The artwork you select for a tattoo, whether chosen from a catalogue or drawn by a talented artist, says a lot about you as a person. This is especially true for religious imagery, names, dates, and other extremely personal artwork choices. As you age, your opinions and allegiances may change, making your tattoo out-of-date, irrelevant and, at worst, downright embarrassing. Laser tattoo removal gives you the opportunity to say goodbye to the regretted artwork and give you a clean slate.
The Unfair Reputation of Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments
If you have even thought you’d like to get your tattoo removed but were told by others that the process is long and extremely painful, that person was likely repeating decades-old information. It is true that laser tattoo removal was quite slow and uncomfortable in its infancy, but technology has made enormous strides that now allow tattoos to be completely removed in only three to ten sessions. Instead of extreme discomfort, most people say it feels like having their skin snapped with a rubber band repeatedly. Numbing gel is also available if you find the sensation to be too harsh. The reputation that precedes laser tattoo removal is undeserved entirely and based on very old experiences.
How the Laser Treatments Work
The pigments used to tattoo your skin are a different color than your skin’s natural pigment. The laser is calibrated to focus in on the pigments of the tattoo and heat them while completely ignoring your skin’s pigment. The heat damages nearby cells, which alerts your immune system to the ink. Your body will then see the ink as an intruder and will clean it up like any intrusive substance. As the treatments are repeated over time, more and more ink is swept away until only clear, unmarked skin remains. There is no set schedule for treatments and you can have them done at your own leisure.
Preparing for New Artwork
Some people seek laser tattoo removal not because they want to erase the tattoo, but because they want to cover it up with better artwork. The laser can usually fade a tattoo enough to be successfully covered with no bleed-through in just a few treatments. There is no need for you to settle for a large, dark cover-up tattoo if you really want a vibrant piece of work instead. Laser tattoo removal works wonderfully as an eraser and can make room for better work. You can also completely remove parts of a tattoo while leaving others intact. For example, we can remove a name and your tattoo artist can then draw up a design to fill the space without disrupting the overall motif.
Whether you want your tattoo removed entirely or just faded so you can get a beautiful cover-up tattoo, we would be delighted to review your case and explain all the options available to you. Don’t go through life with a regretted tattoo. At Visage Laser and Skin Care Center, we can help you get the look you want with laser tattoo removal. Contact our office in Anaheim to book your first appointment!