Why laser tattoo removal is more effective than other methods

Why Laser Tattoo Removal Is More Effective Than Other Methods

Blog, Tattoo Removal

These days most people are aware that laser tattoo removal is the most superior of the removal methods, but let’s explore the other options some people still opt for.

Many think laser is likely to be the most expensive option out of them all, but this is not the case, especially as a lot of clients begin with the cheaper methods but end up having to laser the tattoo eventually. Not only is laser the safest method it also provides permanent results and leaves the skin in the best condition.

Tattoo removal creams

Probably the cheapest method and the easiest to buy online, the creams claim to remove a tattoo in a year. It is hard to believe a non-prescription cream can travel as deep as the dermis, and shatter ink particles, without being dangerous for the rest of the cells in the area. The creams may be able to remove an amateur tattoo in the epidermis but a professional tattoo is much deeper. Many clients that have bought such creams see some fading on the surface epidermal ink only.

Average cost: £160 for a years supply
Effectiveness 3/10
Skin condition: Typically the same

Skin excision

A dramatic way to remove a smaller tattoo, by having a Doctor cut the tattoo from the skin. This unfortunately will leave quite a scar. The scar can of course be lasered to improve the mark, but not ideal for cost effectiveness when laser tattoo removal can be done instead, leaving no scar. There is also a high risk of infection for this treatment and down time due to the discomfort. This could be an option for someone that needs to remove their tattoo immediately.

Average cost: from £500
Effectiveness: 7/10
Skin condition: Leaves a noticeable scar

Salabrasion and dermabrasion

One of the first removal methods for unwanted tattoos and is very much hit and miss. Dermabrasion removes the upper layers of skin to allow a saline solution to be applied or injected under the skin. This lifts some of the ink to the surface causing it to scab, once it falls off it takes some of the ink along with it. Unfortunately, the salt based solution can be very damaging to the skin and is likely to leave scarring as well as leaving an uneven tattoo behind. Many clients give up and turn to laser tattoo removal, unfortunately they may then need more laser sessions to break through the scar tissue that has been formed as a result.

Average cost: from £300
Effectiveness: 4/10
Skin condition: leaves scarring

Laser tattoo removal

The most effective method of removal that can be tailored to the clients ink colours and skin tone. Tattoo removal offers permanent results. Finding a clinic that has the correct equipment is key to successful removal. The laser works by targeting the pigment in the various ink colours. There are 3 main wavelengths used for laser tattoo removal 1064nm, 532nm and 755nm, (Asian and darker skin types require 1064nm only), for it to work successfully you must have the correct wavelengths to absorb into the ink colour and shatter the ink, allowing the body to dispose of it naturally. A Picosecond laser generally smashes the ink into smaller sand like particles taking on average 6 sessions over a year, whereas a Q-Switch laser leaves bigger ink particles that take longer to remove by the body at around 12 sessions.

Average cost: from £330
Effectiveness: 9/10
Skin condition: Usually great, (very low chance of scarring)

Whether you are considering laser vs dermabrasion or creams, book a consultation with the skin experts at Pulse Light Clinic to get more information on the ease, cost and effectiveness of removing your unwanted tattoo.