Getting a tattoo is a serious commitment as it’s something that will be embedded in your skin for the rest of your life, or at least that used to be the case. Tattoos are more popular than ever these days, so naturally, there are a fair few people regretting their choice and opting for tattoo removal. But how do you achieve laser tattoo removal results you’re looking for?
In the last twenty years or so, tattoo culture has evolved from a taboo niche to an influential aspect of modern society, art and fashion. It’s for this reason that getting a tattoo is now more appealing than ever, but for some people, their feelings about their once-loved tattoos can change. When this happens, many people decide to just keep their tattoo hidden or payout for a coverup, but tattoo removal is the only way of getting rid of your unwanted ink for good.
In this post, we’ll run through a few need-to-know things about tattoo removal. So if you’re someone who’s desperate to get rid of a poor-quality tattoo, an outdated design or the name of an ex — keep reading.
1. Not all Tattoos Can Be Removed
Although laser tattoo removal is a great example of how much technology and modern cosmetic treatments have advanced, it’s important to remember that every tattoo is different and some may be too difficult to remove completely. The first thing you need to do is visit a tattoo removal expert for a consultation, as this will give you a more realistic idea of what can be achieved.
If your tattoo is especially large or dark, or the artist has used multiple colours, you will need several laser sessions to remove it. In some cases, for one reason or another, the tattoo will only fade and not disappear entirely. If you are planning to get a cover up then getting laser treatment beforehand is recommended for optimal results.
2. Older, Faded Tattoos Work Best
No matter how much you pay or how amazing the artist is, all tattoos will fade after a while. Blacks will fade to grey, linework will become less precise and some of the ink will ‘fall out’ of the skin. This may be frustrating, especially if you have invested a fairly large sum of money, but if you’re someone who wants to remove a tattoo, a faded design will aid the process.
Laser tattoo removal draws the ink out of your skin, causing it to gradually fade until the design is no longer visible. So if your tattoo is older and has faded — or is fairly recent, but has faded due to poor technique — it will be a lot easier to remove. This means you’ll require fewer treatment sessions.
3. Removing Tattoos is Painful
One of the reasons many people are put off by tattoos, contrary to popular belief, isn’t how they look or the connotations that can come with having them — it’s actually the fear of how painful it will be. Everyone is different and has a different pain threshold, but it’s safe to say that getting a tattoo doesn’t feel pleasant. Unfortunately, if you have a tattoo that you want to be removed, you’re going to have to endure several laser sessions and the general consensus is that it’s more painful than having the tattoo done in the first place.
Here at Blue Light Aesthetic Clinic, we are experienced and skilled tattoo removal experts. When we say that it will be a painful treatment, it isn’t to put you off; we just want to make sure that you’re prepared and aren’t caught off guard on the day of your treatment. This is something that we’ll discuss with you during your initial consultation, but we’re happy to answer any questions you may have in the meantime.
4. Aftercare is Important
Efficient and sensible aftercare during the healing period is essential to avoid infection or discomfort. Following your treatment, you will need to change the dressing twice a day after gently cleaning with soap and water until fully healed. You will also need to keep the area moist by applying ointment.
While the area is healing, don’t be alarmed if blisters begin to form, as this is a natural reaction from the laser. It’s crucial that you don’t pick at scabs or exercise in a way that will irritate the area while it’s healing. Doing so will not only slow down the healing process, but it could also lead to further complications, such as infection.
5. Seek out a Reputable Tattoo Removal Expert
Just like any other cosmetic or medical treatment, when it comes to removing tattoos you should always seek out a reputable professional. This will not only give you the best possible chance of a result you’ll be happy with, but it also means you will avoid any complications due to inexperience or inefficiency.
Some people who are desperate to get rid of a tattoo, but are unwilling to pay for professional treatment, will attempt home tattoo removal. Although many things can be achieved with the DIY option, removing tattoos most definitely isn’t one of them. This type of treatment should always be done in sterile conditions by an experienced professional — anything less is an unnecessary risk.
Do you have an unwanted, faded or unsightly tattoo that you want to be removed? You’ve come to the right place! At Blue Light Dental and Aesthetic Clinic, our experts have over 20 years of experience performing cosmetic treatments, including tattoo removal. Get in touch today to book a consultation!