Kiss Your Bad Ink Goodbye Once and For All
April 3rd, 2017
Hindsight is 20/20. What seemed like a great form of self-expression a few years ago may no longer reflect who you are, now that you're older and wiser. A study released at an annual conference of the British Association of Dermatologists says that close to a third of people with tattoos end up regretting it.1 Considering how mainstream the art of tattooing has become, this means there are several millions of people out there with tattoo regrets.
Maybe you got a tattoo cover up that didn't turn out much better? Or maybe you've tried temporarily covering it up with cosmetics? Even though these solutions can bring very successful and flawless results, they're not meant to permanently get rid of the problem. So what can be done if you're truly serious about removing your tattoo once and for all?
Laser tattoo removal is the most common and effective way to remove tattoos nowadays.
- Getting the laser procedure done by a qualified, board-certified dermatologist or laser professional
- Allowing at least 8 weeks between each treatment, to let the skin heal properly
- Taking proper aftercare measures to optimize healing and prevent infection
When it comes to laser tattoo removal, everyone's case is different, and there are a slew of other factors that can determine whether a person will have a successful or disastrous experience. There are so many different skin types, tattoo characteristics, health histories, and lifestyles out there. It's absolutely essential to be well-informed about laser tattoo removal, and whether you're a good candidate for it, BEFORE actually going ahead with this serious procedure. Knowledge is key. It could save you physical pain, infection, scarring, and thousands of dollars of unnecessary costs.
It's also essential to keep in mind that laser tattoo removal is NOT a quick fix. In fact, it's a gradual process of several treatments that can typically stretch out over a year or two. Each treatment breaks down the ink particles deep within the skin, so that the body can naturally eliminate the pigments over the following months, resulting in a tattoo that becomes lighter and lighter. Cosmetics can then be used in between sessions to conceal the lightened tattoo.
If you have the patience needed for multiple sessions, and are serious about keeping wounds sterile, moisturized, and out of the sun, laser tattoo removal could be a great option for you. Getting rid of your tattoo could open up a new world of possibilities for you:
- Going for the job you've always wanted
- Feeling better connected to where you're at in your life (e.g., being a parent, becoming elderly)
- Letting go of negative or outdated memories (e.g., name of an ex, old band you used to like)
- Having the confidence to pursue new romantic relationships
- Ditching the turtlenecks and all the extra clothing
There is no shortage of snake oil salesmen on the market today. A number of removal methods and products claim to remove tattoos, from fading creams and chemical peels, to dermabrasion, to extraction by acid injection. Not only are some of these downright toxic, but they can cause scarring, or only lighten the top layers of the skin (thus making the tattoo in the deeper layer appear lighter).
Laser tattoo removal safely bypasses the epidermis (top skin layer), to selectively target the ink pigments in the dermis. Anyone having safety concerns can find the following statement on the FDA website: “FDA clearance [for laser tattoo removal] means this method for removing tattoos complies with agency requirements for safety and effectiveness, according to FDA dermatologist Markham Luke, M.D.”2