Inside: Types of Tattoo Removal
Many people ask what happens when they have a tattoo they don’t love anymore. The great thing is you can always get it removed! Just depends on how much pain you can handle and how much money you are ready to give up in order to get your skin back.
The Different Types of Tattoo Removal
What is Laser Removal?
Here are a few key points that are good to know when considering laser tattoo removal:
- Laser removal will not cause scarring if done correctly.
- The best laser and industry gold standard for multi-colored tattoo removal is the MedLite C6 Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser.
- There are no side effects from laser removal if it is carried out by a professional practitioner and the correct pre and post-care is followed.
- All other removal methods including creams, scrubbing, and cryosurgery are unsafe and should be avoided at all costs.
- Laser tattoo removal procedures vary in the number of treatments required and the time needed based on various factors. Because the ink particles are eliminated from your body through your lymphatic system certain lifestyle factors can make tattoo removal treatments more successful such as exercising, drinking more water, and cessation of smoking.
- If you have the previous scarring from when the tattoo was applied, this can be faded with other treatments such as skin needling or laser skin treatments.
- If you have any more questions about tattoo removal, please get in touch for a consultation with one of our qualified clinicians.
What are Tattoo Removal Creams?
Tattoo removal creams can cost hundreds of dollars for a single month’s supply. Considering removal creams require a minimum of 9 months before showing any sign of results – if they have any effect at all – it’s no surprise that many people choose laser tattoo removal instead.
What is Saline Tattoo Removal?
Saline removal is a safe, natural, chemical-free (no acid) method of removing tattoos using a saline solution and traditional tattooing equipment.
- Less painful and fewer treatments required than laser removal, which burns the skin and often causes blistering and scarring. The laser can only recognize and remove certain colors, and often cause permanent makeup colors to turn gray. If the tattoos have any mix of white ink in it, laser removal will turn the skin black in those areas.
- The less abrasive procedure, gentler on the skin, and faster healing time.
- Effective on all types of tattoos, regardless of age, color, and location.
- Removes almost any color by lifting the pigment out of the dermis, up through the epidermis, then forming a scab that exfoliates with pigment in it. Saline also removes black discoloration caused by the laser.
Does Tattoo Removal Leave a Scar?
Unlikely. Unless you already have an existing scar, are prone to scarring or keloids, or are reckless with your aftercare; it will typically not cause scarring.
The root of this myth may come from pre-existing scarring. If scarring occurred while getting a tattoo, or since getting it, the tattoo may have covered it up, making it difficult to notice. During your laser removal consultation, your tattoo and the area around it are assessed thoroughly. Any existing scarring prior to treatment should be identified during this consult.
How Much Does Removal Cost?
The cost of treatment varies depending on the size of the area to be treated and the number of treatments required.
How many treatments do I need and how long will it take?
The answer to this question depends completely upon the size of your tattoo, the variety of inks used, and other factors such as your immune system and skin’s response to the treatment. Many people think all tattoos are equally easy to remove, but some colors are more difficult to remove, such as purple, lilac, aqua, or yellow. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 47% of tattoos require up to 10 sessions to be completely removed with a Q-switched laser and 26% require more than 15 sessions. This could result in the overall process taking a few months before the tattoo is completely faded.
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