These days tattoos are becoming more popular than ever! They’re an evocative way of decorating the skin and imprinting the body with meaningful memories and images.
But sometimes feelings change. In the US, around 25% of adults with tattoos regret getting at least one of them. What’s more, they want to remove it completely. But how feasible is tattoo removal?
Having a tattoo removed is a normal process. There are a few options to consider, but the most common by far is laser tattoo removal. But what is it exactly? And is it the right option for you? Here at Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, we want you to be as informed as possible before making these important decisions.
What Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective and widely available method for removing tattoos. The procedure is carried out with either a Q-switch or ultra-pulse laser. It combines heat and speed to break down the ink pigments in your tattoo, making them smaller and smaller until they can be washed away naturally as your skin heals and repairs itself.
How Long Does The Process Last?
The process is completed over several sessions, that take roughly six weeks to complete. Cool-down periods between sessions are essential, as they give your skin time to heal from the high-temperatures they’ve been exposed to, and will prevent scarring from the procedure.
Are There Ways To Minimize The Pain Of Treatment?
If you’ve never had a tattoo removed before, then no doubt you’re feeling anxious about the potential pain you might experience. Pain from tattoo removal always varies – some people may be quite sensitive to tattoo treatment, while others feel little to no pain. It also depends on what part of the body is treated, as different areas have different sensitivity levels. The experience of your technician and the equipment they use can also play a part.
There are a few methods you can use to reduce pain during laser tattoo removal treatment. Though they likely won’t fully eliminate pain, they should minimize it to an extent.
Topical numbing creams like benzocaine and lidocaine are most commonly used to reduce pain during tattooing and piercing but are also effective for laser tattoo treatment. You can purchase topical numbing cream over the counter at most pharmacies.
Cold Air Machines
Some laser treatment centers provide state-of-the-art cooling equipment, such as the Zimmer Cryo, that blows cold air onto the affected area, numbing the epidermis and minimizing pain before, during, and after laser treatments. This is the best way to minimize pain but is unlikely to be found in smaller clinics.
Ice packs are the easiest method for pain reduction, but they are also one of the least effective. Just place the ice pack on the skin for around 10-15 minutes until the tattoo area is sufficiently numb. Ice packs should only be used if numbing cream or cooling machines are not available.
How Much Does It Cost?
Laser tattoo removal costs vary based on several factors. The most pertinent of these factors tend to be the size, age, and color of the tattoo in question. These factors will influence how difficult the removal process will be and in turn the number of sessions required for complete removal.
This should need no explanation – the larger a tattoo is, the longer it’s going to take to remove, and more sessions will be required.
The older the tattoo is, the easier it will be to remove. That’s because all tattoo pigments fade over time, and the duller and more faded it is, the easier it will be for the laser to diffuse pigment.
Interestingly, your immune system also plays a part in how quickly your tattoo will fade after treatment. Strong immune systems allow the skin to heal itself more quickly, which may require fewer treatments to be fully effective.
Some Tattoos can be harder to remove, and thus more time-consuming depending on the ink color. Generally, the lighter a tattoo it is, the harder it is to remove, and vice versa. Black ink is considered the easiest to remove with laser treatment. Colors such as blue, green, and purple tend to be the most difficult.
The location of a tattoo on the body can also determine the cost of removal. It depends on how close the tattoo is to the heart, as the more blood flow there is beneath the skin, the faster your white blood cells will work to flush the ink particles from the skin. This is an important factor that will determine how many laser sessions are required.
As a result, removal is usually fastest around the torso, neck, and upper arms, and slowest around the hands, feet and legs, as less blood flow is directed to the extremities.
Book Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions
Overall, a laser tattoo is a worthwhile treatment if you want to remove those inked-on memories that you no longer cherish. And once you see the effects of laser tattoo removal before and after your sessions, you won’t look back.
Here at Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, we provide full laser tattoo removal services at our location in Munster, Indiana. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.