There are many reasons why you want to start the tattoo removal process. You may have had the name of a significant other scrolled on your arm as a first tattoo, and you are not longer together. You may have had something tattooed on you that you feel no longer fits you, or the tattoo artist who did the tattoo may have done a horrible job. Whatever the reason, you want the tattoo removed and you need to know how. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can remove the tattoo from your skin, so that you never have to see it again.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is the most common method of tattoo removal. The way this procedure works is that the technician will target the ink with highly concentrated pulses of light, which will break the ink down into tiny fragments. The fragments are then cleared away by your immune system.
Unfortunately, the treatment to remove that bad tribal tattoo takes several visits to complete. A tattoo will typically take between 1 and 10 sessions to be removed. Larger tattoos take even longer. Another problem with laser tattoo removal is that it is very expensive. It is performed by a dermatologist, and it costs between $250 and $800 per session. If the tattoo was a large, professional tattoo, it can cost thousands of dollars to have it removed. There more treatments you have, the more at risk you are of developing painful blisters and scabs, that can eventually lead to scarring. With the technology that dermatologists have today, however, there is little chance of scarring, and if there is any, it would be very minimal. While laser tattoo removal is an excellent option to remove a tattoo, the results are not guaranteed.
When it comes to the pain associated with the treatment, different people have different reactions. Most people say that it feels like you are being splattered with hot grease. Since some people have a higher pain threshold than others, you won’t really know how you are going to feel until you have had it done. What it comes down to, is that if you were able to handle the pain of the tattoo, you should be able to handle having it removed.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL), is a dermal enhancer that is often used in spas. Rather than using a laser, like laser tattoo removal, it uses a high intensity light. The technician would first apply gel to the skin, and would emit pulses of light using a wand. The way the tattoo fades is the same as with laser tattoo laser removal. The ink is broken up, and removed by your immune system.
This method is said to be much less painful and more effective than laser tattoo removal. The only downside is the tattoo removal cost. You will be paying much more money for Intense Pulsed Light Therapy than you would laser tattoo removal. Most spas cost $10 for each pulse of light. You may need 10 to 20 pulses of light for each session, and you may need up to 10 sessions. This can really add up.
There are a couple medical methods to remove a tattoo, however, they are not used as often since other less invasive treatments have come along. One method includes dermabrasion. During this procedure, the skin would be sanded away from the top layer of the skin. This is said to be very painful, and can leave a nasty scar. The other medical method is excision. This would also leave a scar. During the procedure, the doctor would cut away the area where the tattoo was, and then sew the skin back together. This procedure can leave behind a severe scar. Excision is often used only when laser treatment or Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is not a possibility.
Best Tattoo Removal Creams to Do-It-Yourself
There are several different creams on the market that are known to fade tattoos. These products can be very expensive, and there is no guarantee that they are going to work. Products such as TatBGone and Tattoo-OFF cost around $116.50 for a two month supply. Some people who have used these products have reported that their tattoos have faded, while others reported no change at all. There have even been some cases where people who have used this product have said that their tattoos only got darker. This may be one of the least expensive treatment methods available, but it is also the least effective. It will also take much longer to see results than any of the other options.
Tattoo Cover Up
A tattoo cover up is an excellent option for someone who is not happy with their current tattoo, and are willing to still have one. This is something should only be done b a professional, experienced tattoo artist. There are many tattoo artists who specialize in tattoo cover ups. They would take the original tattoo, and create a new tattoo over it. The more skilled tattoo artists can incorporate certain aspects of the bad tattoo and use it to create something new. If this is not possible, or if the artist doesn’t possess the skills to do so, they would use color to cover up the old tattoo. If you have an all black tattoo, your option could be very limited, depending on how much the tattoo has faded. If it is a very large piece that you are trying to cover up, you should definitely hire someone who specializes in tattoo cover ups .This will ensure a great result that you won’t be needing to cover up again later. It is important to understand that every case is different, and everyone’s results will be different as well.
Having a tattoo that you hate looking at every day can be very upsetting. For most people, the sooner the tattoo is gone, the better. The good news is that there are several options when it comes to getting rid of the awful piece of body art. Whether you want it gone completely, or you want to turn it into something else, you have options so that you never have to look at it again. Before deciding to get a tattoo it may be beneficial to look at what could wrong before you end up wanting it removed.