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Tattoos can be amazing works of art, but for some people, they are major “regerts” due to misspellings, ex lovers or bad art. As tattoos increase in popularity, the need for removing them has also seen a rise in necessity. Despite being considered permanent, laser tattoo removal lets you eliminate decisions that you made years ago. While some people cover up old tattoos with new designs or incorporate them into surrounding art, some people find that laser tattoo removal is the way to go, which is considered to be one of the most effective ways of tattoo removal.
If you’re tired of a creepy looking cartoon character, the name of your last girlfriend or a botched portrait of your great grandmother, it may just be time to get that removed. If you’ve been considering removing a tattoo, then laser tattoo removal is a good option to consider.
The first step in the laser tattoo removal process is to schedule a consultation to determine the best course of action for having your tattoo removed. At this point you’ll get an idea of how many treatments will be needed, taking into consideration how long you’ve had the tattoo, the size of it, which colors are present in the tattoo and the color of your skin.
There are three different types of lasers each designed to target certain colors in a tattoo. The intense light from a laser breaks up the particles in the ink as it penetrates the skin which results in the tattoo fading. Over time, the pigments are naturally removed with the help of the immune system. It can take several sessions to achieve the desired results, typically at least three weeks apart to let the area recover and the pigment to be removed. The amount of sessions depends on the size of the area.
It is important to care for the site following treatment, to minimize the likelihood of scarring. Caring for the laser site is much like caring for a new tattoo, by putting ointment on it and keeping it bandaged. The laser is hot and several sessions can result in blistering. Some people find that taking a pain reliever can make the process less painful.
Results vary depending on the person and the tattoo and length you’ve had it can all factor into the success of the removal. Tattoos with even coverage typically have even removal, while blotchier tattoos may have blotchier removal. Certain colors, such as black and dark blue, react well to the wavelengths because they absorb all the wavelengths from the lasers. Different inks used in the process can also affect the removal process. Most people find that with tougher tattoos to remove that several laser sessions help them to achieve the desired results.
We can help you to eliminate the tattoo you wish you didn’t have. Before you know it, your bad tattoo choices of the past will soon be distant memories.
Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Yaletown Laser Centre for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.