For the most cosmetically pleasing results, remove your tattoo via laser or intense pulsed light. However, these procedures require many sessions to get rid of your tattoo completely, and will cost you thousands of dollars. Try exploring natural options for tattoo removal, as a cheaper alternative.
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Wait awhile. Tattoos - especially ones that haven't been done correctly - will fade naturally over time. Older tattoos are easier to remove than newer ones. Regular sun exposure will bleach a tattoo's colours, and will cause the tattoo to become less apparent. The outcome of sun exposure is unpredictable however, as the ink will likely blur and possibly bleed into surrounding skin.
Try an over-the-counter chemical peel. Most creams contain Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, to gradually fade tattoos. However, other tattoo removal creams use glycolic acid, or alpha hydroxy acid, which is a naturally occurring substance. Alpha hydroxy acid is an exfoliant, and causes skin layers to peel away over a long period of time.
Seek professional help. Dermabrasion is when a professional scrapes the skin with an abrasive material. A similar method is salabrasion, another non-surgical method where salt is rubbed on the tattoo to exfoliate layers of skin. Both can be quite painful, as they must penetrate deeply in the dermis to remove a tattoo, and may lead to bleeding and permanent scarring. A more extreme method of tattoo removal is surgical excision, or literally cutting a tattoo from your skin. This method is Ideal for smaller tattoos, as a professional will sew together the skin after the excision has been made. It is a simple procedure, but will most likely leave a scar.
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