They say to think a hundred times before getting a tattoo – after all, they are going to be on your skin permanently! But what if you do end up regretting a tattoo after having got one?
Well, you do not have to live with it forever. Here is what you need to know about tattoo removal.
What is Tattoo Removal?
Tattoo removal involves using a laser to break up the ink particles of the tattoo. Through a series of treatments, the ink is broken up into tinier and tinier pieces until they are not visible any longer. While tattoos can also be removed surgically, laser removal remains the most popular way.
How Long Does it Take to Remove a Tattoo?
Generally speaking, it can take anywhere between ten to twenty treatments to remove a tattoo using a traditional nanosecond laser. Different factors impact a tattoo’s response to the treatment, including its age, location of the body, the color of its ink, and whether it was made by an amateur or a professional.
It is easiest to remove black tattoos, but blue and green tattoos can also be removed easily using advanced picosecond lasers.
There May Be Some Pain
The tattoo removal process can be somewhat uncomfortable, but the pain can be lessened using ice or numbing cream. You may experience more pain in more sensitive parts of the body, but if it is too much to handle, you can always ask for a local anesthetic.
What Happens after the Tattoo is Removed?
Following the treatment, there will normally be some bruising, and the area will be a little swollen and red. In some cases, there could be crusting and blistering. Post-treatment, you should regularly apply a topical ointment and keep the area covered with bandages until it is totally healed.
If you want to get another tattoo on the same spot, you will need to wait for some time before getting the ink. It’s generally safe to tattoo the spot again after the skin has healed from the laser’s effects. This could take anywhere between one week and four.
Are There Any Risks?
Tattoo removal does come with its share of potential risks, such as scarring and unintended skin lightening or darkening. Make sure you have consulted your clinician before going for the treatment. In some cases, your doctor may advise you not to get the removal done: these include certain medical conditions or a history of specific treatments.
It Can Cost between $200 and $500
Tattoo removal can be somewhat expensive. Unfortunately tattoo removal never really reached bargain pricing, despite its popularity. So it is advisable that you put as much thought into removal as you do into getting a tattoo in the first place.
Think about all the tattoo-related decisions carefully so your ink’s worth it!