Tattoos can fade, distort, or lose their appeal over time. Removing tattoos that are not aesthetically pleasing can improve your appearance. However, be realistic about your expectations of tattoo removal. You may have heard several things about it, but what is the reality?
Here are a few things you can expect from laser tattoo removal.
The tattoo removal process is not over in one session. It will take months, if not a year or more, depending on the size and color of the tattoo. To help the healing process, you should schedule your removal appointments several weeks apart. It gives your body time to heal and allows it to break down as much of the tattoo as it can.
Each time your tattoo removal specialist uses the laser on the tattoo, it breaks particles down. The body’s immune system digests these particles and regenerates the skin. The regeneration process takes about eight weeks.
It is painful in the same way some people feel pain when getting their tattoos and others do not. It may hurt more if you go into the process expecting it will be painful. But the specialist will offer you a topical numbing cream. It will help make your experience comfortable.
In some situations, you may also be treated with a device they refer to as a chiller. It uses cold air to keep you comfortable throughout the entire session. If you worry about pain, talk about it with your specialist. They will know how to handle your situation.
You may not feel pain during the session, but there will be some discomfort. The discomfort may last for about a week. Some people may experience blisters on the treatment area that depuff after applying salve and bandaging. The skin will act differently for different people as it regenerates. In others, it will form a scab and peel as it heals.
The good news is that you can use an antibiotic ointment. Also, the more treatments you get, the less the discomfort. It reduces with time, and you will need less aftercare. The reduction is due to the decrease in ink reacting to the laser.
Although the conventional belief is that not all the ink will disappear, the specialist can take it all out. With advances in laser technology, even light colors are easy to remove. Previously, the laser would only work on dark colors. Now, lasers can work on light colors. It can get out greens and yellows that were the most stubborn before.
Your expectation may be that our skin will be flawless after the removal. If you want complete removal of the ink, expect some scarring. The risk of scarring reduces if you get a qualified specialist or medical professional to handle the process.
For more on laser tattoo removal, call inkoff.me at our offices in Sacramento, Berkley, Stockton, San Jose, or Oceanside, California at (844) 446-5633 today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.