Tattoo Removal

Since the beginning of tattooing, different tools have been used to remove tattoos. While tattoos are typically thought to be permanent, procedures are now available to erase them completely or partially.

Prior to the development of laser tattoo removal methods, common techniques included dermabrasion, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid, an acid that removes the top layers of skin, reaching as deep as the layer containing the tattoo ink), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery, and excision, which is sometimes still used in conjunction with skin grafts for larger tattoos.

Historically, several alternative techniques for tattoo removal have been proposed, including the injection or application of tannic acid, lemon juice, garlic, and pigeon excrement.

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