The removal sessions continue!

  • Tattoo Removal After (Healed)

    Tattoo removal site healed, before his next treatment.

  • Tattoo Removal Before

    The friendship is over but the tattoo remains. This photograph was taken before her first removal session.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    Minutes after her first tattoo removal treatment, red swollen skin is normal.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    New pink skin after her first tattoo removal treatment. Some of the ink was totally removed in one session other areas are much lighter.

  • Tattoo Removal After

    One month after her third tattoo removal treatment. Her next removal session was postponed due to an upcoming winter vacation. I advised her to enjoy Florida and keep the new skin and tattoo removal site completely covered when enjoying the sun.

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