What should you know before getting Tattoo Removal
While a lot has been written about tattoos and what you need to consider before getting them. A major concern in getting tattoos, is that it will be permanent. If you are having tattoo regrets, you are not the first one to have second thoughts about them, whether it was a rash decision, or you no longer love the design you had picked out in your twenties, you’ll be happy to hear that despite tattoos being permanent, there is a way to get them removed aesthetically. Introducing, laser tattoo removal and all the stigma surrounding it.
Let’s address whether its possible to remove tattoos completely. There are certain things that a doctor has to consider, firstly, it depends on the colour and type of ink being used, another thing that needs to be considered is your skin tone.
In certain cases, laser tattoo removal is able to remove the tattoo completely but it may result in getting white patches (hypopigmentation) or getting darker patches (hyperpigmentation). The process will take a minimum of 6-8 sessions, in some cases more sessions will be required, it is a long process (so gear yourself mentally for the long haul).
What are other factors that may affect the tattoo removal process?
There are multiple factors that determine the efficiency of the tattoo removal.
An important thing to note, it is vital to have a discussion with your Doctor on your expectations. Whether it is a complete removal, for it to fade off, or whether you are planning to cover up with a tattoo.
There is an increase in unverified clinics and beauty centres offering tattoo removal services at cheaper price. Be careful of centres offering a deal that is too good to be true. Ensure you choose a clinic that is licensed, and the machine is FDA approved. In Beverly, we have 3 different machines that are FDA approved; Revlite, Medlite and Fotona and they are operated by a licensed physician. Things to look out for: right clinic, right laser and right practitioner who is able to answer all your queries. The wrong type of treatment can lead to permanent scarring.
Myths about tattoo removal:
Myth 1: Home remedies like acid peel and salt scrubbing can remove tattoos.
False, home remedies may do more harm than laser removal. Acid Peel/ Chemical Peel works by penetrating through your skin to interact with the ink. It works in an imprecise manner, it may or may not cause the ink to fade. Also, the moment it penetrates your skin, there is a chance that it can damage the skin around it. There is no guarantee on the removal of ink with acid/chemical peel.
Salt scrubbing doesn’t actually address the removal of tattoo ink. The theory is to use salt to scrub against the superficial part of your skin to remove the ink. However, with scrubbing, you risk tearing your skin and hygiene may be an issue.
The only FDA approved solution is to use lasers.
Myth 2: My tattoo has gotten darker after laser tattoo removal.
There is some truth to this; however, do not be alarmed as it is part of the removal process. After your first treatment, you may find that the tattoo is getting darker. Some of the ink used in tattoos, including colours containing white ink, may darken (oxidize) immediately after the treatment because of titanium dioxide. The ink contains iron, which in turn will make it darker or grey, it can be corrected with further treatments, but in the meantime it may appear darker.
Myth 3: Laser tattoo removals can cause scarring
Laser scarring is rare. The practitioner will ensure that the laser is in the correct settings, therefore limiting the occurrence of laser scarring. Unless you are prone to Keloids, or you pick at your scabs during your after care of the removal process, it should not happen.
Myth 4: Laser tattoo removal is more painful than getting a tattoo
The million-dollar question that seems to pop-up whenever anyone mentions tattoo removal. The truth is that certain areas are more sensitive than others. Areas that have fatty tissues will be more bearable.
Now we’ve cleared up some of the stigma surrounding laser tattoo removal, it’s time to fix that tattoo regret.