Not so long ago, having a tattoo was considered to be a permanent thing. Many people still think that when you choose to get inked there is no turning back. Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology, that is no longer the case. Laser tattoo removal has come a long way over the past decade, and now unwanted tattoos can be removed efficiently and effectively. Permanent ink is now impermanent ink – and your unwanted tattoo could be gone in no time at all.
There’s a lot of information out there regarding tattoo removal – some of it accurate, some of it not. Tattoo removal isn’t a new phenomenon, but the technology used is. That means a lot of the information regarding tattoo removal is outdated – so we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective option
The era of surgical removal and using ineffective creams is over. Laser tattoo removal is a convenient, effective option – and the technology used is FDA approved, meaning it has been tested to ensure it is suitable and safe. Tattoo excision is by far the most extreme removal option, and can lead to scarring on the area. Not to mention, the process can be highly painful!
Laser tattoo removal has quickly become the most popular method of tattoo removal. It doesn’t have the lengthy downtime associated with surgical removal, and it is far superior to creams which claim to remove your ink.
Laser tattoo removal isn’t just for regrets
The most common reason people have their tattoos removed is because they’ve come to regret getting them done or they consider them to be a mistake. We’ve all heard the horror stories – misspellings and the names of former partners. But that doesn’t apply to everyone. Some people choose to get their tattoos removed so they can have another design done in their place. This is particularly common if a cover-up tattoo isn’t possible. Allergic reactions are another common reason for tattoo removal.
The type of tattoo does matter
Tattoo removal depends on a number of factors. ‘One laser fits all’ definitely does not apply when it comes to tattoo removal.
There’s a difference between the ink used in amateur tattoos and professional tattoos. Generally, amateur tattoos can be removed easily using laser as the ink isn’t as deep. When it comes to professional tattoos, the ink is much deeper into the skin – making laser the best option for removal. Also, professional tattooists sometimes add ‘signatures’ to their ink. Experienced practitioners will be well aware of this practice, and will be able to treat accordingly.
The colours of the ink also have an effect. Black ink is usually easiest to remove, but thanks to advancements in technology, coloured inks can also now be removed. Experienced practitioners will know how to adjust the settings to treat a variety of different coloured inks.
Laser tattoo removal is process
Laser tattoo removal is not a one of treatment. The number of treatments required depends on the size and location of the tattoo, the types and colours of ink used, and how the tattoo reacts to treatment. As a rough guide, we say it requires between 6-10 treatments, spaced anywhere from 4-10 weeks apart.
For some people, who have smaller tattoos which only used one kind of ink, removal can be done much quicker than this. For others who have a more complicated, professional design, it can vary. After the first treatment your practitioner will be able to give you a clearer idea of how many treatments you are likely to need.
Still want to know more?
We’ve also put together a handy guide which explains how the treatment itself works – did you know the ink from your tattoo is absorbed into the bloodstream?
You can also contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663 and we’d be happy to discuss the treatment with you and arrange for a free consultation with one of our expert medical practitioners!