Understanding the science behind the use of trichloroacetic acid or TCA in removing tattoos is not that complicated but there is a lack of information on the subject. TCA is increasingly becoming a popular tattoo removal method because of its effectiveness in fading and removing them. TCA is a skin exfoliation agent which causes the upper layer of the skin to peel off. Even though our bodies have its own exfoliation abilities, What TCA does is quicken the exfoliation process. The skin naturally sheds its old cells but what the TCA Peel does is induce about 3 years worth of natural exfoliation over a period of about one week.
How Long Does It Take?
While TCA is a very effective tattoo removal process, it will not remove the tattoo during the first peel. You may need 6 or more peels to completely remove your tattoo, it is not instantaneous. This will also depend on the size as well as color of your tattoo. Brightly colored tattoos fade quicker than black colored tattoos. Between each peeling process is the healing process. You should allow your skin to heal completely before reapplying.
Is It Painful?
Depending on your skin type, its thickness, and your tolerance to treatments TCA may or may not be for you. Although it’s usually less painful than receiving the tattoo and laser removal treatments, TCA can still be a bit uncomfortable. If you are comfortable with a little discomfort, you can resort to slowly fading your tattoo using this method.
Cover Up Work
TCA is also highly advisable if you want to cover your old tattoo with a new and better one. By lightening the old tattoo first your artist can then more easily cover up the old tattoo.
Does It Work For Old Tattoos?
TCA works no matter how old your tattoo is. The possibility of removing old tattoos is that TCA uses our own bodily process of skin exfoliation. As such, TCA can be considered as the least invasive tattoo removal process
What Strength Should I use?
Most companies sell already diluted TCA for Tattoo Removal but ours is full strength. If you have tough skin a strong solution will work best. If you have very sensitive skin but still want to get rid of your tattoo, try a TCA solution of 50%. You can dilute the 100% TCA solution with distilled water. You may still experience burning even if you use 50% solution but it will definitely be less. Also 100% TCA solution should not be used for areas that are not normally exposed to sunlight.
What Happens Next?
Next is the peeling process. The treated area will blister and scab and over the next few days and begin peeling for the next few days. Don’t pick the scabs off just let them come off naturally.
The Healing Process
Heal it like you normally would a tattoo rubbing some antibiotic ointment into it well and keeping it moist. You can also try our healing serums which will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to more quickly heal after your peel.Emu oil, vitamin E, and zinc creams can also help you heal faster. The sooner it heals up the sooner you can reapply the solution and the faster you can get rid of your tattoo.