Tattoos are more popular now than ever before. According to a 2004 survey of 500 people between the ages of 18 and 50, 24 percent reported having a tattoo. Body art however is nearly as old as human civilization. Tattoo instruments such as needles have been dated back to the Upper Paleolithic times! Preserved bodies and mummies with the evidence of body art have been discovered around the world, from Russia to Egypt to South America; indicating that cultures with no contact with one another conceived of tattooing independently.
Although tattoos are known to be permanent, people have always been fickle and prone to changing their minds. Because of this; there have been methods of tattoo removal dating back to ancient times. Ancient forms of tattoo removal include applying wine, lime juice, garlic and even pigeon excrement. Fortunately for tattoo enthusiasts, these methods aren’t practiced today.
Tattoo Removal Methods in The Past
Historically the most common ways to remove a tattoo has been abrasion, to traumatize the skin and then applying irritants to draw out the tattoo ink. In more recent decades, physicians have typically used a diamond-coated fraise, or a wire-brush to destroy the outer layers of the skin. Dermabrasion has a high risk of scarring and the aerosolized blood and tissue particles can even present a danger to the treating physician. More modern methods of dermabrasion can reduce scarring, but dermabrasion will always result in some scarring and loss of normal skin pigment.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons consider laser tattoo removal to be the safest and most reliable means of removing a tattoo. For more information on laser tattoo removal, contact one of Blink Tattoo Removal’s affiliates today.Tags: Dermabrasion, tattoo removal