A historic guide to tattoo removal

Posted on 25 Feb, 2011

Tattoos have been popular for many years. Individuals wore tattoos as a part of their culture, as a token of their love for someone or as just a form of artwork. In early times tattoos were used for identification. The Greeks used tattoos on slaves and criminals while the Egyptians used them to mark themselves. The Persians were the first to use tattoos as an art form. With the popularity of tattooing has come to an increase in the number of people who have decided to have their tattoos removed.

Earlier forms of tattoo removal

Some communities in the past believed that tattoos were a taboo. Many also saw them as a disgrace and some believed them to be a curse. Therefore, many of these people decided to remove tattoos. In the past physicians used lime, gypsum and sodium to remove tattoos. Natural remedies like pepper, honey and rue were also used. Some early doctors also used pastes that were made from an array of herbal substances.

The rise of the laser in tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal therapy developed during the 1980s. The pulse laser was the first kind to be developed. Over the years cosmetologists began to invent newer lasers to remove tattoos like the Q switch and the Ruby lasers. These were very popular for a long period of time. Today modern lasers like the Q-switched neodymium and the Q-switched alexandrite which have advanced properties have also been introduced. Thus with developments in technology newer types of lasers are now being used to remove tattoos.