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!
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By Pete On March 19, 2012 6 Comments
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is another type of light treatment that uses filtered xenon flashlamps, not lasers. The tattoo is covered in a special anesthetic gel, a prism is placed over it and a light emitting wand is passed over. IPL is less painful than laser treatment but more expensive, costing around $10 per pulse. If you have a large tattoo you would need a lot of $10 shots which can add up very quickly.IPL is sometimes incorrectly referred to as laser treatment. It is not. However, like a Q-switching laser, IPL is light transmitted in short bursts at high intensity and is frequently used in hair removal. The debate of effectiveness of IPL vs. ND:YAG laser treatment continues with the consensus being that IPL is as effective but may require more treatments. One thing everyone can agree on is IPL is less painfulClick here to continue reading
By Pete On March 19, 2012 12 Comments
Since Roman times wherever Christianity entered the picture tattooing was frowned upon and discouraged. Devout Christians point to Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” That’s pretty clear, I guess.
Tattooing is forbidden to followers of the Jewish faith. Orthodox Jews also look to Leviticus 19:28 as their reasoning. More recent Jewish law, however, permits tattooing if it has been forced upon someone. An example of this was the number each victim was branded with on their arm when they entered the concentration camp during the Holocaust.
The two main sects of Islam, Sunni and Shiite disagree on many things and tattoos are no exception. Sunni Muslims believe that tattoos are forbidden as well as other permanent physical alterations not connected with surgery or health. The Sunni Hadith do not permit any disfiguringClick here to continue reading
By Pete On March 16, 2012 12 Comments
Ok, now we get to the section that you are most interested in: how do I get this thing off me? Below we examine all the various choices available to you today. As I said earlier, there have been advancements in the last couple of years especially in the laser field that increase the success rate of the removal process. However, you need to realize that there is no “best way” to remove a tat for everyone. There is a “best way” for you, however, and it may be different than what worked for your friends. This has to do with your skin type, age of the tattoo, ink used and other variables which is why a thinking consumer should look carefully at all options on the table. Often it is a combination of removal methods that works best.
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