It’s human nature to make decisions that we may regret later on.
Tattoos are a form of self-expression that connect us to memories, people and places. Sometimes, however, as we grow older, these decisions may no longer fit with our lifestyles or personalities. Tattoo removal is an option designed to help you move on from something that no longer suits you (or sometimes didn’t turn out the way you envisioned).
Tattoo Removal – How Does it Work?
These days tattoos are no longer a permanent decision. Tattoo removal is a process that has become increasingly popular and accessible, meaning you no longer need to feel tied to a decision made in the past. Tattoo removal works by using a laser to send out strong energy pulses that heat up the ink in your skin. The laser then targets ink particles and breaks them into tiny fragments that the body can absorb. Over the course of the treatments, and the weeks following, the immune system will work to expel the tattoo’s ink particles completely. Each treatment will break down more and more of the ink, effectively fading the tattoo until it is no longer present.
What You Should Know Beforehand
There are many factors to address when considering tattoo removal. Smaller tattoos will require less energy pulses than larger ones, however, both small and large tattoos will require several sessions to remove. The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but most patients require six to eight sessions to receive optimal results. There is a significant period of downtime between sessions – ideally you will need six to eight weeks between treatments. This time will help the ink break up and fade.
Certain tattoos may be easier than others to remove, depending on the colours used, age of the tattoo, and the size of the area being treated. You may experience some discomfort during the treatment but the pain is generally less than that of being tattooed. Your skin may be sensitive following the treatment, and some patients experience blistering, swelling, or slight bleeding after each treatment. Follow your treatment provider’s aftercare instructions to minimize reactions and optimize your healing.
If tattoo removal sounds like the right decision for you, reach out to us here at Beauty Foundations Clinic to schedule a complimentary consultation!