The Tahitian term tattoo, which means to mark, is where the word “tattoo” originates. It has existed for a long time. Both Ice Age remains, and Egyptian mummies had tattoos on them. Over 20 million Americans either have one tattoo or more.
Both the need to obtain tattoos and the need to have them erased or faded have grown in popularity. According to a poll by the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, around half of those who have tattoos regret getting them. And search at ways to either have their tattoos completely removed or faded.
Since tattoos were designed to be permanent, up until recently, fading or removing them proved challenging. However, recent technological advancements have made laser therapy the most popular tattoo removal technique.
Except for red ink, which responds best to an Nd: YAG laser treatment, the Q-switched ruby laser is seen to be the best option for most tattoos. Since tattoo fading is less painful and more affordable than complete removal, some people choose laser treatment for their tattoos.
How to remove a tattoo with a laser
The tattoo pigment is absorbed by the short, powerful light pulses that the laser emits and pass through the skin. A few weeks or months following the laser treatment, the body’s immune system can quickly remove the small ink pigment particles easily broken down by the laser radiation.
The time and number of laser treatments needed to get rid of the tattoo vary depending on several factors, including:
• A significant determinant in deciding how many laser treatments you’ll need is the colour of the ink. Tattoos in the colours black and blue can be readily erased. However those in the colours green and yellow are more difficult.
• Due to the stronger ink and tools used by professional tattoo artists, professional tattoos are more difficult to remove than tattoos obtained on the street.
• A new tattoo is more difficult to erase than an older one because the pigment is more likely to be dense in a new tattoo.
The size, depth, location of the tattoos, and the person’s capacity for healing are all factors.
Do your homework, and don’t be hesitant to ask questions if you plan to have your tattoo removed or faded through laser techniques.
Before beginning treatment, you must obtain answers to the following questions:
The cost of the therapy
Laser removal costs vary depending on the tattoo’s size, the inks used, etc. The charge increases with the size of the area. Schedule a consultation with a dermatologist or a removal specialist to obtain an estimate.
Thankfully, laser fading or removal is a pretty painless operation. However, the type of tattoo, the extent of the procedure, and your pain threshold will all affect how much discomfort you experience. Pain levels vary from person to person. The truth is, you won’t truly understand how agonising it is unless you give it a try.
Chances of Adverse Reactions
After treatment, the area typically develops blisters. Within 4 to 6 weeks, the skin regains its original state. There aren’t many potential adverse effects, although they could include hyper or hypopigmentation, infection, or a small likelihood of permanent scarring. Before starting the treatment, get all of your questions answered.
You are only daydreaming if you believe that one fine day you will enter the clinic and leave with no tattoos. For tattoo fading or removal, multiple sittings are required. The depth, colour, and ink composition affect how many treatments are needed.
Tattoo removal and breastfeeding mothers have a relationship.
No evidence supports any negative effects on nursing from tattoo fading or cover-up tattoos. If moms follow the advised aftercare procedures, they are unlikely to experience issues as the body filters the ink particles via the white blood cells. However, the mother should get the appropriate guidance from her doctor or a dermatologist if she worries about a tattoo.