Tattoo Removal is a procedure that should not be taken lightly!
The process of tattoo removal has seen some significant strides in the past few years. Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools during the history of tattooing. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Whether its tattoos for women or men, the expense and pain of removing tattoos will typically be greater than the expense and pain of applying them.
Recent studies have shown that approximately 50% of individual getting tattoos eventually change their mind and go through some type of tattoo removal process. Before laser removal was developed, earlier methods of removal included dermabrasion, salabrasion, cryosurgery and excision. Excision involves skin grafting and is main used for reconstructive work on larger or problem tattoos
In the late 20th century, Tattoo removal saw some great strides with the advent of the laser. This type of procedure was especially promising because it was non-invasive and laid the groundwork for many of today’s procedures. What used to be considered an extremely painful process has seen a marked change recently due to improvements in in laser and light based technology.
There are several factors that must be taken into consideration before undergoing the laser removal treatment, these include: choosing a doctor experienced in this type of treatment, the tattoo pigment, the actual tattoo removal treatment process, the overall success of laser tattoo removal treatment by the specific doctor, tattoo infection, and finally patient education. Tattoo removal by itself is a form of cosmetic surgery and does carry the same risk associated with other forms of cosmetic surgery.
Contrary to most people think, tattoo removal involves a series of sessions and it’s overall success rate depends on a series of factors.
These include but are not limited to age, type, size, and depth of the tattoo, and skin color. Most elaborate tattoos can take upwards of 8-12 procedures to completely finish the process while less intrusive tattoos may take only a few. The main reason for the lengthy time frame is that the pigment must be absorbed by the body and there needs to be significant time for the skin to heal.
There are some other concerns you need to be aware of before you get a tattoo or when you decide to have it removed. Those are directly related to the tattoo pigment. Many pigment will actually darken when hit with a laser light and this is true in many cases involving the following various white, pink, light brown and red pigments. Your physician should do a full pre-removal test to determine if you are a candidate for this type of tattoo removal procedure.
There are a number of tattoo removal side effects that you need to be aware of, they include the following:
- Skin discoloration and Infection is also a possibility. For this reason, it’s important that you follow your physician’s post-treatment instructions carefully.
- Permanent scarring but studies have shown this only appears in about 5 percent of cases.
- Allergic reaction to the tattoo inks which is the result of the ink breaking up in the body from the tattoo removal treatment. This type of ink release has led to anaphylactic shock in some rare cases.
- Tattoo removal treatment is a serious procedure that should only be performed by a qualified, licensed physician. If you’re a candidate for this procedure, do your homework and find some that has extensive experience and training in laser surgery and tattoo removal.
As far as medications for the pain, Tylenol or any non-aspirin over-the-counter pain reliever will do just fine. Stay away from ibuprofen or Advil as you can develop adverse effects from their use in the tattoo removal procedure.
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