Whatever the reason may be, that tattoo you once were so proud to have etched onto your skin is now considered a nuisance. Perhaps you made a terrible mistake after a long night of drinking or did the unthinkable act of inking on your ex’s name. Regardless of your motivation, be thankful that modern-day tattoo removal technology gives people the ability to remove what has long been permanent.
The Lowdown on Tattoo Removal
You may have heard of a thing called laser tattoo removal, a procedure that can effectively remove your stamp of ink regret. Generally speaking tattoo removal requires multiple treatments, particularly if you have a professional tattoo. Your treatment provider will go over the details of the procedure during the initial consultation and after analyzing your individual tattoo, skin type, and health history, should be able to provide you with a general idea of how many treatments will be required to remove your tattoo completely. Its best to seek a provider that offers an all inclusive package so that you don’t end up overpaying if you require more treatments than expected and ideally you should only get treatment at a facility that provides a no cost lifetime guarantee.
Traditional tattoo removal procedures (surgical excision/cover-ups) have been known to leave behind unsightly scars, but these problems are virtually nonexistent with laser treatments. The procedure works by concentrating a high-intensity light beam on the tattoo, which gradually dissolves the pigment beneath the skin. Since black ink absorbs every wavelength, these tattoos are removed far easier than their colored counterparts, which require specialty lasers.
The constant pulsating of the laser beam is what safely erodes the tattoo, which is eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body’s immune system. Many patients fear the laser will damage their skin pigmentation in addition to that of the tattoo, but this is not the case. The beam is designed only to erase the ink and nothing else. Your skin will look completely normal, and if the procedure is performed flawlessly (meaning proper pre- and post-care steps are adhered to), no one will ever know you had a tattoo in the first place.
Your treatment provider will apply an antibacterial ointment cream to the region after each laser tattoo removal session to prevent infections, and it is common for skin to feel as if it has been sunburned for a few days following the operation.