Let’s talk tats. I got one, and I hate it. Now what?
First, don’t worry. Loads of people have tattoos that they later regret. Tattoos are just one of those things that are permanent, unfortunately. But there’s hope. Laser tattoo removal can now make that ridiculous tattoo of your boyfriend’s name you got when you were 18 a thing of the past. Even the most seemingly stubborn tattoos can be permanently erased.
Sounds great, right? So how does laser tattoo removal work? By targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues. Light beams radiated by the laser are absorbed by tattoo pigments, which fragment. The body then absorbs and eliminates the pigment fragments.
In a nutshell, that’s how laser tattoo removal works. The actual treatment itself is simple. First, an anesthetic cream is applied to the area, and you’ll be given protective eye gear to wear. A cooling device will help keep you comfortable as well. A medical professional will then place a hand piece against your skin, delivering laser pulses to the tattoo ink. With each laser pulse, most people experience a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against skin. But don’t worry about the pain being unbearable. Laser tattoo removal doesn’t usually take that long – just a few minutes for most people.
You may experience minor bleeding afterwards, along with redness, swelling and blistering for several hours or days following treatment. The treated area may also flake, peel or scab over the next few weeks. While the treatment site is healing, you should avoid sun exposure and public swimming pools. Once the skin has completely healed (usually four to six weeks after treatment), you can undergo additional sessions.
The number of sessions you’ll need depends on the tattoo’s age, size, type, and pigment depth. Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques — including the type of laser used — must be tailored to your specific needs. After a series of successful laser treatments, though, most tattoos are pretty much gone for good.
So, what are you waiting for? Zap that tat! There’s really no other choice. Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to remove unwanted tattoos.