Tattoos are extension of your personality, and with time, it is completely okay if you want to remove one of your existing tattoos. People remove tattoos for various reasons – breakup, change in job, poor or shoddy tattoo design, family matters, and change in perception. Regardless of your reason, it is possible to remove tattoos using laser, which is considered to be the safest and simplest option. You can also consider going for partial tattoo removal, just in case if you don’t want certain tattoos to be exposed. In this post, we are discussing all you must know about getting your tattoo removed.
Is laser tattoo removal ideal for me?
As the name suggests, laser tattoo removal relies on a laser, and some lasers, such as PicoWay® by Syneron Candela, are quite popular. For most people, laser is a good option, unless your doctor or physician has recommended otherwise. The best way to understand the procedure is to talk to a known clinic, where the experts will explain what you can realistically expect from a tattoo removal procedure using laser.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
If you go ahead with the procedure, you will be asked to come back for a session, which can last for 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the target area being treated. Your doctor may use a numbing cream, if required to ease the pain and discomfort, although most people do manage without any extra numbing. You will be wearing protective eyewear, and the doctor will focus the laser on the tattoo ink, which will break the ink in micro particles. The body will get rid of these micro particles naturally. Different color tattoos require different wavelengths of laser, and typically, black, blue and green are easiest colors to remove. With laser tattoo removal, it is possible to remove a partial part of the tattoo, just in case you have a wrong spelling, or would want to get rid of the exposed tattoos because of your job.
Typically, a few sessions of laser tattoo removal are required to get the results right, and the overall results depend on many factors, including the current condition of the tattoo, ink depth and density, and your health.
You are required to avoid sun exposure on the targeted and treated areas for at least a few days, and you can use special creams and bandages to sooth the skin.