We don’t always make a good choice when it comes to getting ourselves inked. A bad tattoo art, wrong choices, and a botched relationship may just be some of the factors that can leave us in arms with an undesirable tattoo.
The bad part is that tattoo removal can be a real pain at times. Of course, there are many tattoo removal procedures but most of them are either too expensive or painful or time-taking. If you really want to proceed with a safe and effective way for tattoo removal, you should read on how to remove permanent tattoos with lasers.
How does It work?
There are different ways to remove a permanent tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal: During this procedure, the physical properties of photoselective thermolysis are used to remove tattoo pigment. Using laser, tattoos are removed by breaking up their pigment colours via a high-intensity light beam. The black tattoo pigments are the easiest colour to remove as the colour absorbs all laser wavelengths. Other colours are required to be treated by chosen laser wavelength, based upon their specific pigment colour.
Before you proceed with laser tattoo removal, it is important for you to have a word with a trained professional who can carefully evaluate the tattoo to be removed and advise on how to proceed with laser tattoo removal. It is important for you to note that the total number of laser tattoo removal treatment sessions will depend on the size, colour(s), and age of the tattoo. In addition to this, the depth of the tattoo pigment, and the colour of your skin will also impact the entire process of laser tattoo removal.
Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion can be classified as an exfoliating technique that makes use of a rotating instrument for removing the skin’s outer layers. This outpatient procedure is generally used for treating tattoo removal, sun damage, uneven texture, precancerous skin patches, scars from surgery or injury, rhinophyma, and acne scars.
Before the procedure, you may be asked by the doctor to follow before and after care regimen and take oral antibiotics and retinoid cream.
During this procedure, local or general anesthesia will be provided to you for numbing the skin before the outermost layers of the skin are removed. There are different devices that can be used for simulating, exfoliating and cleansing tattooed areas.
The doctor will then move a small, motor device known as a dermabrader, across the skin. He/she will use a circular dermabrader on large skin patches and a small tip of the dermabrader on small places. After the procedure is completed, the treated area will be covered with a moist dressing.
Best candidates for tattoo removal-Who should get laser removal?
You are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal if:
- You are in good health: The entire process of laser tattoo removal is reliant on the immune system of your body when it comes to removing the ink particles. Therefore, it is better if your body and the immune system are working well. The healing process will be slower if your immune system is affected with the flu or cold, and you should wait until you are feeling well.
- You have no severe long-term health issues: Some medications and health conditions may not be conducive for laser tattoo removal. For instance, some immunosuppressant medications can suppress the efficacy of the immune system and thus slow down the tattoo removal healing process. It is highly recommended that you should disclose an honest account of any existing health complications during the consultation with your doctor.
- You are not breastfeeding or pregnant: There is no definitive research confirming that the tattoo ink can or cannot cross the fetal placental barrier. Therefore, it is best for pregnant and nursing mothers to postpone the laser tattoo removal process until the completion of breastfeeding.
- You don’t have a history of abnormal scarring: Abnormal scarring happens when the skin aggressively repairs itself and ends up creating too much scar tissue. This may lead to keloid or hypertrophic scars that may have a considerable impact on the entire laser tattoo removal process. It may even cause visible marks left on the skin.
- You don’t have a history of strong allergic reactions to tattoo ink: Some people experience strong allergic reactions to certain ink pigments. Red ink is the most common culprit. This may present as a rash or swelling that is primarily itchy, red, or bumpy. The reactions may present themselves in more severe allergic reactions such as small blisters or pustules that may ooze fluid, become irritable, or extremely itchy.
- You have a naturally light skin colour: Usually, lighter skin colours tend to respond quickly to treatments involving laser tattoo removal. This is primarily because darker skin includes more melanin that the laser considers it as just another pigment to treat. However, people with dark skin can still expect the laser tattoo removal process to work for them.
- You are not currently menstruating: The natural pain management chemicals of our brain are associated with estrogen levels and tend to be more potent when the levels of estrogens are high. Therefore, it is suggested that you should avoid the laser tattoo removal process from one week before menstruation to a few days after it ends.
- You don’t have real or fake tanning on the tattoo treatment area: Laser tattoo removal treatment works best when the skin is at its most pale. The laser used during the tattoo removal process tends to get attracted to high melanin levels of the skin instead of the tattoo ink. This means a greater risk of continuing pigmentation, if you receive laser tattoo removal treatment when the skin is tanned.
What’s laser removal like?
During a laser tattoo removal session, you will receive a pair of protective eye shields. A topical anesthetic cream may be applied before the procedure. t.
Thereafter, a laser will be used for passing intense light pulses through the skin’s top layers that will be absorbed only by the tattoo pigment. Fewer pulses will be required if the tattoos are smaller in size and more pulses will be required if the tattoos are larger in size. The tattoo will become progressively lighter with each visit.
After the laser tattoo removal, you may use an ice pack for soothing the treated area. An antibiotic ointment or cream can be applied for protecting the treated area. It is recommended that you should cover the treated area with sunblock when you are outside.
Aftercare of tattoo removal
- After a laser tattoo removal session, you should keep the treated area dry and clean using natural soap and water. Thereafter, you should pat the area dry and cover it with an antibiotic ointment and bandage the first three or four days following the procedure. You should change the bandage at least thrice during that time.
- It is important for you not to engage in any form of water-based activities (swimming activities, hot tubs, pools, baths, etc.) that involve soaking of the treated area. It is acceptable to take showers as long as the treated area is not hit directly by high-pressure water.
- You should not get alarmed by blistering or scabbing as it is a possible sign that the body is working hard to remove the ink from the skin. Popping or picking any blisters or scabs may lead to infection or scarring in some cases. It is best to apply an antibiotic ointment at least a day after the blister or scab pops or falls off on its own.
Laser tattoo removal side effects- Is It Safe?
Does laser tattoo removal leave a mark? Laser tattoo removal treatment is usually safer than other forms of tattoo removal as it selectively treats the tattoo pigment. However, there may be rare instances when the tattoo will not be completely removed. Specific colours such as black and blue tend to respond well to pain-free laser tattoo removal treatment.However, some people may experience bruising after laser tattoo removal, scarring after laser tattoo removal, or lasting redness after laser tattoo removal but this is temporary and usually subside on its own.
At SkinQure, we utilize U.S. FDA-approved best tattoo removal laser, i.e. Nd-YAG Laser (Helios III Laser), which demonstrates unmatched efficacy for tattoo removal and other pigmentary conditions such as dull skin, melasma, and sun-caused pigmentation.
One of the biggest advantages of the Nd-YAG Laser (Helios III Laser) is that it permits a very high-powered laser light to get delivered to your skin within a fraction of a second. By doing this, the Nd-YAG Laser (Helios III Laser) reduces any damage that may possibly be caused by overheating the surrounding skin. This means the professional laser tattoo removal machine significantly minimizes any chances of scarring.
It is considered ideal for hand tattoo laser removal, new laser tattoo removal, single colour amateur tattoos, and multi-colored professional tattoos by matching the laser colour with the unwanted tattoo ink’s colour. You can expect dramatic effects of laser tattoo removal within a day.
Find a Reputable Doctor
It is important for you to find a reputed doctor for laser tattoo removal. For this, you should comprehensively research reputable dermatologists or cosmetic surgery centers. You can explore the internet to identify the best dermatologists and explore their reviews, feedback, testimonials, etc. along with accessing laser tattoo removal before and after pictures.
It is also recommended that you should have a word with the dermatologist about everything related to laser treatment for tattoo removal and information about laser tattoo removal fading time.
How much does it cost for laser tattoo removal?
If you are clueless about how much does it costs for laser tattoo removal, this section about laser tattoo removal price will be of great interest to you.
The estimated laser tattoo removal cost in India is INR 20,000 – 35,000, though it may vary depending on a wide range of factors such as the type of procedure performed, the success rate of the cosmetic surgery center, the experience and qualifications of the dermatologist, etc.
Call us now to explore the best laser tattoo removal cost.
Does laser tattoo removal cause cancer?
Laser tattoo removal does not cause cancer as the lasers used don’t emit ultraviolet rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. It has been studied by dermatologists for years and there is no evidence that those with tattoos removal procedures face a greater risk of cancer than those who don’t have a tattoo.
There are different methods and procedures to remove the ink particles on the skin. Among them, laser tattoo removal is the safest and the least invasive. At SkinQure, we work with every client to remove their tattoo safely and effectively. Want to find out your tattoo can be removed? Call SkinQure now for a free consultation.