You had your girlfriend or boyfriend’s name tattooed on your body; you popped in at the tattoo parlour after a night on the tiles; or you got a tattoo that you liked when you were twenty but wish you hadn’t had done now. Whatever the reason, that tattoo seemed like a good idea at the time – but now you wish you’d never had it done.
The good news is that many tattoos can be removed or faded to the point where they’re nearly indiscernible. Could you be a candidate for laser tattoo removal?
What does it Entail?
A cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist uses a special laser to treat your skin. You’ll need to go for several treatments before the tattoo is properly removed because your practitioner doesn’t want to cause damage to your skin or inflict nasty burns. After the treatment, you’ll be advised on aftercare, and that will include staying out of the sun or using a sunblock. Although there is a recovery period when your skin may be red and sensitive, you won’t have to take time off work.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Best Candidates
There are definitely instances in which tattoos will be easier to remove, but if you don’t fall into one or all of these categories and still want to lose your tattoo, you needn’t give up hope. Consult your cosmetic surgeon to find out how you can be helped. It might just be a matter of needing more treatments than other people do.
Fair Skin Makes Things Easier
Lasers use heat to destroy tattoos, and dark colours absorb heat better than light ones. When a person has fair skin, the contrast between the natural skin tone and the tattoo is greater, allowing your surgeon to target the tattoo more intensively without damaging surrounding skin.
That doesn’t mean that darker skin can’t be treated. It’s just a matter of needing more treatments before you get the results you want. So, if you’re tanned, it’s a good idea to let your tan fade a little before starting the process.
Black Ink is Easiest to Get Rid Of
Just because black ink is the easiest to erase, doesn’t mean that other colours can’t be faded out, but black tattoos are definitely easier and quicker to remove than colourful ones. The reason is once again linked to the way different colours absorb heat. Black absorbs the most, so it’s easier to remove.
You’re in Good Health
If your immune system isn’t working as it should, it won’t be able to help your doctor by removing the broken-down ink as effectively. You could also be more prone to infections or complications after treatment. Once again, you should talk to your cosmetic surgeon about your situation. He or she will be able to advise you best.
You Take Good Care of Your Health
Tattoo removal involves a healing process. If you smoke or don’t eat enough healthy food, your healing will be slowed down. Given that you want your tattoo removed, it might be a good time to adopt healthy habits if you don’t practice them already. Your family doctor can help you to quit smoking, or you can try on your own. As for healthy eating: you know what to do already!
So, What are You Waiting For? Lose That Tattoo for a Fresh Start
Most people who want tattoos removed are looking for a fresh start. They might have found that tattoos affect their professional life, there may be negative emotional connotations, or they may be regretting an unfortunate impulse that has left its (supposedly) permanent mark. Whatever the reason you want to lose that tattoo, there’s a good chance that a cosmetic surgeon can help you. Make your assessment appointment today.