Do you have a tattoo you'd like removed? I am an inked momma. I got a tattoo when I was in my early twenties, and at the time, it was a bold choice for me. My tattoo is seemingly small, and in an area that's only visible if I'm in a beathing suit. While I don't have plans to have my tattoo removed, I've often thought about what it would take to get it removed if I felt like I wanted to down the road. Do you have a tattoo that you wish you'd never gotten? If so, then consider laser tattoo removal. You probably have a few concerns about this. With that said, here are a few things you should know about laser tattoo removal.
1. The Pain
You might be thinking that laser tattoo removal is painful. You might even reconsider having your tattoo removed. The truth is that some people might actually find laser tattoo removal pain to be very bad.
However, some people don't think it's painful at all. Many people describe the pain as being similar to what you feel if you snapped a rubber band on your skin or when oil from a frying pan splatters. Your overall pain threshold and the location of your tattoo will play a role in how much pain you'll feel.
2. The Laser Tattoo Removal Machine
Q-switched lasers are the sort of laser, tattoo removal machines are often equipped with. The lasers creates precised wavelengths and energy is carried to the skin. The tattoo ink particles are then absorbed by the energy, and this causes the particles to break down into even smaller particles. The surrounding skin is not harmed during the process.
Another common form of system is the Enlighten sort, this type uses short and high powered picosecond laser pulses. This works in a similar way to the Q-switched option above but allows it to be done in fewer sessions than most alternatives and with less pain. It’s likely Enlighten laser tattoo removal will replace alternatives as the option of choice very soon.
The broken up ink is then flushed away naturally by the body, and this causes the tattoo to fade away. Several treatments are usually needed to see results. Basically, the process works by targeting the pigment in the dermal layer.
3. How The Ink Leaves The Body
After you receive your treatment, the ink that has been broken up enters into the bloodstream and eventually passes through your kidneys. The particles than exit your body when you urinate or when you sweat. Since this is how the ink leaves the body, your kidneys can come under a lot of pressure if you have many tattoos removed at a single time.
4. Length Of Treatment And Sessions
Generally speaking, you will likely need 6-10 sessions to remove a tattoo, but this really depends on how dense the tattoo is and what your skin quality ios like. Treatments are usually spaced 4-5 weeks apart because the skin needs time to heal. The body also needs time to process the broken up ink.
Some dermatologists may treat a patient three times in a single session, with 20 minutes in between each treatment. The good news is each session is very quick. You can expect to spend around 10-20 minutes at a session.
Sometimes the NHS (National Health Service) will cover the cost of laser tattoo removal, but this is only in rare cases, such as you suffered a severe allergic reaction or suffered psychological trauma as a result of getting the tattoo. However, you probably aren't eligible for free laser tattoo removal, which means you can expect to pay quite a bit of money. What you will pay depends on which clinic you go to, but if you have a small tattoo, then you can expect to pay around £40-£65 per session, and if you need 6-10 sessions, then you can see how things can get expensive.
6. What Your Tattoo Will Look Like Afterwards
After you receive treatment, you will notice your tattoo is going to look horrible, but don't worry because this is normal. When we say horrible, we mean the area is going to be red, swelled up and puss-filled blisters will be present. Within a week or two, these things will subside. If after two weeks you still notice these, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.
An ice-pack will be applied to the treated area afterwards, and the professional might apply ointment or lotion. A bandage will then be placed over the area. When you get back home, make sure you take good care of the affected area, which should include applying antibacterial cream to it and an SPF. Also, do not pick at the area, regardless of how tempting it may be.
Are you interested in laser tattoo removal? Now you know more about it and can make a decision. Good luck if you decide to go through with it, and feel free to do additional research before you make a final decision.