When cost is the issue, a tattoo removal cream is the least expensive for erasing unwanted ink. In fact, there is a significant difference in the cost of each of the four common tattoo fading methods.
Tattoo Fading Methods Ranked from Least to Most Expensive.
1) A tattoo removal cream
1. Topical tattoo fading creams, combined with light exfoliation with a gentle sponge, work to draw to the surface unwanted ink, allowing the body to shed the cells. The light rubbing helps to encourage new skin cell growth.
* A tattoo removal cream utilizes the body's capacity to shed inked skin cells and replace them with new cells, removing the tattooed layers of the skin while preventing new layers of skin from developing pigment.
* The primary difference between a tat removal cream and the other options is that it is not invasive - does not damage or break the skin.
* The expense involved in this method is the need for repeated treatment over many months. In spite of the need for a lot of the fading product, it is still significantly cheaper than the next most costly option.
2. Dermabrasion uses chemicals to burn off and peel skin.
* After blisters and cracking and redness go away, some tint in the tattoo is gone.
* Peeling layers off the top never gets at all of the inked cells. Tattoo ink runs deep below surface skin.
* Chemical peels hurt. Many people need a local anesthetic, which adds to the cost of dermabrasion for tattoo removal.
* The skin must heal between sessions. Dermabrasion takes many months.
* It takes many sessions. Good results could cost into the thousands.
3. Laser Removal
* A laser burns deep into the layers of skin to dissolve the ink.
* Laser blasts hurt. An anesthetic is often required, increasing cost.
* Laser removal sounds fast, but the reality is it takes 6 months to a year to see significant tattoo fading.
* The cost of laser removal sessions can easily be several thousand dollars.
* In terms of cost, this is by far and away the most expensive tattoo removal option.
* Surgery is actually the only "removal" process because the tattooed area is cut away and covered with skin grafts. The other methods fade tattoos.
* Surgery leaves a scar at the graft donation site, and where the tattoo was.
* This is considered cosmetic surgery. Insurance will not pay the cost, and may not cover medical complications that result from the surgery.
* Surgery for a medium-sized scar, with grafting, could cost ten thousand dollars or more.
Advice about Certain Tattoo Removal Products
Check for Trichloracetic Acid, or TCA. Dermatologists and skin care professionals seldom use it on tattoos, but it IS an ingredient in some over-the-counter products. It is a home chemical peel, very dangerous around the eyes, nose, and mouth. TCA has resulted in side effects and complication.
Avoid Hydroquinone. This is a tattoo remover ingredient that comes with clear safety warnings. It has been linked to cancer and banned in several countries. It is tightly regulated in the US.
All options get results. All take time. Tattoo removal using a fading cream works slowly, painlessly, but surely over time at a fraction of the cost of the medical options.