Tattoo Removal Process

Having a tattoo put on your body may have seemed like a good idea when you were younger and carefree.  Now that you are older, you may find yourself wishing that you never got the tattoo in the first place.  The bad news is that tattoos are much easier to have applied to the skin than they are to have removed from the skin.  The good news is that modern day technology has made the tattoo removal process easier, less painful and less expensive than it used to be.

Today, the most common method of tattoo removal is to use laser technology to break down the tattoo ink.  Once this ink is broken down it will be absorbed into the body and cause the tattoo to fade and be removed.  This process has seen great success and has been able to remove many unwanted tattoos.  You should first learn how the tattoo removal process works before you decide if this is the right option for you.

How the Tattoo Removal Process Works

The first step in the tattoo removal process will be to have a consultation with a qualified specialist who is experienced in performing tattoo removal treatments. At this initial meeting, they will examine your tattoo to determine if it is a good candidate for laser treatment.  The specialist will take into account many different factors including the colour of the tattoo, the type of ink used, the size, depth and age of the tattoo.  He will use this information to determine what type of laser light should be used.  He will then be able to tell you an estimated cost and number of treatments that will be necessary.

The day of your treatment, the doctor will advise you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before coming to the office.  The doctor can at your request administer a local anaesthesia to numb the area of the tattoo.  You will be given eye protectors so the laser light does not cause any damage to your eyes during the process.  The doctor will run the laser light over that tattoo and between twenty and thirty pulses of laser light will be directed into the tattoo. This entire process will take about thirty minutes.

Tattoo Removal Process After Care

Once your tattoo removal process is over, your doctor will give you a list of after treatment directions that must be followed closely.  The type of after-care needed will depend on the type of laser light treatment that was done.  It is vital that these instructions be followed or you could be susceptible to infection or scarring.  Your doctor is likely to prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent infection from setting in.  You will also be told to put a cold compress on the area for the first day or two to prevent swelling.

It will take several weeks before you will start to see any fading to your tattoo. You will need to wait anywhere from six to eight weeks before you can schedule your next tattoo removal treatment.  This allows the ink time to break down properly and the area treated has ample time to heal before being treated again. The entire tattoo removal process may require anywhere from six to twelve different treatments to be done before the tattoo can be successfully removed. 

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