The evolution of tattoo removal

Tattoo removal methods to avoid

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NO INK have researched and experimented with many tattoo removal techniques over the years. For us to be completely sold on the methods we use, we needed to see the results first hand. With a handful of tattoos myself, I willingly became a guinie-pig to several of the below methods and some I avoided at ALL costs. Whilst some methods are now currently outdated, Iv’e included them to help you understand the tattoo removal evolution and how modern technology has allowed tattoo removal to become much less invasive and more effective.


FADE CREAMS – Fade creams are applies to the surface of the skin with the intention to bleach the ink. Unfortunetely the ink lies much deeper than the epidermal layer makingthis process inefficiency.

ACIDS – There are many kinds of acid based removal solutions. An acid peels (chemical) is the strongest of its type with relatively high concentrations of acid. Its acts by removing several layers of the skin where the tattoo is. Not as effective as laser asit does not penetrate deep enough to remove the ink entirely from the tattoo that is in the deeper dermal layer of the skin.Proceed with caution, this method is highly dangerous in unexperienced hands and can cause scarring if not worse. 

TRANS EPIDERMAL PIGMENT RELEASE – The only reason we stumbled across this technique was by opening the clinic.  Clients come to us stressed and confused at the horrific scarring from this treatment asking for our help to remove the remaining ink that sits around the scars. This solution can come under many brands such as but not limited to tattextract or rejuvi. It is much harder to laser once this treatment has been done as it damages the skin.

DERMABRASION & SALABRASION- A very outdated and ineffective method that leave your skin raw and prone to infection and scarring. Dermabrasion involves sanding away the top layers of skin which contain the tattoo to reveal new, unblemished skin underneath. Salt-abrasion uses a salt and water mix to abrade the skin and rub away your skin to where the ink resides. Both types of abrasion are much more painful than laser and no longer applicable to the industry.

SURGERY/SKIN GRAFT – This is a more invasive option where the surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. This extreme method was once popular before more modern technologies were available. Only those who were desperate enough to undergo such an invasive form of removal would pay thousands in surgeon and hospital fees.Skin graphing has its own set of risks and the skin will never look the same again. This method is far too drastic when laser is a much safer and affordable option.

ARGON & CO2 LASERS– These lasers that are now outdated, not as powerful or effective for removal and no longer used in the tattoo removal industry.

sara mccarthy