People have themselves tattooed with long term goals in mind, often life long ones. However, very often a self expression that was the rage a decade back leading to a tattoo being engraved on a visible part of the skin might become an embarrassment later. The tattoo of yesteryears might no longer reflect your current lifestyle or a sense of aesthetics. All these factors and more are the primary reasons why you might want to opt for tattoo removal.
How does laser tattoo removal work? A device that operates on laser is placed against the skin and activated. The laser light is directed on the ink and the vibration causes the indelible ink to break down. The fine particles are then disposed off by the body’s natural processes. Dense and complex tattoos require more number of sessions to be completely eradicated.
This is of course the theoretical angle and it is crucial that you prepare yourself well before going through this procedure.
- Know the pros and the cons – Modern laser tattoo removal machines have minimal side effects and painless procedures. It is a non-invasive process and requires no incisions. Each session is quick and effective, and requires almost no downtime or recuperation period. On the flip side, multiple sessions are required before a tattoo is completely removed and hence the total process can be quite expensive. There is usually a slight scarring and changes in the texture of the skin and colour on the area. In some cases, there is pinpoint bleeding immediately after the treatment leading to a slight swelling and discolouration.
- Selecting a surgeon and initial consultation – Laser tattoo removal is an intricate process and it is essential that you choose the surgeon with care. Always opt for a board certified surgeon or a dermatologist with long years of experience in tattoo removal. The next step is to thoroughly plan out your initial consultation. Some tattoos are more problematic to remove and will require more number of sessions. Tattoos with dark colours such as red, blue or black are easier to remove than those in light green, blue or fluorescent colours. The number of sessions can range from two to twelve for multi-coloured tattoos. You will also be required to discuss your complete medical history including allergies and current medications, surgeries done in the past and the prevailing medical condition.
Apart from the surgeon, the quality of equipment used is also crucial. Check whether the devices used at the clinic is technologically advanced. Equipment imported and distributed by AAD (Australian Aesthetic Devices) are considered to be the best in this field. The company deals in a wide range of IPL hair removal laser machines, tattoo removal devices and skin rejuvenation equipment.
- Restrictions before tattoo removal – There are certain restrictions that you have to follow before tattoo removal. Avoid exposure to the sun and liberally use sunscreen if this is unavoidable. Several weeks prior to tattoo removal don’t go for tanning or use spray tans and just before the treatment avoid shaving, waxing or exfoliation. If you are on medication like aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs, stop using them temporarily. Drink plenty of water for a few days before the procedure as a well hydrated system causes quicker healing. Even though it is an outpatient process, get someone to drive you home later.
After the procedure it is important that you follow the instructions of the surgeon scrupulously. In most cases, it will be related to general skin care but inform immediately if you notice any complications.