While laser tattoo removal is fairly new, the concept of tattoo removal is not. Some of the ancient techniques that were believed to work included garlic, lime, wine and pigeon urine. The truth is that none of these methods successfully removed the ink. The only method we know to work today is laser tattoo removal.
Before laser technology, the most common forms required large skin grafts, due to the utilization of salabrasion, excision, cryosurgery, dermabrasion, and chemical procedures. Basically, layer upon layer of skin was stripped away until the ink was no longer visible. These procedures are barbaric compared to the q-laser treatments we use today.
Salabrasion is a process that involves scraping the top layer of skin off by using a combination of table salt, water and a moist gauze pad. To begin, the patient is rubbed with the salt and water mixture until the inked area turns a deep, blood red color. Following the procedure, salt is applied to the area, and a surgical dressing is applied for up to 24 hours or more. It is quite common to experience scarring with this procedure as well as incomplete removal of all ink.
Dermabrasion is another procedure that involves scraping of the skin tissue. Because of the aggressive nature, dermabrasion is not designed for large, multi-color tattoos. After this process, the skin will look and feel extremely raw and may even scab. It is a highly painful process and can take up to a week to recover.
Q- laser treatments became popular in the early 1990s, which are significantly safer and less time consuming. Laser tattoo removal is designed to treat any size tattoo, coloring and skin type. The process typically takes only a few minutes and there isn’t much of a healing process. With laser you are usually asked not to shower or workout for a handful of hours, but other than that, the process is fairly straightforward.