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EliminInk Tattoo Removal

Some of us have gotten a tattoo that we totally regret, so here's a new, less expensive technique to remove the ink.

"I got the tattoo when I was 18. It looked great on paper, but once it was on skin it was just horrible. So pretty much since the minute that I had it, I was disappointed," says Sandy Hundel.

So, she chose to have her ankle tattoo removed. Esthetician Terry Tribble used a process called EliminInk.

"It's removed with either a permanent makeup gun or a tattoo gun," with a needle mimicking the up and down motion of a getting a tattoo.

"Elimink is implanted in [the layer of skin where the tattoo is] and then removed," says Terry. "The Elimink is white, and what happens is it turns black, and it turns blue. It lets you see the color we're removing out, so it's pretty cool," Terry says.

Sandy says, "The removal feels like the application -- to me, there's really no difference. It's not pain, but it is uncomfortable. So, if you can handle getting the tattoo, you can handle having it removed." When the session ends, Terry puts a Band-Aid on Sandy's leg and tells her to keep the area dry for 48 hours.

"Eliminink is great because it's non-laser. You don't have the blisters behind it, and there's no scarring, and Elimink removes all colors and all inks," Terry says.

Prices vary, but Terry says Elimink costs about $100 per square inch of skin. Also, this new treatment takes only three to five sessions, while traditional laser removal generally requires six to nine visits.

For more information:
Terry Tribble, esthetician and executive director
Houston Wellness Boutique

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