Chemical ExtractionBy Pete On March 19, 2012 Under Posts
Chemical extraction is a method of tattoo removal that requires using a tattoo machine to “tattoo” over the existing ink. However, this time a chemical compound that bonds with the inert ink lying in the dermis is tattooed into the design. After bonding with the ink the combined mixture is pushed up to the epidermis forming a scab. A couple of weeks later the scab will fall off taking a large part of the ink with it.
The risk here, again, is of infection and some scarring. Infection and scarring are more likely if you pick at the scab. It may be hard not to but picking at the scab will only cause you heartache. You just have to let it drop off by itself. Also, picking at it will not speed up the healing process. So, hands off!
Over a hundred years ago in 1888, a physician in France, one Dr. Variot G. Nouveau, discovered that tattooing over an unwanted tattoo with an acid solution was an effective removal technique. His process, the “Variot Method,”or the “French Method,” caused a large scab to form which, when it fell off, removed a lot the ink with it. Dr. Nouveau’s formula contained a mixture of tannic acid, glycerin and water. Tannic acid was found to cause cancer in the mid-20th century and is no longer used in medicine
Rejuvi (also known as “E-raze”) and Tattoo Erase are two products that work using the chemical extraction process. These are not DIY options; you have to go to a trained clinic or tattoo parlor to get the job done. It will take on average three to four treatments, or visits, to remove a tattoo completely. Figure on a month healing time between visits. Cost will depend on where you go and the size of your design.
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