Although tattoos are generally considered permanent, it’s now possible to have them removed using cutting-edge technology.

Laser tattoo removal uses powerful pulses of light energy to penetrate the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. As the ink particles take in this energy, they heat up and shatter into tiny particles, which the body then expels.

Laser tattoo removal takes months to complete over a number of sessions. This article will help you understand the process and prepare you for your first session.

Do Your Research and Choose a Trustworthy Clinic

Before choosing a clinic, make sure their technicians are certified to use laser technologies for removing tattoos. Experienced technicians can provide safe treatment and will be able to answer all of your questions.

Find out what type of laser they use. The ink removal process is intricate. Different color inks settle at different depths and require specific wavelengths to target each one.

Picosure laser technology claims to remove tattoo ink more effectively and require fewer treatments. However, it doesn’t target specific ink colors.

If your tattoo has a spectrum of colors, you’ll need a machine that’s capable of combining different wavelengths. Q-switched laser technology features all the wavelengths for various tattoo colors with minimal skin damage or scarring.

Viewing laser tattoo removal before and after photos is an excellent way to determine the quality of a clinic’s results.

Stay Out of the Sun

You need to keep your tattoo out of the sun for at least four weeks before your first laser tattoo removal session and minimize sun exposure through your final treatment. If being outside is unavoidable, conceal the area being treated with clothing or sunscreen.

Tanned or sunburned skin is prone to adverse reactions and increases the chances of permanent pigment changes.

Eat and Drink Plenty of Fluids

The process of laser tattoo removal is often described as feeling like rubber bands snapping on the skin. If you come in without having eaten, there’s a chance you’ll feel lightheaded or faint. Eat a proper meal and make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during your treatment.

Inquire if Numbing Options are Available

Everyone has a different pain threshold. For some, the pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo; others say it hurts less, others that it’s more painful.

There are several numbing options available to technicians such as ice packs, numbing creams, and chilled air machines.

Chilling machines offer adjustable cooling, are more sanitary than ice packs, and are less messy than creams.

Avoid Topical Creams and Cosmetics

Ensure the area to be treated is clean, shaven, and free of any creams, cosmetics, perfumes, or other topical agents that can coat the skin. The area needs to be completely clean and clear.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

After each laser tattoo removal, the skin will slightly sunburned. Dressing in loose, comfortable clothing that won’t touch the area will help avoid discomfort.

Do Not Take Ibuprofen or Aspirin

Avoid taking ibuprofen or aspirin before your appointment because they could cause your skin to bruise afterward.

Tylenol taken before the treatment could help alleviate discomfort, but don’t confuse Tylenol or acetaminophen with aspirin and Ibuprofen.

Contact Us Today for a Tattoo Removal Consultation!

At Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal we provide our clients with the best tattoo removal in Chicago’s South Loop area and Northwest Indiana. We have years of experience delivering quality laser tattoo removal at affordable prices.

If you have any questions before scheduling a free consultation at our Northwest Indiana location, send us a message and we’ll get back to you—usually within 24 hours, or call 219-237-0044.