Things To Know Before You Remove A Tattoo

A tattoo is a highly personalised piece of art whose design and colour are specified as per your wishes. Gone are the days when you had to leaf through just a couple of pages and settle for a design half-heartedly. People sport them for religious, cultural, identification, affection and symbolic purposes. The problem arises when after a period of time; you want to get rid of the tattoo. The best procedure by which you can do this is by laser.

Tattoo removal laser treatment is much safer than other removal methods, like dermabrasion, excision or even salabrasion. This is because the laser will work on the pigment selectively, and not the whole skin. The side effects are negligible as well. The tattoos are removed by breaking the constituent pigments with the assistance of a high intensity beam of light, and if the colour of the pigment is black, it is the most easily removed. For other colours, you have to use selective lasers with different wavelengths.

First off, schedule a visit to the removal specialist, who’ll take a look at your cool body sculpting and give it a thorough evaluation, after which he will suggest the number of treatments you would require, based on the colours, age as well as the size of the tattoo. Another important factor to consider is also the colour of your skin and how professionally the tattoo was designed and how deep it went in the first place.

During a session you will be provided with a pair of protective shields for the eyes, because looking at the laser beam is not advisable at all. Then your skin’s going to be tested for reactions to the laser in order to determine the best energy for removal. Following this, the removal specialist guides the laser to pass pulses of concentrated light which will be absorbed by the pigment alone. You might find the treatment a tad uncomfortable, but trust me, it’s the best out there with the least side effects. After the session, apply an ice pack to the treated area to soothe it, you can also apply an ointment or cream which is antibiotic in nature and wrap the area in a bandage. Also ensure that while outdoors during the course of the treatment, you have plenty of sunscreen at hand, because a tan will not go in favour of the removal process.
Some of the side factors which may occur are;

• A risk of infection and chances of a slight scar

• Total removal happens very rarely and that too with blue and black colours

• There are chances of hypopigmentaton, where the treated skin looks paler