A tattoo removal procedure is done to remove an unwanted tattoo. Some common procedures to do tattoo removal include laser surgery, surgical removal, and dermabrasion. Tattoo ink is placed beneath the first layer of skin so tattoo removal is complicated and more expensive than the application of a tattoo.
Risks of the tattoo removal procedure are likely to result in scarring, infection, or skin discoloration.
When you are thinking about tattoo removal, there are certain factors to be considered such as cost, scarring risk, effectiveness, and time commitment. These factors largely depend on the size, complexity, and condition of your tattoo and skin.
Laser surgery- with this surgery, the tattoo will get slightly light but maybe not be removed completely. Around 7-10 sessions are required to complete the procedure. There is a low scarring risk with proper aftercare.
Surgical removal- with this removal procedure, the tattoo can be completely removed and it usually requires one session but larger tattoos can require more sessions. There is a high scarring risk after getting the tattoo removed with this procedure.
Dermabrasion- the tattoo removal with this procedure varies from person to person and usually requires only one session.
Laser tattoo removal works on the principle of target pigment technology. A powerful laser beam is directed at the tattoo and gets absorbed by the pigment of the tattoo particles leading to the destruction with minimal discomfort. This may lead to no or minimal skin changes. Multiple sessions may be required to get rid of the tattoos completely. The number of sessions depends on the color, ink used, and depth of the tattoo pigment.
The advanced laser treatment is easy and less painful as compared to other tattoo removal procedures.
If you are planning to get laser tattoo removal then first you need to consult a dermatologist to discuss your cosmetic goals. All the risks, benefits, and outcomes of the tattoo removal treatment will be discussed to decide properly.
Each tattoo is different and requires a different number of sessions depending on the size, color location., age of the tattoo, or the amount of ink used in the tattoo. Generally, the laser tattoo removal treatment requires 5-10 sessions but, in some cases, it may also take around 20 sessions to get the expected results. The sessions are kept with at least 3 weeks gap.
The laser tattoo removal procedure can be uncomfortable so local anesthesia is given in such cases. The person is required to wear protective glasses before the treatment procedure starts and it can take from 5-20 minutes for the complete procedure depending on the type and size of the tattoo.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling or blisters and bleeding. It is very important to keep the skin clean as much as possible by washing and using petrolatum ointment for several days to promote healing of the skin from the tattoo removal. It is advised to keep the area covered with a clean, sterile bandage for about one week until the skin healing is progressing.
The most common risk associated is incomplete ink removal despite several sessions. The texture and pigment of the treated skin can also change.
Aftercare following the laser removal of a tattoo is essential to minimize the risk of complications. Keep your skin clean by washing it properly for some days regularly for some days after the removal treatment. Using an ointment can also help in the healing of the skin. The general laser tattoo removal cost around ten times more than what it costs while get a tattoo done.