Is Laser Tattoo Removal Making Tattoo Regret a Thing of the Past?
The decision to get a tattoo can be a big one. Where to place it, how large to make it, and, of course, it’s design, are some of the factors that will influence your decision. After all, once you give the go-ahead, you can’t go back…or can you? Many people are now becoming familiar with the concept of laser tattoo removal. This innovative technology promises to fade unwanted tattoos, giving hope to thousands of people who may want a do-over when it comes to their ink.
But with laser tattoo removal in the back of their minds, are more people getting tattoos without fully thinking through the decision? Will feelings of regret no longer be associated with getting once-permanent ink on your skin? While tattoo removal can certainly be beneficial for countless people, it shouldn’t be thought of as a magic wand that can make tattoo mistakes disappear as quickly as they were placed on your skin.
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
Laser technology has come a long way since it was first introduced to the cosmetic scene in the 1960s. Now, the same technology that can offer hair removal alternatives, skin resurfacing, and even anti-aging treatments can help you erase unwanted tattoos. Using short, high-powered pulses of laser light directed at the desired area, the laser breaks up the pigmentation of the tattoo ink into tiny particles. These will then naturally flush out of your system, thus removing them for good.
Laser tattoo removal typically takes more than one treatment session, though, as there can be multiple layers of pigmentation that make up the design. Many people notice a significant improvement in the appearance of their tattoo after just one session, but know that your results will depend on the placement, size, and density of your ink.
Why You Should Think before You Ink
There’s no doubting that tattoo removal can be the perfect solution for many men and women who suffer from low self-confidence and a negative body image due to unwanted tattoos. That said, though, it’s important to keep in mind that even though they may be able to be removed, the decision to get a tattoo should still be well thought out.
It’s also worth noting that because the exact ingredients of tattoo ink aren’t regulated, some inks may respond better or worse to laser tattoo removal. Professional artists are known for using a wide variety of undisclosed ingredients in their ink, which could be difficult to remove (Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery). Additionally, when choosing the right artist, be wary of “too good to be true” prices that may indicate poor quality ink that could potentially be harmful (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
When to Consider Tattoo Removal
Even if you do take your tattoo decision seriously, there are still plenty of reasons why people seek tattoo removal. In some instances, people are still having a difficult time finding or keeping a job because of visible tattoos. In the past, such tattoos would have been impossible to hide or get rid of (Time Magazine). Other reasons for getting laser tattoo removal may include a misspelling, dissatisfaction with the end result, or even the simple fact that you’ve outgrown your ink.
The Bottom Line
The fact of the matter is that there are countless reasons why people are taking advantage of this new technology and removing their ink. However, the existence of the laser tattoo removal option shouldn’t influence your decision about whether or not to get one in the first place.
If you are considering tattoo removal and wish to speak to a professional about your options, the knowledgeable team at Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford would be happy to assist you. Our certified providers have many years of schooling and extensive training. Each posses the skill and experience to address any questions or concerns you might have about tattoo removal or other skin care issues.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact us at (723) 933-1800.