Removing Tattoos: A Good Thing Can’t Last Forever

Tattoos are a great form of self-expression, but there may come a time in your life when the tattoo has to be removed. There are various reasons for removing tattoos. A life change or employment status may have changed and tattoos are not appropriate from then new situation. There could have been a break up and the name of the significant other has to be removed or the new job might deal with customer service and the management wants you to be as clean cut as possible. Whatever the reason, removing tattoos can be a long and expensive process.

Removing Tattoos ImageWhen you remove a tattoo there are several options out there, but there are several scams. Avoid tattoo removing cream. These creams will work only so far and for a deep tattoo, they may not work at all. The ink is the layers of skin outside of the first layer. When you put the crème on, it only goes on the first layer and does not get into the dermis to remove the ink there. There has even be cases of the crème causing more harm than it does good. These creams can be expensive and will fade the tattoo but not completely remove it. There are more proven techniques when it comes to removing tattoos.

Removing tattoos by lasers is safer and will get the job done. The lasers go into the epidermis and actually burns away the ink and skin underneath the initial layer of skin. This allows the ink to be broken up and naturally disposed of by the immune system.  There is a small chance of scarring. This is because the laser actually burns the skin. With proper care and moisturizing after the treatment, the scarring should be at a minimum or it will not occur at all.

In the 1980s, Q switched lasers became a popular tool. This revolutionized the process of tattoo removal. The new lasers and those that evolved from the Q switched laser have less side effects and little to no complications. Sessions used to remove the tattoo with this type of tool usually takes from five to twelve sessions and there is usually a rest period between six to eight weeks between those sessions. When you start the process, make sure that you have time for the whole removal and have the financial means to pay for it. It is not good to have a half removed tattoo on your body.

There are several factors when you consider removing tattoos. The location on the body is the first consideration. Different parts of the body reacts to pain differently.  Skin is also thicker in some parts of the body than the other. This will weigh in on the length of sessions and the pain involved. The color of the ink is also a consideration. Some colors will need different types of lasers to remove than other colors. The more colors you have, the longer it will take to remove the tattoo and the cost may go up also.

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