Ways of removing tattoos
People get tattoos for myriads of reasons; most often to memorialize an event or a person, or as a form of self-expression about their identity and experience. Tattoo removal is currently a $500 million industry, which isn’t as huge as it seems, since only 11% of people opt to get their tattoos removed. Still, that’s a sizeable dollar amount, showing that tattoo regret is fairly common. You can imagine that with so many people wanting that their ink gone, that science has come up with a plethora of solutions. Technology for removing tattoos includes abrasion, excision, injection, creams, and laser treatment.
Potential injuries after tattoo removal
It would be a dream if creams alone could completely remove your tattoo. Creams are low cost, and they don’t lead to scarring or expose you to infection. However, creams are not very effective, so, in spite of the costs and the risks, people wanting to completely get rid of that ink under their skin are forced to go for more aggressive options. Unfortunately, they all come with risk of scarring and infection. Abrasion involves sanding the skin with salt or some kind of mechanical equipment. It’s not only painful, it is very likely you will end up with a scar in place of your tattoo. If you opt for this treatment, you can avoid an infection by ensuring that your service provider uses sterile equipment and by taking proper precautions post treatment.
Excision is exactly what it sounds like – your skin (and the unwanted ink) is surgically removed. This method is only viable for very small tattoos and still comes with the risk of infection if not properly cared for. Subcutaneous injections use glycolic acid-based solutions to expel the ink from below the skin. These solutions can damage the epidermis and dermis and may leave scars and marks that look like burns.Laser seems to be the future of tattoo removal, since it has gained significant traction in the market. However, it does come with possible side effects of skin discoloration, dark spots, and burns which can later result in infection and scarring.
General treatment after Tattoo removal
Unless you use creams, no matter what process you use to remove your tattoo, you will need to take proper care of the area. It’s generally recommended that after tattoo removal you apply an antibiotic healing ointment and keep the area bandaged with sterilized gauze. You can remove the bandage after the third day. Resist the urge to pick at the blisters and scabs that might appear on the area. They will fall off on their own. It is a common, practice to rub on petroleum jelly to help keep the area moisturized, but this is not recommended by physicians. When the skin is no longer raw or sore, you can rub on vitamin E ointment since it has the added benefit of helping to restore damaged skin cells. Take care of your immune system by remaining hydrated and eating well, so that your body can ward of infections and quickly heal your skin. It takes about six to eight weeks for complete healing after tattoo removal.
The advantages of using SilverStream
Six to eight weeks is a long time to deal with the pain and discomfort of the ravages of tattoo removal. You can reduce your healing time by 30 – 50% by adding SilverStream to your care routine. SilverStream is a clear, colorless liquid, designed to heal wounds, a prime case of which, is your skin that has been bruised and damaged in the process of removing ink. The main benefit of SilverStream, is that it stops infection before it starts, and even if your skin becomes infected, SilverStream gets to work to eliminate your infection by destroying bio-film (the main cause of non-healing wounds) and by keeping the moisture level just right so that bacteria can’t grow there and so that your skin can heal quickly.
How To Use SilverStream To Treat Your Skin After Tattoo Removal
- To treat skin after tattoo removal, spray SilverStream® over the area 1-2 times daily.
- Apply a non-stick gauze soaked in SilverStream.
- SilverStream is for external use only.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
- Use only undamaged bottle and avoid touching your wounded skin with the bottle.