Are you one of those people who made a mistake when getting your first tattoo and are considering its removal? Will you be getting laser surgery? Before you make up your mind, you should know this!
First of all, you are not alone. In the USA alone, a whopping 25% of those with tattoos regret getting one. Luckily for all those of you in the 25%, tattoo removal techniques can significantly reduce the sight of your unwanted tattoo with very few side-effects.
You are not the only one. It not only means that many people have already gone through the procedure but also indicates that many people are going through it with you. To make the decision easier for people like you, this article discusses all that you need to know about tattoo removal through laser surgery.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works?
In essence, the tattoo particles are broken down into such small pieces that the body’s own natural immune system can flush them out. Places like New Medical Spa use “Gold Standard” Q-switched technology to do the same.
There is more than just that to removing tattoos. Tattoo removal is a process and will include several steps. All in all, for someone who is new to tattoo removal, it can be a pretty daunting task. Listed below are the aspects you should know about.
Find a professional
A trained professional is needed for a consultation. In the consultation, prepare to be asked about your tattoo. For the professional to determine the cost and time it will take for you, they need to know the size, colors, how old (how deep the pigment runs) the tattoo is, and a host of related questions.
It takes time
One has to remember that treatment may occur over several sessions, depending on the size of the tattoo. The larger size of the tattoo, the more time it will take. The number of pulses it takes also increases with time. On the plus side, your tattoo will look lighter after every appointment!
A minimum of six weeks, and eight weeks for darker complexions, is recommended between two sessions of removal- this allows the skin enough time to heal in between and for the body to flush out any toxins. For ideal results, a gap of 3 months is recommended between sessions.
Cleanliness is a must
One of the first few things to expect is sanitization- of the area, the tools, and from the doctor. Removal is a delicate process that carries a risk of infection. You have to make sure this doesn’t happen by only going to a reputed place.
Black Tattoos are Easiest to Remove
To break down the pigment, a high intensity light beam is used. Black tattoos are the easiest to remove since all colored laser wavelengths can be used. On the other hand, other colors can only be removed by selecting a laser depending on the pigment color.
Expect Some Side-Effects
The professional will always test the laser against your skin for allergies, but that is not a closed book. You may experience some rashes, reddening, and swelling of the skin, as well as allergies. Fret not! If the situation seems urgent, consult a professional immediately.
It Will Hurt
While laser removal surgery is uncomfortable, most people do not need anesthesia for the same. However, if the location is a painful one, your removal specialist may recommend a local anesthesia cream for the same.
Protect the Skin Afterwards
Your skin is vulnerable after laser surgery; take care of it by icing it post-procedure for at least 20 minutes. Moreover, always wear sunscreen over sensitive skin and clean, apply antibacterial cream, and bandage the area regularly, especially after treatment.
Tattoo Removal is Expensive
On average, it costs ten times the cost of getting one. The average price range for the removal of a very small tattoo is anywhere between $75-$125. This is why your parents warn you against tattoos! Make sure you want to not only go through it, but your finances can afford it.
Tattoo Removal Does Not Leave Scars
Of course, this is only true if your tattoo itself does not feature scarring. To further minimize the chance of scarring and leave the skin looking natural, one may decide to opt in for Q-technique.
Improper Care Poses a Risk
Scarring may occur if the patient picks at scabs or doesn’t care for blisters properly. Exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 48 hours. Icing is crucial in the 24 hour period and should also be continued. Rest and elevation of the tattoo in the first 24 hours will alleviate localized discomfort. The better the aftercare, the better would be the results.
You can Revise your Tattoo
In this procedure, you can choose to keep a part of your tattoo. Not only is it cheaper on the wallet, but the treatment will take a lesser time, thereby saving you the trouble of a light wallet!
All Colours Can be Taken Out
Some are under the impression that all colors cannot be taken out. While black and blue are the easiest to remove, even stubborn inks in yellow and green can be taken out, regardless of your skin tone.
Practice Healthy Habits for Better Results
Experts say that the healthier one is, the better the process of tattoo removal is. This is why toxins like nicotine and alcohol should be avoided as they burden the immunity system. You should remain active in the process as well.
The removal of a tattoo via laser surgery is a complicated process involving a lot of costs, risks, and even emotions. Before you make your decision, you should make sure that it’s the right one for you!