Before Getting a Tattoo Removed
Getting a tattoo removed is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. It important that you choose a qualified professional and understand what is involved in the procedure. Before you make that call:
When it comes to laser tattoo removal, there are no guarantees. Results vary. Every tattoo and skin type is different.
Circulation enhances results so you'll generally find that the further from your heart your tattoo is located, the longer it will take to see results. Tattoo removal at the extremities of arms and legs may take more removal treatments than ones on your shoulder or back.
Some tattoos will only show partial fading after multiple treatments, leaving you with a mottled impression of your former tattoo (aka a ghost tattoo) or sometimes even raised scarring. A new tattoo can cover an imperfect removal, but it is important that you discuss all eventualities with your laser treatment expert before you start the removal process. If you don't feel confident with one opinion, get two or more.
Understand that Tattoo Removal Requires Multiple Treatments and 4-8 Week Recovery Times Between Each
How many treatments will be required to remove your tattoo? That's not something that can be easily answered. It will definitely take more than one treatment. In fact, it will likely take 10 or more, depending on the color, size, and location of your tattoo, as well as other factors related to your skin, etc.
Be aware that there is a wait time between each removal treatment to allow the skin to recover. The average wait time is 4 to 6 weeks, but could be as long as 8 weeks. The last thing you want to do is rush to complete the removal and suffer from painful and/or long lasting side effects. A reputable technician will insist on proper wait times. Be prepared to allow your body to heal between treatments.
Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure Stages
Be Aware of Potential Side Effects
It is not uncommon to experience swelling, redness, blisters or other temporary symptoms following a tattoo removal treatment. These symptoms are nothing to worry about unless they persist after a week or two.
You should also be aware of the following potential side effects:
- Changes in the skin's texture
- Darkening of the skin
- Lightening of the skin
These are less common, but it is important to be aware of them before starting any procedure.
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