The decision to remove a tattoo may come as a result of many factors. For instance, a tattoo that was relevant two decades ago may be grossly out of date today. Or maybe the message sent by the tattoo does not reflect what you really feel. Whichever the case, the decision to do away with it is a worthy one, and deserves great dedication. While some great therapies are out there; all geared towards tattoo removal, most of them are shockingly painful – more than getting the tattoo itself. Thus, here is how to remove a tattoo at home.
Once you have decided that your tattoo must go, there are some key decisions that must be made with it. For one, if the tattoo has to heal completely, it is important to keep an eye on your immunity. This is because the immune system plays a great role in seeing the skin through a period of trauma that comes with getting or removing a tattoo. To this end, one may have to switch off some lifestyle practices like drinking and smoking for a while. Doing so will go far into accelerating the healing process, leaving you with a great skin.
There are different ways of going about the removal. The most common way of doing so at home is dermabrasion, which entails placing ice over the tattoo over the spot, then sanding away the frozen skin, with salt. This method is excruciating – and one has to be very patient. With determination, the markings will disappear, but may leave the skin disfigured.
Secondly, one can opt to apply liquid nitrogen over the target area. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold – and will destroy the skin in the target area, enabling the tattoo to wear off with the old skin. This freeze- burning method is also very painful, yet it is quick. However, the health implications of the process far outweigh the price of removing the tattoo in other ways, since there is a risk of getting seriously injured during the process.
Another burning procedure that may be applied to the skin is using a modified, burning iron box, to literally roast the skin. In this process, burning iron is placed over a cloth covering an oiled part of the tattoo. It is then pressed on the spot, continuously, for a period of about five minutes. Once done, a burn that will heal without the tattoo will result.
A third option would tattoo lightening cream. This method involves the application of a cream that has a chemical composition of ingredients that make the tattoo fade over time. By far, this is the least painful and costly method. Other options on how to remove a tattoo at home are quicker, less safe and more painful than this method.
Using the creams, however, does not guarantee complete removal of the tattoo; but so do all the other methods. The best thing about this option is that scars do not occur. Besides, if the old tattoo fades significantly, you might want to do a better tattoo job over it.