In recent years, tattoos have become increasingly popular. Social expectations have also relaxed, allowing people from all walks of life and nearly all professions to show tasteful ink. While this greater freedom of expression is wonderful in many ways, it also means more people are getting artwork they later regret. If you have a tattoo you want to cover up with better artwork or you just want it gone forever, laser tattoo removal is an option you should certainly explore.
Why People Consider Removal
There are plenty of reasons to consider having a tattoo removed. For some people, a foolish decision in early adulthood has left them with artwork they now find embarrassing or childish. People in their forties with tattoos of long-gone lovers or cartoon characters fit into this category. Another reason people seek tattoo removal is a desire for larger or better artwork. People new to tattoos may make the mistake of taking up large chunks of skin “real estate” with tiny tattoos, only to regret it deeply later. Having smaller tattoos removed or significantly faded can make way for a gorgeous back piece or sleeve. Tattoos and their placement is a highly personal decision, so any reason for wanting removal is perfectly valid.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Laser tattoo removal treatments are done while you are fully awake. The laser is calibrated to hone in on the inks of your tattoo and heat them up a bit. This causes minor cellular damage. The cellular damage alerts your immune system to repair it. Your body then flushes out the ink, along with the damaged cells. Over several treatments, less and less ink remains behind. You can continue treatments until only clear skin remains, or wait until it’s faded enough to cover with better artwork. The choice is yours.
Setting Reasonable Expectations
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations with laser tattoo removal. The effectiveness of the treatments depends on many factors. If your tattoo was applied too deeply in the skin, sometimes called “scratcher work,” it may not fade as quickly as a properly done tattoo. On the other side of the coin, tattoos that have already begun to fade often respond to laser removal very well. There is always a chance that there will be a slight shadow of the image left behind or that the original image will show through new work in certain lights. You can, however, reasonably expect to fade the tattoo so much that others will fail to notice it unless they are staring or viewing your skin in intense light.
Laser tattoo removal can offer you a chance to start over or erase your past mistakes. If you have a tattoo you want gone, call Visage Laser & Skin Care Center today. We are committed to assisting our clients in meeting their aesthetic goals and would be delighted to assist you. Contact us today for your initial consultation.