Every man at different ages of his life also has different desires. As we age, we also change ourselves and our desires and needs. It is common that people regret a tattoo they got when were younger.
There are a lot of ways to get rid of tattoos. However, laser tattoo removal is expensive and time-consuming and people are searching for laserless solutions. Fortunately, non laser tattoo removal methods are becoming increasingly popular today so you might find a solution for yourself. Keep reading to learn more about it.
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Can you remove tattoos without a laser?
Theoretically, it is possible to remove tattoos without a laser. However, no procedure can guarantee success.
Tattoos are meant and are made to be permanent. Because of that removing tattoos completely is very difficult. Tattoo paint is placed under the upper part of the skin. This makes removal much more complicated and expensive than the tattoo itself.
There is also a high probability that a scar will remain after the removal process. The treated part of the skin can remain in a different color, regardless of the method you choose.
In any case, if you want to remove a tattoo, be sure to consult a dermatologist to help you in your planning. He will explain all the removal options and help you choose the method that suits you best.
What is non-laser tattoo removal?
The laserless tattoo removal methods are able to remove all colors and color combinations. This includes tattoo pigment, and also special mixtures. However, none of these procedures can guarantee 100% success. Furthermore, the risks and side effects are also quite common.
Tattoo removals in professional studios and salons is quite expensive. But, it is better to pay more than to endanger your health.
There are several methods of laserless tattoo removal:
Tattoo cream. There are many special creams whose effect should be the complete destruction of the tattoo. By interacting with the chemical composition of the paint, the cream helps the skin to actively repel the tattoo. Over time, the pattern should disappear.
Mechanical peeling. The procedure involves peeling the top layer of skin that contains most of the paint and scrubbing them with a sharp brush. After that comes the process of recovery and wound healing. This method is suitable for owners of small tattoos, because, after the procedure, scars and spots usually remain.
Chemical peeling. This method, like the previous one, works by peeling and removing paint particles. But, it uses the help of special acids and chemical solutions. This is a rather painful and inefficient process that requires more repetitions of the session.
Covering or overlapping. If you like tattoos, but you don’t like yours, then you can simply cover it. To do this, after consulting with the master, you need to choose a sketch that you like. It should be bigger and brighter than the current tattoo. Then, you fill it with a new, fresh tattoo on top of the old one. This method allows you to completely hide the old tattoo and get a beautiful new tattoo.
Can you remove a tattoo at home?
Due to the expensive costs of the procedure, many people prefer to solve the problem themselves using home methods. Their effectiveness is much less compared to the methods performed by professionals. However, they may allow you to at least change the color of the pigment and make the tattoo less noticeable. We do not want to suggest removing tattoos at home because there are health risks. For example, scarring, allergic reactions, inflammation, etc. which is not negligible. Be sure to consult your dermatologist before trying any home remedies.
Laserless tattoo removal techniques
Dermabrasion is a process when the tattooed area is cooled until numb. Then the tattooed area is brushed or rubbed with an abrasive device. This will remove the tattooed part of the skin. That part of the skin will probably be red and sore for the next 10 days.
During this time, it is important to maintain the treated area according to the instructions of experts. You will probably need to apply antibacterial cream and dressing. Dermabrasion will remove a tattoo, however, in almost 100% of cases, it leaves a scar.
You will receive local anesthesia. After that, the surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and sutures the edges of the skin. After the procedure, you need to apply an antibacterial cream that will speed up healing. Surgical removal is very effective, but it leaves a scar. Because of that, it is not recommended for removing large tattoos.
Tattoo removal cream
Tattoo removal creams are applied to the tattoo to erase the ink. Many are available at department stores or online retailers. However, there is very little evidence that tattoo removal creams really remove tattoos.
Most of these products don’t even claim to remove tattoos completely. Instead, they claim to make it easier to spot tattoos. Tattoo removal creams can also lead to serious side effects, including burning and scarring.
Do tattoo removal creams actually work? Short answer: no.
Tattoo removal creams claim to remove tattoos by whitening the skin or removing the epidermis (top layer of skin). Some even claim to replace the white blood cells (macrophages) that are filled with tattoo ink.
In short, tattoo ink is injected into the dermis (deep layer of skin) so many of these tattoo removal creams for surface treatments can’t be effective. At the best possible result, the cream will partially remove the tattoo, and it will leave a distorted, discolored version of it, that can become a permanent scar.
Tattoo removal creams also contain chemicals, such as trichloroacetic acid that are exfoliating. Although trichloroacetic acid is regularly used by health professionals for professional skin treatments of other skin conditions, it can be dangerous to use at home without supervision.
Chemicals like trichloroacetic acid are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but their use in these creams is not. The FDA has not approved the tattoo removal cream that is currently on the market.
The chemicals in these products can cause painful side effects, including:
- permanent scarring
- permanent discoloration of the skin
If you have allergies, using the tattoo removal cream can cause potentially dangerous symptoms that include:
- difficulty breathing
Rejuvi non laser tattoo removal
Rejuvi is a unique chemical process for extraction. The cream is applied in a similar manner to the original tattoo using a digital micro-pigmentation machine. This solutions bonds with the pigment which is expelled from the body and raised to the surface of the skin, forming a crust that eventually falls off.
This specialist product has a unique mechanism of chemical extraction bonding. It softens the tattoo pigments and extracts them from under the skin. This creates a pool of cream combined with the unwanted pigment on the surface of the skin, where you can clearly see the extracted ink surfacing.
The pool of cream on the surface of the skin assists with drawing the pigment out. After the procedure, a crust starts to form, and it has to be kept dry over the next few weeks until it naturally falls off. It is crucial that the crust is not pulled or picked forcing it off before it has completely healed.
As the skin begins to heal additional ink is continually drawn to the surface so some of the remaining ink in the epidermis can be seen once the crust falls off naturally. This may fade in several weeks, but generally, it will require further treatment(s) to complete the process.
Same as other laserless tattoo removal techniques, Rejuvi also brings some risks. There is a small risk of scarring and serious complications as compared to other tattoo extraction methods.
Tatt2Away device non laser tattoo removal
Tatt2Away is a method that lightly abrades the skin in a circular pattern to facilitate healing and reduce scarring. It involves a revolutionary new treatment called Trans Epidermal Pigment Release (TEPR), also called terpsol laserless tattoo removal.
First, light abrasion of the skin is done. After that, a sage proprietary fluid is injected into the tattoo pigment to break it down. The pigment comes out and a scab forms over the treated area. When the scab falls away, clear pink skin is left to heal.
Tatt2Away is all-natural and affordable, people left reviews that it has a sensation similar to getting a tattoo and they say that the results are satisfying.
This method can remove all colors and all kinds of tattoos: whole tattoos, parts of a tattoo, clearing an area for replacement tattoo, disguising a previous solid color cover-up. I can even reshape eyebrows or lip color tattoos.
However, if a tattoo is deep in the skin, tatt2Away may not be able to reach all the pigments. In that case, a haze of the tattoo may remain, which is called ghosting.
Much like when you get a tattoo, the results can increase or decrease based on the aftercare regimen. Following all of the aftercare instructions produces the best results. This also includes keeping the area clean and out of direct sunlight.
Saline non laser tattoo removal
Saline based tattoo removal is an effective method that uses sterilized saline water for fading permanent tattoos and cosmetics. Its effectiveness depends on the depth of the pigmentation.
It works by implanting the sterile salt solution on the previously pigmented area by specialized techniques. A reaction happens between the chloride solution and the unwanted pigmentation which fragments the ink particles and draws it out of the skin.
This laserless tattoo removal method is a gradual process. It takes 2-3 sessions, spaced a few weeks apart for the desired result. The duration for each course depends on the size, color and location of the tattoo. To get the desired result, multiple sessions are required.
You may expect slight swelling, tenderness and redness following the procedure. It will subside within 48 hours, and the complete healing takes 7 to 14 days. During the healing process, you can continue your normal activities but you should avoid touching the treated areas to prevent infection.
Skinial non laser tattoo removal
SKINIAL-EX is a patented method for tattoo and permanent make-up removal. It is based on lactic acid, which is applied to the treated skin surface with light machine movements.
It slowly penetrates the tattoo pigment and forms a reaction with the macrophages that have surrounded and protected the pigment and discards it to the surface of the skin where the scab forms. The scab dries in a few days, and the treated area takes a few weeks to heal completely.
The treatment is done in parts, after every 8-10 weeks, until the whole tattoo is removed. Once the healing process in the treated area is complete, the skin regains its original color and can be re-tattooed.
However, clients often have high expectations of the tattoo removal procedure. They think that tattoos can be removed regardless of size and location and that the skin will look the same as before the tattoo. No procedure can guarantee 100% success or that no scars will remain.
Furthermore, like every other method, skinial can cause side effects. This mostly depends on the individual’s skin. This means that genetic heritage is rather important than the used removal procedure.
A special case is a tattoo that has already been treated with a laser. Depending on the condition of the subcutaneous tissue, there is a possibility that the skin has lost its natural rejection function due to the use of lasers. This may lead to reduced pigment rejection.
For some people, after only a few laser treatments, the subcutaneous tissue is completely covered with micro scars. For others, the natural ability to reject without scarring works great even after as many as ten laser treatments.
Tattoo vanish non laser tattoo removal
Tattoo Vanish is an all-natural laserless tattoo removal approach that does not use lasers, acids, toxins or any other harmful chemicals. The Tattoo Vanish method uses the same techniques and tools, like the machine, that are used when tattoos are originally applied.
Before the procedure, the technician applies a local anesthetic to the area that will be treated. Then, he will apply a lido gel with a tattoo gun over your tattoo to open up the dermis. With the dermis open the ink eraser can solidify any ink in the area and bring it to the surface, the technician will then wipe the area with an ink eraser to wash away the ink.
After the procedure is done a thick scab will form, but it will fall off after a couple of weeks. Depending on the size of the tattoo, the process can take as little as 10 minutes, and you can go home right after.
To completely remove a tattoo, you may need multiple treatments. It works best with newer tattoos, and as for other methods it can’t guarantee 100% success.
Can Microneedling fade tattoos?
Although skin needling can help improve the effect of laser tattoo removal, dermaroller itself does not remove or fade tattoos.
Here is how combining microneedling with laser treatments works: directly prior to laser treatments, the team treats the area with a micro needling device which creates tiny micro-wounds in the skin. These tiny holes allow for better penetration of laser light. It may help to remove particles of fractured ink through the stimulation of the skin through the wounding/healing process.
Results of this technique vary, but some patients saw up to a 60% better improvement in tattoo fading than with laser treatments alone.
However, as we already said, microneedling by itself doesn’t help in tattoo fading.
What color tattoo cannot be removed?
Generally speaking, the easiest tattoo colors to remove are black, brown, navy blue, and green. On the other hand, the most difficult to remove are red, orange, yellow and light blue.
Can a tattoo be completely removed with a laserless removal method?
This varies from person to person. However, don’t think that your skin will be the same as it was before the tattoo, because the chances of that are very small. Sometimes a white shadow from the original tattoo remains.
It is important to note that the tattoo removal process relies on the body’s ability to eliminate ink from the skin. Therefore, it is not uncommon that the body needs a year to completely eliminate ink.
For the best possible results, the skin should be given enough time to heal between treatments and the body’s immune system to flush out the ink. Accelerating the removal process and too short a gap between treatments can cause permanent damage and side effects to the skin. For ideal results, we recommend waiting three months between treatments.
How can I remove my tattoo permanently?
Notwithstanding all that said, the best that is currently offered on the market is probably laser treatments that target the colored pigment by removing the tattoo in several treatments, without damaging the surrounding skin.
Some skin types respond better to laser treatment than others. People with darker skin color are not advised to do tattoo removal at all. It is because all the techniques can destroy the pigmentation leaving a whitish scar.
According to many, the only disadvantages of the laser procedure are its high cost (which is determined by the appearance and size of the tattoo and the type of laser) and duration that can take up to a year or longer.
Therefore, one should not rush with repeated treatments because too small a gap between the two treatments can not only result in permanent skin damage, but does not leave enough time for the body to heal and eliminate ink.
The process of tattoo removal as well as the result also depends on the person’s skin. It is impossible to know in advance how satisfied you will be with the outcome of the laserless tattoo removal method. This is because the final result, experts point out, primarily depends on the ability of your immune system to eliminate ink from the skin and body.
None of the methods can guarantee 100% success or that there won’t be any scarring. We strongly advise you to contact your dermatologist before making any decisions. Also, if you decide on one of those methods, be sure that a professional is supervising the process.
All of the manufacturers claim that their non-laser tattoo removal method is holistic. However, you should always check the possible side effects and results of treatment.
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Irena is a dentist from Croatia, working extensively in her field, but she also has a high interest in the fields of fitness, nutrition and medicine in general. She has been educating herself about how to lead a healthy lifestyle for years. She seeks to help people adopt healthy habits as well as healthy and positive thinking about life. In her spare time, she hikes, runs, plays saxophone and guitar, and develops her own websites – Salubrius Vita and GoalDigger. Her life motto is: When they expect a lot from you, you do even more.