Many people feel cognitive dissonance some time after getting a tattoo. They may have loved the tattoo when they got it but may not have realized the gravity of its “permanence” nature.
People are constantly evolving with time and they outgrow certain things- this is the reason why people feel the urge to have a tattoo removed. A tattoo may signify a person, experience or place that one must not want to identify or associate with anymore or you just feels that it looks ugly.
Moreover, about 70% of the people who have gotten a tattoo as a teenager or as a young adult would want to have it removed once they have entered a mature age. A tattoo is also not suitable for the work place and certain formal occasions. In the past tattoo removal methods were excruciatingly painful as they worked to remove the top layers of the skin through rubbing sandy grains.
Thanks to Laser Tattoo removal, that today tattoos can be removed with minimal pain. Some frequently asked questions regarding laser tattoo removal are the following:
How does the laser tattoo removal procedure work?
Laser tattoo removal involves using high-energy lasers known as Q switched lasers that project a powerful beam of light on the tattoo. The beam penetrates through the ink down to the deepest skin layers and breaks it into small particles that are then absorbed by the body’s scavenging cells and disposed by the body’s waste systems. Several treatment sessions are needed and the tattoo becomes lighter after each session.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
The laser uses pulsates on the skin to remove the tattoo hence heat is emitted to the skin, which causes some pain. Larger, older and black tattoos are more painful to remove because the laser is exposed to the skin for a much longer period. However, the cosmetic surgeon would use a topical anesthetic on the skin to reduce the amount of pain you experience. In addition to this, a cooling device would be used known as a “chiller” that would emit cool mist to neutralize the heat.
Will the tattoo disappear completely?
The tattoo disappears completely in most cases. However, since each tattoo is different it does not apply to all cases. The darker and more colorful tattoos will be harder to completely, remove and tattoos with unregulated tattoo ink with additives and deep coloring do not work with some of the laser machines. Many tattoo artists mix their own inks and metals for effect, these additives are unknown which is why complete removal is hard to promise.
Is any after care required after treatment?
Yes, it is important to follow the instructions of the cosmetic surgeon for after care. After the session is over the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist will apply ice to the affected area to reduce redness and swelling followed by ointment and a sterile dressing. You are not supposed to scratch or pick at the removal site and keep it hygienic and clean at all times. This skin is to be treating like a sunburn and you should prevent is from direct sun exposure during the healing period. Frequently change any bandages and contact your surgeon if there is excessive swelling or pus development, as this may be a sign of infection and would require instant action.