· By Nikita Jeppesen
Tattoo Laser Removal - What To Expect
If you're considering getting a tattoo, you might also be thinking about whether or not you'll regret it in the future. It's a good question to ask yourself, especially if your tattoo is visible on your body. Tattoo removal isn't an exact science yet so there are no guarantees that it'll work for everyone — but it does have a high success rate (between 80 and 95 percent). The key thing to remember is that laser removal works best when the ink is fresh and hasn't been exposed to sunlight or other environmental factors like chemical dyes or dirt. That said, if you're looking into removing your skin art then here's what you should know before making an appointment:
Get familiar with the treatment:-
Laser tattoo removal works by using laser light wavelengths that pass through the skin and break down the ink which is then flushed out by your body's natural immune system.
The process for removing a tattoo depends on the size and color of the tattoo. Some laser treatments take just one session, while others require multiple sessions over several months or years. The number of treatment sessions needed depends on how quickly your body heals each time — some people heal faster than others — and whether there's still pigment under what's left after each treatment (which would require another pass).
Consider your options:-
They have to deal with the same issues you do. Here are some questions to help you decide on laser tattoo removal:-
- How big is your tattoo?
- What kind of ink did the artist use?
- How much does it cost?
Some tattoo artists work with black ink, which can be harder to remove than other colors. To get an idea of how many treatments it might take for your specific tattoo, ask about their experience with similar tattoos and how long each treatment takes them.
Learn about the procedure:-
- During the procedure, your provider will place a cooling blanket over your skin to protect it from heat damage. They may also apply numbing cream to reduce any discomfort that you may feel during the procedure.
- You may experience some mild to moderate discomfort during the procedure, but if it becomes too much, let your provider know and they can adjust accordingly.
- The aftercare process consists of avoiding sun exposure until all healing has been completed (approximately three weeks). You must also avoid getting water in your tattooed area for 24 hours after treatment. Your provider may recommend a soothing gel to use and to keep it covered with a bandage or dressing for 2-4 days. It is critical that you follow these guidelines closely because failure to do so could result in severe scarring or infection which could lead down a path of needing more expensive treatments such as surgical removal instead.
Find a practitioner:-
Find a practitioner who is certified. Check their credentials, and ask questions. Ask for before and after photos of patients they've worked on to get an idea of how well their work will turn out. Also ask about the success rate of their laser removal procedure — this can vary by laser type, so make sure you find out which one your practitioner uses!
Take care of yourself after treatment:-
After your treatment, it’s important to take care of yourself. Here are some tips:-
- Take it easy for a few days. Keep a tight bandage on your treated area for at least 24 hours. If you have a tattoo over your entire arm, for example, you may want to avoid heavy lifting or moving furniture for at least two days. After that, exercise and other normal activities can resume but make sure to avoid sun exposure and swimming until the treated area has healed completely (this usually takes 2-3 weeks).
We hope this article has helped you understand tattoo removal and what it means for your skin. Tattoos are meant to be permanent, but if you want to get rid of them, then laser tattoo removal is the best option. With proper care and preparation, it can be a safe way for you to remove or lighten your tattoos without damaging your skin in any way.
Published: 24/10/2022 | Author: Nikita Jeppesen