If you have a tattoo that you'd like to have removed you should first know that there are not a lot of easy options. Unfortunately, it takes a lot more than rubbing some magic cream on your skin to help make the tattoo fade away. Luckily, the techniques used for tattoo removal have developed over the years, so older techniques like dermabrasion, salabrasion, and scarification are less commonly done. As far as costs go, you should expect to pay at least 10 times the cost of the original tattoo to have it removed.

The most common method for removing tattoos today is laser treatment. However, there are limits to the types of tattoos that can be completely removed using the laser technique. Usually it takes several treatment sessions over the course of many months and even years to remove the tattoo completely. The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal all depends on the size, color, age, and location of the tattoo. Usually black ink can be removed more easily. Colors such as red, orange, yellow, and white are more difficult to remove.

The laser is used to decompose the ink within the skin cells, which jumpstarts the body's immune system to breakdown the ink. Some people may experience hyperpigmentation and blistering after a laser tattoo removal session. Usually different types and colors of tattoos will require different types of lasers because each targets a unique wavelength and color. If you have multicolored tattoos it make take more than one type of laser to remove it completely. Because tattoo removal clinics need to invest in so many different types of equipment, laser tattoo removal can be expensive.

Another tattoo removal option is surgical excision. This may sound a bit extreme, but sometimes surgery can be less painful, costly, and time consuming than laser tattoo removal. Surgical tattoo removal involves removing the tattoo completely using a surgical incision and excising the area of skin which contains the tattoo. The skin is then sutured back together. Depending on the size and location of the tattoo scarring and having enough loose skin to close the incision may or may not be a problem. Skin grafts may be necessary to close problem areas.

If you're considering tattoo removal I would recommend visiting a clinic that offers both the laser and excision techniques. That way you can schedule a consultation with a doctor and discuss with them and the rest of the staff which option is better suited to your unique situation. If you visit a clinic that only offers one treatment or the other they may be more inclined to convince you that their technique is the best, even though it might not be in your best interest.