What is acid tattoo removal and is it a good alternative to lasers?
Acid tattoo removal is a technique whereby acid is tattooed into the skin and in theory, abrades it to the point where scabs are created. This should result in the scabs falling off, taking the tattoo pigments with them and leaving a clear patch of skin when it finally heals.
Even though this treatment might work for some, health and tattoo experts warn against it. Recently, Queensland's chief health officer, Dr Jeanette Young, issued a warning against people choosing this procedure. A major reason for this warning is the increasing number of serious complications that have arisen as a result of this treatment, namely severe burns and scarring.
" My Issue is that we haveheard of some serious complications because of it. There have been other people who have developed infections, there's also been risks of altering the pigmentation of the skin. "
At Laser Dermatology, we are currently treating a patient whose skin has been scarred as a result of acid de-tattooing. After just one treatment, the acid succeeded in removing the tattoo pigments, but also caused severe scarring. Obviously, she chose to discontinue her acid treatment. She came to see us about laser tattoo removal and requested our help to reduce her scarring.
Acid tattoo removal is NOT an option and should never be considered for tattoo removal. Unscientific and non-medical companies are aggressively marketing this technique as an alternative to laser.
Unlike acid removals, laser tattoo removal has gone through rigorous scientific research and testing. Our dermatologists and registered nurses are highly skilled and trained in the use of our tattoo removal lasers including the PicoSureTM, to ensure all our clients get the best and safest treatment possible.
So when you're choosing a tattoo removal treatment, as a guiding principal, if it involves acid, you definitely don't want to risk it.