When we are young getting a tattoo seems like the coolest thing to do. It’s not surprising that many have their tattoos done in the most conspicuous of areas. As we grow up, decisions made on hype from the past become less attractive. According to some study done recently, millions across the country have a tattoo in one form or another. Of this number, a considerable fraction has considered having their tattoos removed.
When it comes to tattoo removals, there is both bad and good news. On the downside, tattoos are supposed to be permanent. Even state-of-the-art removal techniques are very difficult and do not work for all people. Your success strategy depends on the skin color and the pigment size of your tattoos.
On the bright side, the laser tattoo removal process has evolved primarily due to new technological advancements. It’s no longer a case of simple de-inking using the crude skin damaging process. The procedure done today is much safer and relies significantly on laser technology. Here are some ways on how to safely get a tattoo removed.
Do not do it Yourself
There are cases where those trying to get rid of their tattoos have gone to extreme de-inking measures. One technique is referred to as dermabrasion, and it involves scraping down the skin. The salabrasion technique consists of a salt solution gently rubbed on the skin surface as it’s heated and scraped off. In both scenarios, the tattoo is removed, but permanent scars remain behind on the skin surface. Surgically getting rid of the symbol will leave behind an injury. The tattooed part of the skin is cut out, and the surrounding cover is sewn back. Occasionally, doctors have the opportunity to remove tiny tattoos surgically.
Scars are a common side effect in tattoo removal. For some, scarification is regarded as a way of modification, just like a piercing or a tattoo. Chemical peels remove the top skin layers where acid solutions remove the tattoo procedures. The scars that arise cover the ink remains.
Another procedure known as cryosurgery is gaining traction. The system removes the tattoos through freeze burning the tattooed skin using liquid nitrogen. Cryotherapy is commonly used when treating skin lesions and treat warts.
Another way of removing a tattoo is by using q-switched lasers which are widely used over the last decade. The light beams look for skin pulses, ink and skin tone contrasts Laser removals are the standard unit of care in this situation.
Laser treatment works differently in different patients. The level of success depends on the tattoo in question. The higher the level of color contrast between your skin and the ink, the easier its removal. Small tattoos are much easier to remove, so are older ones. This is because the ink can be easily broken down.
Considering these factors, patients can anticipate 12 different laser treatments. It will take roughly closely half a year to complete your treatments. At the beginning laser therapy is painful, but the skin heals up after several days. Any discoloration or scarring is limited to a specific area avoiding any damage to healthy skin.