There are many reasons why people want a sugar skull tattoo removed. But the most of apparent is that of regret. People state that they were too young when they had the sugar skull tattoo and that life has changed while others say that they simply do not like it anymore. Some reason that a tattoo is a hindrance in getting a job or just doesn’t fit an important occasion in one’s life such as a wedding or having a baby.
Meanwhile, some others have gang-related tattoos which they want removed since they are no longer associated with such groups while others have a tattoo of a lost love and now have found someone new and want to get the mark of their body.
Some sugar skull tattoo removal options people might want to consider are the following:
Lasers are currently the usual sugar skull tattoo removal method. Highly concentrated light pulses target ink and break them into very small fragments that are afterwards cleared by the immune system. Nonetheless this is done in multiple sessions. More sessions equates to more laser that can penetrate the skin and fragment the ink. However, more treatments also means more skin damage such as painful blisters as well as scabs which can result in scarring. Laser tattoo removal experts state that the advanced technology has made scarring minimal and on occasions non-existent. This nonetheless depends on the situation.
A smaller tattoo may cost around $150 to $250 each session while a bigger tattoo may wind up to around $600-800. The treatment will typically consist of multiple sessions to be able to remove the tattoo completely. An average of 5 to 10 sessions is needed to be able to see noticeable results. Needless to say, it will cost a huge amount of money to complete the treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Some spas employ a dermal enhancer called Intense Pulsed Light Therapy otherwise known as IPL. Laser light is replaced by high intensity light which is used in a similar fashion. A gel is put on the area to be treated and a wand is employed to emit pulses of light. This option is less painful compared to laser surgery and is more effective which results in lesser treatment sessions. However, it also carries a bigger price tag at $10 per pulse in one clinic. This amount could add up depending on the number of pulses a tattoo requires.
Other Medical Methods
Other tattoo removal methods are available yet most are much more painful and ineffective that laser removal took their place. These include dermabrasion that would take away the skin’s top layer via abrasive friction. Another treatment is excision that cuts away the skin and sews it back together. These however have been proven to cause much skin damage and lead to scarring and are thus only used when laser removal and intense pulsed light therapy are not available.
Tattoo Removal Cream
The main advantage of using a tattoo removal cream is that it is a painless treatment process as opposed to the original method or tattooing the skin. There are no needles involved in the process. Also, it is less expensive compared to surgery and does not require healing period as opposed to the latter.
Nevertheless, the use of tattoo removal cream is not a quick fix solution. One does not only apply it once and never again. It requires diligent application over a period of several months before lightening and fading of the tattoo becomes noticeable.
Those are but some of the most sure-fire ways of tattoo removal. For your sugar skull tattoo, these may be very viable options. But then again, one can only bank on the notion that prevention is better than cure.