Tattoo removal no longer means lasers
What was once a permanent ink embellishment on your skin can be removed without laser treatment.
Skinial tattoo removal is the latest breakthrough medical treatment in Europe and is now available on the Sunshine Coast.
Cosmetic tattoo artist Wendy Peters entered the tattoo removal industry after she recognised a gap in the market.
Ms Peters said unlike other tattoo removal treatments, Skinial worked on multiple, small areas of tattooed skin at the one time, employing the body's healing process to eradicate the ink.
A natural liquid is introduced under the skin to act as a colour remover.
The coloured ink particles are then naturally rejected by the body, which transports them to the skin's surface, forming a natural "crust" or scab of ink.
This then falls off, revealing healthy, colour-free skin below.
"It takes the pigment out of the skin," she said.
"It's a much safer way of removing tattoos."
Ms Peters said other available methods included laser treatments (using light and heat to break down the coloured ink), dermabrasion (tattooed skin is "sanded off" under general anaesthetic), or excision (the tattoo is surgically cut out of the skin and the area is stitched closed).
"All of these other tattoo removal treatments are quite aggressive and harmful to the skin and in the case of laser treatment, some tattoo colours are almost impossible to remove," she said.
Does this new treatment make you more likely to remove a tattoo?
This poll ended on 18 May 2014.
Yes, 100% more likely
Maybe, it's given me more to think about
No, I still don't trust it
Why would I want to remove my tattoos?
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.