When you are young you often do things that you will later regret. One of these things that many young people do is to get "inked." Tattoos are cool at the beginning, but suddenly you are an adult who wants to look professional and that tattoo on your leg just doesn't reflect that type of professionalism. The answer for this is to get your skin art removed with some sort of ink removal. while there are creams out there that claim to remove or fade tattoos with time, the most comprehensive removal comes from the use of a laser and laser tattoo removal.
Can all tattoos be removed with lasers?
As technology increases, so does the permanence of tattoos. With new ink and new machines, tattoos are more difficult than ever to remove. Not all tattoos can be completely removed, after all, tattoos were meant to be permanent. However, with laser tattoo removal most tattoos can be removed with a series of treatments.
How does laser removal work?
Lasers use highly concentrated beams of light to break apart the ink of the tattoo in the skin, eventually allowing the bodies skin cells to eat up the remaining particles of ink. The procedure takes many sessions to be complete, depending on the tattoo. Also, while the heat from the laser is not damaging and does not burn, it could cause blisters to form on the surrounding skin. There is also the chance that the laser will leave behind a scar from the tattoo removal.
Who has the most success with tattoo removal?
If you have dark skin or are really low on body fat in the area of the tattoo, such as the ankle or foot, you may not have as much luck in removing your tattoo as someone with fair skin. Placement of the tattoo is also important. If the tattoo is on the arms or thigh or stomach, where there is plenty of body fat, your chances of success will be higher for removing the tattoo. Also, fair skin is less likely to show the remnants of a tattoo.
What is the process?
Removing tattoos with lasers will probably not be painless. However, each session is short and quick, and the after care is not really difficult. After a short laser session the tattooed area will need to be iced for about 30 minutes. Then, ointment is applied to the area just as if the tattoo were a sunburn. The area should remain dry and covered with a bandage for a few days following each treatment. Treatments are usually 4-6 weeks apart and the amount of sessions you will need will depend on the size and location of the tattoo.