Tattoos are no longer only for sailors. More and more people in the United States are getting some ink. This is happening in younger people. While the overall percentage of people throughout the country who have at least one piece of artwork on their bodies hovers around 14%, for people between the ages of 18 and 25 that number jumps to 36%. For people who are between 26 and 40, at least 40% have at least one tat. In total, about 45 million Americans are walking around sporting at least one tattoo. Unlike diamonds, tattoos are not always forever. As more people get inked up, more people are looking for tattoo removal methods. If you have a tattoo and want to have it taken off, here are some tips for making the experience go better.
- Know what to expect. Like in life, when you are dealing with laser tattoo removal, nothing can be guaranteed. Some tattoos can be made to fade but can never be gotten rid of entirely. In some cases, people are left with a ghost image where the tattoo was. For others, there may be a chance that there will be a raised scar. Before you begin laser treatments or using a tattoo removal cream, talk to the specialist about what you can realistically expect from the process. Getting your tattoo fixed up may end up being a better option than one of the tattoo removal methods.
- You will need more than one session. It will take more than one session to get rid of your tattoo. The exact number of appointments that you will need to get rid of your tattoo may not be something that can really be known until you start your treatments. If you go to a laser tattoo removal professional and they say they can guarantee that with their skin care products and the way they do the procedure, they can remove your tattoo in a set number of treatments, you should go someplace else. It just is not possible to know before you start how the tattoo is going to respond.
- Expect everything to take longer than you think it should. Not everyone responds the same way to the tattoo process or the tattoo removal process. Different people need different amounts of healing time between sessions. Some people need somewhere between four to six weeks between tattoo removal sessions but others will need to wait at least eight weeks.
- Like in real estate, tattoo removal is all about location, location, location. The closer your tattoo is to your heart, the better your tattoo removal will go. The circulation to these areas is better and helps with the tattoo removal process. That tattoo on your chest, over your heart is going to be easier to remove than the snake going up your calf.
- Who did your tattoo? If you had your tattoo done by a real artist, you should know that it might be easier for the different tattoo removal methods to do their job. This is because the professional ink is placed in a more uniform manner in your skin. The only reason that may not be the case is that the ink used in professional settings tends to be denser. When you have had an amateur give you your tattoo, typically removal experts have more luck getting rid of them.
- Not all lasers are created equal. Different colors of ink need different kinds of laser treatments. Some colors of ink need more than one laser to remove all of it. Look into the kinds of lasers that will be needed to remove your unwanted tattoo before you go in for your laser removal treatments.
After you go in for any of the tattoo removal methods, you may have some problems such as swelling, blisters, slight bleeding, redness and the area where the tattoo is located may appear raised. You should be sent home with some medical skin care products to help with these effects, which are all normal. If they are problematic or you are concerned, you should call your physician’s office for more advice. They can let you know what you need to do.