Laser Tattoo Removal Is Safe, Effective, and Relatively Painless
Tattoos are inks dyed into the skin and make for marks that are more or less permanent and not easy to remove. They may fade a little with constant exposure to the sun and the use of soap and water, but in general, tattoos will be visible for years after they have been inked into the skin. Quite often people use tattoos as expressions of personal feelings that they may change in later years, and then the tattoos become an embarrassment. They then look at covering up the tattoos or getting them removed.
Fortunately, the technology of body art has developed special lasers that can help to remove most tattoos or at least make them much lighter and thus less prominent. It is a removal method that is effective, safe and will not affect the skin surrounding the tattoo, as some other methods of tattoo removal will do. It is non-invasive and therefore preferred to other surgical methods. It uses pulses of laser light directed on the tattoos that help to break down the pigments in the inked tattoos. The body’s processes then take over and get rid of this ink. It does require several treatments before the results of laser tattoo removal can be considered effective. This treatment is safe and more effective for the darker inks, black and blue, which see the most usage. Results can be dramatic but will need patience, time, and several treatments.Tattoos have been known to create barriers to employment and are not socially acceptable in all parts of society. Once they fade, and the skin loses its elasticity with age, the tattoos may look life defacements.
In this treatment, laser light is delivered in high energy within nanoseconds, and this causes the pigment in the tattoos to break down into microscopic particles. The body’s lymphatic and immune system then takes over and removes these now foreign particles. The equipment used is very accurate and allows only the tattoo itself to be targeted, leaving the surrounding skin unmarked. Scarring rarely takes place, and any healing is rapid. If you have been able to bear the pain and discomfort of getting the tattoo in the first place, laser tattoo removal can be an identical experience. It may differ, that instead of the pricks of tattoo needles, what you feel is the laser pulse impact, which can be likened to the way you feel when a rubber band is snapped against the skin. It takes less time to remove a tattoo, then the laborious process of applying it. Discomfort can be reduced with numbing agents or ice packs and other methods to cool the skin.
The number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal will depend on the age of the tattoo, the ink density, the amount and the ink used, its color, and the depth of skin that is affected by the tattoo. The way the tattoo was originally applied and its location can also determine the treatments required for its removal. Professionally applied tattoos may require more treatments (between 5 and 12), but home applied tattoos may require substantially fewer treatments. Many people go in for laser tattoo removal to lighten the ink on existing tattoos so that they can then cover up that area with a new tattoo that is more suitable to their present frame of mind or affiliations. Lightening of colors may require about four treatments.
Once the series of treatments for laser removal is started, they are repeated at intervals of between 4 and six weeks. This gap is necessary to allow the skin to heal and for the fragmented ink to be flushed out of the body. Tattoos can be removed completely, but this is more dependent on the types of ink originally used and the depth of the tattoo. Some inks have additives that interfere with the process of removal. Some lasers have been developed specifically for removal of tattoos and most of them have been approved by the authorities. These lasers are designed in such a way that their penetration is not deep enough to lead to any scarring. Lasers affect pigments of ink and rarely are detrimental to surrounding tissues and cells. Scarring risk can come from untrained operators, and it is essential that you take a lot of care to see that only qualified and experienced operators are engaged in your tattoo removal with lasers.If you take care to see that your provider is a Certified Laser Specialist and is using an approved laser for tattoo removal, the chances of developing any scars are minimal. Side effects of laser tattoo removal are similar to those that you had for the initial inking, and you will notice some swelling and redness at the site of the treatment. Even if the skin blisters, this is temporary and with time between treatments, your skin should heal completely.
When you get your skin tattooed, the ink particles are too big for the skin and body to absorb and thus remain visible and apparent. Laser removal breaks down the pigments of the ink so that the body is then able to absorb it and expel it. The treated area will feel warm after treatment, and the use of ice packs can reduce this discomfort. You will also be advised to keep out of the sun and to keep the treated area clean. Tanning beds must be avoided during the treatment.
Laser tattoo removal is now an accepted method of removing unwanted tattoos. It is a vast improvement over other tattoo removal methods like dermabrasion and salabrasion which cause a lot of pain and scarring. These treatments were invasive and required a sanding of the pigmented skin. Tattoos and skin art has become vastly popular, and the fact that they can as easily be removed has led to the renewal of tattoos to make for adornment or other purposes. Make sure you find the right professionals and the correct equipment before you go in for the procedure.