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Non-laser Tattoo Removal Procedures and Their Side Effects


Non-laser tattoo removal, although a low-priced alternative to laser treatment, isn't a recommended solution for tattoo regrets. Despite the fact that laser tattoo removal is a safe, quick and effective way to get rid of unwanted tattoos, many people opt for non-laser procedures just to save some bucks, but pay a larger price. To avoid any chances of permanent side effects, you must consult an experienced tattoo removal expert before going ahead with any of the non-laser options available to remove tattoos. In this blog, we discuss the types of non-laser tattoo removal procedures and their side effects.

Tattoo Removal Cream

Though there are many advertisements claiming that tattoo removal creams can successfully fade a tattoo, the reality is better left unsaid. Tattoo ink penetrates deep into the dermis of the skin, and no “tattoo removal cream” can penetrate into dermis to reach the tattoo ink.  If any substance penetrates into the dermis to destroy the tattoo ink, it may cause damage to the surrounding skin tissue and lead to scarring. In addition, tattoo removal creams also have various harsh chemicals including alpha arbutin, kojic acid, TCA, and hydroquinone.

Side Effects

Tattoo removal creams burn and irritate the skin, and may also leave a scar. Bruising, itching, discoloration, and infection are other common side effects of such creams.

Rejuvi Tattoo Removal

Rejuvi tattoo removal involves the use of an inorganic chemical remover that has to be applied to the skin. The remover binds together with tattoo pigments, triggering a reaction in the immune system of the body, which rejects the cream and expels it on the skin. The reaction forms a scab that slips off after 6-8 weeks along with the tattoo ink.

Side Effects

Some of the known side effects of the treatment include swelling, scabbing, permanent scar, itching, pain, bruising, and skin discoloration.

Dermabrasion Tattoo Removal

Dermabrasion is one of the extreme techniques that individuals undergo to remove unwanted tattoos from their skin. The technique involves sanding or scraping the skin with an abrasive device such as sterilized sandpaper, salt crystals, wire brush, etc. Needless to elaborate, in most cases, the approach does more harm than good.

Side Effects

Common side effects include scarring, infection, discoloration, bleeding, swelling, itching, weeping pores and extreme pain. Moreover, the wound might take months to heal.

Surgical Excision

In this procedure, the surgeon removes the tattoo using a scalpel and stitches the wound. Performed under local anesthesia, the procedure is effective only for removing small tattoos. In addition, as the surgeon cannot cut deep enough, there is always a chance that some of the ink or pigment might remain in the dermis.

Side Effects

Pain, discoloration, infection, raised or thickened scars and bruising are the common side effects of surgical excision tattoo removal.

Wrapping Up

Non-laser tattoo removal procedures, in addition to damaging the skin, are not as effective as laser removal. When selecting a technique for tattoo removal, it is vital that you pay attention to the two most important factors - effectiveness of the process and its side effects. At DRM Laser, we provide safe, affordable and effective laser tattoo removal services that involve little to no side effects. Why go through painful and damaging tattoo removal procedures when you have a better alternative available at an affordable price? To learn more, call us at 0448 886 935 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you, shortly.