Laser Tattoo Removal- Do you suffer from tattoo regret?
Spiders and skulls may have been cool during your Goth phase but they no longer hold the same sense of “coolness” when you are working in corporate America. Cheryl may have been your first love but that big tattoo you dedicated to her is a source of embarrassment when you are married to a woman named Lisa.
Tattoo removal facts from a 2007 study done by the Food and Drug Administration:
- An estimated 45 million Americans have had ink done
- 16% of adults and 36% of people between the ages of 25-29 yrs old have at least one tattoo
- 17% of those Americans suffer from tattoo regret. That translates into over 7.5 million people who want their tattoos removed.
Are you one of them? Do you know someone else who is?
If you got your tattoo as a sign of rebellion in your youth, chances are you are seriously regretting your actions now and are searching for an expert to remove your tattoo and the embarrassment or change of heart it presents to your current lifestyle. There are many topical creams that may fade the tattoo minimally or temporarily but the most effective method to permanently rid you of unwanted ink is laser tattoo removal.
Laser Tattoo Removal- How Does Light Energy Remove Unwanted Ink?
Tattoos are pigments of ink that are embedded into the deeper layers of your skin. To effectively remove them, you need to be able to reach those deeper layers of the dermis. Highly concentrated laser lights are used to break up the pigments of ink into tiny particles which your body is then able to absorb and eliminate or slough off.
Unfortunately it does take a lot more time to remove a tattoo than it did to get it so you should expect to require several sessions with your dermatologist for the maximum results. Each session will clear away more and more of those ink particles until your tattoo is no longer visible or is significantly less noticeable.
The process is no more painful than getting the tattoo in the first place so you usually don’t need to worry about discomfort. However, anesthetic can be used to minimize the pain if necessary. You obviously were able to tolerate getting ink so you should not have a problem with the laser tattoo removal procedure.
Laser Tattoo Removal – Does it work for everyone?
While laser tattoo removal will work for everyone to varying degrees, individuals with fairer skin and darker skin can be treated with good results. Some individuals will be left with completely clear skin while others will retain a slight shadow, hyperpigmentation or white spots that will usually improve with the passage of time.
It is also important to understand that the newer the tattoo is the harder it will be to remove. This is a result of advancements in the tattoo industry that has improved the quality and permanence of the inks used and the technology used to embed the ink in the skin. Older or amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove. Black tattoos are the most responsive to laser tattoo removal with red ink the next most responsive. Blue and green tattoos can be more stubborn and yellow ink is resistant to light treatment.
If you are among the 7.5 million people who regret their tattoo and want it permanently removed you should download a complimentary copy of “Consumer’s Guide to Dermatological Tattoo Removal “ for more information on the tattoo removal process.