If you regret the tattoo that you got some time ago, know that you are not alone. More than one third of people who get tattoos later say they regretted getting the tattoo in the first place, they were not happy with the quality of the tattoo, or the tattoo no longer carries the same significance for them now as it did when they got it. If you are rethinking your ink, you may be happy to know that laser tattoo removal treatments have improved drastically over the past few years. Now, it is easier than ever for you to make that unwanted ink fade or completely disappear.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work Like an Eraser?
This is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about tattoo removal. You do not come in and just have one treatment and your tattoos disappear; it is a process. The reason why the ink you have on your skin right now is not broken down and absorbed by your body is because the molecules in the ink are larger than what your body’s natural waste removal system can attack.
What laser tattoo removal does is use the heat of the laser to cause the ink to rapidly expand and then contract. This quick process causes the molecules in the ink to break down to a point where your body’s waste removal process can kick in and slowly start to remove the ink.
In order to accomplish this, you’re going to need to have a number of treatments, usually between six and eight. The treatments are spread apart by about three months. This space of time gives your body the time it needs to properly respond to the treatments.
Can All Tattoos Be Removed?
Laser tattoo removal techniques have improved in the past few years. Now, colors of tattoos that were impossible to remove just a few years ago can be removed. Black tattoos are the easiest to remove. This is because by its very nature black pigmentation absorbs light.
Other colors like green and blue might be a little bit more challenging. However, it can be accomplished because different wavelengths of laser light can target different colors of ink, producing the results that you want.
Factors that will determine how well your tattoo responds include whether it was done by professional, whether it has multiple colors, and how close the tattoo is to your heart.
Laser tattoo removal at the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD is a powerful and effective treatment that has helped many people make unwanted ink disappear. It may be the right treatment for you. Visit us in Redlands or Sun City or learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!