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While 92% of tattooed people have no regrets, some people do. Thankfully, today you have the option of tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal technology has evolved over the years and is now the safest and most effective method of removing unwanted tattoos. There are a few places to get this procedure done, and costs will vary. You may also have to go in for more than one session.
If you have tattoo regrets and are considering getting a bad tattoo removed, keep reading. Here’s what to expect during your session.
What Is Tattoo Removal?
Tattoos are permanent, which is half the attraction for many people. They are put on the skin through a tattoo gun. This gun has several needles that deposit pigmented ink into your skin.
Tattoo removal is the process of breaking down the ink deposits until you can no longer see them. The tattoo removal process can take a few sessions to complete and is entirely dependent on several factors, such as:
- Placement of tattoo
- Ink colors
- Amount of ink (i.e., “blackouts” will take more sessions to remove)
- Skin type
- Tattoo layering (aka a coverup)
There are several places you can go for tattoo removal. Clinics like this skin clinic offer tattoo removal treatments; some tattoo shops may offer the procedure themselves. No matter who you choose, always ensure they’re a qualified professional.
How to Prepare?
You must prepare beforehand to get the best results from your laser tattoo removal procedure. Here are some guidelines on how to prepare for your first session.
- Shower: You want your skin to be completely clean when you arrive
- No Lotions: Do not apply any skincare products over the offending tattoo area
- Shave: If the tattoo is covered by hair (i.e., arms and legs), shave the area beforehand
- No Sun Exposure: No no sun exposure or sun beds two weeks prior; avoid sun-damaged skin
What to Expect?
Practices may vary depending on where you go, but typically, the process is relatively straightforward. Let’s review a typical session.
First, the treatment area should be sanitized and prepared for laser removal. You may be asked to wear protective glasses to shield your eyes from the laser, and the technician will wear a pair themselves.
The session length will depend on the tattoo being removed but can take one short session of 15 minutes or can require multiple laser therapy sessions. These extra sessions will usually be three or four weeks after the last.
Once the session is complete, the technician will apply a soothing cream and cover the area for protection. Your tattoo removal technician will also provide clear instructions for your treatment aftercare. Ensure you follow the instructions correctly so you don’t have healing troubles.
Sometimes we think we will want something inked on our skin for life, but we never know how we’ll feel in the future. If you choose to have your tattoo removed, knowing what to expect when you go in for a tattoo removal session can help ease the nerves. Be sure to follow the technician’s aftercare advice to avoid infection.
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