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Anyone ever heard of this removal method? There's a shop near here that just started doing it. I don't quite get how it works exactly-the pictures on Facebook show dots on the tattoo, in a grid pattern, that almost look like indentations in the skin, but that might just be the lighting.

I'd already made an appt for the coverup when this other shop started doing the removal. 'Course, the shop that is doing the removal is where I got the tattoos that I wanted covered up in the first place...and we're related so I was hesitant to inquire further, ha!

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I've never heard of anything like this, but the website describes the process as "escharotic," so I looked that up and it makes me nervous...

Eschar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

seems like the procedure is an injection of their patented chemical into the tattoo site, causes the cells to die and reject the ink. Makes me think of what happens when injuries happen at tattoo sites and the ink falls out of the traumatized area.

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I went to the shop's website and it showed that those dots turn into scabs and fall off and then it's your normal skin underneath. Some sort of injection into the skin that the ink gets absorbed into or something. Still, cheese grater is right!

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There's a tattoo shop in Maryland doing this. I'm kind of bugged out by it because there's no background info given / no FDA approval for how / why it works and whenever anything is marked proprietary I start to question what's in it.

The results are somewhat impressive, but the procedure time is longer, it's invasive and who knows what the long term effects will be of it. At least laser treatments are FDA approved and there's 2 decades of proven history to go along with them.

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That looks terrifying. Makes my stomach churn just looking at it. Yikes. Worse case scenario, I'd rather just keep my botched ink than go through that mess. Sorry, but yuck. It just looks like acid eating away at your skin. I'd be to afraid to have my skin look like that.

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i don't know what the hell "tepersol" is but if you want a tattoo removed that bad you should definitely just go with laser.. that shit looks pretty scary.

What's even scarier is nothing comes up when searching tepersol, so you don't know the compound of it or anything so people don't know if they were to have it done if they are allergic to anything in it.

also to comment on that, it looks really really gross :X

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On some Instagram / Facebook comments, I've seen a few people claiming the main ingredient / why it's working is because it's Lactic Acid. This is extremely troublesome since most commercially available lactic acid is derived from fermented milk. Set aside a minute here those who are vegan, milk is a government regulated commodity, Tatt2away hasn't been approved for FDA injection, so who knows where they are sourcing the lactic acid from, how it's being mixed and then the delivery method, via an open wound.

Again, this is hearsay, please do not take it as truth, just what I've found in my own research.

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I once had a customer show me this method that was being used on her foot tattoo (i tattooed something else on her arm) and it looked horrific.

it did indeed take off the tattoo (mostly) in the spots where the treatment had taken place, but if anything it makes a cover up way harder because of the contrast between the 'skin' spots and the rest of the tattoo.

she also said the scabs took months to heal, were incredibly painful to apply and heal, the area stayed swollen for weeks.

she said the spots had to be over an inch apart due to the swelling, the person doing it told her.

if a customer of mine brought me a tattoo in such a estate asking for me to cover it, i'd be very dubious as to take it on. google image search results.

i'd say speak to your tattooer before you do anything, the tattoo you want covered up might not need such drastic removal, or simply a couple of laser removal treatments might be enough to evenly fade the tattoo away to allow a less heavy cover up.

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Here's what another tattoo removal specialist is seeing from Tatt2away:

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After one session - he had already hit it with that "TATT FREE " where the have a tattoo machine hooked up with some solution and generally has good removal results but as u can see whoever did this dug too hard and each circle is now a scar - do yourselves a favor ad don't listen to cheap gimmick solutions

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Wow-it sounds like a whole heap of a mess. How in the world did it ever get approved?

When something isn't regulated, there is no need for approval. Just like tattoo pigment isn't FDA approved, neither is this stuff. As a consumer, you choose what it is you wish to buy and not buy though, after making an informed choice. My goal is to inform.

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