Cost can be a major factor in determining which tattoo removal product to use
and TCA tattoo removal is the most cost-effective way of removing an unwanted
tattoo. Of the four most common methods of tattoo removal, TCA is the least
expensive by a significant margin. Below is a list of the four most common forms
of tattoo removal from the least expensive to the most expensive.
Tattoo Fading and Removal Methods Ranked at Least to Most Expensive.
1) TCA Tattoo Removal
2) Tattoo Removal Cream
1).TCA Tattoo Removal
TCA is a cosmetic acid commonly used for facial peels, removal or reduction of
acne scars, warts, and other facial blemishes.
It has been used as a tattoo removal products for the past 30 years.
TCA is the only home ink removal product that has has been thoroughly tested in
two medical studies and proven to be effective as a tattoo removal product in the
vast majority of the test subjects.
The first TCA tattoo removal medical study was performed from 1979 to1984
using 670 volunteer patients. At the end of the study, 85% of the test subjects
were satisfied with their results.
The second TCA tattoo removal medical study was performed using 40 volunteers
from May 1988 through February of 1989. At the end of the study, participants
reported a 90% satisfactory rate.
2).Tattoo Removal Cream.
There is no known tattoo removal cream medical study proving the effectiveness
of tattoo removal cream as a way to remove tattoo pigment. If such a study
existed every manufacturer would be using it to market their product.
Many tattoo removal cream product manufacturers use the lure of a no pain, easy
to apply, once or twice daily tattoo removal process that is simple, easy, and more
affordable than laser surgery. They, of course, neglect to tell you that a simple
tattoo removal cream, by itself, probably will not remove a tattoo.
Most tattoo ink removal cream products have one thing in common, most contain
a skin pigment fading, or melanin inhibiting, chemical as the main ingredient in
This skin pigment fading chemical fades the skin pigment above the tattoo and
not the tattoo pigment itself, which is located in the second layer of skin called
A tattoo removal cream, by itself, does not physically remove a tattoo because it
cannot penetrate the skin deep enough to reach the location of the tattoo
There is some tattoo removal cream products on the market that include
exfoliates in the form of handheld battery operated sanders or loofah pads that
must be used in conjunction with the cream.
Some manufacturers also include an exfoliate in the form of dehydrated silica or
crushed walnut shells blended into the cream to form a grit which helps with the
skin exfoliation process.
Many tattoo removal cream manufacturers have no product guarantee, offer no
money back or they offer a guarantee which is so restrictive it is virtually
impossible to receive a refund if you are not satisfied with their product.
When considering buying a tattoo removal cream always check for a product
guarantee and carefully read the wording to make sure it is valid.
One well-known tattoo removal cream manufacturer explains their guarantee and
returns policy, but in the final sentence state that no retail purchases are
refundable. They neglect to tell you where you can buy their product at wholesale
The tattoo ink removal cream products that use no form of abrasion generally
offer no guarantee. Some contain the chemical hydroquinone, which is known to
be carcinogenic, cost approximately $65 a month per kit with no guarantee as to
the number of kits it will take to see any difference, if any, in the lightening of the
tattoo pigment or removal of the tattoo itself.
The tattoo removal cream products that contain an exfoliate grit in their
ingredient list and combine that with a sander or recommend the use of a loofah
pad generally sell for $50 to $75 for a one-month kit but offer no timeline as to
how fast you may begin to see results. This means you'll be spending $50-$75 a
month for many months before you see a change, if any, in your tattoo.
Dermabrasion was first used in 1905 when the process was invented by a German
doctor for the removal of post-acne scarring.
This procedure is also known as "surgical skin planing" and "non-chemical peel".
Modern dermabrasion used for tattoo removal involves the use of freezing the
skin above the tattoo and using an electric surgical sander to remove the skin
containing the tattoo pigment.
This method of tattoo ink removal is very effective but, is very bloody, painful and
generally leaves a scar.
This method is generally done over several sessions in a doctors office on an
outpatient basis and is very expensive.
4).Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo ink removal can cost anywhere from $150-$350 per session
Modern lasers can be very effective at the removal of darkly pigmented tattoos
Colors such as black, dark blue and other very dark colors generally are the easiest
colors to remove and the number of sessions required depends on the size of the
Tattoos that contain light colors such as light blue, light green, yellow, pink or
white are very difficult to remove and can require many sessions which can
escalate the cost of removal into the thousands of dollars.
Tattoos that contain the color white, in particular, are the most difficult of all to
remove and ethically operated laser tattoo removal clinics will refuse to even
attempt to work on them unless they are at least five years old or older and have
had some exposure to the UV radiation of the sun.
After approximately 5 years of age, a white tattoo will have begun to fade
naturally and become a bit easier to remove, although it will still be difficult.
In conclusion, there are several things to consider and look for, when
researching which tattoo removal product is best for your situation.
When considering tattoo removal cream products always check to make sure they
have a guarantee.
If they list a guaranteed check to make sure that it is possible to meet the
requirements listed for the return of the product and the refund of your money.
Check to see if a contact phone number is listed on the website so that customer
service can be reached during normal business hours.
Look for an email address so that you can contact them at your convenience, and
check to see if they list the company address on the website.
If the only form of communication is an email form with no visible email address
or phone, a number it may be best to avoid this particular company.
Always check the product ingredient list to be sure that the cream does not
contain hydroquinone, which is a known carcinogen.
Some tattoo removal cream manufacturers will attempt to hide hydroquinone in
the middle of a very large list of ingredients to make it difficult to see that the
ingredient is present in their product, for this reason, it is very important to
closely read the ingredient list.
If an ingredient list cannot be found on the website avoid the product
Any home tattoo removal company that does not operate in a transparent
manner and identify who they are should be avoided.
One TCA tattoo removal company provides a generous guarantee because TCA is
an easy, effective and very affordable form of tattoo removal when compared to
other tattoo removal methods available today.
Glen Wilson has over 20 years experience in the tattoo industry, both as an artist
and shop owner and in recent years has become an expert in the many forms of
tattoo removal. He currently serves as a consultant to and knows from personal
experience that Nuviderm is one of the best home tattoo removal products on
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