Are there alternatives to the laser method in tattoo removal?

About 15% of Germans are tattooed today. If fashion trends change or the tattoo simply no longer fits the individual lifestyle, some would like to get rid of his body paint but happy again. If a tattoo is to be removed, removal by means of a Q-switched laser is usually the first choice today. Although time-consuming, this method offers the best results optically and medically.

Danger for allergy sufferers

Due to the inevitable dispersion of the color particles in the body, in rare cases violent allergic reactions can occur. Those who have a strong tendency to allergies or have even suffered a so-called anaphylactic shock should rather stay away from this type of laser therapy.

For small tattoos, the surgical removal - possibly with slight displacement of the skin area - may be a possible alternative. This is fast and rarely has serious side effects. However, there is always a slight scar left, so you have to weigh whether one or the tattoo is better. (If you are freshly in love or newly-married and have tattooed the name of your ex-partner, a small scar may be the lesser evil ...)

Please no lactic acid

Another alternative to lasering is the so-called dermabrasion, in which the affected area of ​​the skin is virtually rubbed off. After removal of the outermost skin layer, color pigments can be gradually absorbed by applying special gauze compresses and thus removed very gently. However, there is also an increased scarring risk with this method.

Not recommended, however, is the use of 40% lactic acid, which is injected into the skin. Here, inflammations are often produced and the result is often unsatisfactory.

In addition, a number of other methods are offered - mostly by tattoo or beauty salons - but you should rather save the money. These include various tattoo creams, acids, chemical peels, etc. In the best case, they are simply ineffective, in the worst case, they permanently degenerate the skin.

Author: Dr. med. Monika Steiner