Are you thinking of removing your tattoo? Worry not! You’re not alone. If you’re among the people who got that eyesore of a tattoo without finding a great artist or just didn’t think it through, you probably are figuring out ways to remove it.
Laser technology is proven to be the best option for those who wish to fade or eliminate a tattoo. Some other methods of tattoo removal, like peels, salabrasion, or excision, can come with risks. If you’re considering laser tattoo removal, then here are some things to consider as you schedule your consultation.
Why Do People Choose To Remove Tattoos?
There are many common reasons why people choose to fade or remove tattoos. These include things like aesthetic, rethinking your choice, and more.
Lifestyle or Personal Aesthetic
Tattoos are personal. Over time, things can change – whether about your life circumstances or even your personal taste. If you don’t feel positive about your tattoo anymore, it’s normal to look for ways to remove it. Whatever your reasoning behind your change, you’ve got options with laser tattoo removal.
Poor Decision Making
Whatever led you to decide to get a tattoo, feeling like it wasn’t a smart choice can be hard to live with. For this reason, laser tattoo removal can be a great way to get rid of past mistakes and feel comfortable in your skin again.
Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Expect
Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to remove a tattoo, but it’s common to not know exactly what it is or what it does. In brief, this is a clinically proven method of tattoo removal that doesn’t cause any scarring. A Q-switched laser hand-piece is used to deliver pulses of light energy, which then shatters the tattoo ink so it can be absorbed into the body as waste.
The Laser-Skin Interaction
When removing a tattoo, laser light is applied to the treatment area. The tattoo ink particles absorb the energy from the laser machine, shattering the pigment. This breaks it up into smaller pieces that can be absorbed by the body. After a few weeks of laser treatment, the immune system breaks the ink, causing it to fade.
Subsequent treatments shatter more and more ink, fading it slowly. It’s important; however, to note that a laser can only produce the desired result if it’s applied at the right time and with optimal power output.
Selecting Your Plastic Surgeon
When looking at your laser tattoo removal options, it’s important to select a plastic surgeon you can trust. Other aspects you may want to consider include their experience with laser tattoo removal and your comfort level with them and their practice, among others.
Don’t overlook education, training, and certification. Plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are best suited to handle the removal procedure. During your first visit, make sure that you clearly outline your goals. This should help your plastic surgeon evaluate whether you’re the right candidate and provide advice on the laser option best suited for you.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to get started on learning more about laser tattoo removal is by scheduling a consultation with our team. We invite you to contact our Stoneham office by calling or filling out our online form to meet with our team.