Tattoos are placed on millions of people across the globe, and it has been that way for thousands of years. Tattoo parlors are thriving throughout the world due to the new techniques of the industry.
However, with every person that wants a tattoo, there are people who want to remove theirs. Just like the motivation it takes to get one, there are many reasons why people want to get removed.
In this month’s blog we go over some of the traditional ways to remove a tattoo as well as the new system which uses lasers to break the tattoo ink from your skin.
Traditional Tattoo Removal Options
- There are several of these options that people can opt to take. One of them is by surgery. Basically, the area of the tattoo is physically removed by surgery, but this way has been known to leave extensive scaring, and due to its invasive nature, infections are common.
- Cryosurgery is another option. This method uses technology to freeze the area where the tattoo is, destroying the skin tissue, thereby removing the tattoo. The most common thing used during this option is liquid nitrogen. The major drawback of cryosurgery is its risk of scarring.
- Salabrasion works with an abrasive tool and salt water to remove tattoos, but it is a painful option. The tool is used to rub the tattooed area until it is bright red. It is dressed after antibiotic ointment is applied for three days. Then, salt water is used and then dressed. The pain can be reduced with anesthetics, but the results are not as desirable.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is a newer method of removal, but people have been getting it for decades. It gives the best results among all the options. Below, there will be a discussion about how it works and other important information about the technique.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
A laser that emits small pulses of high intensity lasers breaks down the tattoo’s pigmentation little bit by little bit. It has different frequencies, and this ensures that only the tattoo skin is affected.
By breaking down the pigmentation, the body’s immune system can naturally remove it. It tries to remove the tattoo, as soon as it is received, but the area is too large. This is why tattoos fade over time, because the immune system is still attacking it. The laser makes the immune system’s job easier.
Is the treatment painful?
Although there is some pain, it is reduced by the use of topical anesthetics. They also use a handheld device to cool down the skin to make it a more comfortable treatment.
Does it take more than one session?
Every case varies depending on many factors. The professional providing the treatment can give an estimate after viewing individual conditions. Size and shape are the two biggest factors that determines the number of sessions. The simpler and smaller the tattoo, the less sessions it will take.
It is easier to remove darker colors, which could also reduce the sessions. It takes more effort to remove lighter colors. An older tattoo will also take less sessions because the ink is less sharp. Finally, the more professional a tattoo was done, the easier it will be to remove.
Are there side effects to the laser removal technique?
Compared to other techniques, it has mild side effects, and they do not last for long. Itching, swelling, and redness are the most common side effects, but they only last a day or two. An icepack can help to reduce this. If any skin discoloration happens, discuss it with the doctor, but usually it goes away on its own.
Depending on an individual, photosensitivity in the area can also develop, but the time can vary from a couple days to a few weeks. The area should always be protected from UV rays. Floppy hats and sunscreen can help with this. If the area can be covered by clothing, it should be done when out in the sun.
Is there a lot of downtime after the procedure?
Doctors always recommend that their patients rest after the treatment to speed up recovery time, but for most, they do not experience any downtime. Makeup application and workouts might be restricted, depending on the area treated. However, a few days of work should be allotted after receiving the first treatment to get a better understanding of individual effects.
Why choose the laser removal technique?
Compared to other technique treatments, laser treatment has very little downtime, and it gives the best results, overall. It has very few side effects, if any, and the procedure is the least invasive compared to other techniques. It has the least effect and negative toll on the body, as well.
Action is required to remove an unwanted tattoo. People can speak with a laser tattoo removal expert or a dermatologist to get a better understanding of the procedure. Laser removal is the overall best option for most people, and it has proven to be the most effective.